26 December 2006

New Look for Shaun Wilson Research Blog

Welcome to the new look Shaun Wilson research blog. Over the next few weeks I will present new features including a comprehensive archive of exhibitions, essays, reviews and papers of my work from 1995 onwards. Hope you like it...

Here are some things to expect in 2007:

- memory and place videoart archive
- guestbook and online forum
- RSS calander of upcoming events
- playable video
- new curatorial blog release
- new gallery release
- new archive blog release
- international conference announcements
- international exhibition announcements
- international journal announcements
- new Shaun Wilson website linked to this blogsite with over 200 downloadable videos

New Curatorial projects planned for 2007

I am planning x4 curatorial projects in 2007 that investigate issues of video art in contemporary art. A catalogue documenting the four projects will be released in December 2007.

Australian Gothic: video art now

Image: Tammy Honey

Project Space/Spare Room, Melbourne
Directors Lounge, Berlin
Feb 2007

Far Away Land

Image: Alex Avtzoglou

site specific public locations in Melbourne and London
Proposed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2006
Proposed at the Athens Video Art Festival 2007
November 2007

De memoria
follow up from Ars memoria (2006)
online at Rhizome
August 2007


Image: Martin Koeppl

As part of the '2nd International Conference on Film and Memorialisation', Melbourne
Project Space/Spare Room, Melbourne
Proposed at Ssamzie Space, Seoul
October 2007

New Video Series 'Gothic memoria' planned for 2007

As a responce to the current Uber memoria II series (2006-07), new video works will be filmed in various sites including Melbourne, Hobart and London throughout 2007 - as per a large proportion of footage filmed in Berlin and Stuttgart in 2006 not used both the Uber I & II series - to make up a total of six groupings with a total of 1000 video paintings. Production will start in May 2007 with a release date of December 2007. Exhibition of these works will be anounced later in the year.

Locations used are sites of significance in terms of memory and place. For example, Soho Gardens contains WW2 yet to be restored Blitz air raid shelters beneath it's parkland; the RMIT University is home to sites of the original (and notorious) Old Melbourne Gaol and 1860s public hanging grounds cnr Swanston and LaTrobe Street; and the site of the Berlin Wall near Checkpoint Charlie, aka the 'topography of terror' presinct, contains the orginal sites of the State Police, the Reich Security main office, the SS, and the Reichsfuhrer. These builidngs were home to the Wannsee Conference and planning of the 'Germinisation' and 'Extermination' policies implimented by the Nazi government between 1942-1945.

Places used in Gothic memoria are:

Melbourne: Sherbrook Forrest, Old Melbourne Gaol site at RMIT University, Wreck of the Cerberus, Glenrowan
Victoria: Howqua Valley,
Hobart: Battery Point fortification tunnels, Lower Sandy Bay foreshore
Stuttgart: Castle Solitude
Berlin: Berlin Wall at the Topography of Terror site
London: Soho Square Gardens
Schwaebisch Hall: Schaebisch Hall prison
New Zealand: Kepler Track

Production images will be released throughout the year