Participatory Design, Responsive Architecture, GREGORY BURGESS
December 6, 2012
Gregory Burgess, well known Melbourne-based architect, is especially known for buildings for indigenous communities in Australia, and for his participatory design approach which has produced some remarkable and unique spaces. He practises architecture as a social and environmental art and his work has been praised for its cultural sensitivity and inclusivity of diverse senses, of identity and of place. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne in 1970 and has led a practice called the Gregory Burgess Architects for 32 years. His work has been exhibited at major galleries in London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Edinburgh and all Australian cities.
Greg received the RAIA Gold Medal in 2004, the Australian architecture profession’s highest accolade. He has received over 40 professional and community awards including the AIA Sir Zelman Cowen Award and Victorian Architecture Medal. Most recently, his firm’s Middle Park Public Amenities Block design has won the Mayor’s award at the 2012 City of Port Phillip Design and Development Awards for its architectural excellence in sustainability and innovative design.
Gorgeous Weaves, A Story of Social Enterprise, (Lao Textiles)
October 3, 2012
Cassidy, known for her contemporary aesthetic, marries traditional textile weaving techniques with evolving themes and pattern. In 2013, the Textile Museum, Washington DC, will present an exhibition of her work, applauding her illustrious contribution to the textile art. She has also held numerous exhibitions including at Fashion Institute of Technology, New York and the Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco. Cassidy’s textiles are part of the permanent collections of various museums including: the Guggenheim Museum, NY; The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.; and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The company she founded, Lao Textiles, was awarded the 2001 UNESCO Product Excellence Award and is premiere example of successful social enterprise.
Contemporary Identity in Photography, MICHIKO KASAHARA (Japan – Chief Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo)
June 14, 2012
Michiko Kasahara, an established authority in Japanese contemporary art, began her career as a curator with the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 1989. Thereafter, she joined the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, for a four year term after which she returned to the Metropolitan Museum as the Chief Curator in 2006.
Amongst her many international achievements is her appointment as the commissioner for Japan at the fifty-first Venice Biennale (2005). She received The Photographic Society of Japan Award (2002) and has received numerous awards for her curatorial essays. As the guest curator for the Japan Foundation’s international travelling exhibitions, she took her projects including ‘Out of the Ordinary/Extraordinary’ (2004) and the 2003 ‘City-net Asia’ project to the USA, UK, South Korea, Philippines.
Kasahara’s curatorial projects focus predominantly on contemporary Japanese photography. Acclaimed exhibitions include ‘On Your Body’ (2008), ‘On Landscape’ (2002), and ‘Kiss in the Dark’ (2001). She also organizes American Perspectives exhibitions. Her previous projects include ‘Photographs from the Polaroid Collection’ (2000), ‘Love’s Body: Rethinking the Naked and the Nude in Photography’ (1998), ‘Alfred Stieglitz and His Contemporaries’ (1997), and ‘Gender Beyond Memory: The Works of Contemporary Women Artists’ (1996).
Connections, (Artist & Director of Art OMI) April 26, 2012
Cannizzaro trained as a painter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome before moving to New York in 1997. Her work combines traditional symbols and rituals with contemporary thinking and politics, resulting in a fascinating mélange of thought-provoking complexity.
She has exhibited in solo and group shows, in galleries and museums throughout the USA and elsewhere, including: Pierogi, NY (2011); Five Myles, NY (2011); Spazio A, Pistoia, Italy (2007); and Centro Cultural São Paolo, Brazil (2006). Cannizzaro says of her interest in textile art: “Since my early paintings in the mid 90s, I never used stretchers or frames and always conceived my paintings as, first and foremost, a manipulated piece of fabric… Inevitably, my paintings soon took a sculptural existence, in which I treated them as three dimensional objects, altering their form depending on the exhibition space.”
Cannizzaro is the first Vision Culture Art Resident of SGFA. For this Lecture, she presented her exploration of Malaysia and the impact on her art practice.
From Dr DEBRA DIAMOND (Associate Curator for South and Southeast Asian Art at The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution) February 2, 2012
As the lead curator for the landmark exhibition Garden and Cosmos: Royal Painting of Jodhpur, shown at the Smithsonian, the Seattle Museum of Art, the British Museum, and the Gallery of New South Wales (2008/2009), she developed an exhibition that attracted an unprecedented number of visitors, and has been widely acknowledged as creating a new model for Indian art exhibitions. The rigorous academic standards applied to her writing and curating were recognised through the College Art Association’s 2009 Alfred Barr, Jr. Award for ‘outstanding museum catalogue’.
Though her focus is traditional Indian painting, her interests extend beyond. Having worked for the Smithsonian for over a decade, Dr Diamond has participated in several acclaimed exhibitions, ranging from diverse themes such as a review of Asian portraiture from the past 2000 years (Facing East: Portraiture From Asia, 2006); contemporary photography (Kenro Izu: Sacred Sites Along the Silk Road, 2002-3; AutoFocus: Photographs by Raghubir Singh, 2003); and contemporary art. Her ‘Perspectives’ series (2003-2006) provided regular excursions into contemporary Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Malaysian art.
GREGORY BURGESS, Intelligent Design,The Edge, 2013
MICHIKO KASAHARA Shifting Paradigms, New Straits Times, 2012
Idea to Exhibition