Locating Death: Bodies, Objects and Places

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Polyhedron A panel discussion exploring the relationship between death, memory and material culture in association with the La Trobe Art Institute exhibition One foot on the ground, one foot in the water

Thursday 12 November 2020 06:00 pm until Thursday 12 November 2020 07:00 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Art Institute
5444 7272; lai@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
La Trobe Art Institute
Type of Event:
Community Event; Public Lecture
no charge

Join artists Catherine Bell and Michael Needham, La Trobe lecturer Marc Trabsky, and exhibition curator Travis Curtin as they discuss the role of objects in death, dying and memorial practices.

Objects and places are central to our understanding of death. Through creating, caring for, keeping and disposing of material things, mourners develop rituals and metaphors that help to make sense of death. This expert panel will unpack some of these processes in the context of the current La Trobe Art Institute exhibition One foot on the ground, one foot in the water.

Dr Catherine Bell is a multidisciplinary artist and Associate Professor (Visual Arts), Australian Catholic University. Bell’s research focuses on the generative potential of grief, loss and memory in a creative context. In recent times, she has located her practice within an archive and healthcare setting. Bell’s socially engaged artworks expose personal narratives by up-cycling excess or waste materials to create unique yet familiar objects of reverence and contemplation.

Dr Michael Needham is a Melbourne/Kyneton-based visual artist whose practice incorporates drawing and sculptural installation. Among other things, Needham’s work explores myth, belief and residual melancholia in the contemporary psyche. His most recent work, Monument to Muther, developed for One foot on the ground, one foot in the water, offers humour as a counterpoint to the weightiness of his subject matter.

Dr Marc Trabsky is a senior lecturer at La Trobe Law School and Director of the Centre for Health, Law and Society, La Trobe University. His research examines the theoretical, historical and institutional arrangements of law and death. His first book, Law and the dead: technology, relations and institutions (Routledge, 2019), was awarded the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Book Prize for 2019.

Bookings not required - live on zoom


Image: Michael Needham, Polyhedron (with denticles) 2014, dental plaster, resin, prosthetic teeth; 27 x 27 x 111 cm.



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