Volume Control

Published:  February 27, 2013
Heath Killen
Volume Control

Curated by Warren Taylor at Monash Art Design & Architecture, the Volume Control lecture series is back for another year, boasting an extremely impressive lineup. All talks are completely free (with the exception of one special, soon to be announced event happening in April) and open to the general public. It all happens at Lecture Theatre G1.04 (Monash Caulfield Campus) on Mondays from 6 – 8pm. I attended most of the talks last year and found them to be entertaining and educational, covering a wide range of issues and going quite deep into the processes of the work presented. If you’re in Melbourne over the next few months I strongly recommend seeing as many of these as you can.

The series kicks off this Monday (March 4th), with Ziga Testen (SI) & Annie Wu. Ziga Testen is a graphic designer, researcher and curator from Slovenia. He works collaboratively with artists to realize their publications and has worked for a number of international artists, cultural institutions and publishers. He was a design researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Acadamie, Maastricht 2008–2010, and is currently a participant in the CuratorLab program at Konstfack University, Stockholm where he is working on a publication and exhibition about an overshadowed ’70s Serbian graphic designer Dragan Stojanovski.

Annie Wu is an Australian artist and designer currently based in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Her practice is preoccupied with text, publishing and graphic practices. Her work ranges from notational and diagrammatic drawings to text based installations and performances, dialogues, plays, short texts and artist books that deal with the history of abstraction, absurdist gestures in art, game psychology and the playful potential of language.

Poster by James Oates — http://jamesoat.es/

Here’s th rest of the programme for Semester 1.

March 11th: Emily Floyd — Is Your School Revolting?
Emily Floyd’s work has most recently made use of texts of political dissidence and counter cultural alternative living. Ideas of permaculture, Rudolf Steiner and seminal feminist language inhabit Floyd’s sculptural installations. Her approach to language is strategic; game plans and play are used to outline the zeitgeist; ideas are rearranged and exaggerated in order to declare a resistance to topicality.

March 18: James Langdon & Layla Tweedie-Cullen
At this free event, awards jurors James Langdon and Layla Tweedie-Cullen will discuss their own work and their ideas about what makes a book beautiful. Venue: State Library of Victoria Village Roadshow Theatrette Entry 3, La Trobe Street, Melbourne. Book Here.

March 25th: John Warwicker — Growing Old Alive
Early in 2012 John was appointed Professor of Design at Monash with a remit not only to influence the undergraduate programme but to extend the research potential and possibilities within Communication Design and promote transdisciplinary research across all the activities with MADA. This lecture was originally presented in February 2013 at the D&AD President’s lecture series in London.

April 15: 21-19
Founded by designers Ryan Guppy and Domenico Bartolo, 21-19 is an award winning design and communications agency based in Melbourne, Australia. 21-19 actively seek out projects which allow them to explore brand language at every touchpoint, aiming to consistently transform single ideas across multiple forms and visages. Their extensive team boasts experience across a broad range of disciplines and are uniquely positioned to build strong brand stories; partnering the latest technology with experience and expertise.

April 22: Susan Jacobs
Susan’s practice spans drawing, sculpture and site- specific installation. The varied facets of her work consistently inform each other and typically reveal or subvert the latent potential of materials, spaces and contexts she works with. Her work tends to be process-driven and is informed by the expanded field of drawing. Psychological and physical associations.

April 29: Graduate Research in Design
Research is the process of systematic inquiry into a given subject matter, in order to develop new knowledge or to advance existing knowledge in a field. Graduate Research in Design at Monash — through the Master of Design (Research) and PhD programs — seeks to advance knowledge in the fields of Communication Design and Industrial Design, by way of practice-based research and theoretical inquiry. In this presentation, current candidates and recent graduates will discuss their work and findings.

May 6: Mark Gowing
Mark Gowing has been designing identities, books and posters for 25 years. Mark is driven by the belief that design is as much about feeling as it is about understanding. This commitment is exhibited in the studio’s output where Mark seeks to engage audiences with emotional communications for leading arts businesses such as, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, UNSW Press and Hopscotch Films. Mark is a member of the agIdeas Advisory Panel and director of the Australian Poster Biennale.

May 13: Ultra
Design duo, friends and collaborators, Kate Rogers and Paul Troon formed Ultra after working rather long hours for other people and thinking their time was better spent working even longer hours for themselves. Both finished their studies in the early 2000s and worked together at a prominent Melbourne design studio designing and winning awards for high profile clients such as Heide Museum of Modern Art, Federation Square and Geelong Gallery. And now more recently in their own practice, for fashion designer Dion Lee.

May 20: David Lancashire — The Hand and Creativity
David’s work has appeared in numerous Australian and European graphic design publications. He is a multiple award recipient, including from the prestigious Goethe Institute. David is one of only five Australian designers admitted to Alliance Graphique Internationale. In 1999 he was admitted to the Victorian Government Design Hall of Fame. David draws inspiration for his works on paper from the artifacts and ancient rituals of indigenous Australians.

May 27: Stephen Banham — Characters
Called a ‘typographic evangelist’ by Eye magazine, Stephen Banham is a typographer, writer, educator and founder of Letterbox, a type studio based in Melbourne. Banham’s typographic explorations centre on the social and cultural aspects of letterforms. He has written and produced over 17 publications on typography, including the Qwerty series (1991–96), the Ampersand series, Fancy (2004) and the Oblique series (2008–).

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