Artist Meets Expert

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at The Wheeler Centre


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 writer and conservation volunteer Fatima Measham sit down to discuss the relationship between humans and animals, sharing 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. Measham's writing and conservation work are both motivated by her interest in the tensions inherent in our claims of love for animals.
Join them for a conversation about climate change, invasive species, and the fate of our shared planet.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Knowledge Week

Artist Meets Expert: Ecology

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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.

Portrait of Fatima Measham

Fatima Measham

Fatima Measham is a writer and speaker living west of the Werribee River on Wadawurrung country. Her recent work focuses on nature, conservation, and the tensions inherent in our claims of love for animals. She is also a conservation volunteer.

She was formerly a consulting editor, columnist and podcast producer for Eureka Street, where she focused on issues of social justice, identity and politics. Her work has appeared in Meanjin, the Guardian, America magazine and other publications. She grew up on the traditional land of the Higaonon in the Philippine south.

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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