Architecture and national identity feature in ACCA lecture series

A series of lectures, to be held at the Australian Centre For Contemporary Art (ACCA), will explore the relationship between hobbies, pastimes and subjects of interest with artistic practice.

The 2018 instalment of ACCA’s annual lecture series will see eight artists deliver lectures on the preoccupations that inform their work. Among the speakers is artist and editor Eugenia Lim, founder of built environment magazine Assemble Papers, who will speak about her “ongoing interest in the role of architecture in marking a society and shaping national identity” in a session titled The Australian Ugliness.

The Australian Ugliness is also the title of Lim’s current project, a video work“exploring contemporary Australian identity and culture through its architecture and built environment.” Both the lecture and the video work take its name from the seminal 1960 book by architect Robin Boyd, which criticized Australia’s built environment and culture.

Elsewhere, artist Ronnie van Dout will consider his obsession with UFOs and those who seek them out and how this has affected his work, while Peter Waples-Crowe will unspool his intersecting experiences as both a queer and Indigenous man in community health work.

The lecture series starts on 30 April, with photographer Bill Henson on “the body as the last frontier,” and ends on 19 November with Larissa Hjorth on “lives, deaths and afterlives” in the age of social media.

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