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Kevin Murray – Curator and Writer

What we make of our world

Trading Tales: Narrative Design in Craft

E-commerce has potential to become a new platform for the traditional stories that have connected us together over milenia. India is leading the way.

Craft in Australia: let’s not forget the real value of the handmade

With the possibility of technology taking over our jobs, now is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the value of Australian craft culture, and the beauty of the handmade. In his budget reply speech in May 2015, Bill Shorten claimed that “coding is the literacy of the 21st century.” With the possibility of technology […]

Call me Balanda

For reasons that will be clear later, I’d like to start tonight’s lecture by acknowledging the people who lived on this land before John Batman declared it a village—the Woiwurring and people of the Kulin nations. Tonight, I want to talk with you about the role of art in reflecting where we live, with particular […]

Ten Years Before and After

Lecture to the Chicago Institute of Art 3 October 2007 as part of a series associated with the Object of Labor publication An evaluation of the role played by collectives in recent craft It’s a great pleasure to be back in Chicago. I was shocked to realise that it has been ten years since I […]

Craft Unbound introduction

CRAFT UNBOUND: MAKE THE COMMON PRECIOUS (Melbourne: Thames & Hudson, 2005) By Kevin Murray Introduction There was once a familiar order to things. On one side was the supermarket and on the other was the art gallery. There was the world of common things to be used up and discarded, and the realm of precious […]

Sangam – Australia-India Design Platform

1. A Platform for Creative Partnership The Australia-India Design Platform is a three-year program of parallel forums, workshops and pilot study. It aims to build a common understanding between Australia and India about how designers and artisans might work productively together. This platform is a step towards the development of a Code of Practice for […]

Do you want ethics with that? New platforms for designing trust

Keynote for ConnectED Conference, University of New South Wales June 2010 My apologies first. This is not an academic paper. I won’t bring you an exciting new theory or methodology. What I hope to offer you is an emerging context for design. As the Beninese philosopher Paulin Hountondji says, ‘culture is not only a heritage, […]

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