Camouflage cultures: beyond the art of disappearance
Camouflage cultures: beyond the art of disappearance
Edited by Ann Elias, Ross Harley and Nicholas Tsoutas
Sydney University Press
ISBN: 9781743324257

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.


Camouflage Cultures is a variously stimulating collection, illustrating aspects of critical theory through the extension of camouflage as metaphor into cross and interdisciplinary areas of historical and current practice and commentary in the arts and sciences.”
— Mike Leggett, Creativity & Cognition Studios Associate, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
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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
By Ann Elias
Sydney University Press, 2011

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.

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