Saturday, May 18, 2013

Camouflage Cultures Conference in Sydney

Above This is an amazing poster, published in Australia (c1918) during World War I. It is a promotional poster for the wartime Peace Loan program, which makes use of an Australian ship, the rear half of which is painted in striped dazzle camouflage, while the front half is not. Below the ship is the caption "unmasking." A print of the original poster is in the National Museum of Australia, Australian War Memorial, ART V00010.


As noted in an earlier post, the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) will host an international conference and exhibition on that campus on August 8 through August 11, 2013. Titled Camouflage Cultures: Surveillance, Communities, Aesthetics, Animals, it was initiated and organized by SCA faculty members Ann Elias and Nicholas Tsoutas. The slate of events is unusually diverse in the cross-disciplinary breadth of its presentations. See ad below. Details and a complete list of presentations are online here.