Muffled Protest

Portal, Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies
2013, PORTAL, vol. 10, no. 1, January 2013., pp. 9 - 9
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This photograph is part of my ongoing work on the contact zones between visual culture, creative intervention and activism. It is based on 8 years of research and collaboration with artist Deborah Kelly, in the area of arts and design as tools of political intervention (see also 2008 âDeborah Kellyâs gods, monsters and probable historiesâ, Artlink, vol 28, n.3, September, pp. 26-31, and 2005 âConversation with Deborah Kellyâ, Klartext! The Status of the Political in Contemporary Art and Culture, January 14-16, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien and Volksbuhne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin). It shares its theoretical premises and aims with my ARC Discovery project, Contact Zones: activism, art and media in Italy, in the production of new understandings of the use of communicative practices in activism in the age of knowledge economy. Significance I took this photograph as part of a series documenting a Muffled Protest intervention at Sydney Opera House in September 2010. This intervention was conceived as a distributed performance in several Australian cities and it aimed at registering the dismay in front of the nationalist discourse silencing the Australian public sphere, with particular reference to refugee politics. f4.6, 1/60, ISO 100.
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