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The Bureau for the Organisation of Origins

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The Bureau for the Organisation of Origins (BOO) is an ongoing, multidisciplinary and collaborative artistic project. It assumes the framework of a bureaucratic entity to provide a relational context for a range of creative gestures. The breadth of contributions facilitated by The BOO span crucial sociopolitical works of protest to banal expressions of an opaque bureaucracy. These are arranged in dialogue surrounding issues of group identity, race politics and socio-institutional policy in Australia with a global outlook. The BOO is a flexible and accommodating entity that incorporates individuated practices that traverse nations, institutions, disciplines, identities and genders. It serves to remind us that nation states are evolving, malleable governance projects that require constant consideration and critique. This critical scrutiny has ramifications for associated identities and is all part of our public service.
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Keywords: Australian identity; collaboration; discursive art; national identity; performance art; public art; socially engaged art

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: RMIT School of Art 2: 0000000403795961Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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