SERIES

BEING HUMAN Conversation

DATE & TIME

12 FEBRUARY 2020
6:30 – 8pm

LOCATION

MCA
Veolia Lecture Theatre
Level 2, 140 George Street
The Rocks, Sydney

PRICE

TICKETS
$45.00 + BF

Violence is everywhere – splashed across our visual art, video games, broadcast news, true crime podcasts, film and the music we listen to.

Is the depiction of violence or disorder a necessary part of artistic practice, to make sense of the life we live? Or are we simply glorifying brutality with the glow of artistic expression?

With society becoming seemingly desensitised to brutal acts, what role does art play in this process?

Join our resident Philosopher and Short & Curly podcast star Dr Matt Beard, MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent, and broadcaster Rae Johnston to explore the role art plays in our fascination with violence, and how it shapes, entertains and educates us.

This special Ethics Of event is inspired by the work of acclaimed British artist Cornelia Parker, on exhibition at the MCA until 16 February. Ticket holders will receive a link to access 25% off the exhibit.

One of the most important women artists working today, Cornelia Parker OBE is known for her transformation of everyday objects into unexpected, haunting scenarios. In the artist’s hands domestic and familiar items are exploded, shot, turned back to front, and rearranged in often surprising ways. Working with sculpture and installation, as well as drawing, photography and film, Parker positions her subjects at the very moment of their transformation, suspended in time and completely still.


About ‘The Ethics Of…’ Series

‘The Ethics Of…’ is an intimate event series that delves into the minds of various experts to examine the experiences, hopes and challenges that make us truly human.

In partnership with

Speakers

Dr Matt Beard

Host Dr Matt Beard is a pop culture nerd, moral philosopher and ethicist. He is a fellow at The Ethics Centre and resident philosopher for ABC kid’s ethics podcast, Short & Curly. Matt’s academic work on killing, torture, trauma and war crimes draws on both philosophy and literature and he previously advised the Australian Army on military ethics. Matt regularly appears on television, radio, online and in print.

Rachel Kent

Rachel Kent is the Chief Curator, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. She has presented exhibitions in Australia, the Asia Pacific region and North America, and she speaks and publishes widely on contemporary art and curatorial practice.  She has curated major career retrospectives for the MCA of artists such as David Goldblatt, Grayson Perry and Yoko Ono. Rachel is the curator of the 2019/20 Sydney International Art Series exhibition Cornelia Parker.

Rae Johnston

Rae Johnston is an award-winning STEM journalist, Wiradjuri woman, broadcaster, voice actor and MC. She is the current Editor of Junkee, host of That Startup Show, and voice in the upcoming children’s animated series, Space Nova. Rae is a part of the prestigious “brains trust” Leonardos group for Science Gallery Melbourne, and an ambassador for St Vincent De Paul and a leading commentator on all things science, technology, video games and geek culture.

Who is it for?


  • THE CHANGEMAKER
  • THE CURIOUS
  • THE PROVOCATEUR

What you'll take away


  • 01A NEW WAY OF INTERPRETING ART
  • 02A REFLECTION ON THE GLORIFICATION OF VIOLENCE
  • 03A VIEW AROUND CENSORSHIP AND ART
  • 04A VIEW OF ART AS SOCIAL ACTION
  • 05THE THOUGHT PROCESS BEHIND A PIECE OF ART

Things to think about


The art of appropriation

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Ethics Explainer: Anarchy