Week 9 – Welcome Kate Blackmore & Cunnamulla

Still from ‘Girls’ (2014) by Kate Blackmore


Still from Denis O’rouke’s ‘Cunnamulla’ (1999)

This week we welcome another guest into our midst, artist Kate Blackmore. I’m very excited to have Kate come and talk to us and present one of her documentary projects, the dual screen work ‘Girls’.

Here’s a blurb about Kate from her website:

Kate Blackmore is a Sydney-based artist, filmmaker and curator whose practice explores the intersections between contemporary art, documentary film and anthropology. Since 2007 Blackmore has been a key member of artist collective Brown Council (with Kelly Doley, Frances Barrett & Diana Smith) whose live performances and video works engage with concepts of spectacle and endurance, as well as the dialogue between ‘liveness’ and the performance document. Blackmore’s solo and collaborative work has shown nationally and internationally at institutions including Artspace (Sydney), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), National Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul), New Museum (Beijing), and National Gallery of Indonesia (Jakarta). Blackmore has undertaken international residencies at the Red Gate Gallery (Beijing) and the Australia Council for the Arts International Studio (Barcelona). In 2015 she will travel to India for an Asialink residency at Kriti Gallery (Varanasi) where she will work with the Gulabi Gang, a group of over 400000 female domestic violence activists.

For more information visit her website

Also today, we may not get time to watch the complete film but I’d like us to watch Dennis O’Rourke’s film Cunnamulla (1999) in class.

Here’s a good article on it from Senses of Cinema: “The Troubles of Dennis O’Rourke” by Ian Stocks. Especially the mid-section in which O’Rourke explains his approach to documentary production – portraying it as a mix of aesthetic decision-making and patient, slightly wayward ethnography.

And some more reading around the film.

Don’t forget that your weekly blog entries still continue, discussing the issues raised in the film screening and readings. And of course writing about your process of putting your own short documentaries together. This is an assessable task towards assessment 2.

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Plan for class week 9

9am – Project Work: students to work on own collaborative documentaries in class, any individual feedback or technical assistance
9.30/10am (approx) – Welcome Kate Blackmore: Screening & Discussion
11.00/11.30 – (approx) Break
12noon – 1pm – film screening – Cunnamulla (lecture theatre) followed by discussion

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