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Afterall Journal Issue 47 Launch: Ute Meta Bauer and Michael A. Mel in conversation

12 may 2019
Public talk
Ocean Space, Venice.

To launch Afterall journal issue 47, ‘Situated Practices and Conditioned Positions’, we are pleased to host an in conversation event with writer Michael A. Mel and editor Ute Meta Bauer in collaboration with TBA21-Academy at Ocean Space, Venice.


Asaro mudmen of the Komunive village, Papua New Guinea, September 2016, performance, Australian Museum, Sydney. Photograph: Abram Powell. Courtesy the Australian Museum

Featured writer Michael A. Mel and editor Ute Meta Bauer will discuss climate change strategies and decolonial methodologies that privilege the participation of indigenous communities from the Pacific within the museum. Bauer and Mel will examine the recent collaboration between the Australian Museum with the Asaro mudmen of Komunive village in Papua New Guinea.

To celebrate this event Afterall is pleased to share Mel’s article ‘Privileging Community Voices: Cultural Revitalisation in Museology and Contemporary Art from Papua New Guinea’ from issue 47, Spring/Summer 2019, which we have made available to read online free of charge.

Michael A. Mel is of the Mogei tribe in the Mt Hagen area in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG). He completed a PhD at Flinders University, Adelaide and was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Goroka, PNG. He is currently a manager for Pacific and international collection at the Australian Museum, Sydney.

Ute Meta Bauer is the Founding Director of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Singapore and Professor of Art at NTU’s School of Art, Media, and Design. Previously, she was Dean of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London and the Director of the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, where she had served as Director of the MIT Visual Arts Program. Bauer was also the Founding Director of the Office for Contemporary Art, Norway and she is currently an editor of Afterall Journal.

Afterall Journal Launch Issue 47
Sunday 12 May, 15:00–17:00

Ocean Space
Chiesa di San Lorenzo
Castello 5069
30122, Venice

The launch is hosted by TBA21-Academy at Ocean Space, Venice. It is free to attend and all are welcome.