Discover surprising connections between Indigenous art and the microscopic world, and how this pairing can help engage young Australians with a more integrated...

60,000 years of tradition meet the microscopic world – making connections for STEM Ed

Location:

2007
Australia

Venue:
Powerhouse Museum
60,000 years of tradition meet the microscopic world - making connections for STEM Ed

Speakers

Bruce Pascoe

writer and anthologist from the Bunurong clan

Bruce Pascoe is an award-winning Australian writer, editor and anthologist from the Bunurong clan, of the Kulin nation. He is the author of the popular and influential book Dark Emu, which uses evidence from early settlers' accounts of grain cultivation, flour, wells, and dams to challenge the idea that pre-colonial Australian Aboriginal people were hunter-gatherers. He has worked as a teacher, farmer, a fisherman, Aboriginal language researcher and is director of the Commonwealth Australian Studies project. He is working on preserving Aboriginal languages.

Djon Mundine

Writer and Artist

Djon Mundine, from the Bandjalung people of Northern New South Wales is an experienced and respected curator, writer, artist and activist. He has held prominent curatorial positions in many national and international institutions, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Queensland Art Gallery. He was the concept artist of the Aboriginal Memorial at the National Gallery of Australia in 1988. In 1993, he received the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the promotion and development of Aboriginal arts, crafts and culture. He is currently an independent curator of contemporary Indigenous art.

Misty Jenkins

cellular immunologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Dr Misty Jenkins, from the Gunditjmara people, is a cellular immunologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. She is currently a NHMRC fellow and investigates the biology of white blood cells in the immune system. She was the Tall Poppy of the Year in 2015 and was awarded the L'Oreal for women in Science Fellowship in 2013.

Misty has served on multiple institutional and government education and advisory committees and is a strong advocate for biomedical research, mentoring, gender equity, professional development and science policy. She is a governing board member of the Centre of Indigenous Genomics (NCIG) at ANU and has a passion for Indigenous health and encouraging more Indigenous youth to take up careers in science.

Access and Inclusion

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  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Companion card - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.

Event Details

Discover surprising connections between Indigenous art and the microscopic world, and how this pairing can help engage young Australians with a more integrated, scientific approach for the future. Thought-provoking talks and discussion will explore how both scientific images and Indigenous art are used to explain our world and shape our knowledge  Find out why it is important for more Indigenous Australians to engage with science and how more Western scientists can incorporate an Indigenous perspective.

60,000 Years of Tradition… is associated with the exciting new exhibition Stories and Structures – New Connections that links microscopic images with new works from Indigenous artists. This Vivid Ideas event is followed by the official launch of the exhibition, which you are welcome to attend. Gain new perspectives by talking directly with the speakers, artists and scientific image-makers behind this innovative exhibition while enjoying refreshments and drinks from the bar.

Speakers:
Djon Mundine, from the Bandjalung people, is an experienced and respected curator, writer, artist and activist.
Bruce Pascoe, from the Bunurong clan, is the award-winning author of the popular and influential book Dark Emu, which challenges the idea that pre-colonial Australian Aboriginal people were hunter-gatherers.
Misty Jenkins, from the Gunditjmara people, is a cellular immunologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. She has a passion for Indigenous health and encouraging more Indigenous youth to take up careers in science.

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Access and Inclusion

For more accessibility information see the Vivid accessibility map.

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Companion card - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.