Chris Nash was Professor of Journalism at Monash University, and previously Director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at UTS.
Over the five weeks of EXTRA!EXTRA! Chris Nash has published a developing analysis of Hans Haacke’s art as a form of investigative journalism. Nash’s final article ended with a discussion of “replicability”. He writes:
“Like any scientific experiment or observation, Haacke’s art is replicable by other artists in the same way that scientific research has to be replicable and verified to be validated. The same validation requirement applies to journalism, which is why Haacke could use journalistic methods in his research”.
While chatting with another member of the press at the media preview of Making Art Public, artist and exhibition curator Michael Landy approached us to point out a wall of vinyl decals. The text is a selection of pun-laden newspaper headlines from stories about Kaldor Public Art Projects over the years, from “Package deal to put beach under wraps” to “They call it puppy love”. “Wondering where to draw the line” is another. This collection of headlines gives a sense of a particular way in which each Project entered the popular consciousness of its time – through newspaper reporting. But devoid of the actual content of each article, there is no real sense of the public discourse generated around each work.