Art is so important because it gives expression to everything that’s invisible inside of us, and that is the totality of our experience and what makes us’, Lindy Lee, Artist, Academic and SCA Graduate.
One art school? Vanishing climate science? A disappeared government architect? Defunded public history? This is not just a few random cuts. After the corporatisation of our education system comes this wholesale attack on knowledge and creativity; a dismantling of institutions, a burning of books.
Of course, book burning is useful for governments with oligarchic tendencies. In any takeover, demoralising the intellectuals is a first and critical step. What’s bizarre is the extent to which Australians have drunk the two-part neo-con instrumentalist Kool-Aid that makes this possible.
Approximately 300 activists have physically clashed with police and campus security outside a meeting of the University of Sydney Senate, protesting the announced closure of the Sydney College of the Arts.
Restraining barriers placed on the stairway were shaken down by a group of protesters, although there was no actual movement past the barricade of police officers towards level five, where the Senate meeting was to be held.