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Save art from RMIT

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Published on Apr 26, 2011

Facebook causes page: http://www.causes.com/causes/537740-s...

Front page of The Age, april 14th 2011: http://www.theage.com.au/frontpage/20...

The exhibition summery removed from the galleries website, because of threats by RMIT. Presented here in full:

'This body of work was recently the subject of legal action taken against the artist, Steve Cox, by the head of the art school at RMIT University, Elizabeth Grierson. Ms Grierson sought to extend a temporary intervention order that she had taken out against the artist, in which she claimed that his art work scared her. Since November of last year, Ms Grierson and the RMIT lawyers placed the artist's Facebook page, and the pages of his friends and colleagues, under permanent surveillance. They amassed an exhaustive dossier of images, songs and other video clips, which they also demanded be removed, including such assorted items as; songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Jarvis Cocker and Leadbelly; video clips critical of Margaret Thatcher, clips from 'The Wizard of Oz' and a 1970s musical cinematic version of Alice in Wonderland. With no evidence to back their assertions, they claimed these must all surely refer to Ms Grierson.

In an extraordinary legal battle, the artist refused to bow to this incursion on his freedoms of speech and artistic expression. He enlisted Doug Hall AM, Australian Commisioner for the Venice Biennale, as his expert witness, whose testimony explained that artists are not defined by their subject matter. Facing this pressure, and with minutes to go before the court hearing, Ms Grierson and RMIT dropped the case against Cox. He had conceded to none of their demands. This was not the only victory for the artist; the magistrate ordered Ms Grierson and RMIT not to visit his Facebook page for twenty years, clearly indicating that she thought the litigants had been in error for scrutinising the artist's private Facebook page in the first place. It should be noted that the artist had for a long time been critical of the management style of Ms Grierson and the restructuring of the Fine Art program at RMIT. It can only be speculated if this fact was at the core of their legal action.

These stream-of-consciousness drawings and collages of invented underwater creatures and insect life are part of an ongoing series that the artist commenced in 2000. It was these art works, in particular, that Ms Grierson took offence to. He feels happy that he is permitted by law to continue to make them.'

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