UNSW student takes up Juilliard research fellowship

UNSW PhD Candidate Marco Susino will take up a research fellowship as a visiting scholar to New York’s renowned Juilliard School after receiving an Endeavour Research Award. His move will contribute to his doctoral project The Music that Moves Us through the co-creation of six bodies of work with Juilliard composers and choreographers to explore how emotion in music is embodied in dance.

WA student film successes

Edith Cowan University’s WA Screen Academy is celebrating a number of recent successes. WA Screen Academy Films Filch, Spiral, Noah, Raw, When Harri Met Salma, and Pretty Face – all short films starring 3rd Year WAAPA acting students and written, directed, produced and crewed by WA Screen Academy Bachelors and Masters students – have all been accepted into a variety of local festivals. These include WA Unlocked, Next Gen, Unigoonies, Revelation Film Festival and Australian Revelations.

Noah director Shane van Litsenborgh has secured a national Australian Directors Guild (ADG) nomination. Filch, directed by Rachel Fitzgerald, produced by Ben Harris and written by Ana Victoria Neves, has recently premiered at the Berlin International Short Film Festival. Spiral, directed by Steven Kerr, produced by William Pacquiao and written by Corey Booth, has recently premiered at the Paris Short Film Festival, and will be showcasing at the Roswell Film Festival in New Mexico this month.

Melbourne Conservatorium Baroque Winter Academy

Dates: 21 – 23 July 2019
Location: The Ian Potter Southbank Centre, 43 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne
Website: https://finearts-music.unimelb.edu.au/events/baroque-winter-academy

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is thrilled to announce the inaugural Baroque Winter Academy – a unique, immersive educational experience including masterclasses, talks and concerts exploring motion, emotion and improvisation through the Baroque music of Biber and Bohemia.

Emerging artists reinterpret iconic artistic commissions

The University of Melbourne’s First Commissions project invited emerging artists to respond to the commission briefs that resulted in some of the world’s most iconic artistic works.

Without knowing the famous artistic works that originally resulted, 30 emerging artists were invited to respond to the commission briefs that inspired: Michelangelo’s David; Frida Kahlo’s Self Portrait with Monkeys; Bob Dylan’s Hurricane; Camille Claudel’s The Age of Maturity; Susan Hewitt and Penelope Lee’s The Great Petition; Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and the White Star Line commission for the RMS Titanic.

The resulting reimagined responses were featured in an exhibition which was launched at the Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Firenze on 4 July and which can be seen at the University of Melbourne’s new Southbank campus on 27 and 28 July.

Further information about the First Commissions project is available at: https://www.firstcommissions.com.au

Orpheus Institute seeks Research Fellow

The Orpheus Institute, an international centre of excellence focused on artistic research in music based in Belgium is seeking a research fellow to lead future artistic research with a unique historical resource.

The Institute is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Fellow who will bring vision for the use of a unique collection of early books and scores as a resource for artistic research. This collection of some twenty thousand items dedicated to music from the 17th/18th centuries, has been assembled over fifty years by a single artist, a world-renowned performer of baroque music. The Research Fellow will design, plan, coordinate and lead innovative projects exploring the potential of the collection as a research instrument for musical practice.

The contract will be for three years, with a view to continuing renewal. The position is full-time, based in Ghent, Belgium with a salary in the range €50,000-€70,000 p.a.

Further details are available at: https://orpheusinstituut.be/assets/files/projects/20190710_Orpheus-Instituut_Call-for-Research-Fellow.pdf

Artistic Criticality

Judging from past attempts at exclusion of the creative arts from consideration as research … reform will not involve reasoned argument. The arbitrary nature of all classification processes becomes the perfect arena for selective disempowerment by using semantic word juggling and modification. This means that terminology is always vitally important.

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Accounting for creative arts research

In 2017 the Deans of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences agreed to survey decision makers in creative arts disciplines about the perception that “While every other FoR has increased its average score in each of the ERA rounds … FoR19 is the only code in which the average score across the sector has decreased in each ERA round” … We turned to the ERA Outcomes data to test this, and to review how FoR19 (Studies in Creative Arts and Writing) stacks up not only against closely related disciplines but also against the very different (scientific) disciplines selected for the 2009 ERA pilot.

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More transparency needed to back research excellence claims

A new paper by Emeritus Professor Frank Larkins questions whether Australian research performance, particularly in science disciplines, is really improving. Noting the lack of transparency in the benchmarks used to evaluate performance, Professor Larkins asks whether claims of excellence can really stand up to scrutiny.  His paper, Research at Australian Universities: Is Excellence Really Excellent? released through Melbourne University’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education, also discusses the contrast in results between science based disciplines and those in Social Sciences and Humanities. The full paper is available at: https://melbourne-cshe.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/3058221/2019_F-P-Larkins_ERA-Excellence.pdf

Call for nominations for AAANZ book and PhD prizes

Deadline for book prize nominations: 28 June 2019
Deadline for PhD prize nominations: 4 October 2019
Website: http://aaanz.info/prizes/

The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) invites nominations for its 2019 prize awards for the best in Arts writing and research in Australia and New Zealand. Award categories include prizes for books, catalogues, artist books, indigenous art writing and an award for recently completed PhD graduates. Those wishing to nominate publications for a prize must be a member of AAANZ or affiliated with museums that have AAANZ institutional membership.