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Patrick Pound, The addict 2013, Giclee print on rag paper, 45 x 194cm, courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney.

Lost and Found: Ethics, subjecthood and contemporary art

Wednesday 22 October, 6—7.30pm
at Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Gold-coin donation, bookings required.
Members free, Non-members $5
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From a collaboration between CCP, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions andThe University of Melbourne, comes the posthumous and pseudonymous construction of an artist's identity, to an artistic practice constructed from found images, panellists will discuss the ethics of contemporary art.


Dr Rebecca Coates
Independent Curator and Lecturer, Art History and Curatorship at the University of Melbourne


Dr Karen Jones
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne
Narrative and Meaning: Can what happens after you die make your life better or worse?

Living a meaningful life requires connection to worthwhile relationships, projects, and values. But a meaningful life is not merely a series of days filled with worthwhile activities: meaningful lives have narrative structure. What happens after you die can alter the narrative structure of your life and render it more or less meaningful.

Karen Jones is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Cornell University. Prior to coming to the University of Melbourne in 2002, she held positions at Cornell University and the Australian National University. She has written extensively on trust, what it is and when it is justified. She also writes on philosophy of emotion and theories of rationality.

Dr Patrick Pound
Senior Lecturer, Photography, Course Director Creative Arts Honours and Master of Creative Arts, Deakin University
Findings — on found photography

Photography is the medium of record. What does the record tell us? People move on from their photographs: leaving behind their records. Shuffling through a vast collection of found photographs we will see if we can find a little meaning or coherence in them. We will take something from the images of others as if on a dare.

This talk will look at what we might take from the great unhinged album of found vernacular snaps. These recently redundant photographic remnants might be, after all, telling records which hold some ideas of their own.

Patrick Pound is a Melbourne-based artist and Senior Lecturer in Photography at Deakin University. He often works with found photographs and other found things. His most recent exhibition in Melbourne was the Gallery of Air, which was an artist's project at the NGV for the exhibition Melbourne Now. This installation featured hundreds of the artist's things and the gallery's things all of which he found to hold an idea of air. Pound's work is held in numerous public gallery collections in Australia and New Zealand including: the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of New Zealand and Auckland Art Gallery. He is represented by Stills Gallery, Sydney, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington, NZ and Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland, NZ.

Professor Paul Gough
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University
Banksy — Command, Commission and Control

Paul Gough from RMIT will examine how street artists such as Banksy maintain some element of control over their public art works. Arguably the most renowned 'unknown' street artist in the world, Banksy has had to balance the free availability of his street art with protecting the exploitation of his images by others. This talk focuses on the protracted negotiations between the painter, his 'Office', the publisher and Gough in compiling a book that attempted to evaluate the artist's work.

Gough examines the controls demanded by the painter's agent, the attempts to manage the ready availability of imagery, and the difficulties in seeking the necessary permissions from an artist who deals almost entirely through proxies.

Paul Gough is a painter, broadcaster and writer. He has exhibited globally and is represented in the permanent collections of the Imperial War Museum, London; Canadian War Museum, Ottawa; and National War Memorial, New Zealand. Published widely in cultural history, cultural geography and heritage studies, Gough also has books on war artists, peace gardens and street artist, Banksy.

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