Journal and Image citation information
iResearch module: Analysing visual resources
This is the "Home" page of the "Contemporary Art and Design" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content
Guide to contemporary art information resources and image research at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA).
Last Updated: Oct 27, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Home Print Page


The focus of this guide is to link art practice with art research.

 Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) Library is located at the Rozelle Campus at the University of Sydney

Take a  Tour 


New Books this week

Cover Art
The Archive Effect - Jaimie Baron
Call Number: 025.1773 3
ISBN: 9780415660730
Publication Date: 2014-02-14
The Archive Effect: Found Footage and the Audiovisual Experience of History examines the problems of representation inherent in the appropriation of archival film and video footage for historical purposes. Baron analyses the way in which the meanings of archival documents are modified when they are placed in new texts and contexts, constructing the viewer’s experience of and relationship to the past they portray. Rethinking the notion of the archival document in terms of its reception and the spectatorial experiences it generates, she explores the ‘archive effect’ as it is produced across the genres of documentary, mockumentary, experimental, and fiction films. This engaging work discusses how, for better or for worse, the archive effect is mobilized to create new histories, alternative histories, and misreadings of history.

Cover Art
Temporalities - Russell West-Pavlov
Call Number: 809.93384 52
ISBN: 9780415520744
Publication Date: 2012-11-01
Temporalities presents a concise critical introduction to the treatment of time throughout literature. Time and its passage represent one of the oldest and most complex philosophical subjects in art of all forms, and Russell West-Pavlov explains and interrogates the most important theories of temporality across a range of disciplines. The author explores temporality's relationship with a diverse range of related concepts, including: - historiography - psychology - gender - economics - postmodernism - postcolonialism. Russell West-Pavlov examines time as a crucial part of the critical theories of Newton, Freud, Ricoeur, Benjamin, and explores the treatment of time in a broad range of texts, ranging from the writings of St. Augustine and Sterne's Tristram Shandy, to Woolf's Mrs Dalloway and Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. This comprehensive and accessible guide establishes temporality as an essential theme within literary and cultural studies today.

Cover Art
Walid Raad - Walid Raad (Contribution by); Stuart Comer; Eva Respini (Editor); Finbar Barry Flood (Contribution by)
Call Number: 700.411 22
ISBN: 9780870709739
Publication Date: 2015-10-27
Lebanese artist Walid Raad is an influential voice in art from the Middle East. Published for his first comprehensive exhibition in the US, this catalogue surveys three decades of Raad's practice in photography, video and performance. 0Beginning with his groundbreaking project The Atlas Group (1989-2004), to his recent work on the history of art in the Arab world (2007-ongoing), it offers an overview of Raad's career and features his most momentous bodies of work. Raad explores the ways we represent war and history, casting doubt on the veracity of photographic and video documentation. 0Essays by scholars place Raad's art in the context of contemporary photography and video, as well as art made in Lebanon since the 1960s; provide an overview of Raad's performance lectures; and examine Raad's most recent bodies of work made in the Islamic galleries at the Louvre and Metropolitan Museum of Art, which explore the history, collecting and display of historical and modern art and artifacts from the Arab world and Iran. A special contribution by Raad presents a fictional interview with multiple artists, curators and writers.


Kanopy Video Streaming Trial

Visual arts films, horror, arthouse, cult, festival circuit documentaries and blockbusters all under the one roof!

Kanopy is an online video streaming service for tertiary educational institutions internationally, distributing films from BBC, PBS, Media Education Foundation, Documentary Educational Resources, and many other production houses. It can be accessed by all academics and students during the trial period of 6 months.

Access Kanopy here, or you can access it from the library catalogue by searching for Kanopy.

You can search for the title of a particular film (To look for an exact title or phrase, put your search terms in quotation marks), producer, or you can browse by subject. Of particular interest to this faculty is the collection of visual art films.


Subject Guide

Profile Image
Sarah Graham and Celia Brown
Contact Info
Sydney College of the Arts Library
Phone 9351 1037
Send Email
Visual Arts

Rate This Guide

Was this information helpful?

How useful is this page?
(1 = Not Useful, 5 = Very Useful!)

Additional comments:

Your Email:


Loading  Loading...