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Terms of Engagement: Ethics and Participatory Art

  • Grant Street Theatre Grant Street Southbank, VIC, 3006 Australia (map)

'Community-based art', 'community practice', 'political art', 'participatory art', 'relational art and aesthetics' and 'socially engaged art' are just some of the terms used to describe the art practice of artists who engage directly in some way or other with 'the community'.

This forum brings together a number of artists whose work sits in this space to address questions related to power and accountability within community arts practice. In particular it will discuss the ethical responsibility of artists to the wider communities they practice within, and to the artists' individual 'subjects' who are left to deal with the aftermath of the 'attention' of researchers and artists.

The forum will be chaired by Dr James Oliver (VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne) with speakers including: Dr Kate Just (VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne), Tal Fitzpatrick, Dr Lucas Ihlein (University of Wollongong), Juliana Keller(University of Melbourne) and Professor David Cross (Deakin University).