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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 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

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, venue capacity is unfortunately limited. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups or a waitlist as may have been the case in the past. Read more about our live events plan here. Check our website, follow us on social media or sign up to our e-newsletter The Wheeler Weekly for updates and any late ticket releases.


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 or... Read more

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 pod... Read more


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