Exhibition: Ex Libris Fisherarium (14 Aug – 17 Sep)

Ex Libris Fisherarium

Curated by Michael Goldberg

When: 14 August to 17 September; during Library opening hours

Where: Fisher Library, Levels 2,3 and 4

 

The fool dʌθ bounce, the speculator dʌθ fall and the esopterodactyl?

 

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Nicholas Dorey

Artists:

Nicholas Dorey: Poisons on the people’s path (PPP)

Shane Haseman: CALL 688.7 3

Richard Kean: Dimensional Poetics

Have you ever had a conversation with someone where you knew what they were saying was objectively interesting but you couldn’t for the life of you figure out what on earth they were talking about? Art often creates languages which preclude the uninitiated. This could be called Art for it’s own sake or even intellectual terrorism if you’re prone to hyperbole. But Art’s role is not to polish society’s low hanging fruit. It is to cut down the fruit forest to build a synthetic fruit scent mausoleum for the fruit, which was once everyone’s, and now belongs to a rich old white man in order for him to prove how rich he is through the acquisition of something inherently worthless. Makes sense? No? Good!

All three artists have a tendency to confound, not through their disregard or contempt for a populist audience but simply by the fact that they have very particular interests. This befuddlement will no doubt continue in these small glass cabinets. Richard is matter doodling like Pythagoras with the intersections of Fibonacci number theory through the design process of electro magnetic coils and energy recycling gliders. Nick will cobble together something which seems vaguely mystical if not a little smug and overly esoteric, and Shane will round it out with something equally perplexing and erudite but in a cheeky and delightful suede patches on the elbows kind of way.

Shane, Richard and Nick are all bona fide artist with real university degrees who do real Art things all the time but more importantly they are good people and isn’t that what really matters?

 

Enquiries: Michael Goldberg 0416 287 283

Exhibition: Bookish II – 1 July to 5 August

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Published on: 26 July 2015

Ex Libris Fisherarium:

Marrickville Garage presents: BOOKISH IIEx Libris Fisherarium: Bookish II: Jane Eyre Montage (image by ) Anne Kay

When: 1 July – 5 August 2015, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where: Fisher Library F03, Levels 2, 3 and 4.

 

In 2013 artist space Marrickville Garage organised a project based around the photo book called BOOKISH. BOOKISH II is an extension of that original concept, wherein three artists have used the book as a starting point for three different approaches to working with books as inspiration, as concept, as object and as source.

Anne Kay’s “Learning to draw from books”, is a series of photo-montages, which developed out of an enjoyment of 18th and 19th century novels, a corner of literature that is now a little dusty and arcane. Initially, the attraction was to the literary forms of the period, and the opportunity the narratives offered to peek into earlier, somewhat foreign societal customs. After accumulating an eclectic assortment of paperback reprints, the attraction extended to the cover illustrations, which hinted at the stylistic variation over the decades in illustration and book cover design. In this series of artworks, the cover illustrations are the subjects for learning to draw.

Jane Polkinghorne has organised “A Brief Scatological Survey” of books and objects scatological in nature. Dominique Laporte’s 1978 book Histoire de la merde (Prologue)published by MIT in 2000 as History of Shit, is used for this project as a foundation text. Laporte’s analysis of shit links the development of Paris to control of the French language, and can be more broadly read as a critique of the increasing control governments wield over every aspect of our lives, literally controlling us from the toilet to the grave.

A Brief Scatological Survey” brings together the works of Trevor Fry, Sally Clarke, and Margaret Mayhew, as well as objects from Polkinghorne’s collection of scatological objects alongside various publications on the scatological.

Sarah Newall has researched the documentation of Australian Aboriginal “bush tucker” and this includes the European botanical drawings of Sydney Parkinson who was on the Endeavour in 1770 with Captain Cook, through to modern publications. This is an extension of her ongoing interest in flora and its representation within the domestic sphere. Recently this has expanded into gardening projects and sustainable materials and practices.

'A History of Shit' in Ex Libris Fisherarium: Bookish II (image: Jane Polkinghorne)Collective title for the project and/or individual titles.

BOOKISH II:

“Learning to draw from books” Anne Kay

“A Brief Scatological Survey”, curated by Jane Polkinghorne. Works by Sally Clarke, Trevor Fry, Margaret Mayhew and Jane Polkinghorne. Includes various books and publications

“wild food project” Sarah Newall

Contact:

Associate Professor Michael Goldberg

T: +61 2 9351 1082

E: Michael.Goldberg@sydney.edu.au

 

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Special Exhibition: Magna Carta: 1215 – 2015

When: 15 June – 22 June 2015; 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where: Fisher Library F03, Level 3

 

It is 800 years ago that the Magna Carta, the “Great Charta” originally drafted by the Magna Carta working copy from the 14th centuryArchbishop of Canterbury has been accepted by King John of England.

Come and see a selection of Magna Carta copies held by the Rare Books and Special Collections at Fisher Library, including a 14th century working copy.

Julie Price, Liaison Librarian of the Rare Books and Special Collections, points out the 14th century copy in the centre of the display as her favourite: “I imagine it being carried on horseback through the English countryside, used to dispense law.”

Now – for one week only– you have the great opportunity to see these old working copies displayed in the Fisher Library.

 

Contact: Julie.Price@sydney.edu.au

T: 2 9351 2992

E: rarebook.library@sydney.edu.au

For updates on social media: #RareBooks

Exhibition: Highlights and Lowlifes – 29 June to 31 August

An exhibition on the Australian Holdings in the Detective Fiction Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections will be hosting a display of some of the Australian works held in the Detective Fiction Collection.

When: Monday 29 June to 31 August 2015, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where: Rare Books Reading Room, Fisher Library F03, Level 1Covers from the books: ‘Cocaine Blues (Kerry Greenwood, 2012), ‘Death Wears a Lady’s Smile’ (Don Haring), ‘The Dying Trade’ (Peter Corris, 1980), ‘Still Murder’ (Finola Moorhead, 1991),’ Grim Pickings’ (Jennifer Rowe, 1987)

The Detective Fiction Collection began informally in the 1960’s following a donation to the Library, which contained a large number of Penguin crime paperbacks. More titles were extracted from later donations until, in 1974, the Library bought a major American collection of detective fiction (3,500 titles), many of them valuable first editions. This purchase so pleased Frederick May (then the University of Sydney’s Professor of Italian) that he donated 1,200 of his own crime fiction books, with the Library purchasing another 800 titles from his estate in 1978. At this time, the collection grows by donation, a little purchasing, and by the addition of NSW titles received on legal deposit.

The Detective Fiction Collection began informally in the 1960’s following a donation to the Library, which contained a large number of Penguin crime paperbacks. More titles were extracted from later donations until, in 1974, the Library bought a major American collection of detective fiction (3,500 titles), many of them valuable first editions. This purchase so pleased Frederick May (then the University of Sydney’s Professor of Italian) that he donated 1,200 of his own crime fiction books, with the Library purchasing another 800 titles from his estate in 1978. At this time, the collection grows by donation, a little purchasing, and by the addition of NSW titles received on legal deposit.

 

Collecting Crime

The Detective Fiction Collection is the biggest of its kind in Australia and is a major research resource for students of the genre, and of Australian literature, social studies and popular culture in general. Although called “detective fiction”, crime fiction would be a more apt term to describe the works held. Holdings run the gamut of the genre, ranging over murder and detective stories, spy fiction, psychological thrillers and police procedurals. All publishing formats are included, including variant editions, covers and multi-media. True crime material is not collected.

 

Australian holdings on display

The Australian holdings in this collection form a major part of its strengths. Crime in all its permutations has existed in our fiction since Australia’s days as a penal colony. The display will showcase the 19th century crime stories of writers such as John Lang, Marcus Clarke and Fergus Hume (“Mystery of a Hansom Cab”); the early Boney novels of Arthur Upfield; the pulp fiction explosion of the mid-20th century; the strength of Australia’s forgotten female crime writers from the 19th century such as Ellen Davitt and Mary Fortune through to the 20th century’s now unremembered stars such as Pat Flower, Pat Carlon, Margot Neville and June Wright. Also on display are examples of the most recent flowering of Australian detective fiction, beginning with Peter Corris and including Peter Temple, Barry Maitland, Claire McNab et al.

 

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New exhibition: ZEEN by Leigh Rigozzi

This exhibition in Fisher Library is the next in the ongoing series of art projects Ex Libris Fisherarium curated by Associate Professor Michael Goldberg. The projects comprising work by staff, alumni and associates of Sydney College of the Arts are themed around the idea of ‘the book’ in all its historical and contemporary manifestations. Read more >

 

 

Films At Fisher series program

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Stories of warFilms At Fisher is an occasional series of free film screenings, for University of Sydney students and staff, selected to complement the major exhibitions curated by Rare Books & Special Collections, academic and other curatorial partners.

Our current exhibition in the Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library is:

Stories of War from the University Collections – 24 April to 2 October 2015
An exhibition of materials drawn primarily from the University Archives and Rare Books & Special Collections, with contributions from the Macleay Museum and the Faculties of Medicine, Education and Social Work that reflects the nuanced and varied ways the University’s community understood and responded to the First World War. Read more >

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Join us at 5.30pm on the following Tuesdays in the Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library North for these screenings

28 Apr  Shoulder Arms (US/1918) Dir. Charlie Chaplin
05 May  J-Accuse (Fr/1919) Dir. Abel Gance
12 May  All Quiet on the Western Front (US/1930) Dir. Lewis Milestone
19 May  Mata Hari (US/1931) Dir. George Fitzmaurice, starring Greta Garbo
26 May  A Farewell to Arms (US/1932) Dir. Frank Borzage
02 Jun  Les Croix de Bois, ‘Wooden Crosses’ (Fr/1932) Dir. Raymond Bernard
09 Jun  The Lost Patrol (US/1934) Dir. John Ford
16 Jun  La Grande Illusion, ‘Grand Illusion’ (Fr/1937) Dir. Jean Renoir
23 Jun  Forty Thousand Horsemen (AUS/1940) Dir. Charles Chauvel
30 Jun  Sergeant York (US/1941) Dir. Howard Hawks
 No screenings during the semester break
04 Aug  The African Queen (GB & US/1951) Dir. John Huston
11 Aug  What Price Glory? (US/1952) Dir. John Ford
18 Aug  Lawrence of Arabia (GB & US 1962) Dir. David Lean
25 Aug  Gallipoli (Aus/1981) Dir. Peter Weir
01 Sep  No screening
08 Sep  Regeneration (UK/1997) Dir. Gillies Mackinnon
15 Sep  A Very Long Engagement (Fr/2004) Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
22 Sep  Joyeux Noël (Fr, Be, Ge, Ro, UK/2005) Dir. Christian Carion
29 Sep  Beneath Hill 60 (Aus/2010) Dir. Jeremy Sims

New Exhibition: Emily Hunt – The Nose Dance At Fool’s Town

DSC_009a posterpicThe newest exhibition in the Ex Libris Fisherarium series has opened:

Emily Hunt – The Nose Dance at Fool’s Town

21 May – 15 June 2015

Fisher Library F03 on levels 2, 3 and 4

In her installation, The Nose Dance at Fool’s Town (the title is taken from a 16th century woodcut by Sebald Beham woodcut showing a drunken peasants dance), Emily Hunt has chosen to bring together parts of her history: as editor of a ‘fashion’ magazine, her long-standing interest in the contemporary tabloid form and combine them with her reinterpretations of German Renaissance print-making and broadsheets produced during the 16th century. There is an historical bond between these two very different time periods – both express a desire for the concentrated and sensational iconography.The Kunstkammer of prints will also contain archival works from Hunt’s practice. Her art practice is multidisciplinary and combines a contemporary aesthetic sensibility with traditional craft practices. She will exhibit the mediums of painting, etching, collage, ceramics and assemblage to create contemporary and historical inquiry into the subject of secular 16th century broadsheets, DUKE magazine, the artist as collector, and the aesthetic of the grotesque.

Hunt completed her Master of Fine Arts (Print Media) at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in 2012. Solo exhibitions include Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence (2015) at The Commercial Gallery, Sydney; Soiled at The Commercial Gallery, Sydney (2013/2014); The Meister of New Holland, Ratskeller Litchenberg, Berlin (2009).Hunt was selected for Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, her first major exhibition in a public institution.Hunt is the recipient of a 2015 Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship for painting. She will use the scholarship to pursue her interests in decorative painting on ceramics in Belgium. She intends to undertake a rigorous six-month painting program at the Van der Kelen Logelain School for decorative painting in Brussels.

This project has been assisted by funding from The University of Sydney, Chancellor’s Fund.

More at: http://tiny.cc/watmyx

Exhibition: Ex Libris Fisherarium art series

Data RetentionEx Libris Fisherarium is an ongoing series of art projects curated by Associate Professor Michael Goldberg. The projects comprising work by staff, alumni and associates of Sydney College of the Arts are themed around the idea of ‘the book’ in all its historical and contemporary manifestations.

Project: Data Retention by Gianni Wise

Artist’s Statement
With the proliferation of data networks, the human mind always find ways to ‘wire-up’ new connections between itself, objects, ideas, events and the world. I use wires and books as a form of ready-made art that work as props for memory. Objects external to the mind can trigger memory and make connections. I am interested in this interplay between mind and external world. When Umberto Ecco claimed in the Name of The Rose (1988): “Wanting connections, we found connections always, everywhere, and between everything” he refers to a world ‘exploding’ in a whirling network of interrelationships where everything (appears to) point to everything else, everything explains everything else.

Curator’s Statement
Gianni Wise’s installation has its menacing aspects. The title, ‘Data Retention’, might well refer to current government policies regarding the retention of metadata – the harvesting from telecommunications networks of personal information by law enforcement agencies – ostensibly to protect the public from acts of terrorism. Indeed, the installation itself displays a number of sinister ‘packages’. Perhaps they hold data. But they also disturbingly resemble IEDs (or ‘improvised explosive devices’). The ‘connections’ Wise refers to carry the potential to penetrate deep into our personal lives, challenging privacy and potentially violating fundamental rights. In this sense, the installation reflects on the threat of data retention exposing our personal lives ‘like an open book’. Wise’s use of ambiguously wired devices may equally suggest the mind’s desire to invent ‘paranoid’ connections where there are none.

Dates: 23 February to 26 March 2015
Where:
Levels 2, 3 and 4 exhibition cabinets, Fisher Library North
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

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Exhibition – Rare and Accessible: Italian writing and reading in the digital age

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Rare Books27 October 2014 to 28 February 2015

The Department of Italian Studies and Rare Books and Special Collections celebrate The Italian Language in the World (XIV Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo) with an exhibition curated by Emeritus Professor Nerida Newbigin, Department of Italian Studies, and Sara Hilder, Rare Books and Special Collections.

Launched at a reception attended by Dottor Sergio Martes, Consul General of Italy, and the University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, the exhibits include editions of the works of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio that shaped modern Italian. These range from a 1477 Venetian edition of Dante Alighieri’s La Commedia, or Divine Comedy, which is one of the oldest printed books in the University Library; Italian dictionaries from 1577 to 1760; modern Italian language textbooks and details of internationally acclaimed scholarly resources such as Eighteenth Century Collections Online and open access digital copies of texts.

Where: Rare Books and Special Collections
Level 1, Fisher Library North
Cost: FREE and open to the public.
Times: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Closed weekends and public holidays

For more information contact:
E rarebook.library@sydney.edu.au
T 9351 2992

Exhibition – Tablet to iPad: Histories of Information

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John Gerard’s Herball (1597). The Barnacle TreeUntil 22 November 2014

From the Stone Age to the digital age, information has a history: languages, networks, transmission, and technologies have intertwined over the centuries. In this exhibit, the research of over 50 History students reveals diverse and fascinating stories from the past, and highlights the Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections.

Where:
Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E jacqueline.grainger@sydney.edu.au

Image: John Gerard’s Herball (1597). The Barnacle Tree

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