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28 July - 28 August 2008
Investigating the way in which clothing is produced, used and discarded, Fashioning Now is an exhibition and accompanying symposium featuring innovative research projects from Australian and international practitioners. Accompanying free public events include exhibition floor talk and workshops.
This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust. Supported by the University of Technology, Sydney and UTS Gallery. Fashioning Now is a Program Partner of SD09, Powerhouse Museum presents Sydney Design 09.
SmartLight Sydney UTS Symposium
Exhibition 26 May - 14 June 2009
Symposium 11, 12 June 2009
The SmartLight Sydney UTS Symposium compliments the "art light" UTS Exhibition, exhibiting work by 10 of the top lighting designers and light artists in Australia. The Symposium is one of the major events participating in Smart Light Sydney, part of the 2009 Vivid Sydney Festival, which includes: a Light Walk, Light Art Exhibition and the Conservatorium of Music. The exhibition and symposium will take place over May and June of 2009.
Fashion in Fiction Conference
A cooperation of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building
26 - 27 May, 2007
This transdisciplinary conference, a creative collaboration between the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, will investigate the role fashion has played in fictional narratives from the 19th century to the present. In particular, it will examine specific fashion discourses or conversations within fiction, assessing the role, function, and purposes of clothes, fashion movements, style and image to create narratives within narratives.
For more information please visit the Fashion in Fiction Conference web site.
Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries Conference
Centre for Social Theory & Design
20 - 21 February 2007
Drawing together scholars from a broad interdisciplinary field, the Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries Conference aims to encourage discussion of queer space conceived in its broadest sense, by scholars working in disciplines as diverse as architecture, history, urban geography, design, visual communication, cultural studies, and the social sciences. It aims to explore ways in which the built environment contributes to the construction and maintenance of queer sub-cultures, and articulate how both architectural space and the city can represent ideas such as 'queerness'.
Using the city of Sydney as one example, the conference opens to broader international approaches by proposing that, while in many spheres of world affairs Australia is seen as peripheral, in the already 'marginal' space of queer culture Sydney is a major international location, especially during events such as the Mardi Gras. Drawing upon this reversal of definitions of 'centre' and 'periphery', this conference asks what is central, and what is peripheral, to the study of queer space.
For more information please visit the Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries Conference website.
COSMOPOLITANISM AND PLACE: the designs of resistance
Inaugural Conference of the Centre for Social Theory and Design held at UTS 21 - 22 October 2005
The keynote speakers were Catherine Malabou. University of Paris X (Nanterre); Cameron Tonkinwise. University of Technology Sydney; Eyal Weizman. Goldsmiths College University of London; Duncan Ivinson. University of Sydney
The cosmopolitan can be used to begin to locate oppositional strategies to globalisation while at the time allowing for the development of sites of resistance - sites allowing for a reconfiguring of terms such as 'place', 'region' etc. However, what seems to have been positioned beyond such possibilities is design. (Design in this context is to be given the greatest extension possible. It included architecture as much as that which is institutionally identified with design.) In the 1920s when design was explicated in terms of style, the latter was often defined in relation to the national question. It was argued that style reflected, or should reflect, national concerns. The simple move to the international - where the counter to the national becomes no more that a ubiquitous internationalism - fails to address the possibility that there maybe on the level of design a correlate to cosmopolitanism. Fundamental to such a possibility would be the recognition that cosmopolitanism, in giving priority to place and region - at least as a beginning - cannot be reduced to a single organising set of ideas let alone a single appearance. Hence the question - how is the relationship between cosmopolitanism and design to be understood?
Answering this question necessitates as much a theoretical and philosophical reflection on the nature of the cosmopolitan, if not design itself, as it does interventions by architects and designers. Part of the process was the development of modes of thinking proper to a productive interplay of cosmopolitanism and design.
This conference brought together leading philosophers, architectural theorists, architects and designers to explore the differing possibilities to which a rethinking of design might give rise.
IMAGINARY WORLDS. Image and Space
International Symposium 14 October 2005
The Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney, in conjunction with Supanova Pop Culture Expo hosted an international symposium on October 14, 2005 in Sydney, Australia.
Please visit the Symposium papers to access published papers from this Symposium.
The significance of this symposium was to bring together scholars to share their expertise in the field of graphic novels, comics, animation, literature and computer gaming.
The Symposium addressed the design and construction of 'imaginary worlds' and explored the many and varied ways in which image and space, both real and imagined, are formed and transformed in popular culture and how culturally specific knowledge and design practices are articulated and conveyed.