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Shapes of Knowledge
Various Artists

Shaoes of Knowlege

Shaoes of KnowlegeShapes of Knowledge
Edited by Hannah Mathews and Shelley McSpedden
Co-published by Perimeter Editions and Monash.


First Edition of 800.
304 Pages
260 x 190 mm
ISBN 9780987637123


Knowledge subjectivizes us – it makes us who and what we are. It informs our evolving sense of self and our place in the world. One of the most powerful things about art is the multiplicity of knowledge to which it can lead us. The major exhibition and book Shapes of Knowledge – the most extensive survey of its kind in Australia – broaches notions of research, teaching and the laboratory in relation to art practice, referencing contemporary art’s ‘educational turn’ as a point of departure. Responding to its surroundings within Australia’s largest tertiary institution, Shapes of Knowledge surveys eight important socio-pedagogic, knowledge-making art projects from Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa, alongside a series of newly commissioned and historical texts that challenge the conventions of knowledge and reveal how art can be transformed by learning. Shapes of Knowledge is about what we know and how we know – a schema for teaching, learning and art that is open and ongoing.

About the Editors
Hannah Mathews is Senior Curator at Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne. With a particular interest in contemporary art and performance, she has worked prolifically as an independent curator and held roles at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the Biennale of Sydney, among others.

Shelley McSpedden is a curator, writer and arts researcher. She is Senior Curator at Shepparton Art Museum, having worked in curatorial roles at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) and NETS Victoria previously.

About the Publishers
Perimeter Editions is the in-house publishing imprint of Perimeter Books. Launched in August 2012, its focus rests on publishing autonomous limited-run artist books featuring artists and photographers from Australia and abroad.

Monash University Publishing brings to the world publications which advance the best traditions of humane and enlightened thought. Monash University Publishing titles pass through a rigorous process of independent peer review.

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