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Collaborations in Modern and Postmodern Visual Arts

Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano If... so... then 2006 (still) DVD, 7:47min Monash University Collection, purchased 2007 Courtesy of the artists, Anna Schwartz Gallery and Monash University Museum of Art

Collaboration has fostered ground-breaking innovations in the visual arts during the 20th and 21st centuries. The conference focuses on the dynamics of collaborative experiments and reciprocal exchanges by modern and postmodern artists. It will explore creative partnership in social and historical contexts, discursive and ideological frames, and gender. It seeks to formulate new methodologies in the study of artistic collaboration, to shed light on creative co-operation and to provide critiques of traditional models of authorship.


30 September - 1 October 2010


Monash Conference Centre
Level 7, 30 Collins Street
Melbourne Victoria


Conference abstracts

Keynote speaker: Professor Ken Friedman, Swinburne University of Technology

Community, Culture, Context: The Three Cs of Fluxus

Ken Friedman is Professor of Design Theory and Strategic Design at Swinburne University of Technology and Dean of the Faculty of Design. Active since 1966 in the international laboratory known as Fluxus, he is also a practicing artist and designer. Friedman had his first solo exhibition in New York in 1966. He is represented in major museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Tate Modern, London and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. In 2007, Loughborough University awarded Friedman the degree of D.Sc. honoris causa for outstanding contributions to design research. His most recent solo exhibition took place at Stendhal Gallery, New York in 2009.

Confirmed speaker:
Dr Janine Burke, Monash University (Australia)

Monet's 'Angel': The Painting Partnership of Claude and Blanche Monet

Dr Burke is an art historian, curator, critic and novelist. She is the author of The Gods of Freud: Sigmund Freud's Art Collection (2006). In conjunction with the Freud Museum London, she curated 'An Archaeology of the Mind: Sigmund Freud's Art Collection' for Monash University Museum of Art and Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney (2007-2008). Source: Nature's Healing Role in Art and Writing was published in 2009. Her current project is 'Being Geniuses Together: Artist Couples, Communities and Collaborations' which explores, among others, Yoko Ono and John Lennon, and the Papunya Tula Aboriginal community. She holds a research fellowship jointly in the School of Political and Social Inquiry and in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies.


Speaker Title of paper mp3 file size
Ken Friedman Community, Culture, Context: The Three Cs of Fluxus Podcast icon40 MB
Lyndell Brown
Charles Green
Towards a Typology of Artist Collaboration Podcast icon34.2 MB
Peter Murphy Combination and Collaboration As The Mirror of Creation, The Case of Jasper Johns Podcast icon20.7 MB
Janine Burke Monet's 'Angel': The Painting Partnership of Claude Monet and Blanche Hosch Podcast icon15.5 MB
Roberta Crisci-Richardson Collaboration in the work of Edgar Degas Podcast icon16.4 MB
Carina Nandlal Picasso and Stravinsky: A Collaborative Bromance Podcast icon9.6 MB
Eduardo De La Fuente Why networking is different to collaboration: Andy Warhol and the peculiarities of the postmodern creative class Podcast icon13.2 MB
Leslie Morgan The Black Art Movement in Britain Podcast icon14.8 MB
Clare Leporati Meridians - engagement and collaboration in physical & virtual public space Podcast icon15.4 MB
Kate Daw
Stewart Russell
Two Homes Podcast icon29.3 MB
Susan Rothnie How collaboration through alternative spaces changed art in Australia in the seventies Podcast icon14.2 MB
Ann Schilo
Anna Sabadini
Collaborative Viewpoints: the writing of impossible descriptions Podcast icon13.6 MB
Justine Grace A Meeting of the Minds: Gino Severini, Jacques Maritain and Anton Luigi Gajoni Podcast icon12.6 MB
Andrew Dearman Working (with) the Dead: Agency and its absence in the use of the found image Podcast icon20.6 MB
Anne Marsh Video and performance art collaborations Podcast icon15.3 MB
Jacquelene Drinkall Politics of Telepathic Collaborations, the 60s, the 80s and Now Podcast icon13.7 MB
Adrian Martin To Everything Turn, Turn’: The Uneasy Togetherness of Michelangelo Antonioni and Wim Wenders, and Other Fraught Collaborative Ventures Podcast icon17.6 MB


Collaborations in Modern and Postmodern Visual Arts enquires



Collaborations in Modern and Postmodern Visual Art is partly sponsored by Social and Aesthetics Research Unit (SARU), School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, Monash University.