Jun 1, 2006

The curious case of the curator and the arts student

This is an intriguing tale about a dispute involving a humble art student and a very powerful figure in the Australian art world. It involves allegations of illegal activity and rai

This is an intriguing tale about a dispute
involving a humble art student and a very powerful figure in the Australian art
world. It involves allegations of illegal activity and raises questions about the
very definition of art.


It’s also extremely funny, although one side doesn’t think so, and the
other side has gone to ground, displaying a sudden coyness in stark
contrast to the boldness of this young man’s earlier actions, of which there is
supposedly video evidence. This matter was brought to our attention by a member of the Crikey Army,
who would prefer to remain anonymous.


The dispute involves Ash Keating, an honours student at the Victorian
College of the Arts, and Juliana Engberg, the director of the extremely hip
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), located at Southbank in
Melbourne, just across the road from the art school. (You may recall that
Juliana was on the panel that chose the artists for the Venice Biennale.)



Our anonymous correspondent takes up the story:

A prime example of the fine line between tragedy and farce is when
someone from the avant garde morphs into a part of the establishment – and
that’s exactly what seems to be happening with ACCA Director, Juliana Engberg.

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