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Art & the universe



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There are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe. However, if we’re asking who’s out there, we need to be ready with our response in return. What defines our humanity? How do we communicate the artistic experience of our world? Most importantly – who gets to decide? Artists, thinkers, bloggers and your average extraordinary person have never had a chance. In the face of such overwhelming power and scale, individuals can feel incapable of influencing a richer and more robust reading of our collective moment in time. Can you?

In this event, presented in partnership with Aphids, Willoh S. Weiland, director of collaborative art project Forever Now, curator Jeff Khan and astronomy Associate Professor Chris Fluke throw the universal definition of humanity’s art open to everyone for input.

Art & us.

The nature and meaning of art has been hotly debated for centuries, but in this new series for 2014, the Wheeler Centre explores the impact of art in a variety of contexts. We look at how artistic practice fits in to the many diverse aspects of everyday life, as well as how its context has a direct effect on the realms of inspiration and creation.


Elizabeth Finkel

For the last 20 years, Elizabeth Finkel has been a science writer for scientific and lay audiences including serving as a correspondent for the American magazine Science, and an associate editor for Cosmos magazine, a popular science magazine that she cofounded. In June 2013, she was appointed the n... Read more

Willoh S. Weiland

Willoh S. Weiland is an artist, writer, curator and the Artistic Director of Aphids. Currently, Willoh is directing the Aphids project Forever Now, the third in her trilogy of works investigating the relationship between art and space. Forever Now is an international project, a response to the Voyag... Read more

Christopher Fluke

Associate Professor Christopher Fluke is an astronomer with the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology. His research interests include gravitational lensing, astronomy visualisation, and the use of novel technologies to improve how astronomers work. Chris is... Read more

Jeff Khan

Jeff Khan is a curator and writer working across the visual arts, performance and dance. He is currently Artistic Director of Performance Space, Sydney, and has a particular interest in site-specific and socially-engaged practices. Jeff was the Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival f... Read more


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