Published 01 September 2005
Published 01 June 2020
Examination of the issues addressed at the conference which accompanied the exhibition 600,000 hours (mortality).
The cinema's ability to represent death - the act of dying, bodily transformations, decay, the corpse - in astonishing realistic terms helps to explain why film, the moving rather than the static image, has become the central depository of death narratives (ancient and modern) in contemporary culture.
Published December 1994
Exhibition review Symmetry: Crafts and Kindred Trades and Professions Curated by Kevin Murray
University of South Australian Art Museum
8 September - 8 October 1994
Although one would expect the field of war art to be generously littered with dead bodies, this is not the case. Instead death has been presented circumspectly, through the rituals surrounding it or through metaphor.
Book review Contemporary Australian Architecture
Photography by Scott Frances
Basel/East Roseville: Gordon and Breach International/Craftsman House 1994 241 pp
The death masks hardly exists anymore. The institution has gone the way of all memorials. It has finally been superseded by the photograph, the twentieth century death mask.
Exhibition review The Nineteenth Fremantle Print Award
Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia
9 September - 23 October 1994
Looks at the work of James K Baxter 1926 - 1972 (poet) Colin McCahon 1919 - 1987 (artist) both of whom found in travel through New Zealand recurrent metaphor's for life's journey. The principle referent in their work was death.
Nuclear conflagration - whether real or imagined - captivated the post war psyche. Endist images of one form or another were developed in response to what many foresaw as the likely outcome of a third world war.
On 17 March 1993, the body of photographer Angelo Campana was discovered in the burnt out remains of the newly opened IEG Waste Recycling Plant in Corrimal. According to the coroner's report, his death had not been caused by this fire, but from fatal head injuries incurred by the deceased's head being repeatedly bashed with a theodolite. This is the immediate crime which is appears to be investigated in Dennis Del Favero's sleuthian compilation of words and images, objects and installations called 'Prima Facie'.
While AIDS does indeed affect everyone in our society, at the moment in Australia we are seeing predominantly a gay and lesbian artistic response to the epidemic.
Examination of the installation Tursiops by Brian Blanchflower which refers to the brutal heritage of Western Australia's first settlement at Albany which had a large whaling station until the late 1970s.
Book reviews Indecent Exposures: Twenty years of Australian Feminist Photography
By Catriona Moore
Allen & Unwin in association with the Power Institute of Fine Arts
206 pp $21.95
Dissonance: Feminism and the Arts 1970 -90
Edited by Catriona Moore
Allen & Unwin in association with Artspace
308 pp $21.95