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Lounge Bar Lecture

Quench your thirst for knowledge and get the intellectual juices free flowing with an engaging and interactive series of lectures from prominent researchers and teaching academics who are experts in their field.

These free public lectures showcase how university research is changing people's lives. Learn how the work being done in lecture theatres and labs is having a real impact in our community.

Topic 1: 'You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone'

Some people think that all documents and objects could be stored digitally and we don’t need to keep a copy. Why keep photographs or books? You only need the image or the words; who cares about the physical object? Going further, we could scan sculptures and represent them as holograms. As archives and collections get bigger and bigger can’t we just scan and dump? It would be cheaper. This talk looks at the information in the object beyond the image and the need to keep because ”… you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.

Presenter: Professor Tim Wess

Topic 2: 'Appreciating kitsch: big things in Australia'

Supersized roadside attractions such as the Big Pineapple have typically been dismissed by serious academics as frivolous ‘low art’ tourist traps. By focusing on the historical value of ‘Big Things’, this talk highlights the beauty and socio-cultural quirks that are hidden in plain sight throughout Australia’s landscape. Connections to North American roadside attractions will also be explained, revealing the international significance of this otherwise derided phenomenon.

Presenter: Dr Amy Clarke

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