Posts tagged with Alumni

  1. Now showing: Julie Shiels’ ‘Placeholders’

    ‘Placeholders’, a sculpture and installation work, is the latest manifestation of Julie Shiels (B.Ed 1986; MA 2006) ongoing PhD work with the Victorian College of the Arts; an artistic study which utilises the readymade space in clear plastic packaging as an armature to explore our 21st century consumer culture. The first element comprises of 20 freestanding bronze sculptures cast from empty plastic packaging, congregated on pink board where movement traces are marked. The second element features a faux Latin text, known commonly in the design world as placeholder text called Lorem Ipsum. ‘The objects and the text in this work might be familiar but not recognisable’, Shiels says. ‘The bronze sculptures are cast from the empty spaces in clear plastic packaging, but bear little physical resemblance to the toys and implements originally enclosed in those transparent voids. Their origins are obscured and abstracted, just as we are distanced from the industrial processes used to produce the original goods.’

    In ‘Placeholders’, Melbourne artist Julie Shiels continues her preoccupation with social narrative and mass consumption, preserving objects, which are either rejected, overlooked or abandoned. By Lieu …

  2. VCA alumnus leads the 2012 jazz festival

    Michael Tortoni

    Melbourne International Jazz Festival Creative Director Michael Tortoni explains why a 100-year jazz tradition isn’t something that you just dabble in. By Lieu Thi Pham Jazz …

  3. A fresh crop: Next Wave Festival 2012

    Natalie Abbott and Rebecca Jensen present Physical Fractals, a performance that challenges perceptions and shifts the dimensions of reality.

    A brave group of VCA graduates unveiled solo projects at this year’s Next Wave festival – many for the first time. By Annie Reid The VCA …

  4. Postcard from Israel: Simon Starr

    Simon Starr

    Since graduating from the VCA, Simon Starr (BMusPerf 1993) has worked constantly as a session musician as well as composing and performing in ensembles of his own. …

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