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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>

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

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Editor - Project Anywhere

Collaboration

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

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
  • Installation
  • 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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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Lowry SC, Video installation for 'In Temperance: Pop Up Gallery', Mark Titmarsh (Curator), Sydney (2010) [J2]
2010Lowry SC, Public enemy: Bring the noise exhibited at Black is the Colour, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, Nowra, NSW (2010) [J2]
2010Lowry SC, Celebrity drug disasters, -, Sydney, Australia (2010) [J1]
2011Lowry SC, Shipwreck, Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (2011) [J2]

Publications

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Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Lowry SC, Art and research at the outermost limits of location-specificity, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, 0 (2014)
2014Lowry SC, Douglas S, Art and Research At The Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity, Parsons The New School for Design, New York. NY, 26 (2014)
2014Lowry SC, Douglas S, Art and Research At The Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity, Parsons The New School for Design, New York. NY, 26 (2014)

Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Lowry SC, 'Strategies for artists becoming writers', Doctoral Writing in the creative and performing arts: The researcher/practitioner nexus, Libri Publishing Ltd, Oxfordshire 0-0 (2014)
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 (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)
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, 'Monuments to heroic failure', Broadsheet, 37 198-201 (2008) [C2]
2008Lowry SC, 'Alien jukebox: Wade Marynowsky's autonomous improvisation v. 1', Column, - 113-117 (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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Conference (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Lowry SC, 'Transposable Understandings: Teaching Art Through Feminism', Forthcoming http://www.contemporaryarttasmania.org, Contemporary Art Tasmania. Hobart Tasmania, Australia. (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)
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 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 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 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 (36 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Lowry SC, Art and the Expanded Cover Version, The University of Newcastle, Central Coast Campus, NSW, Australia., Ourimbah (2014)
2014Lowry SC, 'Extended Instance¿ in Honi Ryan, Instance: An Exhibition of Recent Works and Performances, Hedonics Creative (2014)
2014Lowry SC, Hayley Megan French: New paintings, Galerie pompom, 2/39 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale NSW, Australia., Sydney (2014)
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)
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)
2014Lowry SC, One and Three Americas, EIDIA House, 14 Dunham Place, Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211 (2014)
2014Lowry SC, One and Three United States, Kibel Gallery, University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, College Park, MD 20742, USA. (2014)
2014Lowry SC, One and Three Tasmanias, Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Hunter Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia., Hobart (2014)
2014Lowry SC, Taimre I, 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)
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]
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, Conomos J, Original soundtrack for "The Spiral of Time", Australian Centre for Photography, 257 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia. (2013)
2012Brodyk A, Loveday T, Lowry SC, Shorter M, Titmarsh M, Re-extended Painting, Chippendale, NSW (2012) [J1]

Co-authors: ANDRE BRODYK

2012Lowry SC, Smoke on the Water, SPACE TRASH@TINA: Crack Theatre Festival, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2012Lowry SC, Untitled, Sound Summit Short Film Reel, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2012Brodyk A, Lowry SC, Loveday T, Shorter M, Titmarsh M, Re-extended Painting, MOP Projects, Chippendale, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]

Co-authors: ANDRE BRODYK

2011Lowry SC, Shipwreck, Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (2011) [J2]
2011Lowry SC, The Grotto Project: What is Portraiture?, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, NSW, Australia (2011) [J2]
2011Lowry SC, a ----... -- (::: ... :), Eastern Bloc Gallery, Rozelle, NSW, Australia (2011) [J2]
2010Lowry SC, Celebrity drug disasters, -, Sydney, Australia (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, 'Art or Porn?' MGM (2006) [J1]
2006Lowry SC, Celebrity Drug Disasters, 'We Can Get Together' MGM (2006) [J1]
2006Lowry SC, Celebrity Drug Disasters, 'Getting Better' 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 grants5
Total funding$8,486

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2015 (1 grants)

6th Annual PopCAANNZ Conference, Wellington NewZealand, 29 June - 1 July 2015$1,551
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Sean Lowry
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,55120152016
GNo:G1500528

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 supervisions3
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.85
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.5

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
20132018PhD (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.

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2015PhD (Fine Art)Sole SupervisorInstantiating Ideas of Limitless Space: Thinking Through Painting
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