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The Roles of Arts, Social Values and Science in Mining

Thursday 22nd August 

1:30 pm

Mal Nairn Auditorium, CDU Casuaraina

Mining in Australian land is a significant contributor to Australian culture and economy. Many different ores and minerals are mined throughout the country. Although mining booms have created social wealth and encouraged immigration, a number of mining practices have raised environmental issues and faced social contestation. The aim of this workshop is to provide an interdisciplinary forum to engage with key social and philosophical questions about the arts and sciences of mining. Specifically, what are the social values and narratives that justify and guide mining in Australia? What can be done better in mining practices? What do people involved in the discussion about mining know about the sciences and technologies used in mining? What are the values of the material by-products and other outputs of mining activities? Are there misconceptions about mining and geosciences? What can artists and scholars in the humanities and law contribute to the debate about governance of mining practices? To address these questions, the workshop will gather an interdisciplinary team comprising artists, scientists, philosophers and social scientists. In addition, this workshop is devised to encourage interdisciplinary scholarly discussion amongst the participants of the artistic project “Still Lives: A Beautiful Science”.




Still Lives: A Beautiful Science is an event in Darwin Festival.

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Still Lives: A Beautiful Science is a multiplatform event taking place over a three day period that includes two visual art exhibitions, newly composed debut music performances, artist talks, a panel discussion, scholarly debate and forest bathing. Designed to showcase a collaboration of Arts and Science that responds to mining. Specific selected mining material, in the form of core samples, and related scientific data is translated through creative processes. These resultant new forms aim to stimulate the senses and provoke further enquiry. Both aesthetic and informative, each event offers insight into the specialist roles and responsibilities in a mining environment.

- 20 August Exhibition Opening (mining core samples) and debut new music performance (composed from Hylogger and mining related data by Cathy Applegate), Charles Darwin University Art Gallery Foyer, 5.30-8pm. Exhibition date: August 18 - September 2.

- 21 August Exhibition Opening (re-imagined Hylogger and petrology data) Pirrie Art Space.  Debut new music performance (composed from Hylogger and mining related data by Cathy Applegate), 6-7.30pm. Exhibition date: August 21 - September 13 by appointment.

- 21 August Festival Forest Bathing. Shinrin yoku is a wellbeing practice combining elements of mindfulness, sensory immersion and nature connection. Limited places.

- 22 August Workshop: The Roles of Arts, Social Values and Science in Mining. Paper presentations Charles Darwin University.

12pm - Panel discussion at Charles Darwin University Art Gallery. Brief introduction to each participants specialist role, their contribution to the project and outcomes. 

1:45pm - workshop at Mal Nairn Auditorium

- 24 August Artist Floor Talk Pirrie Art Space, Darwin, 11-12pm.



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