Gerard Byrne - Museums for PlaybackIrish artist Gerard Byrne will present a special keynote lecture to mark the closing of MADA’s Master of Fine Art graduate exhibition (12-18 February) and as part of MADA’s Fine Art Postgraduate Symposium.

In his address Irish artist Gerard Byrne’s lecture will focus on his moving-image practice, using the analogy of playback as a way of delimiting the function of the exhibition and highlighting the recuperative and recall dimensions of his projects within the context of the museum. Byrne explores the themes of image and time, performativity, mediation, and the “museum” itself as an embodiment of historical discourse.

Byrne has made a significant contribution to contemporary video, photography and live art since 1991. He has exhibited extensively including the Tate Gallery, London, Sydney Biennale, Documenta, Kassel, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Venice Biennale, Italy and The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA. His work is represented by the Lisson Gallery, London. Byrne has been Professor of Time-based Art at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Copenhagen, since 2007.

Gerard Byrne’s visit is supported by Monash Art Design and Architecture, Monash University Museum of Art and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. In October 2016 Byrne’s film Inside an Image co-commissioned by MUMA, Mead Gallery, Warwick University, UK and Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden will be presented at MUMA. The presentation of this new video will coincide with a solo exhibition of Byrne’s work at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. The support of the Monash-Warwick Alliance is gratefully acknowledged.

About the exhibition
The eight MFA graduates, who will be showcasing their work at the MADA exhibition, range from emerging to established artists. Artists include Jackson Eaton, Carly Fischer, Alicia Frankovich, Jane Korman, Ka-Yin Kwok, Lucreccia Quintanilla, Elke Varga, and James Voller. The exhibition is an opportunity for industry professionals, future students, educators and the general public to see MADA’s graduating candidates’ work.

For full details of the one-day Fine Art Postgraduate Symposium see the website. This will be held on 18 February from 9.30am-5.15pm.

Date: 6.30pm on Thursday 18 February. The Graduate exhibition runs from 12-18 February. Exhibition opening 13 February (3-5pm).

Venue: MADA, Caulfield campus. Exhibition: Building D, Ground Floor. Keynote lecture: Building G, Lecture theatre G1.04.

Free but bookings required. See the website for bookings and further information.