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Dr. Cameron Bishop
|Position||Lecturer in Visual Arts|
|Area||School of Communication & Creative Arts|
|Role and profile||
Lecturer in Visual Arts
|Teaching responsibilities||Currently lecturing in the 1st year Visual Arts program in Geelong and coordinating the discipline's expansion into the waterfront campus.|
In recent years, in my own work and in collaboration, I have created sculptural installations that conceptualise national space as a series of general and defined fields in which identity is performed. Foucaultís term, heterotopia (from the combined Greek meaning other place), focuses my work, as it designates Australia as an other place, and therefore, questions all subjectivities embraced by its mapped and imagined territories, its familiar and unfamiliar spaces, its unifying symbols and narratives, and its art and its authors. Art, and more generally, the field of representation, is always open to ideological corruption, so it follows, fortunately, that it is vulnerable to iconoclasm.
I have exhibited work extensively in and around Melbourne over the last 14 years; in Dunedin, New Zealand, and a number of times in Hobart, in solo shows, and with the collaborative group, Bozo Ink. In addition, I have had a number of journal articles and catalogue essays published, I am on the editorial board for the interdisciplinary journal, Junctures, and late last year contributed a chapter to the book, Framing my Name: Extending Educational Boundaries (2010).
|Current research projects||
Recent paintings and digital animations extend some of the concepts I have been exploring in large scale, trans-disciplinary sculptural installations and in my writing over the last six years. The intersection of traditional and new media methodologies has been critical to my research into identity and inside/outside power relations. More specifically, in that junction, I'm interested in how national narratives and mythologies can be disturbed. In the recent book "Framing my Name: Extending Educational Boundaries" I consider the strategic relevance of the artist's identity in terms of space, critical reception and perceptions of otherness in the context of globalisation. Entitled "Self-Authorship: The Disturbing Identity of the Author" the abstract read thus:
'In this chapter I discuss the framing of names and identities in a variety of contexts. With the effects of globalisation in mind, including the increased mobility of populations, I argue that although they are sometimees intertwined, the name and identity of the individual do not beget one another. Identity, predicated on the subject's spatial relations and the discourses they find themselves the subjects of, can operate entirely separate from the self-reflective, solipsistic, inner-world of the named individual, particularly in a postcolonial milieu. I look at the complex relationship of identity to name and place, with an emphasis on the poltical and disruptive potential of the marginalised subject.
2007 Australia Council Grant (with Bozo Ink)
2001 Victoria Arts Grant
2005-2008 Australian Postgraduate Award
1999-2001 Monash Graduate Scholarship
2009, Double Dialogues, paper entitled "The Staging of Identity in Other/s' Spaces".