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Creative Arts Forum | CAMERA NATURA


Arts Forum is a public program of the School of Creative Arts

Start Date

20 Apr 2018 12:30 pm

End Date

20 Apr 2018 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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All current students and members of the public are welcome

 film still from Camera Natura. Directed by Ross Gibson. 1984


This week’s Art Forum will present  Camera Natura, written and directed by Ross Gibson.

Released in 1984, the film explores the Australian landscape as portrayed in the myths, maps, painting, writing, photography and cinema of white Australians.

Even before Australia was located by Europeans, an image of the country had been constructed. The Antipodes were projected to give form to European aspirations and anxieties. Camera Natura traces the developing image of the continent as it has been represented over 200 years – from the anguish of the convict painter Thomas Watling, to the technologies of the cinema and aerial photography.

Camera Natura charts the contours of a mythic realm and a geographical entity. Through its use of painting, photographs and film it highlights some of the premises upon which many ‘quintessentially’ Australian myths and beliefs are founded.

Image credit: film still from Camera Natura. Directed by Ross Gibson. 1984

Arts Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the School of Creative Arts, Hunter Street Campus, during the semester. The series provides a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting artists, scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the Creative Arts discuss their area of professional practice. All current students, prospective students, and members of the public are welcome.