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Forum: The Archive and the Limits of Representation


Date: Tuesday 14 August 2012
Time: 5.30 – 7.00pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Monash University Museum of Art

Speakers: Professor Jay Winter, Professor Bruce Scates, Geraldine Barlow

MUMA’s exhibition Liquid Archive traces connections between traditional notions of the archive, emerging technologies, and the ways in which memory and personal experience are incorporated into larger histories.  A number of works in the exhibition engage directly with the limits of representation and the difficulty of responding to sites of trauma and loss.

In this public forum, the panel will discuss artistic and academic research, responses to and representations of sites of trauma and loss.

Professor Jay Winter holds the distinguished Charles J. Stille Chair of History at Yale University. He is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century. His other interests include remembrance of war in the 20th century, such as memorial and mourning sites; the causes and institutions of war and the Armenian genocide of 1915. Winter is the author of a dozen books and the winner of an Emmy Award for his acclaimed television series, The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century and is also General Editor of the forthcoming Cambridge history of the Great War. Professor Winter is currently a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University. Professor Winter’s presentation Configuring catastrophe: Anselm Kiefer in the 20th century and after will discuss Anselm Keifer’s use of history.

Professor Bruce Scates is a prize-winning teacher, historian and storyteller, and Chair of History and Australian Studies at the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University. He has written extensively on grief, war-related trauma and the politics of commemoration. He is currently lead chief investigator on three separate ARC grants exploring the contested memory of war. Bruce has recently been appointed chair of the Military and Cultural History Working Group, one of six expert committees advising the Anzac Centenary Board. For this forum Professor Scates will discuss the contentious use of the archives in charting the memory of the Great War. 

Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow is Senior Curator and Collections Manager at MUMA, where she has worked since 2004. She has previously worked at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA); the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts; the Melbourne International Biennial and Heide Museum of Modern Art. Geraldine’s recent projects include focus exhibitions with Claire Lambe, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Brook Andrew, and Arlene TextaQueen. Geraldine has developed seven major thematic exhibitions for MUMA, including NETWORKS (cells & silos) and most recently Liquid Archive.

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