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

20 Aug: Les Murray Poetry Reading

We are delighted to welcome Les Murray back to Fisher Library for a reading from his newest poetry collection, “Waiting for the Past” (2015), his first in five years.

Les Murray

 

When: Thursday 20 August 2015; 5.30pm (refreshments) 6.00 – 7pm (reading)

Where: Fisher Library F03; Seminar Room; Level 2

In Waiting for the Past he continues his use of molten language.

From ‘The Black Beaches’ to ‘Radiant Pleats, Mulgoa’, from ‘High Speed Trap Space’ to ‘1960 Brought the Electric’, this is verse that renews and transforms our sense of the world.

Another new book of Les’, On Bunyah, will be published in October 2015. It brings together a collection of the poems Murray has written about the place where he comes from and by extension about the rural life and small communities of Australia.

Les Murray is one of Australia’s living treasures. He has published fourteen books of verse in Australia and his work is studied in schools and universities in Australia and beyond.

 

All are invited to attend this free event and light refreshments will be provided. Seats are limited for this very popular event so book early to avoid disappointment.

Cost: Free with booking required

RSVP: library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au  by 17 August 2015

T 02 9114 0866

for updates on social media: #LesMurrayatFisher

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

10 July: Frédéric Billiet: The Musiconis Project

The University of Sydney Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections proudly present:

 

Professor Frédéric Billiet’s talk on

The MUSICONIS project: Representations of sound & music in the Middle AgesFrederic Billiet

 

When: 10th July; 10:00 – 11:00 am

Where: Fisher Library, Seminar Room Level 2

Introduction by Dr. Jane Hardie (Director, International Musicological Society)

The Musiconis project (University Paris-Sorbonne, French National Research Agency – ANR) is dedicated to the study of sound within the Medieval image. Besides regular seminars (reported in a dedicated blog), a specific bibliography and a lexicon in Latin, Langue d’Oïl and Langue d’Oc, the heart of this project has been the development of database using a new model of iconographic indexation (musiconis.paris-sorbonne.fr).

RB Add.Ms. 373. 17th century. Handwritten Gregorian gradual on vellum. Spain.This model includes historical and organological information, as well as a description of the sound features in each image, and an interpretation of iconographic analogies.

The presentation focuses on the letter B of the first psalm depicting King David tuning his harp (ms. 246 D, fol. 1, BM of Charleville-Mézières). Thanks to the detailed observations regarding the proportions and the organization of the performer and his instrument on the page, as well as the reference to the commentaries of St Augustine, the research team discovered that David may actually refer to the figure of Christ, sitting on a foliage, as a metaphor of the divine Verb (musical of course, but not audible to the human ears).

For updates on social media: #RareBooks #FisherLibrary #Sydney_Library

Contact: Julie Price julie.price@sydney.edu.au  +61 2 9114 2321

 

Films At Fisher – final movie of the semester: Sergeant York

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Published on: 29 June 2015

Films At Fisher proudly presents the final installment in this semester’s film series:

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(US/1941) Dir. Howard Hawks

 

When: Tuesday 30 June; 5:30pm

Where: Fisher Library F03, Level 2, Exhibition Space

 

“I figured them guns was killin’ hundreds, maybe thousands, and there weren’t nothin’ anybody could do, but to stop them guns. And that’s what I done.”

Gary Cooper was never better than in this as a hillbilly turned all American hero. Ostensibly concerning WW1, the film’s release shortly before the bombing of Pearl Harbor transformed it into both stirring wartime propaganda and a box office smash.
The Films At Fisher series will be continuing on 4 August 2015, 5:30pm with the all time classic African Queen featuring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.

 

For updates on social media: #FilmsAtFisher; #FisherLibrary

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.

 

For updates on social media: #RareBooks; #FisherLibrary

 

Films At Fisher: Fourty Thousand Horsemen – 23 June

“They fought and suffered to emerge triumphant – the greatest cavalry force of modern times”

 

The Films At Fisher Series proudly presents:Forty_Thousand_Horsemen

Forty Thousand Horsemen

(AUS/1940) Dir. Charles Chauvel

Charles Chauvel was Australia’s first major film director. Depicting the actions of Australia’s Light Horse Regiment in Palestine in WW1, the film contains some striking action sequences.

Fisher Library F03

Level 2 Exhibition Space

5:30 pm

 

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For staff and students

Check out our other films in the series: Films At Fisher complete program

Films At Fisher: La Grand Illusion (Fr/1937) – 16 June

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“My chief aim is to express the common humanity of men” – Jean Renoir

The Films At Fisher Series proudly presents:220px-GrandeIllusion

La Grand Illusion

(Fr/1937) Dir. Jean Renoir

Often dubbed the ultimate anti-war film by the greatest of all French film-makers, La Grande Illusion is one of the greatest masterpieces of world cinema. Set in a German POW camp in WW1, the film is sympathetic to all of its characters whilst portraying tensions of nationality, class and race.

Fisher Library F03

Level 2 Exhibition Space

5:30 pm

 

#FilmsAtFisher

For staff and students

Check out our other films in the series: Films At Fisher complete program

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 >

 

 

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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