The irrepressible team from contemporary art journal Discipline are presenting a three-week lecture series and pop-up bookstore at Melbourne’s TCB gallery. The rigorous program, which kicked off late last week, includes lectures from Discipline contributors and academics, art theory reading groups and musical performances.

Discipline features in-depth research-based essays and interviews and does not shy away from a distinctly intellectual analysis of contemporary art, broaching artistic concepts, histories, politics and materialities. Editors Helen Hughes and Nicholas Croggon believe contemporary art discussion requires “the discipline to pause, to look, to read, to think, to write, to make” and their lecture program might be read as a pragmatic extension of this wider discussion.

Hughes is keen to continue the dialogue they initiated with the journal in their Saturday afternoon discussion series, where arguments made by their writers in print will be extended and examined. In these sessions, contributors James Parker, Francis Plagne, Tim Alves and Sarinah Masukor discuss writer Simon Reynold’s “virtuoso work” Retromania, the unassuming artwork of Matt Hinkley and Vernon Ah Kee’s Tall Man, a compelling video piece on the Palm Island riots

Musical interludes will be provided by Moffofarrah, People Person, Scratch Ensemble, Tim Coster and others. There’s also screenings, seminars and lots of books for sale throughout.

Discipline, and other sermons
TCB art inc.
Level 1, 12 Waratah Place, Melbourne
Until July 7

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