Wednesday 16 February

Thursday 17 February 2022

KEYNOTE: Amelia Jones



The experience of time has been reshaped. Days that might usually be punctuated by commutes, meetings, social events—incidental and planned—have been replaced by virtual communications. The academic year of teaching, research and presentations have been curtailed by the halt in global travel. The rhythm of planning and meeting the multiple aims of academic life is not part of graduate study and training today. While this conference cannot and does not seek to mitigate these issues, it does intend to highlight the changed conditions of graduate studentship today. In the space of 24-hours, symbolising the global time zone in which we have now been obliged to work and study, this project will engage a broad spectrum of the global academic community through hosting a forum for the diverse and engaging ideas emerging out of graduate programs throughout and across the world.

Conference Organisers - Chloe Ho, Tara Heffernan and Elyssia Bugg Contact -

The following conference is hosted by The University of Melbourne’s School of Culture & Communication. Supported by the School of Culture & Communication, Currents journal and the Faculty of Arts.

KEYNOTE: Creepy Feminism, Ethnic Envy, and Other Aggressions in the Contemporary “Global” Art Complex

Amelia Jones + Q&A with conference convenors, Elyssia Bugg, Chloe Ho and Tara Heffernan

The convenors of The World in 24 Hours are delighted to announce Professor Amelia Jones as international keynote. Jones is currently the Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean at Roski School of Art & Design, USC. For decades, Jones has produced ground-breaking research in the field of queer theory, feminism, and performance studies. In her keynote lecture, “Creepy Feminism, Ethnic Envy, and Other Aggressions in the Contemporary “Global” Art Complex”, Jones confronts the lingering forces of colonialism and structural racism and sexism that continue to underpin the purportedly “global” art complex.


David Rosetzky, Callum McGrath

David Rosetzky, Think of Yourself as Plural, 2008. High definition digital video, colour, sound. Duration: 29 minutes, 27 seconds. Cast: Deanne Butterworth, Brad David, Kyle Kremerskothen, Edwina Wren and Charmene Yap. Cinematography: Katie Milwright. Dramaturgy: Margaret Cameron. Choreography: Lucy Guerin. Sound Design and Composition: J. David Franzke. Costume Design: Nadja Mott. Video Editor: Paul Damien Williams. Project Manager: Natasha Pincus. Set Design: Megan Norgate. 1st Camera Assistants: Ari Wegner, Warwick Field, Andrew Jerram. 2nd Camera Assistant: Simon Walsh. Colourist and Compositor: Daniel Stonehouse, XYZ studios. Makeup and Hair: Nadja Mott and Rowan Dinning. Assistant Production Manager: Sacha Giuretto. Production Assistants: Simone Secor and Serena Ryan

Callum McGrath. Film Archives II: The Gay Agenda (2021) HD video, colour sound, 19min.

About the Artists

David Rosetzky

David Rosetzky is a Melbourne based artist and educator with an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to art making. Often working with practitioners from the fields of theatre, dance, and film – he creates videos, installations and photographic works in which identity is intimately observed. With an extensive exhibition history both in Australia and overseas, he has presented his work in over 30 solo exhibitions and 60 group exhibitions. Rosetzky’s ‘Portrait of Cate Blanchett‘ (2008) commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, was exhibited in The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Centre for Photography in New York. Rosetzky’s recent projects include Being Ourselves (2020) at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne commissioned as part of Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind, and Composite Acts (2019-21) commissioned by Channels International Biennial of Video Art and part of PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography, Melbourne. In 2014 the Centre for Contemporary Photography curated the survey exhibition True Self: David Rosetzky Selected works, which toured public galleries Nationally. His works are held in numerous collections including The National Gallery of Victoria, The National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and Monash Gallery of Art. David has a PhD in Visual Art from Monash University and currently teaches at Photography Studies College and in the Master of Photography program at RMIT University.

Callum McGrath

Callum McGrath is an artist and researcher based in Narrm/Melbourne. His photographic and video works take interest in reimagining institutionalised aesthetics of historiography, memorials and archiving. Among his recent exhibitions and writing are To Resound, Unbound, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2021); ‘Metabolism’, un Magazine, no.15.2 (2021); Deviations, Brisbane Art and Design Festival (2021); and The Weatherman, Metro Arts, Brisbane (2021). McGrath is also a contributor to Kink, a collective researching queer Australian art. McGrath is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Art at Monash University.

Currents  is a collaboration between the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) at the University of Melbourne and the School of Design, University of Western Australia, and is funded through the Schenberg International Arts Collaboration Program. The Advisory Board and Editorial Committee are comprised of staff and graduate students from across the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia.
Currents acknowledges the traditional owners and ongoing custodians of the land on which this journal is produced—the Boonwurung and Wurundjeri people of the Eastern Kulin Nation and Whadjuk people. We pay our respects to land, ancestors and Elders, and know that education involves working with their guidance to improve the lives of all.

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