Alice Lang Originals (2014)

Conference: Curating Feminism

CURATING FEMINISM A Contemporary Art and Feminism event co-hosted by Sydney College of the Arts, School of Letters, Arts and Media, and The Power Institute, University of Sydney How can curating be an activist practice, especially in the realm of gender? What does it mean to be a feminist curator, or to adopt a feminist…

Parisian street art. Pic: jacqueline Millner

Event: Transgressive Teaching

An initiative of Sydney College of the Arts Contemporary Art + Feminism research cluster, Transgressive Teaching is a free workshop with leading feminist scholars and artists exploring how to teach feminism and how to teach in a feminist way. SATURDAY 29 MARCH 2014 Session 1 – The Past Now: Feminist herstories and the contemporary curriculum Chair: Catriona Moore, Art History…

Attack of the Big Top Beauty: The Twilight Girls

Essay: The Twilight Girls

Twilight Girls: Helen Hyatt-Johnston and Jane Polkinghorne Jacquline Millner (1997-2002) The ‘revolutionary power of women’s laughter’ became something of a cliché in much irony-clogged feminist work of the 1980s. While often smart and sparkling with caustic wit, such work rarely raised a belly laugh, provoking not so much laughter as rueful, knowing smiles. This is…

Essay: Spaces In-Between

Spaces In-Between Jacqueline Millner (1994) One  Saturated by ever more sophisticated telecommunication technology, it is well nigh impossible to resist the seduction of the dream of perfect knowledge: instantaneous, comprehensive, ever available. The newest telecommunications systems promise us the status of the gods: omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence. Such systems mark the disappearance of space, indeed the…

Essay: Beauty Disparaged

Beauty Disparaged Jacqueline Millner For it is a crime to speak of beauty, to refer to it, and to imply that it exists… We blush at the mere thought of uttering its name for it is the unacceptable face in art, as it is deemed to be only face, no mind beneath, no conceptual body…

Ella Dreyfus: Age and Consent, 1999

Ella Dreyfus: Age and Consent

Ella Dreyfus: Age and Consent   Jacqueline Millner (1999) Throughout Western culture, the ageing woman has been characterised as a problem. Her behaviour, described by Freud as ‘peevish, argumentative and sadistic’, has come to legitimise the social ostracism she suffers: The older woman evokes in herself and in others the horror and fear of an inappropriate and…