A total of ten artists, performers and actors gave their take on the politics of representing their art at a Footscray University Town event at Footscray Community Arts Centre on Thursday 30 October.
During the event The politics of art and representation, topics were wildly different in TED-talk-like presentations in a room set up to look like a speakeasy.
The stand-outs covered punk culture, hip hop, stigma and making the award-winning Chinese Whispers.
Melynda von Waywsark cut a striking figure with a half head of long black and half head of long red hair as she presented her rare photographic account of Melbourne’s punk culture from 2004 to 2007.
Charismatic rapper Mike Justice powerfully explained the roots of hip hop and its connection to rap, violence and misogyny.
Actor and social worker Rani Pramesti shared how a need to meet people drove her to make Chinese Whispers, an audio installation based on 14 hours of interviews with Chinese-Indonesian women about their experiences of the Medang riots in Jakarta. Chinese Whispers won an award at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Footscray University Town events & activities
This was one of a range of events & activities brought to you as part of the ongoing Footscray University Town partnership between Maribyrnong City Council, Footscray Community Arts Centre and Victoria University.