CREW activities @ iDARE

For the iDARE conference, the CREW generated a series of interlinked contributions:
BAGS: About 70 CREW@iDARE bags where distributed to conference delegates at registration, each containing a series of objects inviting participation and reflection on the nature of ethics. The range of objects are more fully documented on this page, but importantly invited people to contribute to the CREW exhibition.

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Images: Caitlyn Parry/ Caitlyn Parry

EXHIBITION: The exhibition operated across three rooms – which were understood to activate three conditions the CREW saw to be key concerns in relation to institutional ethics: 1. pre-emptive anxiety – 2. dialogue and the negotiations of difference, and 3. reflective deliberation. Conference delegates were invited to draw on stickers and cards and put them up in the reflective deliberation room. Contributions are documented below – some beautiful thoughts, observations and moments are recorded therein, also partially offering a trace of the issues discussed in the workshop/performance events….

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Images: Kate Robertson/ Kate Robertson/ Caitlyn Parry

WORKSHOP/PERFORMANCES: Across two hour long sessions as part of the conference, the CREW staged events in the exhibition space. The first involved a performative engagement with the three rooms of the exhibition, in which all CREW members present generated a collective voice. This was followed by a robust discussion with responses from conference keynotes Jane Rendell and Stephen Loo. The second event on the next day followed on from the former but focussed largely on continuing the round table discussion in the central room, provocatively kicked off by conference keynote, Oron Catts. VCA’s Danny Butt offered an insightful summary of the issues discussed.

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Images: Caitlyn Parry/ Caitlyn Parry/ Caitlyn Parry

CARDS: The CREW is interested in the way that one’s ongoing development of ethical know-how is embedded in everyday life – where research into ethical conduct occurs as integral to one’s experience. In response to the assumption embedded in university ethics application forms regarding a separation between research and everyday life and the absurdity of the Plain Language Statement in many related situations, the CREW members gave out cards to conference delegates aimed to provoke related issues.

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