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Rooms for Thought: Radical Uses of Museum Collections Symposium


Presented by MUMA [Monash University Museum of Art] and the Curatorial Practice Program at MADA [Monash Art Design and Architecture] in association with University Art Museums Australia [UAMA].

Convened by Charlotte Day, Director, MUMA and Tara McDowell, Associate Professor and Director, Curatorial Practice, MADA.

Rooms for Thought examines recent curatorial initiatives with collections, undertaken both by artists and curators alike. We are delighted to bring Dr Clémentine Deliss to Australia to discuss her groundbreaking work with ethnographic collections at Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt, as well as Jaroslaw Suchan, whose unconventional curatorial approach to the collections at Muzeum Sztuki has brought great attention to this artist-initiated regional museum in Lodz, Poland. These keynote speakers will be joined by Australian and New Zealand artists, academics and curators in a program designed to look at the movement away from defined roles and methodologies through a number of case studies. It is presented in parallel to Fiona Connor: Wallworks at MUMA, an exhibition which takes inspiration from the Monash University Collection.

Speakers: Dr Clémentine Deliss, Justin Paton, Jarosław Suchan, Professor Nikos Papastergiadis, Patrick Pound, Rebecca Coates, Jane Devery, Daniel Palmer, Sarah Farrar, Brook Andrew, Holly Williams, David Cross, Sean Dockray, Charlotte Day and Tara McDowell.

Symposium program (PDF)

Vimeo lectures:
Charlotte Day—Welcome to the Rooms for Thought symposium

Tara McDowell—Introduction to the Rooms for Thought symposium
Jarosław Suchan

Justin Paton
Patrick Pound

Sarah Farrar
Holly Williams and Brook Andrew

Clémentine Delisse

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