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The "Hyperreal" in Australian Indigenous Art:

intro pic That is the subject tackled in this week's Humanities in Global Context Lecture at CHAT. Faye Ginsburg, David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology at New York University, will talk about the blurred boundaries between the real world and the world of Aboriginal spirits. She focuses on two well-known Australian Indigenous artists who have explored these connections in their creative work. One is Tracey Moffatt, an experimental photographer and videographer, who provided a very personal meditation on the significance of land and place. The other is Warwick Thornton, filmmaker, artist, and musician, who produced a documentary about Australian aboriginal ghost stories. Be prepared to learn about spirit landscapes, ghost stories, and the Darkside. Ginsburg will speak on February 3rd at 4pm in the CHAT lounge.

Upcoming Talks

Humanities in Global Context Lecture Series

Speaker portraitFaye Ginsburg, Anthropology, New York University

The Indigenous Uncanny: Accounting for Ghosts in Recent Indigenous Experimental Media

Wednesday, February 3
4:00-5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

Faye Ginsburg is an American anthropologist and David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology at New York University She founded the Center for Media, Culture and History at NYU. This talk focuses on what I am calling the Indigenous uncanny, as a way to understand some recent "hyperreal" works by two well-known Australian Indigenous artists: experimental photographer and videographer Tracey Moffatt and her latest work, Spirit Landscapes and filmmaker/artist/musician Warwick Thornton and his recent feature-length experimental documentary called The Darkside constructed from 13 discrete Indigenous ghost stories, based on recorded firsthand accounts of encounters with Aboriginal spirits, from storytellers across Australia, Indigenous and otherwise, selected from over the many who responded to a call for such stories. These works invoke and establish a comfort with the blurred boundaries between this world and "the other side".

Distinguished Faculty Lectures Series

Speaker portraitBrooke Erin Duffy, Advertising

The Politics of "Passion Projects": Gender and Aspirational Labor in the Social Media Age

Thursday, February 11
12:30–1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

Against the backdrop of profound transformations in the technologies and politics of creative work, legions of young women are flocking to social media platforms in hopes of capitalizing on their "passion projects." I argue that the activities of this new class of enterprising subjects can be understood within the framework of aspirational labor. Aspirational laborers pursue productive activities that hold the promise of social and economic capital; yet the reward system for these aspirants is highly uneven. Indeed, while a select few may realize their professional goals, this labor ideology obscures problematic constructions of gender, race, and class.   

Brooke Erin Duffy, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in Temple's Department of Advertising and a member of the Media & Communication doctoral program. Her research interests include creative industries and digital labor; feminist media studies; and advertising and consumer culture. She is currently working on her second book, Aspirational Labor: Women and Creative Work in an Age of Social Media.


Spring 2016

Speaker PortraitLeah Modigliani, Tyler School of Art

How long can we tolerate this? An incomplete record from 1933-1999

The thirty-five foot long photo assemblage is comprised of press photographs of evictions during the years of the Glass-Steagall Act. Taking the form of a city skyline, it is at once a timeline, a historical archive and a representation of working and middle-class material displacement. In the context of an increasingly divisive federal election cycle, this work speaks powerfully about the role the press plays in shaping political consensus about what constitutes a shared ethical responsibility towards others.

Modigliani is Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at the Tyler School of Art.

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Ben Wilson, American Painter

imageIn 2008, CHAT acquired six large oil paintings by American painter Ben Wilson thanks to the generosity of the Ben and Evelyn Wilson Foundation. These works are on permanent display in the CHAT lounge and conference room. (Image: a detail from “The Thresher,” c. 1975)

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