DR Sean Lowry

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Dr. Sean Lowry is an Australian visual artist, theorist, musician and writer. Lowry holds a PhD in Visual Arts from The University of Sydney, and is currently Head of Critical and Theoretical Studies in Art at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. He has exhibited and performed extensively both nationally and internationally, and his published writing appears in numerous journals and edited volumes. Lowry’s conceptually driven practice employs strategies of concealment, subliminal quotation, erasure, remediation and intermedial expansion to explore the outermost limits of the world of a work of art. He is also Founder and Executive Director of Project Anywhere (www.projectanywhere.net), and one half (with Ilmar Taimre) of The Ghosts of Nothing (www.ghostsofnothing.com). For more information, please visit www.seanlowry.com For a comprehensive list of published works, exhibitions, recordings, performances, public engagements, and other professional activities, please visit http://www.seanlowry.com/assets/Dr%20Sean%20Lowry%20CV.pdf

Contact Details

email: sean.lowry@unimelb.edu.au


Ghosted Book I
Start: Saturday, June 3rd 2017 End: Saturday, August 5th 2017
Ghosted Disco
Start: Friday, February 10th 2017 End: Thursday, February 23rd 2017
Start: Thursday, January 26th 2017 End: Friday, February 10th 2017
Secret Poem (after Mel)
Start: Sunday, January 15th 2017 End: Thursday, February 2nd 2017
Start: Friday, December 9th 2016 End: Friday, December 16th 2016
Ghosted Homes
Start: Thursday, June 2nd 2016 End: Thursday, June 23rd 2016
Jimee BS Balking
Start: Sunday, May 1st 2016 End: Wednesday, June 1st 2016
Untitled (for Justene Williams)
Start: Sunday, May 29th 2016 End: Saturday, May 28th 2016
Intoxicated by the Moon
Start: Monday, August 31st 2015 End: Sunday, August 30th 2015
Start: Friday, April 10th 2015 End: Friday, May 15th 2015
An Impossible Question
Start: Saturday, April 18th 2015 End: Friday, April 17th 2015
Start: Saturday, April 11th 2015 End: Friday, April 10th 2015
This is Johnny
Start: Saturday, December 6th 2014 End: Friday, December 5th 2014
One and Three United States
Start: Wednesday, December 3rd 2014 End: Tuesday, December 2nd 2014
One and Three Americas
Start: Friday, October 3rd 2014 End: Thursday, October 30th 2014
One and Three Tasmanias
Start: Monday, April 28th 2014 End: Sunday, May 4th 2014
Start: Tuesday, March 5th 2013 End: Thursday, April 4th 2013
Re-Extended Painting
Start: Wednesday, January 25th 2012 End: Saturday, February 11th 2012
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Start: Monday, September 12th 2011 End: Friday, September 30th 2011
Bring the Noise
Start: Saturday, April 10th 2010 End: Tuesday, May 25th 2010
Lapdancer2: A Collection Of Popular Songs Reinterpreted Within The Moving Image
Start: Thursday, March 19th 2009 End: Saturday, April 4th 2009
Start: Wednesday, August 13th 2008 End: Monday, September 8th 2008
Real False Hope
Start: Monday, April 25th 2005 End: Friday, September 9th 2005
The After-Party
Start: Thursday, March 13th 2003 End: Thursday, March 27th 2003
Uncertain References
Start: Wednesday, April 11th 2001 End: Friday, April 20th 2001
Original sound design for: Buckley, B. ‘The Slaughterhouse Project: Alignment and Boundaries (Lâ Origine du monde) and I wonder whether that’s Joanna Hiffernan with a Brazilian (revisited)'


Journal Articles Refereed

LOWRY S (2017), Still a Boundary Rider: The Artist Academic Working Elsewhere in Space and Time
LOWRY S (2016), Paratext and the world of a work in public space: Eisenbach and Mansur’s Placeholders
LOWRY S (2015), Project Anywhere: The Challenge of Validating, Exhibiting and Disseminating Art and Research at the Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity, Vol 8, Issue 1
MCKINNON J, LOWRY S (2012), Embracing failure through performative pedagogy: A report from the margins, Performance Research, Vol 17, Issue 1 , DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2012.651862

Book Chapters Other

LOWRY S (2015), Ghosted Forms. In BUCKLEY B, CONOMOS J (Eds.), Erasure: The Spectre of Cultural Memory (ISBN:978-1909818620)
LOWRY S (2014), Strategies for Artists Becoming Writers. , Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts: The Researcher/Practitioner Nexus
LOWRY S (2014), Extended Instance: The Asynchronous Interview. , Honi Ryan An Exhibition of Recent Works and Performances: INSTANCE (ISBN:9780992437602)

Full Written Papers Refereed

LOWRY S, DOUGLAS S (2016), Anywhere and Elsewhere: Art At The Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity

Edited Books

LOWRY S, DOUGLAS S (2016), Anywhere v. 1 (ISBN:9780692322970)

Research Book Chapters

LOWRY S (2016), Relatively Serious Play. In BAKER S (Eds.), Su Baker: Sustained Sensation (ISBN:978-0-9953510-0-4)
LOWRY S (2013), Inventions Are Networks: Fostering the Liminal Play of Ideas. In BUCKLEY B, CONOMOS J (Eds.), Ecologies of Invention (ISBN:9781743323571)

Publications of Creative Research

LOWRY S, DOUGLAS S (2014), Art and Research At The Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity (ISBN:978-0-692-32296-3)
LOWRY S (2014), Are We There Yet? (ISBN:9780957931251)
LOWRY S (2014), Hayley Megan French: new paintings
LOWRY S (2013), Cold War Memorial (thought projection over Bering Strait 168°58’37’W)
LOWRY S (2012), The Electro-Readymade: Copyright and Freedom in the Twenty First Century
LOWRY S, BRODYK A, LOVEDAY T, TITMARSH M, SHORTER M (2012), Re-Extended Painting (ISBN:978-0-9871483-3-9)
LOWRY S (2010), Sounds Like Contemporary Art
LOWRY S (2010), Experiencing Ideas: Contemporary Art in the Academy


LOWRY S, BAKER S, NIESCHE J (2004), The Agnostic Model Contemporary Painting After Postmodernism

Other Refereed Contribution to Refereed Journals

LOWRY S (2015), The Twilight Girls: The Dead Sea
LOWRY S, DE FREITAS N (2014), Project Anywhere: Art, Peer Review and Alternative Approaches to Validation at the Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity

Journal Articles Unrefereed

LOWRY S (2015), Christian Thompson
LOWRY S (2015), Something Else About Nothing: Blankness As Medium

Journal Articles

LOWRY S (2009), Beautifully Unresolved: After the Aesthetic/Anti-Aesthetic Dialectic
LOWRY S (2009), In-between the Moving Image
LOWRY S (2008), Monuments to Heroic Failure
LOWRY S (2008), Alien Jukebox: Wade Marynowskyʼs Autonomous Improvisation v.1
LOWRY S (2007), Avatars, Tall-Poppies and Non-Places
LOWRY S (2007), Philip Brophy: Dissonant Juxtaposition and Poetic Estrangement
LOWRY S (2006), Ghostly Familiarities
LOWRY S (2005), Interesting Times
LOWRY S (2005), The Agnostic Model

Full Written Papers Unrefereed

LOWRY S, TAIMRE I (2015), Are we a band? Negotiating the Antipodean Extremities of Intermedial Expansion and Medium Specificity in Art, Music and Popular Culture, Virtually Pop
LOWRY S, DE FREITAS N (2013), The Frontiers of Artistic Research: The Challenge Of Critique, Peer Review And Validation At The Outermost Limits Of Location-Specificity, Critique 2013
LOWRY S, MCKINNON J (2009), The Copulation of Theory and Practice in the Creative Arts, Curriculum Development in Studio Teaching, Volume Four: STP Case Studies of Effective Practice

Conference Proceedings

LOWRY S (2006), Ghostly Familiarities: The Concealment of Strategic Appropriation in Contemporary Production Methodologies, ACUADS 2006

Minor Recorded Works

LOWRY S (2016), Original sound design and composition for: "Two Fold: Presented by Justene Williams"
LOWRY S (2013), Original sound design for: Conomos, J. ‘The Spiral of Time’
LOWRY S (2010), Original sound design for: Brad Buckley, ‘Australians all let us rejoice (perhaps),’ soundtrack to ‘A new world order (after Žižek and the radical left ha ha)'

Creative Exhibited Works

LOWRY S (2005), Real False Hope



Johnny Robber, Newcastle
Absinthe, Brisbane, The Ghosts of Nothing are an artistic collaboration between Sean Lowry and Ilmar Taimre conceived to explore ways in which aesthetic experience can be produced both within and beyond direct sense perception and across multiple medial iterations. In Memory of Johnny B. Goode is a radically “open work” thematically based around an allegorical repurposing of the fictional figure Johnny B. Goode anachronistically re-cast as the historical figure of the alienated artist/clown known as Pierrot. To date, this open work has been remedialized as a rock opera, a script, a radio play, published writings, exhibitions, conference papers, and a “world tour” of mime-based collaborative performances. The foundational components of In Memory of Johnny B. Goode are suggested via a series of reinterpretations of iconic songs altered well beyond recognition. The resulting “story” is then linked to a seque


Johnny on Ice (redux), Brooklyn, NY 11249
Children of the moon, Toowoomba
Johnny on Ice, Salisbury, CT
The Mirror, Meunna


Madonna of Hysterias, Brisbane
'In Memory Of Johnny B. Goode’, Virtually Pop Exhibition (peer-reviewed exhibition aligned with the 2015 POPCAANZ Conference), Wellington