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Sean Lowry is a Sydney-based visual artist, musician and writer. Lowry holds a PhD in Visual Arts from The University of Sydney and currently teaches in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Lowry has performed, exhibited and presented extensively both nationally and internationally and his published writing appears in numerous international journals and edited volumes. His conceptually driven artistic practice employs strategies of concealed quotation and subliminal appropriation designed to operate at the limits of recognition and specificity. This art and research practice extends to areas as diverse as expanded painting, performance, dematerialized and post-conceptual practice, art history and theory, curatorial studies, social practice and détournement, digital sound design, experimental and commercial music production, video, peer evaluation design, curriculum design and creative arts pedagogy. Lowry is also the Founder and Executive Director of Project Anywhere: Art At The Outermost Limits Of Location-Specificity (projectanywhere.net). From September to December 2014, Lowry was Visiting Scholar/Artist at the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in New York.

 

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For a full list of published and creative works:  http://www.seanlowry.com/assets/Dr Sean Lowry CV.pdf     

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney, 02/04/2004
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney, 12/12/1999

Research

Research keywords

  • Appropriation Art
  • Art - intermedia
  • Art History
  • Art Theory
  • Art at the Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity
  • Conceptual art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Contemporary Art Criticism
  • Creative Arts Pedagogy
  • Dematerialised art
  • Electronic Audio Production
  • Expanded Painting
  • New Media
  • Performance art

Research expertise

Painting, new-media, art history and theory, contemporary art criticism, electronic music production, art at the outermost limits of location-specificity, installation and performance practice, conceptual art, and creative arts pedagogy

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190502Fine Arts (Incl. Sculpture And Painting)50
190100Art Theory And Criticism25
190504Performance And Installation Art25

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Artspace Visual Arts Centre Ltd
  • Member - College Art Association (US)
  • Member - Australasian Performing Rights Association
  • Member - Phonographic Performance Company of Australia

Collaboration

1. Project Anywhere: Art at the Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity www.projectanywhere.net

Project Anywhere is a global exhibition model in which the role of curator is replaced with the type of peer review model typically endorsed by a refereed journal. Given that it is now relatively commonplace for research to occur outside conventional exhibition environments, and given that artist academics are still struggling with the problem of validation for practice-based research outputs, Project Anywhere offers an innovative solution. Serving as a publication vehicle for artistic projects unbounded by the physical limitations of conventional exhibition contexts (i.e. art in remote geographical locations, technically specialised contexts, and even imagined spaces), Project Anywhere is dedicated to the dissemination and validation of advanced art at the outermost limits of location-specificity. Project Anywhere has been developed in close consultation with an international editorial and advisory committee and is partnered with Parsons The New School for Design, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, The University of Lincoln, The University of Newcastle, Auckland University of Technology, and The University of Melbourne.

2. Ghostly echoes: www.seanlowry.com

Lowry's conceptually driven artistic practice employs strategies of concealed quotation designed to operate at the limits of recognition and specificity. Lowry's practice ranges from overpainted wall painting to dematerialized conceptualism, subliminally inflected electronic music, strategies of d├ętournement, expanded painting and experimental sound and video. Lowry's research interests include art after appropriation, aesthetics after conceptualism, artistic production after postmodernism, creative arts pedagogy, and the role of sound in visually centered cultural formations.

For a full list of published and creative works: http://www.seanlowry.com/assets/Dr Sean Lowry CV.pdf

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Convenor of Honours, Creative and Performing Arts, School of Creative Arts (2013-)

Research and Research Training Committee, School of Drama, Fine Art & Music (2007- 2012)

Board Member, Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia (2004-2007).

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Art - intermedia
  • Art History
  • Art Theory
  • Contemporary Art Criticism
  • Foundation Studio
  • Installation
  • Interdisciplinary Studio
  • New Media
  • Painting
  • Performance
  • Sculpture

Teaching expertise

creative arts, painting, sculpture, installation, performance, art theory, art history, new-media, & contemporary art criticism

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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Lowry SC, 'Inventions are Networks: Fostering the Liminal Play of Ideas', Ecologies of Invention, University of Sydney Press, Sydney 138-146 (2013) [B1]
2004Lowry S, 'Essay by Sean Lowry', , Self-published, Unknown, Unknown (2004) [B2]

Journal article (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012McKinnon JE, Lowry SC, 'Embracing failure through performative pedagogy: A report from the margins', Performance Research, 17 47-50 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Jocelyn McKinnon

2012Lowry SC, 'The electro-readymade: Copyright and freedom in the Twenty First Century', Column, - 73-88 (2012) [C2]
2011Lowry SC, 'Sounds like contemporary art', Column, 6-14 (2011) [C2]
2010Lowry SC, 'Experiencing ideas: Contemporary art in the academy', Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia. Broadsheet, 39 1-3 (2010) [C2]
2009Lowry SC, 'Beautifully unresolved: After the aesthetic/anti-aesthetic dialectic', Column, 6-12 (2009) [C2]
2009Lowry SC, ''In between' the moving image: Mutant media: Essays on cinema, video art and new media', Senses of Cinema, 1-2 (2009) [C3]
2008Lowry SC, 'Alien jukebox: Wade Marynowsky's autonomous improvisation v. 1', Column, - 113-117 (2008) [C2]
2008Lowry SC, 'Monuments to heroic failure', Broadsheet, 37 198-201 (2008) [C2]
2007Lowry SC, 'Philip Brophy: Dissonant juxtaposition and poetic estrangement', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 36 48-51 (2007) [C2]
2007Lowry SC, 'Avatars, tall-poppies and non-places', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 36 244-247 (2007) [C2]
2006Lowry S, 'Ghostly Familiarities: The Retreat and Concealment of Strategic Appropriation in Contemporary Production Methodologies', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 35 116-119 (2006) [C2]
2005Lowry S, 'Interesting Times', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 34 (2005) [C2]
2005Lowry S, 'The Agnostic Model: Contemporary Art After Postmodernism?', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 34 160-163 (2005) [C2]
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Conference (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Lowry SC, de Freitas N, 'The Frontiers of Artistic Research: The Challenge of Critique, Peer Review and Validation at the Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity', Critique 2013 Conference Proceedings, Adelaide, SA (2013) [E1]
2012Lowry SC, 'Contemporary Painting Re-Expanded (Overpainting)', Together Apart, Art Association of Australia & New Zealand (AAANZ) Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E3]
2011Lowry SC, 'Postgraduate creative arts supervision in the regions: Strategies for artists becoming writers', Doctoral writing in the visual and performing arts: Challenges and diversities, Sydney (2011) [E3]
2010Lowry SC, 'The after-party: The concealment of appropriation in post-dialectical artistic production', Evolution: Art and Design Research and the PhD. Program Session Abstracts, New York (2010) [E3]
2010Lowry SC, 'The agnostic readymade', Post-Duchamp, Post-Production: Delineations of Media in Art Theory and Pedagogy. 98th Annual Conference of the College Art Association. Audio Recordings, Chicago, IL (2010) [E3]
2010Lowry SC, 'The copulation of theory and practice in the creative arts. WTF? Talking theory with art and art history undergrads', Post-Duchamp, Post-Production: Delineations of Media in Art Theory and Pedagogy. 98th Annual Conference of the College Art Association. Audio Recordings, Chicago, IL (2010) [E3]
2009Lowry SC, McKinnon JE, 'The copulation of studio practice and theory: Toward the undergraduate student as practice based researcher', Studio Teaching Forum: Enriching Creative Arts Learning: Workshops and Concurrent Sessions, Hobart, TAS (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: Jocelyn McKinnon

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Creative Work (24 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Lowry SC, Taimre I, In memory of Johnny B. Goode: a rock opera (2014)
2013Lowry SC, Unaustralia, Ultimo, NSW (2013) [J1]
2013Shorter M, Adlington D, de Cervantes Saavedra M, Lowry SC, La Bamba T, Quixotic visions : Tino La Bamba's great Australian adventure, Lismore, NSW (2013) [J3]
2012Brodyk A, Loveday T, Lowry SC, Shorter M, Titmarsh M, Re-extended Painting, Chippendale, NSW (2012) [J1]

Co-authors: Andre Brodyk

2012Brodyk A, Lowry SC, Loveday T, Shorter M, Titmarsh M, Re-extended Painting, MOP Projects, Chippendale, NSW (2012) [J2]

Co-authors: Andre Brodyk

2012Lowry SC, Smoke on the Water, SPACE TRASH@TINA: Crack Theatre Festival, Newcastle (2012) [J2]
2012Lowry SC, Untitled, Sound Summit Short Film Reel, Newcastle (2012) [J2]
2011Lowry SC, a ----... -- (::: ... :), Eastern Bloc Gallery, Rozelle (2011) [J2]
2011Lowry SC, Shipwreck, Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane (2011) [J2]
2011Lowry SC, The Grotto Project: What is Portraiture?, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah (2011) [J2]
2010Lowry SC, Celebrity drug disasters, - (2010) [J1]
2010Lowry SC, Public enemy: Bring the noise exhibited at Black is the Colour, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, Nowra, NSW (2010) [J2]
2010Lowry SC, Video installation for 'In Temperance: Pop Up Gallery', Mark Titmarsh (Curator), Sydney (2010) [J2]
2009Lowry SC, Lapdancer 2, MOP Projects, Chippendale NSW (2009) [J1]
2008Lowry SC, Lapdancer, The LAB 16th St, San Francisco (2008) [J1]
2008Lowry SC, Sound design for video installation by John Conomos, Lake George (After, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington, NSW (2008) [J2]
2006Lowry SC, Celebrity Drug Disasters, 'Getting Better' MGM (2006) [J1]
2006Lowry SC, Celebrity Drug Disasters, 'We Can Get Together' MGM (2006) [J1]
2006Lowry SC, Celebrity Drug Disasters, 'Art or Porn?' MGM (2006) [J1]
2005Lowry S, Real False Hope, Unknown, Unknown (2005) [J1]
2005Lowry S, The Slaughterhouse Project (Soundtrack), Quebec, Canada (2005) [J2]
2004Lowry S, Official selection: 2005 Redlands Westpac Art-Prize, Sydney, NSW, Australia (2004) [J2]
2003Lowry S, The After-Party (2003) [J1]
2001Lowry S, Un/certain references (2001) [J1]
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Other (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Lowry SC, 'Everything the Artist does (and still does Art)', ( pp.-): Artspace (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$6,935

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2013 (1 grants)

Critique 2013: An International conference reflecting on creative practice in art, architecture, and design, Adelaide Australia, 26-29 November 2013$735
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Sean Lowry
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$73520132013
GNo:G1301151

2011 (1 grants)

Seeding Grant$3,000
Funding Body: DFAM

SchemeRole
DFAMChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,00020112012
GNo:179440529

2010 (1 grants)

98th Annual Conference of College Art Association, Chicago, 10-13 February 2010$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Sean Lowry
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020102010
GNo:G0190572

2008 (1 grants)

College Art Association Annual Conference 2008, Adam's Mark Hotel, Dallas, USA, 20/2/2008 - 23/2/2007$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Sean Lowry
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0188138
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions4
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL1.2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142016M Philosophy (Fine Art)Co-SupervisorArt in Transit
20132017PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorIdentity, the Object and Spaces in Between: Locational Intervention and the Performative Nature of Throwaway Culture in Contemporary Interdisciplinary, Inter-Media and Live Arts Practice
20122013M Philosophy (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorWhat's the Point? Exploring the Productive Tension Between Meaning and Meaninglessness in Conceptually Based Artistic Practices.
20062014PhD (Fine Art)Sole SupervisorInstantiating Ideas of Limitless Space: Thinking through Painting

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2010M Philosophy (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorMarriage is Not a Natural State: Love, Truth, Fiction and the Photographic Image
2010PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorImpossible Immediacies: Contemporary Painting 'After' Remediation
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Dr Sean Lowry

Work Phone(02) 4349 4463
Email
PositionLecturer in Creative Arts
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
HO 1.18,
Humanities,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/sean-lowry