- Dr Mark Pennings
- Senior Lecturer
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Media, Entertainment, Creative Arts,
- Discipline *
- Art Theory and Criticism, Visual Arts and Crafts, Historical Studies
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Doctor of Philosophy (The University of Melbourne), MA (Melbourne College of Adv. Ed.)
Contemporary art and culture, Art and the experience economy, Postwar art and culture, New York as a creative city, Sports and cultural history in the nineteenth century, Psychedelic art and culture
Mark Pennings taught as a tutor and lecturer in the Fine Arts Department at Melbourne University and at RMIT, in Melbourne and Hong Kong, before joining QUT in 2001.
He has written numerous articles for art journals such as “Art and Australia”, “Eyeline”, “Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art” and ‘Photofile’ as well as many catalogue essays. Recent publications include: Garth Clark (ed) Ceramic Millennium: Critical Writings on Ceramic History, Theory and Art (Nova Scotia: Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 2006).
Pennings’ doctorate considered the use of schizophrenia, the unconscious, and the simulacrum as figures of psychic rebellion in the postwar period. This is a cultural and historical account of modern and postmodern conceptions of consciousness and reality that emerged in the 1960s. The thesis examines consumerism, pop art, advertising, psychoanalysis, philosophy and social theory. Recent theoretical interests include the political economy of contemporary international art.
Pennings’ primary teaching interests include modern, postmodern and contemporary art, consumer culture, video art and culture.
He is currently supervising four doctoral and two Masters’ student. He is a member of the Australian Art Association in Queensland and the College Art Association (USA).
For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
Completed supervisions (Doctorate)
- Embodied vulnerabilities: responding to violent encounters through installation practice (2009)
- Printmaking as an expanding field in contemporary art practice: A case study of Japan, Australia and Thailand (2009)
- The Space of Editing: Playing with Difference in Art, Film and Writing (2007)
- Some Kind of Beautiful: the Grotesque in Contemporary Art (2006)
- The Visible and the Invisible: Connecting Presence and Absence through Art, Mortality and the Body (2006)
Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)
- Catherine or Kate: The Tertiary Spaces of Collaboration, Performance and Humour in Contemporary Art (2012)
- The Silence of Objects: Forming the unsayable (2012)
- A Cause for Animation: Harry Reade and the Cuban Revolution (2007)
- Out of the Shadows: The Mezzotints of Graeme Peebles (2005)
- Mein Kodak: Avant-Garde Photography in 1920s Germany (2004)