Panel discussion: Colonialism and the Age of Enlightenment

In The Last Resort, French/Albanian artist Anri Sala reimagines Mozart’s Clarinet concerto, a musical expression of the Age of Enlightenment. Mozart’s score is upended, as if it were a message in a bottle carried from Europe across the ocean to Australia, altered by the wind and waves, and “corrupted” by the perils of its journey. 

This panel brought together leading commentators from the fields of history, astronomy and the visual arts, to present wide-ranging perspectives on the Pacific voyages of the European Enlightenment and the legacies of colonialism. Through individual presentations and robust discussion, panellists interrogated the ideals of the Enlightenment, and considered the role of artists and museums in translating colonial artefacts to generate new understandings of our past.

Panellists: historian Kate Fullagar (Macquarie University); astronomer Duane Hamacher (Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University); Katie Dyer (Curator Contemporary, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences) and celebrated artist Daniel Boyd.

Moderator: Professor Peter Morgan (Director, European Studies Centre, The University of Sydney)

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Photo: Kurt Davies


Sunday 22 October 2017, 2-4pm

Add to Calendar Australia/Sydney Panel discussion: Colonialism and the Age of Enlightenment Join the discussion as our panel presents contemporary perspectives on the Enlightenment and the legacies of colonialism. Sydney Observatory, Millers Point


Sydney Observatory, Millers Point


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