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Dr Sean Lowry

Lecturer in Creative Arts

School of Creative Arts

Career Summary

Biography

Dr 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 Convener of Creative and Performing Arts in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle. 

Dr Lowry's areas of specialisation include conceptual and post-conceptual art, painting, expanded painting, performance art, intermedial practices, social practice, installation, sculpture, quotational practices after appropriation, digital and new media art, video installation, experimental sound and music, electronic music production, expanded exhibition formats, curatorial practice, creative arts pedagogy, the evaluation and legitimisation of artistic research, contemporary art criticism, art history and theory.  

For more information: Sean Lowry art/music/text: www.seanlowry.com 

Dr Lowry’s internationalised reputation for research and creative work is centred in contemporary visual art. His work is primarily concerned with the limits of quotational and locational specificity in contemporary art practices. His research interests also extend to aesthetics after conceptualism, artistic production after postmodernism, copyright in the digital age, curatorial practice, social practice, creative arts pedagogy, and the role of sound in visually centred cultural formations. Lowry has performed, exhibited and presented his artistic research extensively both nationally and internationally, and his published writing has appears in numerous international and national journals and edited volumes. 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. 

Dr Lowry is also the Founder and Executive Director of Project Anywhere: Art At The Outermost Limits Of Location-Specificity: wwwprojectanywhere.net 

For a full list of published works see: www.seanlowry.com 



Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Art History and Theory
  • Conceptual and Post-Conceptual Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Contemporary Art Criticism
  • Creative Arts Pedagogy
  • Curatorial Practice
  • Digital and New Media Art
  • Electronic Music Production
  • Evaluation of Artistic Research
  • Expanded Exhibition Models
  • Expanded Painting
  • Experimental Drawing
  • Experimental Sound and Music
  • Installation
  • Intermedial art practice
  • New Media
  • Painting
  • Performance art
  • Sculpture
  • Social Practice
  • Video Installation

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) 50
190504 Performance and Installation Art 25
190199 Art Theory and Criticism not elsewhere classified 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer in Creative Arts University of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2004 - 1/11/2006 Lecturer The University of Sydney
Sydney College of the Arts
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2012 -  Concept and Executive Director - Project Anywhere Project Anywhere
Australia
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Publications

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


Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Lowry SC, 'Ghosted Forms', Erasure: The Spectre of Cultural Memory, Libri Publishing, Oxfordshire, U.K. 199-218 (2015)
2014 Lowry 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]
2013 Lowry SC, 'Inventions are Networks: Fostering the Liminal Play of Ideas', Ecologies of Invention, University of Sydney Press, Sydney 138-146 (2013) [B1]
2004 Lowry S, 'Essay by Sean Lowry', , Self-published, Unknown, Unknown (2004) [B2]
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Journal article (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Lowry SC, 'Christian Thompson', Bomb ¿ Artists in Conversation (Quarterly), 131 150-152 (2015)
2015 Lowry SC, 'Project Anywhere: The Challenge Of Validating, Exhibiting And Disseminating Art And Research At The Outermost Limits Of Location-Specificity', Muséologies: Les cahiers d'études supérieures, 7 41-56 (2015)
2014 Lowry 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]
2012 McKinnon JE, Lowry SC, 'Embracing failure through performative pedagogy: A report from the margins', Performance Research, 17 47-50 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Jocelyn Mckinnon
2012 Lowry SC, 'The electro-readymade: Copyright and freedom in the Twenty First Century', Column, - 73-88 (2012) [C2]
2011 Lowry SC, 'Sounds like contemporary art', Column, 6-14 (2011) [C2]
2010 Lowry SC, 'Experiencing ideas: Contemporary art in the academy', Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia. Broadsheet, 39 1-3 (2010) [C2]
2009 Lowry SC, 'Beautifully unresolved: After the aesthetic/anti-aesthetic dialectic', Column, 6-12 (2009) [C2]
2009 Lowry SC, ''In between' the moving image: Mutant media: Essays on cinema, video art and new media', Senses of Cinema, 1-2 (2009) [C3]
2008 Lowry SC, 'Alien jukebox: Wade Marynowsky's autonomous improvisation v. 1', Column, - 113-117 (2008) [C2]
2008 Lowry SC, 'Monuments to heroic failure', Broadsheet, 37 198-201 (2008) [C2]
2007 Lowry SC, 'Avatars, tall-poppies and non-places', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 36 244-247 (2007) [C2]
2007 Lowry SC, 'Philip Brophy: Dissonant juxtaposition and poetic estrangement', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 36 48-51 (2007) [C2]
2006 Lowry S, 'Ghostly Familiarities: The Retreat and Concealment of Strategic Appropriation in Contemporary Production Methodologies', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 35 116-119 (2006) [C2]
2005 Lowry S, 'The Agnostic Model: Contemporary Art After Postmodernism?', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 34 160-163 (2005) [C2]
2005 Lowry S, 'Interesting Times', Broadsheet: Contemporary Art + Culture, 34 (2005) [C2]
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Review (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Lowry SC, 'Something else about nothing: blankness as medium (2015)
2015 Lowry SC, 'Review of The Twilight Girls, THE DEAD SEA, ¿Plato¿s Cave at EIDIA House¿, New York, 2014 (2015)
DOI 10.1386/ajpc.4.2-3.189_5

Conference (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Lowry SC, 'Transposable Understandings: Teaching Art Through Feminism', Conversations in Art and Feminism: Take 2, Forthcoming http://www.contemporaryarttasmania.org, Contemporary Art Tasmania. Hobart Tasmania, Australia. (2015)
2015 Lowry 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)
2014 Lowry 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]
2013 Lowry 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]
2012 Lowry SC, 'Contemporary Painting Re-Expanded (Overpainting)', Together Apart, Art Association of Australia & New Zealand (AAANZ) Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E3]
2011 Lowry 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]
2010 Lowry 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]
2010 Lowry 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]
2010 Lowry 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]
2009 Lowry 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 (42 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Lowry SC, 50 X 50 SECONDS FOR 50 YEARS, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah Campus (2015)
2015 Lowry 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)
2015 Lowry 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)
2015 Lowry 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)
2015 Lowry 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)
2015 Lowry 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)
2014 Lowry SC, Hayley Megan French: New paintings, Galerie pompom, 2/39 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale NSW, Australia., Sydney (2014) [J2]
2014 Taimre 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]
2014 Lowry SC, Taimre I, In memory of Johnny B. Goode: a rock opera (2014) [J1]
2014 Lowry SC, One and Three United States, Kibel Gallery, University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, College Park, MD 20742, USA. (2014) [J1]
2014 Lowry 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]
2014 Lowry SC, Art and the Expanded Cover Version, The University of Newcastle, Central Coast Campus, NSW, Australia., Ourimbah (2014) [J3]
2014 Lowry SC, One and Three Tasmanias, Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Hunter Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia., Hobart (2014) [J2]
2014 Lowry SC, One and Three Americas, EIDIA House, 14 Dunham Place, Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211 (2014) [J1]
2014 Lowry 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]
2014 Taimre 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]
2013 Shorter 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]
2013 Lowry SC, Conomos J, Original soundtrack for "The Spiral of Time", Australian Centre for Photography, 257 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia. (2013)
2013 Lowry SC, Some Rooms, Marrickville Garage, NSW, Australia, Sydney (2013)
2013 Lowry 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)
2013 Lowry SC, Unaustralia, Ultimo, NSW (2013) [J1]
2012 Brodyk A, Lowry SC, Loveday T, Shorter M, Titmarsh M, Re-extended Painting, MOP Projects, Chippendale, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
Co-authors Andre Brodyk
2012 Lowry SC, Untitled, Sound Summit Short Film Reel, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
Citations Web of Science - 19
2012 Lowry SC, Smoke on the Water, SPACE TRASH@TINA: Crack Theatre Festival, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2012 Brodyk A, Loveday T, Lowry SC, Shorter M, Titmarsh M, Re-extended Painting, Chippendale, NSW (2012) [J1]
Co-authors Andre Brodyk
2011 Lowry SC, a ----... -- (::: ... :), Eastern Bloc Gallery, Rozelle, NSW, Australia (2011) [J2]
2011 Lowry SC, The Grotto Project: What is Portraiture?, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, NSW, Australia (2011) [J2]
2011 Lowry SC, Shipwreck, Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (2011) [J2]
Supanova
2010 Lowry SC, Public enemy: Bring the noise exhibited at Black is the Colour, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, Nowra, NSW (2010) [J2]
Supanova
2010 Lowry SC, Celebrity drug disasters, -, Sydney, Australia (2010) [J1]
Supanova
2010 Lowry SC, Video installation for 'In Temperance: Pop Up Gallery', Mark Titmarsh (Curator), Sydney (2010) [J2]
Supanova
2009 Lowry SC, Lapdancer 2, MOP Projects, Chippendale NSW (2009) [J1]
2008 Lowry SC, Lapdancer, The LAB 16th St, San Francisco (2008) [J1]
2008 Lowry SC, Sound design for video installation by John Conomos, Lake George (After, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington, NSW (2008) [J2]
2006 Lowry SC, Celebrity Drug Disasters, 'We Can Get Together' MGM (2006) [J1]
2006 Lowry SC, Celebrity Drug Disasters, 'Getting Better' MGM (2006) [J1]
2006 Lowry SC, Celebrity Drug Disasters, 'Art or Porn?' MGM (2006) [J1]
2005 Lowry S, Real False Hope, Unknown, Unknown (2005) [J1]
2005 Lowry S, The Slaughterhouse Project (Soundtrack), Quebec, Canada (2005) [J2]
2004 Lowry S, Official selection: 2005 Redlands Westpac Art-Prize, Sydney, NSW, Australia (2004) [J2]
2003 Lowry S, The After-Party (2003) [J1]
2001 Lowry S, Un/certain references (2001) [J1]
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Other (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Lowry 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]
2013 Lowry SC, 'Everything the Artist does (and still does Art)', ( pp.-): Artspace (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Sean Lowry
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500528
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Sean Lowry
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301151
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20112 grants / $6,000

Seeding Grant$3,000

Project Anywhere

Funding body: DFAM

Funding body DFAM
Project Team
Scheme DFAM
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Seeding Grant$3,000

Project Anywhere

Funding body: DFAM

Funding body DFAM
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Sean Lowry
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0190572
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Sean Lowry
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188138
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current5

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters1.6
PhD1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Masters Can Digital Artists use Modern Art Aesthetics and Techniques to Create a Defining Post-Digital Art Aesthetic?
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD The Island I Can't Get To: Nissological Spaces and the Pull of Balls Pyramid
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 Masters Art in Transit
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Identity, 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, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2012 Masters What's the Point? Exploring the Productive Tension Between Meaning and Meaninglessness in Conceptually Based Artistic Practices.
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Instantiating Ideas of Limitless Space: Thinking Through Painting
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2010 PhD Impossible Immediacies: Contemporary Painting 'After' Remediation
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2010 Masters Marriage is Not a Natural State: Love, Truth, Fiction and the Photographic Image
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
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

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

Office

Room HO 1.18
Building Humanities
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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