2016 Conference

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29-30 September 2016
QUT Creative Industries Faculty, Brisbane

Conference Theme: Adaptation
Art and design schools across Australia navigate a range of cultural and economic forces. The pedagogical and research agendas of the University environment, along with concomitant financial and administrative constraints, create one set of pressures. External industry structures and commercial aims create provide another. As art and design schools adapt to, and define themselves against, these environmental conditions, a pressure that often runs against the studio’s spirit of enquiry and value as a pedagogical space may be produced. In the context of these complex forces, what is the morphology of the contemporary art and design school?

The 2016 ACUADS Conference considered adaptation of various qualities and extents, as entities, processes and approaches that are conditional, grafted, contoured, nested or composite. Papers were invited from academics, art teachers and postgraduate students on topics relating to adaptation, interconnection, hybridity, survival, symbiosis and habitat as they affect the practice and pedagogy of contemporary art and design. Papers and roundtable proposals addressed topics including, but not limited to:

  • Survival practices: considering art, design and the anthropocene
  • Arranged marriages: amalgamations and mergers
  • Praxical models: connecting theory, practice and exegesis
  • Critical studio models: the contemporary art market and the academy
  • Methodologies: hybrid processes in the studio, lab and workshop
  • Disciplined and undisciplined approaches: connecting practices, fields, methodologies and audiences
  • Common spaces: teaching and practice

Postgraduate Scholarships
Congratulations to Bettina Bruder, UNSW; Bryan Harris, ANU and Ash Tower, UNISA who were named the 2016 ACUADS Postgraduate Scholars. They received $500 towards registration, travel and accommodation costs.

Charles Robb (Convenor)
Dr Courtney Pedersen
Dr Rachael Haynes

Tel +61 (0)7 3138 3761
Visual Art Discipline, School of Media, Entertainment and Creative Arts
QUT Creative Industries Faculty, Brisbane
Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059 AUSTRALIA

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All the papers published here were subject to a process of double-blind peer review at both abstract (acceptance) and final paper stage (publication). Abstracts were revised and resubmitted following an initial stage of peer review. Final papers were reviewed by their authors subsequent to a further final stage of peer review. The papers were then subject to minor editing to ensure they are as free of errors as possible and that they consistently comply with the conference style guide.


What is ERA really measuring?
Dr. Lyndall Adams, Prof. Clive Barstow and Dr. Paul Uhlmann (ECU)
Interior as “living machine”: connecting ecology and interior
Dr. Paramita Atmodiwirjo and Prof. Yandi Andri Yatmo (Universitas Indonesia)
Autonomous aesthetic practice in the Anthropocene
Dr. Elizabeth Bevan-Parrella (University of South Australia)
Making public the making public
Mr. Adam Cruickshank (RMIT)
Be spoken to: a highly disciplined cross-disciplinary project
Ms. Caren Florance (University of Canberra)
Mapping autotopographies
Mr. Bryan Harris (ANU)
Peer review as learning tool in design units
Dr. Jo Jung and Dr. Mark McMahon (ECU)
Strategic directions in practice-led research: rethinking research models in the creative arts
Dr. Svenja Kratz, Dr. Megan Keating and Prof. Kit Wise (University of Tasmania)
Art education: a social good or corporate thorn?
Assoc. Prof. Keely Macarow and Assoc. Prof. Dominic Redfern (RMIT)
Lent and borrowed: risk and distributed authorship in tertiary studio research
Mr. Ash Tower and Ms. Sasha Grbic (University of South Australia)
Multiple Measures & Interdisciplinary Adventures: Benchmarking interdisciplinary assessment design in the Creative Arts and Humanities
Dr. Kate Tregloan (Monash University) Prof. Kit Wise and Dr. Wendy Fountain (University of Tasmania)
Working the field: visual arts graduates in the current context
Dist. Prof. Jen Webb (University of Canberra)
“I was worried about insulting Indigenous communities with my designs”: shifting from fear to recognition to create a meeting place of sovereigns
Mr. Peter West, Assoc. Prof. Yoko Akama (RMIT) and Assoc. Prof. Mark McMillan (University of Melbourne)