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(left to right): Justine Varga, Moving out #5 from Moving out 2012, Moving out #7 from Moving out 2012, both works 48 x 38.7 cm type C print, courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney

Memory: sound, site and object through theory, practice and the emotions - Session One

Wednesday 19 August 2015, 6pm
at Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Gold-coin donation, bookings required.

A collaboration between the Centre for Contemporary Photography and ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions


Pippa Milne
Curator, Centre of Contemporary Photography


Jane Davidson
CHE Professor, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
Music, Memory and Emotions

This talk explores the mechanisms in operation as we experience emotion listening to music, specifically when the music is being used for therapeutic benefits.

Jane Davidson works in the disciplines of music psychology and education, history of emotions, as well as reflective practice research. She has secured a range of research grants in both Australia and overseas and is currently Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. As a practitioner, she has worked as an opera singer and a music theatre director, collaborating with groups such as Opera North in UK, Dramma per musica in Portugal, and the West Australian Opera Company. Research areas include music psychology and education, history of emotions, reflective practice research and vocal studies.

Nova Paul
Filmmaker and Visual Artist
The Days Before Us

Nova Paul will speak about her ongoing research into the shape of time. Key to Paul's discourse is the notion of Ka mura, ka muri (often translated as we walk into the future backwards with our eyes firmly on the past) presents a notion of te wa – time within Te Ao Maori, the Maori world. This phrase presents a spatial gesture that orientates a conceptual approach to Nova's film making practice, where notions of progression, the future, the past and the present moment in relation to tense in Te Ao Maori figure as a type of embodied time that is counter to neo-liberal discourse.

Nova Paul is a New Zealander of Nga Puhi decent. Her film-making practice draws from early cinema, experimental film histories and Fourth Cinema discourses to consider the poetics and politics of place and time, self-determinacy and the role of story telling. Her works include This is not Dying, (2010), Pink and White Terraces (2006) Still Light (2015) and have been screened widely both internationally and domestically. Paul co-edited PLACE: Local Knowledge and New Media Practice (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008) ,which examines how new media has influenced our attachment to place and Form Next to Form Next to Form (Dent De Leone, UK, 2012). Nova Paul is a senior lecturer at AUT University and she is undertaking a PhD with Waikato University, New Zealand. She will be in Melbourne on an RMIT artist residency and is one of the exhibiting artists in For Future Reference.

Professor Michael Saling
Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Melbourne
Mnemonists, amestics, and the imperfections of normal memory

In terms of the number of cellular elements it contains, and the innumerable connections between them, the human brain is a vast system. This universally acknowledged "fact", together with our modern experience of devices that record and retain perfectly, leads to a yearning for unfailing, indeed photographic, memory. In this talk I will touch on the nature of "perfect" memory (mnemonism), its extreme opposite (amnesia), and the creative advantages of imperfection.

Michael is a Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Melbourne, and Director of Australia's first Professional Program in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Melbourne, having been appointed in 1988 as the successor to the Dr Kevin Walsh. He is also Director of Neuropsychology at the Austin and Heidelberg Repatriation Hospitals, and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at The Florey Institute for Neurosciences and Mental Health. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (26 January, 2015), for significant service to education in the field of clinical neuropsychology as an academic, researcher, and clinician.

Supported by

curating conflict

RMIT will host Nova Paul in an artist residency

RMIT University

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