2011 Conference

Edited by Mr. Gordon Bull, Head, School of Art, Australian National University

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A view into the future of Australian Art and Design Schools
21 – 23 September 2011

ISBN: 978-0-9758360-7-1

Welcome to the 2011 Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) conference hosted by the Australian National University, the University of Canberra, and the Canberra Institute of Technology.

The title of the conference was ‘Creativity: brain, mind, body’. Artists working within the university sector now confront vital and, at times, vexed issues regarding the relation between conventional academic disciplines and notions and measures of knowledge; and the kinds of knowledge and insight involved in creative practice. Creative research involves engaging distinctive kinds of knowledge located in the body, in the senses and the emotions as much as in the mind or brain. Artists across the sector are grappling with the challenge of finding a language with which to effectively account for the complexities of creative experience, and we may well find that the insights which artists bring to this process has the potential to shed light, not just on their own particular creative practices, but on the nature of the creative imagination itself.

The two keynote speakers, Dr Iain McGilchrist and Prof Ross Gibson, anchored this theme, and the three day program explored its implications. Many, but not all, of the papers are related to the theme: we also aimed to present a wide range of research representing the diverse interests and practices of our sector.

Canberra provides the opportunity to visit the great exhibitions at our national institutions: especially at The National Portrait Gallery, The National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, The Australian War Memorial, The National Film and Sound Archive, The National Library of Australia, and The National Archives of Australia.

Other local exhibiting institutions are: Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra Glassworks, the Gallery of Australian Design, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, M16 Art Space, ANCA Gallery (Australian National Capital Artists Inc), Megalo Print Studio and Gallery, and the Huw Davies Gallery at PhotoAccess. There are two galleries on the ANU campus: School of Art Gallery and Drill Hall Gallery.

Gordon Bull
Head of School
School of Art – ANU

11 May, 2012 Paper Publication Date

ACUADS offers participation to the wider art and design sector by co-ordinating a theme-based annual conference (with rotating locations throughout Australia) as part of its professional development responsibility.

The Conference three day program was built around the interests of those proposing papers:

Day one was entirely driven by members’ interests;

Day two was built around the broad theme of inter disciplinary practices and creativity: making links between scholars involved in practice-led research in Schools of Art and academics and practitioners working in related fields such as other arts practice disciplines, neuroscience, visual perception, psychology, philosophy and anthropology;

Day three focused on Higher Degree Researchers.

Research Higher Degree (Masters and Doctorates) candidates were strongly encouraged to propose papers. Additionally, three ACUADS Postgraduate Grants were made available to assist currently enrolled doctoral candidates to participate in the conference. The ACUADS Executive Committee selected Abdul Aziz, Betty Sargeant and Deborah Marks as grant recipients from the full papers proposed by doctoral candidates for conference presentation. Recipients received $500, which covered the registration fee with the balance being made available to assist with travel and accommodation costs.

Refereed papers were presented during the three days of the Conference.

Refereed Papers

The refereeing process complied with accepted guidelines. Referees were chosen from the academic community and were independent experts in their chosen field. Each full and completed paper was submitted for refereeing as a ‘blind’ (unidentifiable) copy to two referees. Written comments were received from each referee for each paper. Papers requiring revision were returned to authors for the required changes. At no time were referees informed of the identities of the authors whose papers they were assessing, nor were authors informed of the referees’ identities. The Keynote papers were not subject to this process. The conference papers have been edited for consistency in presentation, and an effort has been made to ensure that all papers are free from errors.

ACUADS 2011 Conference

Australian National University – School of Art

University of Canberra – Faculty of Art and Design

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

21 – 23 September 2011


Alex Ashton: Drawing phenomenological parallels through practice-based research
Abdul Aziz-Zalayl: The Bersila Workstation: stage one in a new work-furniture concept
Eugenie Keefer Bell: A Gust of Myrtle Trees and Other Curious Proposals: Engaging Studio-Focussed Students with History and Theory
Becky Nevin Berger: Aesthetic Subjectivity: Conduit between Subject- Object and Creativity- Knowledge
Elivio Bonollo and Carlos Montana-Hoyos: Drawings and the Development of Creativity and Form Language in Product Design Education
Ben Denham: Postulates of Brain Sculpting
Ben Ennis Butler, Sam Hinton and Mitchell Whitelaw: Playing with Complexity: An approach to exploratory data visualisation
William Hart: Constructing Experience: Art and Digital Literacy
Geoff Hinchcliffe: Data as Script: A Critical Lens for Interface Production
Chris Hardy and Erin Hinton: A Critical Analysis of Data as it Relates to the Digital Design Process
Daniel Mafe: Affect and Inarticulacy: The Silent Voice of the Artist
Deborah Marks: Unspoken Moments: An Investigation into the Creative Process
Gjoko Muratovski: Challenges and Opportunities of Cross-Disciplinary Design Education and Research
Stephen Naylor: Presenting international art study tours as an effective model for authentic learning
Mark O'Dwyer and Lissa Barnum: End of the Beginning: Complimentary educational perspectives in the collaborative design environment
Sabine Pagan: Contemporary Jewellery: a phenomenological approach to making informed by Architecture
Clarissa Regan: Getting Messy With Clay, Paint & Charcoal: An Abject Argument for Creative Embodiment
Alistair Riddell: Teaching Technology as an Adjunct to Core Practice in Traditional Arts
Betty Sargeant: Anthropomorphism and Morphism: Embodiment and the Picture Book
Lisa Scharoun, Stephen O'Connor and Tat-Ming Yu: Collaborative Approaches to teaching Design History
Mary Scott: Integrated Thinking and Making in a Research Culture
Edward Spence: The Theatre of Philosophy: A Neo-Socratic Method for Performing Public Philosophy
Tim Thomas and Susan Thwaites: The Creative Researcher In Search of Outputs
Paul Uhlmann: To see the world clearly: – painting, the camera obscura and the lens of Spinoza
Donald Welch: Lucid dreaming and the Surreal: Accessing the unconscious to produce creative visual outcomes
Ashley Whamond: Echoes of Formalism: Art Theory and Creative Research
Pamela Zeplin: Are Universities ‘Letting Australian Art Down’?: ‘First Class’ Aspirations or Second Wave Cultural Cringe?