DR EDWARD COLLESS

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Positions

  • Academic
Dr Edward Colless is Head of Critical and Theoretical Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, where he has worked since 2001. He has been employed in several tertiary institutions as a lecturer in art and cultural history, aesthetics, cinema studies, and design with practical teaching in performance. In addition to a steady output of writing (which has included art criticism and journalism, book and film reviewing, fiction and travel), he has also worked at various times as a professional theatre director, as a filmmaker, curator, and architectural assistant. An anthology of his selected writing, The Error of My Ways, published in 1995, was nominated for the NSW Premier’s Prize for Literature. Colless has also been short-listed for the Pascall Prize for Criticism. He has been features writer and associate editor of Australian Art Collector since its inauguration and has worked as Melbourne art reviewer for The Australian newspaper. He has received numerous grants for critical writing from the Australia Council, the latest of which has been in support of a two-volume project titled Hallucinogenesis, which deals with performativity and possession in art. He takes up a writing residency with the Institut français/Ville de Paris later in 2011.

Available for supervision

Yes.

Contact Details

email: ecolless@unimelb.edu.au

Exhibitions

Untitled Photography
Start: Sunday, January 1st 2006 End: Saturday, December 30th 2006
T'Pol's tongue...
Start: Friday, October 20th 2006 End: Friday, November 10th 2006
Trigger Happy
Start: Thursday, June 27th 2002 End: Thursday, July 4th 2002

Publications

Research Book Chapters

COLLESS E (2009), Unnameable. , Rethinking the Contemporary Art School: The Artist, the PhD, and the Academy, The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (ISBN:978-0-919616-49-3)
COLLESS E (2008), Between the Legs of the Mermaid. In CHOLODENKO (Eds.), The Life of Illusion: More Essays on Animation, Power Publications
COLLESS E (2007), between the legs of a mermaid . , The Illusion of Life 2: More essays on Animation, Power Publications (ISBN:9780909952341)

Full Written Papers Unrefereed

COLLESS E (2009), Bad Infinity, B for Bad Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics and Cultural Value, Monash University

Full Written Papers Refereed

COLLESS E (2007), Politics of Aesthetics, Art, Design and Craft Biennial, Queensland University of Technology

Publications of Creative Research

COLLESS E, LAIRD T, BAKER S, HALL D (2016), Art + Australia
COLLESS E (2013), Ship of Fools, Margaret Lawrence Gallery VCA
COLLESS E (2012), A Rebus, ACCA: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
COLLESS E (2009), Gabrielle de Vietri: Play School, Edinburgh International Festival (ISBN:978-0-9805778-7-7)
COLLESS E (2009), Practice: Unnameable, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery (ISBN:978-0-9804843-2-8)
COLLESS E (2008), Eden and After, Karen Woodbury Gallery
COLLESS E (2008), Kate Ellis: Love Sick, Karen Woodbury Gallery (ISBN:978-0-9804521-5-0)
COLLESS E (2008), I Invite in the Daemon Interior..., Apartment
COLLESS E (2006), Chris Wilder, University of Queensland Art Museum (ISBN:978-186-499-8801)
COLLESS E (2006), Arlo Mountford, Art Gallery of South Australia
COLLESS E (2005), Use Me, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia

Journal Articles Unrefereed

COLLESS E (2012), Making the Most of Nothing: Adam Geczy's Beautiful Cities, Column
COLLESS E (2011), Iconocity: The Medium of Meraculous Images, Column
COLLESS E (2010), Kirra Jamison, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2010), Folkert de Jong, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2010), Marcus Westbury: Media Commentator & Founder, Renew Newcastle, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2010), Chantal Faust: Head Land, Photofile
COLLESS E (2010), "Undiscovered: Lauren Olney", Australian Art Collector, Vol 1, Issue 52
COLLESS E (2010), "Intimacy Issues: Paul Knight", Australian Art Collector, Vol 1, Issue 52
COLLESS E (2010), "Postcard from Tokyo", Australian Art Collector, Vol 1, Issue 55
COLLESS E (2010), "The Art School Bogeyman", Australian Art Collector, Vol 1, Issue 54
COLLESS E (2010), "What Next?: Darcey Bella Arnold", Australian Art Collector, Vol 1, Issue 54
COLLESS E (2010), "Lovestruck, Speechless, Swooning: Sophia Hewson", Australian Art Collector, Vol 1, Issue 54
COLLESS E (2009), The Ceremonial Subject: Anne Zahalka, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2009), Cultural Castaway: Peter Robinson, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2009), Grandmotherly Love: Miwa Yanagi, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2009), Text Heavy: James Dodd, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2009), Commercial Transactions: Santiago Sierra, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2009), Dead Girl, Photofile
COLLESS E (2008), True to Appearance: William Eicholtz, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2008), Sarah Berners, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2008), Open Wide: Kotoe Ishii, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2008), A Mischevious Mind: Nicholas Folland, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2008), Art Makes the World Appear Differently: Matthew Shannon, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2008), Unentitled: On Louise Hearman, untitled, Vol 40, Issue 1
COLLESS E (2007), Time Lord: Daniel Crooks, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2007), Simon Pericich, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2007), Bill Sampson, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2007), Punk'd: Matthew Griffin, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2007), World Vision: Matthew Sleeth, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2007), Tony Garifalakis, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2007), Noël Skrzypcak, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2007), Simon Obarzanek: 10pm-1am, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2007), James Kenyon, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2007), James Angus, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2007), The Kingpins, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2007), Shaun Gladwell, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2007), Daniel von Sturmer, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2007), Bronwyn Oliver, Australian Art Collector
COLLESS E (2005), Mirror Mirror: Monika Tichachek, Australian Art Collector

Journal Articles Refereed

COLLESS E (2011), Pop Life and Living Death, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art

Book Chapters Other

COLLESS E (2013), Buckley/Conomos. , Buckley/Conomos, Australian Centre for Photography (ISBN:9781922091048)
COLLESS E (2013), Divine Shit. , Mikala Dwyer: Goldene Bende'r, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ISBN:978-0-9871732-8-7)
COLLESS E (2006), The Illusion of Life 2. In CHOLODENKO A (Eds.), The Illusion of Life 2

Creative Published Works

COLLESS E (2006), Temp-team: On Demand, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
COLLESS E (2005), The End, Institute of Modern Art
COLLESS E (2005), Icy Immortality: Selina Ou, Simone Ewenson, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces
COLLESS E (2004), Serious Pleasure, Curtin University of Technology
COLLESS E (2004), Heaven and Hell, Helen Gory Galerie
COLLESS E (2004), Doing Time, Craft Victoria
COLLESS E (2004), Zine Scene, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania
COLLESS E (2004), Megan Walch, University of South Australia Art Museum
COLLESS E (2004), Doing Nothing, The Bureau of Ideas
COLLESS E (2004), Flowers, Flies and Someone Else, Anna Schwartz Gallery
COLLESS E (2003), Mikala Dwyer, Hatje Cantz Verlag
COLLESS E (2003), Off Your Face, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
COLLESS E (2003), Freak, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
COLLESS E (2003), Right to Life, Larissa Hjorth and Kate Shaw
COLLESS E (2003), Extra Life, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Publications
COLLESS E (2003), Bitch, Centre for Contemporary Photography
COLLESS E (2002), Forcefield, National Gallery of Victoria
COLLESS E (2002), Joel Seah, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
COLLESS E (2002), Peter Walsh, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art
COLLESS E (2002), Laurence Peterson, Gallery Irascible - Peter Gant Fine Art
COLLESS E (2002), Bomb, Niagara Publishing
COLLESS E (2001), Undone, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Journal Articles

COLLESS E (2006), Darren Sylvester: The Right Stuff
COLLESS E (2006), Anastasia Klose
COLLESS E (2006), Karen Woodbury: Seriously Risky
COLLESS E (2006), Tim Silver: Kiss of the Vampire
COLLESS E (2006), Stephen Haley
COLLESS E (2006), Claire Healy and Sean Corderio: Home & Away
COLLESS E (2006), Del Kathryn Barton's Heavy Petting
COLLESS E (2005), Superabundance
COLLESS E (2005), Institutional censorship, romance and money
COLLESS E (2005), Ocular Lab: 12
COLLESS E (2005), Kit Wise: Wise Guy
COLLESS E (2005), Gabrielle de Vietri
COLLESS E (2005), Rhys Lee: Heavenly Creatures
COLLESS E (2005), Mira Gojak
COLLESS E (2005), Monika Tichacek: Mirror, Mirror...
COLLESS E (2005), Bree Dalton
COLLESS E (2005), Art Guide Cardiff
COLLESS E (2004), Warp Speed: Shaun Gladwell
COLLESS E (2004), The Gory Brand: Helen Gory
COLLESS E (2004), Hot Gossip: Sue Dodd
COLLESS E (2004), Darren Wardle
COLLESS E (2004), Out There: Graduate Shows 2004
COLLESS E (2004), Ann Wallace: Dressed Like A Set
COLLESS E (2004), Sean Hogan
COLLESS E (2004), Megan Walch: Evil Flowers
COLLESS E (2004), Chantal Faust
COLLESS E (2004), Art Guide Paris
COLLESS E (2004), Emily Floyd's Alphabetical Artistry
COLLESS E (2004), Jon Cattapan
COLLESS E (2004), Mikala Dwyer
COLLESS E (2004), Deborah Paauwe
COLLESS E (2004), Viviene Shark LeWitt
COLLESS E (2003), The Many Faces of Lindy Lee
COLLESS E (2003), Selina Ou
COLLESS E (2003), Marcel Cousins: Fishing in a Bathtub
COLLESS E (2003), Catherine Martin
COLLESS E (2003), Callum Morton: Interior World
COLLESS E (2002), On The Couch
COLLESS E (2001), Cyber Spy: Stolen Snaphsots
COLLESS E (2001), Tiffany Winterbottom
COLLESS E (2001), Neil Haddon

Creative Exhibited Works

COLLESS E (2006), Untitled Photography
COLLESS E (2006), T'Pol's tongue..., Victorian College of the Arts Gallery
COLLESS E (2002), Trigger Happy, Victorian College of the Arts Gallery

Conference Proceedings

COLLESS E (2006), Popular Culture and Globalsim, Biennale Symposium, Popular Culture and Globalsim, Biennale Symposium
COLLESS E (2005), Andy Warhol's Time Capsules, Andy Warhol's Time Capsules
COLLESS E (2004), Shock and Awe, Museums and the Public Sphere, Shock and Awe, Museums and the Public Sphere
COLLESS E (2004), Aesthetics and Food, Seven Beauties, Aesthetics and Food, Seven Beauties
COLLESS E (2004), After the Orgy: Aesthetics of superabundance, After the Orgy: Aesthetics of superabundance
COLLESS E (2003), See Here Now: Perspectives on Australian Art Through the Visard Collection, See Here Now: Perspectives on Australian Art Through the Visard Collection
COLLESS E (2002), Undisciplined, Undisciplined
COLLESS E (2002), Teaching in a Digital Domain, Teaching in a Digital Domain
COLLESS E (2002), On Googlewhacking, On Googlewhacking
COLLESS E (2001), Rendezvous, Rendezvous
COLLESS E (2001), Forum for Electronic Arts Research, Forum for Electronic Arts Research

Book Chapters

COLLESS E (2002), Value Added Goods. In KOOP (Eds.), Value Added Goods, Centre for Contemporary Photography
COLLESS E (2001), Techno-Culture. In MCINNES , KOOP (Eds.), Red, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
COLLESS E (2001), Installing Art. In GENOCCHIO , GECZY (Eds.), What Is Installation? : an anthology of writings on Australian installation art, Power Publications

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy PhD , The University of Queensland, 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts BA , University of Sydney, 1975