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Public Progam 2015

Public Lectures, Forums and
Artist Floor Talks

Listen to recorded talks here.


Karen Ann Donnachie will be in attendance to demonstrate Delayed Rays of a Star and NousAutres on
Wednesday 2nd and 9th December, 12.30pm – 1pm
Friday 4th and 11th December, 12.30pm – 1pm
and by appointment.
Please direct enquiries to the Gallery’s reception on or 9266 4155.


Karen Ann Donnachie's work explores the phenomenon of the selfie, as a vehicle for the mass projection of self and the effect it has on contemporary notions of identity, society and photography. For SODA15 Donnachie has created a multimodal installation complete with self-made and self-programmed “selfie” cameras, custom printed magazines, an algorithmic light installation and a participatory online artwork that permits the user to recast their Facebook data into their personal shrine.

Often carried by Donnachie wherever she goes, her camera-objects constantly and automatically post to social media. These social media performances are projected continuously into the exhibition space. For Donnachie, these systems for the distribution of the self have the potential of also becoming the very source of the identity they attempt to frame.

Delayed Rays of A Star




Image: Karen Ann Donnachie, from Delayed Rays Of a Star (2015), custom built and programmed, 5-way, auto-broadcasting selfie camera (electronic components, acrylic, selfie sticks), mannequin





Throughout July and August John Curtin Gallery continues its series of public program events as part of a major exhibition program which reflects on national commemorations for the centenary of World War One.

22 July - Helen Carol (Wesfarmers Arts) and Mark Stewart (Murdoch University Art Collection) - Building a Contemporary Collection.

29 July - Julie Martin (Western Australian Genealogical Society) ”The Ghost of a Moment in Time” - stories of the ANZAC 11th Battalion image.

5 August - Dr Stuart Bender (Curtin) and A/Prof. Mick Broderick (Murdoch) present archival images and stories of the ANZAC experiences in Japan as part of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

12 August - Thea Costantino - Artist guided tour of the Foreign Soil exhibition.

19 August - Lia McKnight - JCG Curator’s guided tour of the Post-Hybrid exhibition.

26 August - Rhythmos and Thea Costantino - discuss the co-composition of “Requiem for the Heroic Dead” followed by a musical performance by Rhythmos choir.


Book Launch

To be launched by Mr Denis Connelly, State Vice President of RSLWA.
Wednesday 10 June, 5pm: John Curtin Gallery

As part of Curtin University’s World War I commemorations, the John Curtin Gallery invites you to a reception for the launch of two Black Swan Press publications’ Remembering the Wars: Commemoration in Western Australian Communities and Lest We Forget? Marginalised Aspects of Australia at War and Peace.

Remembering the Wars: Commemoration in Western Australian Communities
Professor John Stephens and Professor Graham Seal

Lest We Forget? Marginalised Aspects of Australia at War and Peace
Edited by Associate Professor Bobbie Oliver and Dr Sue Summers, with a foreword by Professor Peter Stanley




World premiere performance: Requiem for the Heroic Dead

The world premiere performance of Requiem for the Heroic Dead, composition by Tim Cunniffe, libretto by Thea Costantino, performed by Rhythmos.

Thursday 4 June, 7:00pm
Please sign up to the mailing list of ask at the Gallery reception for Requiem for the Heroic Dead performance dates and times.

Image: Thea Costantino, The valley (after Bayliss), (detail), digital collage, dimensions variable




Free Lunchtime Concert: Preview performance of Dusk

Rhythmos choir
Curtin University choir featuring staff and students

Wednesday 13 May, 1pm – 1:30pm

Dusk features songs from the darker side of the human spirit, presented by Curtin’s award winning Rhythmos choir.



Public Floor Talks
Wednesdays @ 12:30pm

John Curtin Gallery is pleased to announce an ongoing series of free Public Floor Talks.

Together, 100 years apart commemorates the Centenary of ANZAC and is presented in partnership with WAGS – the Western Australian Genealogical Society, in collaboration with researchers from Curtin University.

Public Floor Talk:
Wednesday 29 April, 12:30pm
Chris Loudon

The WAGS 11th Battalion A.I.F. Project & Identifying the men on the Great Pyramid of Khufu, Giza
Project Manager, WAGS 11th Battalion Project

Chris Loudon will outline the WAGS 11th Battalion project, debunk the myths surrounding the Khufu photo and look at how it brings us ‘together, 100 years apart”. He will also share some useful resources that can assist you in your own genealogical research.


Ragnar Kjartansson
The Visitors | The Man


...remembering Carrolup
Curated in collaboration with Edith De Giambattista and Noelene White

Ragnar Kjartansson’s elegiac video installation The Visitors features a gathering the artist’s friends and musicians in the grandiose and decaying 200-year-old Rokeby Farm in Upstate New York. The Visitors is presented in tandem with Kjartansson’s cinematic video installation The Man – the beguiling portrait of 96-year-old legendary blues musician Pinetop Perkins.

remembering Carrolup, Selected Works: Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) has been curated in collaboration with Edith De Giambattista (née Smith) and Noelene White, both residents at the Carrolup Native Settlement in the late 1940s.

25 Feb -
Margaret Moore -

Perth International Arts Festival Visual Arts Program Manager.

4 March -
Rachael Dease -

Overcoming the internal cultural cringe: How pop culture stopped apologising and found it’s place in the art world.

11 March –
Curtin’s Elder in Residence Ass. Prof. Simon Forrest
in conversation with Noelene White and Edith De Giambattista (née Smith)
Shared Stories: remembering Carrolup in the late 1940’s.

25 March -
Robert Faulkner -

Icelandic Men and Me: Landscapes, Soundscapes and Sagas.

1 April -
Cat Hope -

Music Performance in Art: An informal lecture discussing some of the problems for music in art, art in music and music as art in the cultural melee.


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