Skip to content
Curtin University of Technology
John Curtin Gallery

Public Progam 2010

Public Lectures, Forums and
Artist Floor Talks

5 exhibitions by graduating Postgraduate students from the
School of Design and Art

16 September - 10 December 2010


Wednesday 20 October
Discussion panel
Why Doctoral studies in creative arts are important and their place in university now

Panel members:
Dr. Christopher Crouch, Senior Lecturer in The School of Communication and Arts, Edith Cowan University
Liz Byrski, Lecturer in The Department of Communication And Cultural Studies, Curtin University
Thea Costantino (PhD) and Anna Nazzari (PhD), exhibiting  postgraduate students.

Anna Nazzari image Thea image
Left: Anna Nazzari, Toute le monde gagne, 2010, wooden roulette table maple, cherry, nyotah, jarrah, pine, wood burned drawings and gold leaf, 1.8m x 1.2m x 1.1m.
Right: Thea Costantino, Untitled (from Diseased Estate), 2010, graphite on paper, 41 x 45 cm.


Wednesday 3 November
Joan Wardrop, Associate Professor of History in the Social Sciences program within the Faculty of Media, Society and Culture, Curtin University


Occupying the margins: imagining difference

Associate Professor Joan Wardrop will respond to the works in the current exhibitions

"They challenge us to explore our assumptions about memory, history, marginal places, to uncover the silences, to make acts of imagining about our individual and collective arts of living."

Angela Stewart install1
Unlacing Carnal Margins: Portraits by Angela Stewart, installation view, 2010

Thea install
Thea Costantino, Diseased Estate, installation view, 2010


Wednesday 10 November
Dr. Kirsten Hudson, Department of Communication and Cultural Studies, School of Design and Art, Curtin University


Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit

Kirsten Hudson will respond to Anna Nazzari's Casino Sisyphus by considering limits of transgression and the illusion of hope within contempoary gender revolt.


Nazzari install
Anna Nazzari, Casino Sisyphus, installation view, JCG, 2010


art in the age of nanotechnology
5 February - 30 April 2010


Friday 9 April
Dr Craig Cormick, Manager of Public Awareness and Community Engagement, Federal Department of Innovation

"Nanotechnology: Friendly, Funky or Fearful?"

In his talk Craig Cormick questions: what do the Australian public think about nanotechnology and where do they get their information on nanotechnology from? Movies? The media? Scientists? He will look at tracking studies of Australian attitudes to nanotechnologies over five years, how nanotechnologies are portrayed in the media, and what impact this has had on public opinion.

Wednesday 31 March
Professor Eric Bakker, Director of Nanochemistry Resources and Chemistry Precinct, Curtin University

"The art and science of vision"
Vision has fascinated humanity since the earliest days. For many centuries, philosophers advocated the active eye, with rays emanating from it that enables vision. While we understand the process of vision more accurately at this time, the complexities of the visual process are still difficult to fully comprehend. This talk will show how chemistry, biology and membrane processes come together to allow for vision to occur in the human eye, and how it perfectly connects to our light source in space, the sun. This process is directly dictating our inability to see the very small, at the nanometer scale. The ability to fabricate instruments that defy this limit has been at the heart of the nanotechnology revolution.

Please go to our multimedia page to listen to a recording of Professor Eric Bakker's presentation.


mote image
Mike Phillips, A Mote it is..., 2009, installation view, John Curtin Gallery 2010

Wednesday 24 March
Pernille Leth-Espensen, PhD fellow, MA, Department of Aesthetic Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark, currently undertaking a residency at SymbioticA - The Centre of Excellence, UWA, until mid May.


"The Technological Sublime: Art, Mediation and Technoscience"

Pernille is an art historian who lectures on, amongst other things, philosophy of science. She will discuss the artworks in the art in the age of nanotechnology exhibition from perspectives of art theory, aesthetics, and philosophy of science and technology.


back to top


Sunday 21 February
Jennifer Millar

Imagine being able swim through a capillary with red blood cells, and wander around on the top of a computer chip. Imagine being no taller than one nanometre- that is, one billionth of a metre in height. Our ability to visualise the nanoscale is providing new and exciting information about worlds previously unexplored. This information is influencing our lives and our futures. Nanoart and interactive nano installations provide us with the opportunity to directly experience the nano world, so as to better understand it.

Hans Danzebrink image

German scientist Dr Hans Danzebrink has created engaging and exciting nanoart, including an interactive installation which enables us to enter and discover the nano world. This is realized in a virtual environment created from real measurement data. By using different interfaces, such as a Wii remote control, the user can easily and interactively control their journey through the small dimensions of micro and nano-structures.

His work will be presented by Jennifer Millar, a Curtin University graduate with First Class Honours in Nanotechnology.


back to top



Wednesday 17 February
Ajahn Brahm 

Please join us as Ajahn Brahm, Abbot of the Bodhinyana Monastry in Serpentine and the spiritual director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia gives us his response to art in the age of nanothechnology.

This is a free lunchtime event, everyone is welcome.


Please view our multimedia page to listen to a recording of Ajahn Brahm's talk.

monk and mandala
Ajahn Brahm and JCG Director, Chris Malcolm interacting with Nanomandala by Victoria Vesna in collaboration with nanoscientist James Gimzewski and Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Gaden Lhopa Khangsten monastery, 2003, installation view, JCG, 2010


Nanomandala by Victoria Vesna in collaboration with nanoscientist James Gimzewski and Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Gaden Lhopa Khangsten monastery, 2003, installation detail from Victoria Vesna's website


back to top


strange futures: collaborations that make nano-art
Sunday 7 February 2010
10am until 4pm

RSVP essential - please call 92664155 or email to secure your place.
Please note that Cafe Ambrosia will be open all day.


Thomas/Raxworthy image
Paul Thomas in collaboration with Kevin Raxworthy, Nanoessence, 2009, screen capture


art in the age of nanotechnology features a series of collaborative projects designed to challenge, explore and critique our understanding of the material world. The exhibitionbrings together artists and scientists from the around the world to present new ways of seeing, sensing and connecting with matter that's miniscule and abstract.
Through the demanding research and subtle refinement of nanotechnology, our understanding of scale is brought to the edges of our imagination, setting up opportunities and challenges for artistic intervention; new ways of expression and aesthetic approaches; a new way of experiencing the abstract.

The John Curtin Gallery and the Centre for Research in Art, Science and Humanity will co-host this symposium as part of their development of art and science projects at Curtin University. The Centre is a facility for creative research in art and science hosted by the School of Design and Art. It aims to act as a network hub - engaging artists, researchers and scientists in a wide range of regional, national and international contexts. Through this symposium, invited artists and scientists will discuss interdisciplinary collaborations, their research and projects; uncovering their understanding of how nano-art affects our perception of the material world.
The artists and scientists in art in the age of nanotechnology speculate and explore the 'nano world' in an attempt to reconfigure our understanding of the physical world and help make accessible concepts of what the future may hold.

Keynote speaker: Colin Milburn, Associate Professor of English, University of California, Davis and author of numerous books including Engineering the Future (2008).
Speakers: Professor Eric Bakker, Director, Nanochemistry Research Unit, Curtin University; Mr Oron Catts, Artistic Director, Symbiotica, University of Western Australia; Ms Boo Chapple, participating artist, currently undertaking MFA at Stanford University, USA; Mr Mike Phillips, Reader in Digital Art & Technology, University of Plymouth, School of Computing, Communications & Electronics and participating artist; Dr Christa Sommerer & Dr Laurent Mignonneau, University Professors, University of Arts and Industrial Design, Linz, Austria and participating artists; Dr Paul Thomas, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Studio of Electronic Arts, School of Design and Art, Curtin University and participating artist; Mark Woffenden, Executive Director, Resource & Chemistry Precinct, Curtin University.

click here for full program details: symposium program


back to top