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MONASH UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ARTEMILY FLOYD: THIS PLACE WILL ALWAYS BE OPENART, TEXT, POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY AND ACTIVISM
Inspired by the actions, political philosophy and utopianspirit of the era of student uprising and struggle at MonashUniversity and internationally in the 1960s and ’70s, the textwhich structures Floyd’s work is drawn from the ﬁrst issueof
, published in Melbourne on Wednesday 4 March1969, one of many pamphlets, bill-posters and slogansproduced at the time, from which the following excerpt isdrawn:BE WHERE THE ACTION IS Apart from the usual run of demonstrations, sit-ins,riots and insurrections, club activities have includedweekly parties, speakers, ﬁlms, seminars, debates,weekend conferences and interstate factional strug-gles. We have also supported activities of the New LeftGroup and Anti-Conscription Society (joint member-ship encouraged). Weekly general meetings are held todecide Club policy and tactics (no other Monash groupoperates in this way – that’s why they call us authori-tarian). These are held every lunchtime in H4 – visitorswelcome (usually!), starting immediately. Together withan organization called the ‘Revolutionary Socialists’ wehave just established a large off campus headquartersat “The Bakery”, 120 Greville St Prahran (ph 51 3667).
This place (as soon as it’s ﬁxed up) will always beopen
for people to drop round and do some revolu-tionary work and will be a centre for many club activi-ties – particularly those concerned with developing jointstudent-worker action which will be one of our majorconcerns in 1969.—
no. 1, authorised by Mike Hyde, PresidentMonash Labor Club, 4 March 1969.In drawing upon this history, Floyd’s work pays homage tolegendary and controversial ﬁgures including Albert Langer,Ian Morgan, Dave Nadel, Jill Jolliffe, and Ken Mansell, manyof whom were involved with the group that began workingfrom The Bakery at 120 Greville Street, Prahran, and theneighbouring Greville Street bookshop called Alice’s Restau-rant, where titles such as
Obsolete Communism – The Left Wing Alternative
could be picked up for under a dollar. As Emily Floyd notes:Like many Left-Wing inventions from this period of late-ﬂowering Modernity, The Bakery is a model of commu-nication and organization that preﬁgures and predicts The Internet, as such it provides a way of thinking aboutfree-software, knowledge sharing, generative learningand intellectual property in a contemporary context. Theidea of The Bakery also speaks to the role that contem-porary art museums might play as facilitators of debateand experimentation. The phrase
This place will always be open
will not be lost on those who have followed thenew building works and program at MUMA.
EVENTS: REFLECTION, LEGACY AND PROJECTION
Revisiting a speciﬁc history of student activism in Melbourne,Floyd’s work will serve not only as a marker of place, and atime in history, but also as a platform to explore the legacyand contemporary relevance of experimental student activ-ism and lifestyle, through a series of artist instigated activities,workshops, print and publication projects, involving leadingprotagonists of student demonstrations and political action inthe 1960s, and current students, artists, activists and culturalworkers. Activating historical material in the present, Floyd’s work willnot only explore the achievements, failures, legacies and po-tential of past models, but also the relation to contemporaryevents such as the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring, andcurrent and recent wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.
An Open Space
2011Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourneand Sydney