Kit Wise




Monash University, Australia


After graduating from Oxford University and the Royal College of Art, Kit Wise received the inaugural Wingate Rome Scholarship in Fine Art in 1999 to study at the British School at Rome. In 2001 he received a Boise Travel Scholarship, administered by the Slade School of Fine Art, for subsequent research in New York & Australia. He moved permanently to Australia in 2002.

Wise practices as an artist, art writer and curator. He has held 12 solo exhibitions in Australia and Italy, exhibited in group exhibitions in Australia, Taiwan, Korea, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Holland, and has published numerous articles, reviews, book chapters and catalogue essays including texts for Australian and international art journals such as Frieze, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies and unMagazine.

He is currently Associate Dean (Education) and a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art in the Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Australia; as well as the Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Course Coordinator.


This paper is presented as part of a panel discussion, The Archive. For more details click here.

Paper title

When the Dead help the Living ' Archives and Databases: The print and digital media; the witness and the archive


Drawing on Giorgio Agamben's ideas of the witness and the archive ' 'the dark margin encircling and limiting every concrete act of speech' ' this paper will explore how the digital archive is being mined by artists through the use of new media. It will relate Agamben's theories to Lev Manovich's understanding of the database as: 'a new symbolic form of the computer age (or, as Jean-francois Lyotard called it in his famous 1979 book The Postmodern Condition, "computerised society")'. Manovich develops this idea to describe a tension between the logic of narrative and the logic of the database, such that 'the narrative is virtual while the database exists materially'. Clearly our understanding and experience of the digital has developed considerably since Lyotard was writing in the late 70s - most obviously with the advent of the internet - and consequently the relationship between the archive, narrative and new media is an increasingly rich terrain for contemporary art practice, in which to produce similarly 'new narratives'.


Friday 30 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm





Chairing sessions

Wednesday 28 September, 1:30pm - 3.00pm
Other activities Kit is also speaking on Thursday 29 September 1:30pm - 3.00pm as part of a panel discussion | Printmaking and the Post Medium Condition - a Borderless State?


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