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Mildura Palimpsest #9 Symposium

Saturday 5 October 2013

Brian Grogan Theatre
La Trobe University
Benetook Avenue

General: $30
Students: FREE
(coffee and muffins for sale)

Disabled Access:Yes

Keynote speaker - Shamim Momin, (USA), former Curator, Whitney Biennale

Speaker Biographies

Shamim Momin, Director,  L.A.N.D. (Los Angeles Nomadic Division). Shamim is a leading force in North American contemporary arts and site-specific curatorial practice. A former Curator of the Whitney Biennal, this year Shamim will be Curating In/Situ the site-specific arm of Expo-Chicago.

Jack Becker, (USA), is one of the world’s leading experts in public art. Jack Becker is the founder and Executive Director of Forecast Public Art, a 35-year-old nonprofit based in St. Paul, Minnesota ( In 1989, he established an annual grant program for artists exploring the public realm, and founded Public Art Review, an international magazine. Becker leads Forecast’s consulting team, serving a diverse clientele. As an artist with experience in theater and the visual arts, he applies his creativity and creative problem-solving skills, typically focusing on projects that connect the ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. Becker received the 2007 Award of Excellence from Americans for the Arts for his contribution to the public art field. He is currently working in partnership with Shanghai University to research and recognize public art projects around the world, including the first International Award for Public Art.

Rob Garrett, (N.Z.), leading international curator of site specific art projects in the public realm.  Rob’s current projects include Curator of Narracje Festival, Gdansk, Poland, Nov 2013.  Other recent projects include curating “Don’t hold your breath”, the NZ-Australia video art programme for the inaugural Ängelholm International Video Art Festival in Sweden (2012); “Lost in a dream” an international group show at Snake Pit, High Street, Auckland (2012); public art policy development for Auckland Council (2012-13); curating various public art projects in Auckland and Hamilton; and guest curator of the NZ Sculpture OnShore sculpture biennial in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Previous roles include Head of School, Dunedin School of Art; Government-appointed Council Member of Arts Council of New Zealand; Senior Manager, Creative New Zealand; sponsoring manager of “the fundamental practice”, New Zealand’s 2005 Venice Biennale pavilion project; and Founding Chair of the Otago Festival of the Arts, Dunedin.

Jonathan Kimberley is an interdisciplinary artist who makes both solo and collaborative works of outstanding beauty. His constructions, video's, writing and paintings provoke a rare and tangible presence, articulating the perpetual intercultural discussion that is the actualisation of his work. In 2011 for Palimpsest #8 Kimberley worked with long-time collaborator Puralia Meenamatta (Jim Everett) to create a powerful installation titled The Global Dome Unlimited; a massive 5metre cubed multi-media installation incorporating a live performative discussion - and ultimately the works' physical deconstruction by the audience.
The Global Dome Unlimited emerged through extended discussion between Everett & KImberley during residencies in Meenamatta Country - Everett's Country in Tasmania - and Valcamonica in northern Italy. The work is a continuation of their lively critique of the many-layered mythologies and preconceptions about intercultural identity in a global world.
Kimberley was born in Melbourne in 1969 and lives and works between Tasmania, Melbourne, Western Australia and Italy.  He combines solo studio practice and long-term collaborative projects ‘in Country’ with artists in Australia and internationally. Kimberley has a BA (Fine Art), RMIT University, Melbourne and an MFA, University of Western Australia. His work is held in numerous major collections. Jonathan Kimberley is represented by Bett Gallery Hobart.

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