Dark Mofo: On Censorship


With calls from the radical left to censure works of art deemed inappropriate, offensive, damaging, what of censorship today?

Start Date

16th Jun 2017 1:00pm

End Date

16th Jun 2017 2:00pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre, Centre for the Arts, Hunter Street

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NO RSVP REQUIRED. Enquiries: Rebecca Fitzgibbon +61 408 102 919

Censorship is a dull and boring subject. Usually twinned with outrage and conservatism, a new set of censorial subjects have emerged that challenge the orthodoxy. In recent years the topic of censorship has arguably shifted in terms that once seemed unlikely. We live today with two mutually interchangeable conditions: freedom of info
rmation and protection of civil liberties. We seek the truth in national security emails, yet protect the right to communicate terror through encrypted iPhones. But such confusions are not out of place in the world of culture. With calls from the radical left to censure works of art deemed inappropriate, offensive, damaging, what of censorship today?


Mike Parr is an internationally lauded performance artist and printmaker who has for over 40 years worked at the very edge of perceived ideas around the body, torture, identity and pain. His works continue to provoke, inspire and disgust live audiences. His recent works at Dark Mofo have shown no signs of slowing down the outrage.

Sean Dockray is an Australian-based American artist and writer. A founding director of the Los Angeles non-profit Telic Arts Exchange, and initiator of knowledge-sharing platforms, The Public School and Aaaaarg. As a research fellow at the Post-Media Lab at Leuphana University he explored the physical infrastructure of the sharing economy, focusing on Facebook's new northern European datacenter. His written essays address topics such as online education (Frieze), the militarisation of universities (in Contestations: Learning from Critical Experiments in Education), book scanning (Fillip), traffic control (Cabinet), and radio (Volume).

Greg Barns is a barrister and national president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance. He is the author of What's Wrong with the Liberal Party? Selling the Australian Government, and co-author of An Australian Republic. He was campaign manager for the WikiLeaks party in the the 2013 federal election but is not a member of the party. He has worked for a number of Liberal leaders and ministers from 1989-1999 and ran the 1999 Republic Referendum campaign for Malcolm Turnbull.

Part of On Silence: three conversations

A global economist, an architect, a barrister and political agitator, an astrophysicist, a bishop, an international sound/light artist, a performance artist, a leading policy maker and an internet artist under global indictment: On Silence. A series of free talks on the theme of silence, in politics, science and art, hosted by Ryk Goddard, and presented by the University of Tasmania during Dark Mofo, and streamed live.

Continue the conversation by taking part in UTAS’s free online course about silence and Dark Mofo.