Camouflage cultures: beyond the art of disappearance
Edited by Ann Elias, Ross Harley and Nicholas Tsoutas
Sydney University Press
Camouflage has been linked with military and natural history contexts, but growing interest in the connections between areas such as ecology, evolution, visual deception and warfare, has taken the concept of camouflage beyond the politics of appearance, the art of disappearance or simple strategies of mimicry.
Approaching this subject from the disciplines of art history and theory, art practice, biology, cultural theory, literature and philosophy, this volume greatly expands the reach of camouflage's cultural terrain. The result is a collection that provides a new perspective on the developing discourse of camouflage and contributes to debates about the roles that physical, artistic and social camouflage play in contemporary life.
About the editors
Ann Elias is an associate professor in visual arts at Sydney College of the Art, the University of Sydney. She has written extensively on camouflage in nature and war, as well as on the history of flowers in visual culture.
Ross Harley is an award-winning artist, writer and educator whose career crosses the bounds of traditional and creative arts research. He is a professor and dean of the Faculty of Art & Design at the University of New South Wales.
Nicholas Tsoutas is Zelda Stedman Lecturer in Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney.
More from these authors
Camouflage Australia: art, nature, science and war
Camouflage Australia tells a once secret and little known story of how the Australian government accepted the advice of zoologist William John Dakin and seconded the country's leading artists and designers, including Max Dupain and Frank Hinder, to deploy optical tricks and visual illusions for civilian and military protection. Their work was an array of ingenious constructions for the purpose of disguise and subterfuge.
Useless beauty: flowers and Australian art
Departing from where studies of single flower artists leave off, Useless Beauty embraces the general topic of flowers in Australian art and shines new light on a slice of Australian art history that extends from 1880 to 1950. It is the first book of broad chronology to discuss Australian art through blossoms and it does this by addressing stories of major figures including Hans Heysen, Margaret Preston and Sidney Nolan, as well as specific objects such as surreal flowers, Aboriginal flowers and war flowers.
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