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These are trying times for our planet. With many species either endangered or extinct, the world is changing at a rapid rate. In this conversation, interdisciplinary artist Alex Last – creator of the Melbourne Knowledge Week event Beast of Burden of Proof – and Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill Nicholson sit down to discuss the relationship between humans and animals, sharing Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives on the ways we manage destructive or invasive animal species.

Beast of Burden of Proof is a social experiment and participatory art performance that challenges participants to consider ecological ethics. Uncle Bill is passionate about sharing his extensive cultural and ecological knowledge with the broader community. 

Join them for a conversation about climate change, invasive species, and the fate of our shared planet.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Knowledge Week

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Portrait of Uncle Bill Nicholson Jr

Uncle Bill Nicholson Jr

Uncle Bill Nicholson Jr is passionate about sharing his extensive cultural knowledge with the broader community. He is deeply committed to Wurundjeri Woi wurrung traditions and cultural practise and continuously advocates for the rights of contemporary Wurundjeri Woi wurrung people to access and practise culture on traditional Country. Uncle Bill is Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Corporations Principal adult cross-cultural educator for the corporate, not-for-profit and university sectors. A former Winston Churchill Fellowship recipient (2015), Uncle Bill’s fellowship explored cultural practice and maintenance amongst First Nation communities in urban environments. Uncle Bill was also amongst the Victorian delegates nominated to attend the First People’s Assembly which resulted in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Portrait of Alex Last

Alex Last

Alex Last (b. 1985) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working on Muwinina land in nipaluna, lutruwita (colonial name; Hobart, Tasmania). Alex works in a range of mediums across various disciplines, exploring the entangled, dissonant, cryptic and transformative relationships between living organisms and their human relatives. In a minor effort to dampen global anthropocentrism, Alex works to uncover those narratives which illuminate the ornate subjectivities of earth's scorned and unseen creatures.

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Artist Meets Expert

How do ideas and art interact, and how does art explore life’s larger themes? Across three exciting lunchtime talks presented in partnership with Melbourne Knowledge Week, we pair artists with an expert from a field related to their creative practice. Expect dynamic discussions exploring different perspectives on some of our most fascinating and provocative ideas, perfect for the curious mind.


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