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The Ethics of Art and Violence

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MCA Veolia Lecture Theatre

Level 2, Museum of Contemporary Art

140 George Street, The Rocks

Sydney, NSW 2000

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Artistic brutality, or beauty in the unseemly?

Inspired by internationally acclaimed visual artist, Cornelia Parker, the Ethics of Art and Violence invites you to consider the role of violence in creativity, art and entertainment.

Join The Ethics Centre’s resident philosopher Dr Matt Beard, MCA chief curator Rachel Kent, award-winning producer Emile Sherman and broadcaster Rae Johnston to consider how creative expressions of violence can shape, entertain and inform our world.

It’s a topic rife with ethical tension. We see video games blamed for inciting copycat acts, yet brutality being celebrated on the big screen. Artists called controversial for reimagining the obscene, while true crime podcasts win awards. Desensitisation blamed on pop culture, while media owners shock for clicks.

It is the role of the artist to make sense of the life we live – including the brutal and unseemly? Or are we simply glorifying brutality with the glow of artistic expression?

Join our panel as they take apart whether our fascination with violence stems from the steady stream of content we receive, or if it is the content that is feeding and fuelling our fascination.

Partnership offer:

This special Ethics Of event is delivered by The Ethics Centre in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art. It's inspired by the work of acclaimed British artist Cornelia Parker, on exhibition at the MCA until 16 February. Ticket holders will receive a link to access 25% off the exhibit.

One of the most important women artists working today, Cornelia Parker OBE is known for her transformation of everyday objects into unexpected, haunting scenarios. In the artist’s hands domestic and familiar items are exploded, shot, turned back to front, and rearranged in often surprising ways. Working with sculpture and installation, as well as drawing, photography and film, Parker positions her subjects at the very moment of their transformation, suspended in time and completely still.


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Level 2, Museum of Contemporary Art

140 George Street, The Rocks

Sydney, NSW 2000

Australia

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