Transversal Practices: Matter, Ecology and Relationality

VI International Conference on New Materialisms

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  1. Dates: 27–29 September 2015
    Venue: The Victorian College of the Arts,The University of Melbourne, Australia.
  2. The VI International Conference on New Materialisms has now ended.


    The following is a highlight reel of some of the memorable moments and images captured throughout this unique and exciting event.


  3. We questioned:

    How do transversal practices work and how can we account or conceptualise them? What kind of methodologies do they necessitate, or call for?

    We encourage critical approaches that transversally cross the following: collectivity, corporeality/incorporeality, materiality/immateriality, indigeneity, individual/group subjectivity, knowledge-production/onto-epistemologies, language, temporality, transdisciplinarity, processes of making art/philosophy/ activism, and the three Ss—spatiality, sociality and the sensorium.

    All conference submissions have been refereed.
    We will contact conference presenters soon with details regarding an accompanying refereed publication.

    The NewMats2015 Conference is sponsored by the Faculty of the VCA and MCM at the University of Melbourne in co-operation with ISCH COST Action New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on 'How Matter Comes to Matter’

  4. Keynote Speakers:
    Professor Erin Manning - SenseLab, Concordia University, Canada - Carrying the Feeling
    Professor Brian Martin - Deakin University, Australia - Shifting the Lens: Embodied Memory, Culture and Practice
    Professor Hayden Lorimer - University of Glasgow, Scotland - Pet Project (COST Action IS1307)
    Professor Karen Barad - University of California, Santa Cruz, U.S, via video link
    Joshua Simon - Chief Curator, The Bat Yam Art Museum, Israel


  5. More About Transversal Practices:

    Transversal Practices focused on how things, subjects, collectives, politics and disciplines are in the making; how they take-form and transform in relation to other elements, both human and nonhuman. Transversal Practices are concerned with ecologies where intensities of movement are aligned with and embrace hands-on attitude and artistic, scientific, ethnographical, philosophical and activist praxis.

    We offered three keywords to inspire thinking and to carve out the specificities of practice. Matter refers to ubiquitous, vibrant and continuous becoming that is one of the central concerns of New Materialism: practices are always material, and surprising in nature. Ecology indicates an open and continuously transforming system, which depends upon how its components relate to each other. Relationality, for its part, is the moving principle of being in the world, or with the world. We become in relation to others. We co-emerge, as do artworks, ideas and collectives.

  6. NewMats2015 Convening Committee:
    A/Professor Barbara Bolt, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
    Professor Estelle Barrett, Institute of Koori Education, Deakin University
    Dr James Oliver, Centre for Cultural Partnerships, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
    Dr Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
    Dr Ilona Hongisto, School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, University of Turku, Finland; The Victorian College of the Arts,
    The University of Melbourne
    Dr Laura Woodward, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
    Tal Fitzpatrick (Conference Coordinator), PhD Candidate, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

    NewMats2015 Reference Group:
    Professor Julieanna Preston, College of Creative Arts, Toi Rauwharangi Massey University, NZ
    A/Professor Iris van der Tuin, Department of Media and Culture Studies and the Research Institute for History and Culture, Utrecht University, Universitair Hoofddocent
    Dr Jondi Keane, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University
    Andrew Lavery, Contemporary Art, The University of Sydney
    Terri Bird, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University
    Milla Tiainen, University of Helsinki, Finland

  7. I travelled 21,000 km (over California) to see this woman deliver a Skype lecture (from California) to a Melbourne audience. #newmats2015 #karenbarad
    I travelled 21,000 km (over California) to see this woman deliver a Skype lecture (from California) to a Melbourne audience. #newmats2015 #karenbarad
  8. This is me giving my presentation on #Dissensus & #Diffraction at #newmats2015 ✨ thanks @meganjmcpherson for the photo 😃
    This is me giving my presentation on #Dissensus & #Diffraction at #newmats2015 ✨ thanks @meganjmcpherson for the photo 😃
  9. "the robots are programmed to seek new sensory experiences" Petra Gemeinboeck on 'Accomplices' #newmats2015
    "the robots are programmed to seek new sensory experiences" Petra Gemeinboeck on 'Accomplices' #newmats2015
  10. The closest I may ever get to being Bjork #newmats2015
    The closest I may ever get to being Bjork #newmats2015
  11. @andreaeckersley presenting on expanded understandings of painted surfaces @ #newmats2015 and concurrently evoking the #lunareclipse that we are missing here in Australia
    @andreaeckersley presenting on expanded understandings of painted surfaces @ #newmats2015 and concurrently evoking the #lunareclipse that we are missing here in Australia
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