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Violent Ends: The The Arts of Environmental Anxiety

Violent Ends: The Arts of Environmental Anxiety

Global warming — a term that brings to mind rising sea levels, marauding fire storms, drought-parched lands, retreating glaciers — brings to heart feelings of dread.

Violent Ends, an event hosted by the National Museum of Australia on 11 June 2009, explored these anxieties and the prospects for hope by bringing together a unique group of artists, poets, dancers, singers, scientists, film makers, historians, creative writers and cultural theorists.

This website provides a record of the day. It includes transcripts, images, video and audio recordings.


Carolyn Strange, Research School of Humanities, Australian National University
Libby Robin, National Museum of Australia and Fenner School, Australian National University
William Fox, Center for Art and Environment, Nevada Museum of Art, United States of America
Tom Griffiths, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University


Research School of Humanities, Fenner School of Environment and Society and Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, and the National Museum of Australia.

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Thunderstorm over Paestum, after Turner, Wanderers in the Desert of the Real, 2008. ©Mandy Martin.