Critical Undercurrents - a One River symposium

Share the stories of people, politics and creative projects from the Murray-Darling Basin, in this One River Centenary of Canberra symposium, developed in partnership with the National Museum of Australia. The One River project, curated by Malcolm McKinnon, explored the common interests shared by communities along the Murray-Darling river system and its tributaries. It considered how these waterways connect different people and places, both literally and metaphorically. The project’s final symposium was held at the National Museum of Australia in August 2013, bringing together historians, curators, activists, farmers and artists to talk about developing new approaches to living along and with the river. Speaker biographies are available from the More info link below.

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Welcome and introduction to Critical Undercurrents - a One River symposium

Dr Kirsten Wehner, National Museum of Australia, and Robyn Archer, Creative Director, Centenary of Canberra

Critical Undercurrents - a One River symposium, 25 August 2013

Robyn outlines how she conceived One River as a means to recognise and explore Canberra’s status as the largest city in the Murray-Darling Basin and then Kirsten outlines how One River has been flowing through the National Museum of Australia.

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agriculture, art, culture, economy, water

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Panel discussion led by Malcolm McKinnon

Dr Daniel Connell, Sarah Moles, Major Sumner and Kim Chalmers with Malcolm McKinnon

Critical Undercurrents - a One River symposium, 25 August 2013

Panel discussion with artists, activist, author and Ngarrindejeri elder about the Murray-Darling Basin and their involvement in the One River project.

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agriculture, art, culture, economy, water

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One River artists’ talks facilitated by Barbara Paulson

Jude Roberts, Carmel Wallace, John Shortis and Major Sumner with Barbara Paulson

Critical Undercurrents - a One River symposium, 25 August 2013

Barbara Paulson, an assistant curator with the Museum’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program, facilitates this session of talks given by artists who participated in the One River project.

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agriculture, art, culture, economy, water

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One River artists’ talks facilitated by Dr George Main

Andrew Hull, Vic McEwan and Bill Marsh with Dr George Main

Critical Undercurrents - a One River symposium, 25 August 2013

George Main, a senior curator in the Museum’s People and the Environment team, facilitates a second session of talks given by artists who participated in the One River project.

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agriculture, art, culture, economy, water

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