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Ed Morris (USA) Avowing the Political: Art and Social Change

May 1
Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne, 761 Swanston St
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

Artist and co-founder of The Canary Project Edward Morris will discuss the diverse ways in which artists can contribute to social movements to address climate change.  He will draw on his own work creating and producing myriad projects – from the directly activist Green Patriot Posters to contemplative museum exhibitions – and also upon the work of other artists.  He will discuss these projects in light of the ideas of organiser Marshall Ganz that to thrive, all social movements need…

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Forms of Resistance

May 3
The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston St
Collingwood, Victoria 3066 Australia

From different forms of agitation - disruption, confrontation and subversion - to dialogical and representative forms of storytelling and mapping, to the creation of new imaginaries with which to move into the future, artists use a vast toolbox of tactics to incite social and political change. In this panel discussion, Central Australian filmmaker Alex Kelly, Quandamooka woman and artist Megan Cope, and Melbourne-based artist and researcher Amy Spiers discuss their work, their influences and their ideas around issues of environmental…

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Mel Evans (UK) Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts

May 5
Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne, 761 Swanston St
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

Mel Evans is a London-based artist and activist, and part of Liberate Tate, an art collective exploring the role of creative intervention in social change. Her book Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts was published by Pluto Press in 2015. Liberate Tate made over fifteen unsanctioned performance interventions inside Tate galleries in opposition to BP sponsorship and in 2016 the art collective won its six year campaign and Tate ended the BP deal. Performances included assembling a 16.5m wind turbine blade, performing in…

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