Goodbye Kind World
Souvenirs of the 20th century
Roseanne Bartley, Lisa Carroll, Susan Cohn, Karen Ferguson, Tony Hanning, Hamish Hill, Ruth Hutchinson, Sharon Muir, Miyuki Nakahara, Humphrey Poland, David Ray, Alex Selenitsch
Curator: Kevin Murray
Writers: Peter Burke & Robyn Annear
RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
11th Oct - 13th Nov 1999
it a kind world, where we could trust that the state might protect
those unable to look after themselves? Do we think of public transport,
economic subsidies, state-owned utilities and friendly faces across the
is it a cruel world, where a patriarchal state interfered with the
affairs of its citizens, locking up those it deemed unusual, and propping
up overweight bureaucracies with taxpayer's money?
The past two decades have seen radical changes to life
The city certainly hasnt been shy of progress.
Consider Crown Casino, Docklands, Grand Prix, City Link and Federation
Square. Melbourne is undergoing changes that will strengthen its claim
as one of the great world cities.
But this progress comes at a
cost. Traditionally, Melbourne has distinguished itself from
other Australian cities by its appreciation of the past. Writers like
Barry Dickens, Robert Manne, Helen Garner and Martin Flanagan consider
it just as important to conserve memories as to find new ground. Has Melbourne
sold its soul?
early logo for the exhibition when it was scheduled for the now defunct
Metro Craft Centre