Dr Uroš Čvoro
UNSW Art & Design

'Repurposing War: Contemporary Art and Military Infrastructure'

Author of Transitional Aesthetics:
Contemporary Art at the Edge of Europe
, 2018

An International Symposium on the Art and Visual Culture of War, Conflict and Political Violence

Thursday 2 April 2020, Think Space, Curtin University, Western Australia

War, Art and Visual Culture: Perth 



Dear War, Art and Visual Culture: Perth attendees, 


It is with much sadness that we must postpone until further notice the War, Art and Visual Culture: Perth symposium, which was due to run at Curtin University on Thursday 2 April 2020. 


The event was to take place as part of Curtin University’s Research Rumble 2020.  The Research Rumble 2020 organisers have made the decision to postpone the week-long Curtin-wide event in light of the increasing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, advice from several speakers that they are now unable to travel to Perth, and the recent announcement by the Prime Minister regarding the need to reconsider large, non-essential events.


The Research Rumble 2020 organisers are disappointed this has been necessary, but believe it is the most responsible course of action.  As an organiser of the War, Art and Visual Culture: Perth symposium, I too am disappointed, but at this time we need to look after each other and reconvene at a better time.  


We will maintain the current attendee list and once we know the new dates of Research Rumble 2020 we will contact all previously registered attendees to let them know that registrations are open.  


We anticipate that this event will now take place later in 2020.  




Prof Kit Messham-Muir

BVA Hons I (Usyd) GCertPTT (UoN) PhD (UNSW)

Professor in Art, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry



To register, please go to:

War, Art and Visual Culture: Perth is a one-day symposium addressing today’s images of war, terror and political violence. These images are unlike those of the past – and the stakes are particularly high. News images of attacks on major cities are immediate and their presentation emotive, videos of military strikes and terror incidents spark across the internet in seconds. Contemporary artists and photojournalists reflect on these images, sometimes offering alternative perspectives on war and violence. 


War, Art and Visual Culture: Perth includes three panels of academics from Curtin University's School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry and a Keynote by Dr Uroš Čvoro, UNSW Art & Design.


This is the fourth in a series of three international symposia, held during 2019 in Sydney, London and Los Angeles.  

War, Art and Visual Culture: Perth is an event of Curtin University's 2020 RumbleResearch and
is supported by the Research Office Curtin



* subject to change

9.30am – 10.00am 


10.00am – 10.10am  

Prof Kit Messham-Muir, Curtin University, Introduction


10.10am – 11.00am 

Keynote: Repurposing War: Contemporary Art and Military Infrastructure
Dr Uroš Čvoro (UNSW Art & Design)


11:00am – 11:15am

Morning Break

11:15am – 12:30pm

Session 1: Images of War in Contemporary Art: Terror and Conflict in the Mass Media

Dr Uroš Čvoro (UNSW Art & Design) and Prof Kit Messham-Muir (Curtin University)


12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunch (provided by Curtin University)


1:30pm – 2:30pm

Session 2: The Troubles of Chile: State Violence and Activist Media - A Conversation

Dr Antonio Traverso, in conversation with
Prof Suvendrini Perera, John Curtin Distinguished Professor

2:30pm – 2:45pm

Afternoon Break


2:45pm – 4:00pm

Session 3: Do humanities disciplines today need new ways of thinking about war?

A panel of researchers from Curtin University's School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry

Chair: Dr Uroš Čvoro (UNSW Art & Design)

Dr Stuart Bender

Gavin Briggs

Assoc Prof Susanna Castleden

Dr Sky Croeser

Dr Ben Rich


Event closes

About Art in Conflict

The Art in Conflict project is led by Curtin University in Perth, Australia, in collaboration with University of Melbourne, UNSW Art & Design and University of Manchester, in partnership with the Australian War Memorial and the National Trust (NSW). This project is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council. Art in Conflict (LP170100039) receives a Linkage Project grant of $293,380.  


Please direct any questions about Art in Conflict to Prof Kit Messham-Muir at  

Prof Kit Messham-Muir
Lead Investigator, Art in Conflict project
School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry
GPO Box U1987
Perth Western Australia 6845

This project was funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council. Art in Conflict (LP170100039) receives a Linkage Project grant of $293,380.

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