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

Artistic brutality, or beauty in the unseemly?

Inspired by internationally acclaimed visual artist, Cornelia Parker, our Ethics of Art and Violence event invited audiences to consider the role of violence in creativity, art and entertainment. 

It’s a topic rife with ethical tension. We see video games blamed for inciting copycat acts, yet brutality being celebrated on the big screen. Artists called controversial for reimagining the obscene, while true crime podcasts win awards. Desensitisation blamed on pop culture, while media owners shock for clicks.

It is the role of the artist to make sense of the life we live – including the brutal and unseemly? Or are we simply glorifying brutality with the glow of artistic expression?

From video games to collaborating with art collecting warlords, our panellists Emile Sherman, Rae Johnston and Rachel Kent  and host Dr Matt Beard worked through a lifetime’s worth of thorny issues for this event in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

 

Check out our photo gallery from the night

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, the resident philosopher for ABC kid’s ethics podcast, Short & Curly and a columnist for ABC Life and The Guardian. His 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.

Rachel Kent

Rachel Kent is the Chief Curator, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. She has presented exhibitions in Australia, Asia Pacific and North America.  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 a multi-award-winning STEM journalist, Wiradjuri woman, mother, broadcaster, voice actor and MC. She is the first ever Science and Technology Editor for NITV, and host of That Startup Show.  With almost a decade of experience appearing on every national television and radio news program in Australia, Rae is a leading commentator on all things science, technology, video games and geek culture.

Emile Sherman

Academy and Emmy Award-winning producer Emile Sherman has produced a number of prestigious film and television projects including Lion, The Kings Speech and Top of the Lake. In addition to his Managing Director role at See-Saw Productions, Sherman is a Director of Fulcrum Media Finance, a Director of the animal protection institute Voiceless and also sits on the Board of The Ethics Centre.

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

Ethics Explainer: Anarchy

Ethics Explainer: Anarchy