Invitation to PASN Public Lectures

Ateneo de Manila University
in collaboration with
Philippines-Australia Studies Centre
La Trobe University
wishes to invite everyone to the following public lectures:
Robert Hughes and the Provincialism Problem
by Dr. Peter Beilharz
Monday, 18 June 2007, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, Ching Tan Room
Robert Hughes was born in Sydney in 1938. He left for Europe in 1964. In 1970 he became an art critic for Time Magazine in New York . Hughes became the most influential art critic in the world. He broke the standard antipodean expatriate mould by choosing the US rather than the UK; and he has always had strong views on regional, or provincial art in contrast to modernism and international style.
The provincial problem is likely universal. In Australia , it is often associated with the idea of the Cultural Cringe. Believing ourselves to be hopelessly provincial, and doomed to poor copying also has its inverse, presuming a new world superiority to the stuffy protocol of the centres. The lecture will begin with some video footage of Hughes' triumphant return to Sydney in 1972. It will then establish the nature of the provincialism problem in Australia , and connect Hughes' views on Australia and Barcelona to this optic. As Australian culture is the result of cultural traffic between its peoples, its environments, and its imperial cultures, the parallels with the Philippines would seem suggestive, similar yet also distinct.
Peter Beilharz teaches sociology in the School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University . He is a co-founder of the international journal of social theory, Thesis Eleven, and also Director of the Thesis Eleven Centre for Critical Theory at La Trobe.
by Vince Alessi
Tuesday, 19 June 2007, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, Ateneo Art Gallery
This lecture/exhibition presents artists who offer an alternative to the ‘typical’ Australian landscape painting. My Country: Abstract Interpretations of the Australian Landscape brings together the work of artists whose careers span a period of over forty years. These include revolutionaries, like Fred Williams, to the more contemporary, such as Judy Holding as well as leading Indigenous artists like Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula. The artists’ aims are to reflect their response to the environment, while at the same time capturing the ‘essence’ of the Australian landscape. For these artists the link with the landscape is as strong as those of the realist tradition, though their concerns revolve around the interpretation of the environment in an abstract manner.
Vincent Alessi is the Managing Curator of the La Trobe University Art Museum and Collections. He is currently completing a PhD in Art History. His thesis focuses on a collection of English popular black-and-white prints collected by Vincent van Gogh.
Demonstration of work-in-progress, an intercultural production of Bertolt Brecht’s
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
by Dr. Ricardo Abad
Thursday, 21 June 2007, 4:30 – 6:00 PM, Rizal Mini Theatre
Brecht’s re-working of this biblical tale of two women claiming the same child is approached as a comic satire and placed in a mythical Southeast Asian context in Professor Abad’s forthcoming production. Among the production’s innovative layerings of cultures include the use of the dance form Igal, from the Southern Philippines , which is used as the basis for the unique gestural vocabulary of this production. Reflecting a rich collaboration with choreographer Matthew Santamaria, Professor Abad will present selected scenes from the forthcoming production to illustrate his observations.
Interested parties may inquire at the Office of International Programs, Rm 213, Bellarmine Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, tel. 426-6001 local 4037. Please look for Ms. Fe Dayap.
Office of International Programs
2/F Bellarmine Hall
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
Quezon City 1108
Tel. (632) 426 6001 local 4037