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Creative Arts Forum | Dr Toby Juliff


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

Start Date

29 Mar 2019 12:30 pm

End Date

29 Mar 2019 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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All current students and members of the public welcome

Dan Elborne, One Drop of Blood,  photo Ben Tupas.jpg

2019 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the hugely catastrophic Spanish Influenza pandemic that led to an appalling loss of life across the globe. This pandemic infected some half a billion people, with a death toll measured in the tens of millions. Sparking long-lasting changes in public health, housing, and disease control, the 1919 pandemic finds resonance in a contemporary culture mired in post-apocalyptic gothic imaginaries.

The idea of the pandemic more generally lingers on well into the 21st century with increasing contestation as to its solutions. Anti-vaccination groups continue to lobby for personal freedom; state governments respond with measures against anti-vaccination. Global connectivity collides with increased quarantine and border protection. It is a debate for our time.

Five emerging and established artists respond to these thematic transmissions and are joined by the work of the late David McDiarmid, whose work throughout the 1980s and 90s expressed new anxieties with power and emotional affect. New commissions sit alongside archival photographs, public health posters, and cartoons drawn from around Australia. Artists: Ravi Avasti, Svenja Kratz, Drew Berry, Travis Cox, Dan Elborne, and David McDiarmid.

Image credit: Dan Elborne, One Drop of Blood, photo: Ben Tupas

Arts Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the School of Creative Arts and Media, 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.