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Immaterial Land: Refiguring art and Materialism

conference contribution
posted on 2015-03-19, 00:00 authored by Brian Martin
Material RepresentationsThrough an examination and critique of western notions of ideology, particularlythose based on Lois Althusser’s account of ideology grounded in imaginaryconditions of existence, my research aimed to propose an alternative way of thinkingabout ideology and ontology. My argument related specifically to art and culture anddemonstrated through theoretical argument and practice, how Indigenous art andculture allow us to conceive of an alternative understanding of ideology. The purposeis to attempt to overturn the amnesia condition that persists in Australia with regardsto culture. I elaborated an alternative framework of ideology based on Indigenousculture and grounded on the relationship between culture and Land and posited amaterialist ontology that resolves the opposition between “real” and the “imaginary”as they are understood within an Althussian framework. My argument is underpinnedby the crucial premise that an Indigenous ideology is grounded upon the notion of“Country” (Land) and its inextricable relation to culture.

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Event

Deans and Directors of Creative Arts. Symposium (2015 : Melbourne, Victoria)

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1 - 19

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MCM University

Location

Melbourne, Victoria

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2015-03-19

End date

2015-03-21

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2015, The Symposium

Title of proceedings

DCCA 2015 : The outstanding field: artistic research emerging from the Academy, Proceedings of the Deans and Directors of Creative Arts Symposium

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