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Sydney Environment Institute

The Aesthetics of Violence

University of Sydney
University of Sydney
Parramatta and City Roads, Camperdown NSW 2006
ABS LT 1040, Abercrombie Building (H70), University of Sydney

Wednesday 3 March from 12pm to 7:30pm

This panel discussion will explore the power of the creative and performing arts to transform abstract concepts of violence, into visceral, corporal experiences.

It will also look at the responses these embodiments can evoke. Hear from prize-winning author Charlotte Wood and an interdisciplinary panel of artists, scholars and practitioners as they reflect on the many ways violence is represented in their own practice.

Charlotte Wood

On the panel will be Charlotte Wood, author of the multi-prize winning novel The Natural Way of Things exploring power, gender, and violence in Australia. Charlotte’s novel is the inspiration for the upcoming Sites of Violence immersive theatre work The foul of the air. 

Bruce Isaacs

Joining Charlotte will be film scholar, Bruce Isaacs, as he extends this examination of the Australian landscape and how it visually manifests a ‘sunlit noir’ aesthetic in filmic portrayals of the hostile outback.

Carolyn McKay

Redirecting our attention to the sinister alcoves of road-side motels, visual artist, author and Sydney Law School academic Carolyn McKay, will invite us to confront lingering sensations of discomfort through her research on ‘hauntologies’.

Michelle St Anne

Finally, focusing on aesthetics and the performative body, theatre practitioner and Sydney Environment Institute Deputy Director Michelle St Anne will interrogate the visibility of trauma.

Covid-safe information

COVID Guidelines:

  • To ensure we are COVID safe, we ask you to bring your own face mask with you and wear it at all times within the lecture theatre.

  • On arrival you will be required to check-in by scanning a QR code through the Service NSW app. To avoid congestion, please ensure that the app is downloaded on your phone prior to arrival.

  • Physical distancing measures will be in place along with hand sanitiser stations.

  • If you are feeling unwell or have been to any of the identified case locations, as per NSW Health advice, please DO NOT come to site.

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