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Dr Sean Lowry

Lecturer in Creative Arts

School of Creative Arts

Career Summary

Biography

Sean Lowry is a Sydney-based visual artist, musician and writer. Lowry holds a PhD in Visual Arts from The University of Sydney and is currently Convenor of Creative and Performing Arts in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Lowry has exhibited, performed and presented extensively both nationally and internationally and his published writing appears in numerous international journals and edited volumes. His conceptually driven art practice employs strategies of concealed quotation, erasure, and subliminal appropriation in both traditional and expanded exhibition formats designed to operate at the outermost limits of recognition and specificity. Lowry is also the Founder and Executive Director of Project Anywhere: Art At The Outermost Limits Of Location-Specificity (www.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. http://www.seanlowry.com">www.seanlowry.com</a></p><p><strong>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

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

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).

Collaborations
1. PROJECT ANYWHERE: art at the outermost limits of location-specificity www.projectanywhere.net Project Anywhere is an expanded global exhibition model in which the role of curator is replaced with the type of peer review model typically endorsed by a refereed journal. Emphasizing art and research undertaken outside traditional circuits, Project Anywhere is dedicated to the evaluation and dissemination of art and research at the outermost limits of location-specificity. Project Anywhere endorses a rigorous two-stage peer review process. First, double blind evaluations of all project proposals by artist academics of international standing determines which projects will be hosted each year. A second open peer review process of project “outcomes” determines which projects are archived as “validated research” (all other hosted projects are placed in a general archive at the cessation of the hosting period). Project Anywhere accepts proposals from artists and researchers working anywhere in the world. With only a handful of projects hosted each year, selection is very competitive. Please note that Project Anywhere does not provide funding nor expect exclusivity. Instead, Project Anywhere is designed to suit artist academics seeking independent peer-validation and international dissemination for their research. Project Anywhere also welcomes collaborative and curatorial projects or projects already hosted by other institutions seeking peer-validation. 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. GHOSTED FORMS: 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 dematerialised conceptualism, subliminally inflected electronic music, strategies of détournement, 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


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney

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
  • Installation
  • New Media
  • Painting
  • Performance
  • Performance art
  • Sculpture

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190502Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)50
190504Performance and Installation Art25
190199Art Theory and Criticism not elsewhere classified25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Lecturer in Creative ArtsUniversity of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
22/05/2015 - 22/06/2015Membership - Artspace Visual Arts Centre LtdArtspace Visual Arts Centre Ltd
Australia
1/01/2012 - Editorial Board - Project AnywhereProject Anywhere
Australia
1/01/2005 - Membership - College Art Association (US)College Art Association
United States
1/03/2004 - 1/11/2006LecturerThe University of Sydney
Sydney College of the Arts
Australia
1/01/2000 - Membership - Phonographic Performance Company of AustraliaPhonographic Performance Company of Australia
Australia
1/01/1990 - Membership - Australasian Performing Rights AssociationaAustralasian Performing Rights Association
Australia
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Publications

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


Chapter (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Lowry SC, 'Ghosted Forms', Erasure: The Spectre of Cultural Memory, Libri Publishing, Oxfordshire, U.K. 199-218 (2015)
2014Lowry SC, 'Strategies for artists becoming writers: Tacking the written component of practice-based research in the creative and performing arts (A report from the regions)', Doctoral Writing in the creative and performing arts: The researcher/practitioner nexus, Libri Publishing Ltd, Oxfordshire 337-352 (2014) [B1]
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]
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Journal article (15 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Lowry SC, 'Christian Thompson', Bomb ¿ Artists in Conversation (Quarterly), 131 150-152 (2015)
2014Lowry SC, De Freitas N, 'Project anywhere: Art, peer review and alternative approaches to validation at the outermost limits of location-specificity', Artleaks Gazette, 111-123 (2014) [C2]
2012McKinnon JE, Lowry SC, 'Embracing failure through performative pedagogy: A report from the margins', Performance Research, 17 47-50 (2012) [C1]
Co-authorsJocelyn 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, 'Avatars, tall-poppies and non-places', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 36 244-247 (2007) [C2]
2007Lowry SC, 'Philip Brophy: Dissonant juxtaposition and poetic estrangement', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 36 48-51 (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, 'The Agnostic Model: Contemporary Art After Postmodernism?', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 34 160-163 (2005) [C2]
2005Lowry S, 'Interesting Times', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 34 (2005) [C2]
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Review (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Lowry SC, 'Something else about nothing: blankness as medium (2015)
2015Lowry SC, 'Review of The Twilight Girls, THE DEAD SEA, ¿Plato¿s Cave at EIDIA House¿, New York, 2014 (2015)
DOI10.1386/ajpc.4.2-3.189_5

Conference (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Lowry SC, 'Transposable Understandings: Teaching Art Through Feminism', Forthcoming http://www.contemporaryarttasmania.org, Contemporary Art Tasmania. Hobart Tasmania, Australia. (2015)
2015Lowry SC, Taimre I, '¿Art we a band? Negotiating the Antipodean Extremities of Intermedial Expansion and Medium Specificity in Art, Music and Popular Culture¿', http://popcaanz.com, Massey University Campus, Wellington, New Zealand (2015)
2014Lowry SC, Douglas S, 'Art and Research At The Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity', Art and Research At The Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity November 13 -14, The Lang Center, School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design, a division of The New School, New York NY, USA., The Lang Center, School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design, a division of The New School, New York NY, USA. (2014) [E4]
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-authorsJocelyn Mckinnon
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Creative Work (42 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Lowry SC, 50 X 50 SECONDS FOR 50 YEARS, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah Campus (2015)
2015Lowry SC, ALL KNOWN SPACE OUTSIDE THIS BOX (NOT INCLUDING THAT WHICH IS IMAGINED), Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 40 Dodds St, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia., Melbourne (2015)
2015Lowry SC, Taimre I, Johnston L, An Impossible Question - The Ghosts of Nothing (feat. Lyndall Johnston), 410 King Street Newcastle, NSW, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiA6XVR2VmQ (2015)
2015Lowry SC, Taimre I, "Betrayal - The Ghosts of Nothing (feat. Charles Famous)", 61 Harris Street, Pyrmont, Sydney NSW, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AIWENefExc&feature=youtu.be (2015)
2015Lowry SC, Taimre I, Tuffin Z, ¿Madonna of Hysterias - The Ghosts of Nothing (feat. Zoë Tuffin)", 151 Musgrave Road Red Hill, Brisbane, QLD, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkK2vy5V2Zw (2015)
2015Lowry SC, Taimre I, The Ghosts of Nothing: World Tour Of Abandoned Music Venues 2014/2015, Massey University Campus, Wellington, New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand (2015)
2014Lowry SC, Hayley Megan French: New paintings, Galerie pompom, 2/39 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale NSW, Australia., Sydney (2014) [J2]
2014Taimre I, Lowry SC, Miles FJ, This is Johnny, 315 Bowery, Manhattan, NY, 10003, USA (video documentation at http://youtu.be/mkDG4Ln_ZRE)., http://youtu.be/mkDG4Ln_ZRE (2014) [J2]
2014Lowry SC, Taimre I, In memory of Johnny B. Goode: a rock opera (2014) [J1]
2014Lowry SC, One and Three United States, Kibel Gallery, University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, College Park, MD 20742, USA. (2014) [J1]
2014Lowry SC, Taimre I, In Memory of Johnny B. Goode: A Radio Play by The Ghosts of Nothing, Saturday Night Séance, WGXC 90.7-FM and live stream at wgxc.org (see http://wavefarm.org/archive/kw3j9q)., New York (2014) [J1]
2014Lowry SC, Art and the Expanded Cover Version, The University of Newcastle, Central Coast Campus, NSW, Australia., Ourimbah (2014) [J3]
2014Lowry SC, One and Three Tasmanias, Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Hunter Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia., Hobart (2014) [J2]
2014Lowry SC, One and Three Americas, EIDIA House, 14 Dunham Place, Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211 (2014) [J1]
2014Lowry SC, Cold War Memorial, Thought projection over Bering Strait 168°58¿37¿W published in Sean Lowry and Simone Douglas, Art and Research At The Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity, Parsons The New School for Design, New York NY, 2014. USA. ISBN 978-0-692-32296-3. (2014) [J2]
2014Taimre I, Lowry SC, Miles FJ, This is Johnny, 315 Bowery, Manhattan, NY, 10003, USA (video documentation at http://youtu.be/mkDG4Ln_ZRE)., http://youtu.be/mkDG4Ln_ZRE (2014) [J2]
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]
2013Lowry SC, Conomos J, Original soundtrack for "The Spiral of Time", Australian Centre for Photography, 257 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia. (2013)
2013Lowry SC, Some Rooms, Marrickville Garage, NSW, Australia, Sydney (2013)
2013Lowry SC, Buckley B, Original soundtrack for "The Slaughterhouse Project: Alignment and Boundaries (Lâ Origine du monde) and I wonder whether that¿s Joanna Hiffernan with a Brazilian (revisited)", Australian Centre for Photography, 257 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia. (2013)
2013Lowry SC, Unaustralia, Ultimo, NSW (2013) [J1]
2012Brodyk A, Lowry SC, Loveday T, Shorter M, Titmarsh M, Re-extended Painting, MOP Projects, Chippendale, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
Co-authorsAndre Brodyk
2012Lowry SC, Untitled, Sound Summit Short Film Reel, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
CitationsWeb of Science - 19
2012Lowry SC, Smoke on the Water, SPACE TRASH@TINA: Crack Theatre Festival, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2012Brodyk A, Loveday T, Lowry SC, Shorter M, Titmarsh M, Re-extended Painting, Chippendale, NSW (2012) [J1]
Co-authorsAndre Brodyk
2011Lowry SC, a ----... -- (::: ... :), Eastern Bloc Gallery, Rozelle, NSW, Australia (2011) [J2]
2011Lowry SC, The Grotto Project: What is Portraiture?, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, NSW, Australia (2011) [J2]
2011Lowry SC, Shipwreck, Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (2011) [J2]
Supanova
2010Lowry SC, Public enemy: Bring the noise exhibited at Black is the Colour, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, Nowra, NSW (2010) [J2]
Supanova
2010Lowry SC, Celebrity drug disasters, -, Sydney, Australia (2010) [J1]
Supanova
2010Lowry SC, Video installation for 'In Temperance: Pop Up Gallery', Mark Titmarsh (Curator), Sydney (2010) [J2]
Supanova
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, 'We Can Get Together' MGM (2006) [J1]
2006Lowry SC, Celebrity Drug Disasters, 'Getting Better' 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 (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Lowry SC, ''Extended Instance¿ in Honi Ryan, Instance: An Exhibition of Recent Works and Performances', ¿Extended Instance¿ in Honi Ryan, Instance: An Exhibition of Recent Works and Performances, Hedonics Creative, March 2014, ISBN- 978-0-9924376-0-2: Hedonics Creative (2014) [O1]
2013Lowry SC, 'Everything the Artist does (and still does Art)', ( pp.-): Artspace (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants6
Total funding$11,486

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20151 grants / $1,551

6th Annual PopCAANNZ Conference, Wellington NewZealand, 29 June - 1 July 2015$1,551

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Sean Lowry
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2016
GNoG1500528
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20131 grants / $735

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Sean Lowry
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301151
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20112 grants / $6,000

Seeding Grant$3,000

Project Anywhere
Funding body: DFAM

Funding body DFAM
Project Team
SchemeDFAM
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Seeding Grant$3,000

Project Anywhere
Funding body: DFAM

Funding bodyDFAM
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20101 grants / $1,500

98th Annual Conference of College Art Association, Chicago, 10-13 February 2010$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Sean Lowry
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG0190572
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20081 grants / $1,700

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Sean Lowry
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188138
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Can Digital Artists use Modern Art Aesthetics and Techniques to Create a Defining Post-Digital Art Aesthetic?
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014Art in Transit
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013Identity, the Object and Spaces in Between: Locational Intervention and the Performative Nature of Throwaway Culture in Contemporary Interdisciplinary, Inter-Media and Live Arts Practice
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012What's the Point? Exploring the Productive Tension Between Meaning and Meaninglessness in Conceptually Based Artistic Practices.
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Instantiating Ideas of Limitless Space: Thinking Through Painting
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Sole Supervisor
2010Impossible Immediacies: Contemporary Painting 'After' Remediation
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2010Marriage is Not a Natural State: Love, Truth, Fiction and the Photographic Image
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
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Dr Sean Lowry

Position

Lecturer in Creative Arts
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Emailsean.lowry@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4349 4463

Office

RoomHO 1.18
BuildingHumanities
LocationOurimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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