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The Desires of Mute Things


Newitt, J, The Desires of Mute Things, Colonial Afterlives' Salamanca Art Centre, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, 1 (2015) [Published Creative Work]

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Research Background The ‘Colonial Afterlives’ exhibition consisted of contemporary responses from sixteen artists living in Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, Canada and Britain to the complex legacies of British occupation. The exhibition raised questions around the nature of post-colonial identity in an increasingly globalised world. The work Desires of Mute Things was included in the exhibition as a new commission and sought to question the ethics and legacy of presenting objects and images related to Tasmania’s colonial past, specifically in relationship to the colonial collection of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Research Contribution The Desires of Mute Things responded to the colonial collection of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. It draws a broad outline around a network of contentious and problematic representations of people and place, specifically representations of early colonial history. The video in the installation shows objects, images and spaces within the museum while an anonymous voice follows a train of thought and speculates on the history and desires of the things that it encounters along the way. Research Significance The Desires of Mute Things was commissioned as part of a Salamanca Art Centre’s major international exhibition ‘Colonial Afterlives’ and was presented as part of the 2015 Ten Days festival program. The exhibition was curated by London-based curated Dr Sarah Thomas and will tour to several Australia galleries and regional museums over 2016-18.

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Item Type:Published Creative Work
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Fine arts
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Newitt, J (Dr James Newitt)
ID Code:102033
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2015-07-23
Last Modified:2018-01-29
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