FASST 2016: Dr Laini Burton
PanOptic Press | Little Tokyo Two Substation
Sunday 20 March 2016 | Published Tuesday 7 June 2016
The first seminar in our 2016 series featured three Brisbane based, internationally recognised, academics, published authors and practicing artists. Including Dr Laini Burton (Griffith University), Dr Courtney Pederson (QUT) and Michelle Xen (QUT) who together explored phenomena surrounding fashion, body modification and the post human condition. Held at the Little Tokyo Two Substation, 22 Petrie Terrace from 12 midday on Sunday the 20-3-2016, all reservations could quickly and easily be made through our EventBrite page (now disabled).
Dr Laini Burton is a Lecturer at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University where she convenes Studio Art and Honours within the Bachelor of Digital Media. Her research, centres on body politics, bio-art and design, fashion theory, performance and body/spatial relations. Laini’s professional activities work across practice and theory where she both exhibits and publishes. Recent publications include essays in Fashion as Masquerade: Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty (University of Chicago Press) – co-edited with Professor Efrat Tseëlon, UK, and Professor Emerita Diana Crane, US, and The Body Beautiful: Identity, Performance, Fashion and the Contemporary Female Body (InterDisciplinary Press). She has forthcoming publications through InterDisciplinary Press, UK, and Power Publications, AU.
Motivated by the question: How might we ‘fashion’ our bodies in the future? this paper reflects on a range of examples from cosmetic surgery and extreme body modification, scientific breakthroughs such as the successful bio-fabrication of human flesh, through to the design of wearable organs hosting synthetic life. In taking this discursive approach, Dr Laini Burton presents a talk that urges us to consider the ethical, material and aesthetic aspects of (re)designing ourselves.
By looking more closely at these fringe developments, then, we can begin to come to terms with the inevitable evolution of the human form that is appearing in the wake of a techno-scientific revolution. In doing so, we can acknowledge the materiality of the body as unstable, and address the fears that accompany the mutable body. Laini argues that, should we be so bold, we may yet configure a relational economy with synthetic life toward an unfixed, evolving politics of species-being.
Laini is also currently working on an exhibition that will coincide with the Commonwealth Games calendar of cultural events at the Gold Coast City Gallery in 2018. Tentatively titled ‘Fashioning the Body’, the exhibition will both celebrate and investigate the body as a cultural ‘medium’, asking: To what ends will artists and designers use technology to (re)design the human body in the future? Presenting a range of examples that span art, design and popular culture, it is this question that will be addressed in the first of the FASST series of talks for 2016. Browse and download a selection of Laini’s publications here.
Panoptic Press in association with Little Tokyo Two Substation and Reach Media would like to extend our appreciation toward the following Brisbane based galleries, all of whom encouragingly support this initiative by providing a selection of books, catalogues, bookmarks and cards, both for sale and gifts to be handed out on Sunday the 20-3-2016 including:
The University of Queensland Art Museum: James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11), University Drive , The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Q 4067.
Heiser Gallery: 90 Arthur Street Fortitude Valley Brisbane Q 4006.
Milani Gallery: 54 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Q 4102.
Griffith University Art Gallery: 226 Grey St, South Brisbane, Q 4101
QUT Art Museum: 2 George Street, Brisbane, Q 4000.
Queensland Centre for Photography: PO Box 5848, West End, Q 4101.
The Institute of Modern Art: Ground Floor, Judith Wright Centre 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Q 4006.
Jan Murphy Gallery: 486 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006.
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