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Fred Myers: Seminar Series-Precarity//Futurity//Aesthetics

Marlene Nampitjinpa (center) with some relatives watching
some of Dunlop’s footage on a laptop at Kintore, 2006

Fred Myers: Seminar Series-Precarity//Futurity//Aesthetics

Event dates

Tuesday, 12 July, 2016

Event times

6:00-8:00 pm

Presented by the Visual Anthropology (VisAnth) and Contemporary Culture, Art and Politics (CCAP) research groups, NIEA, UNSW Art & Design

Co-convened by A/ProfJennifer BiddleA/Prof Anna Munster and Dr Veronica Tello

All Welcome.

Whose Story Is It? Cultural Property, Collaboration and Archival Film 
Fred Myers

Returning to the archive and the returns of archival material have become important dimensions of a contemporary, decolonizing anthropology. While such activities and archives might be conveniently understood as straightforward, they are themselves important and complex sites of intercultural negotiation.

In this lecture, internationally recognised New York University researcher Professor Fred Myers presents an account of the movement of archival footage through a series of regimes of cultural property and collaboration. In illuminating the relationships established, evoked, and negotiated in the course of “repatriating” film footage to an Indigenous Australian community, this account pursues the vexed intersections of relationships and rights in the production of visual representations of an Indigenous Australian history.

Fred Myers is Silver Professor of Anthropology at NYU (New York University). Since 1973, he has been researching Western Desert Aboriginal people, culture and art. Over the last fifteen years, he has focused on the significance of art and material culture as a point of articulation – aesthetic, political, developmental - between the values and expectations of Indigenous people and outside institutions. His books include Pintupi Country, Pintupi Self: Sentiment, Place and Politics among Western Desert Aborigines (1986); Painting Culture: The Making of an Aboriginal High Art (2002), Dangerous Words (co-edited with Don Brenneis, 1984), The Traffic in Culture (co-edited with George Marcus, 1995), The Empire of Things (2001) and most recently (co-edited with Nicholas Peterson, 2016) Experiments in Self-determination: Histories of the outstation movement in Australia.



UNSW Art & Design
EG02 Lecture Theatre
Cnr of Greens Road & Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021


Prof Fred Myers
A/Prof Jennifer Biddle
A/Prof Anna Munster
Dr Veronica Tello