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The Humanities Conference 2003

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The Humanities and Ecology: Art and the Communication of Marine Ecological Issues

Lindsay Broughton, Jane Quon.

The communication of ecological issues is widely considered the responsibility of Science. In its opening statement, however, Agenda 21 - the Report of the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development – calls for creative, multidisciplinary methods to arrest ‘the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being’, and to do so in the context of ‘global partnership(s) for sustainable development’ (Ch 1.1.1).
Principally through the example of Art, this presentation posits a case for the Humanities more powerfully and systemically to engage ecological themes. A short paper by Lindsay Broughton discusses the communicative function of the arts, the arts and social change and the relationship between aesthetic response and meaning. Multimedia artist Jane Quon will discuss her role as an ‘ecological artist’ and present her video / installation artworks on the theme of marine ecosystem consequences of global practices in the dumping of ships’ ballast-water. Jane’s works have been presented in various venues in Australia and internationally, including the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation in London.


Lindsay Broughton  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer in Art
Tasmanian School of Art
University of Tasmania

Lindsay Broughton is an artist, art educator and art historian and writer, who currently heads the Drawing Department at the University of Tasmania. He has also long been involved in theatre, principally as an actor.

Jane Quon  (Australia)
PhD student
Tasmanian School of Art
University of Tasmania

Jane Quon has had extensive experience not only as an artist, but also in art teaching, the media, primary industry and tourism. Jane returned to the Tasmanian School of Art in 1997, gaining First Class Honours. She has recently completed her PhD studies, in which she investigated the same theme which forms the subject of this conference presentation. She is currently awaiting her PhD examination outcome.

  • Humanities and Values
  • Humanities and Ecology
  • Art as Communication
  • Art and Social Change

(60 min Workshop, English)