Inventing Eric Michaels

Quentin Sprague

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The late American media theorist and ethnographer Eric Michaels worked in the central desert community of Yuendumu in the 1980s, before dying of AIDS in 1988. This essay provides a detailed account of his life and work in the desert, and draws upon his critical writing output and his posthumously published diaries to consider his unique status as a writer. It details Michaels's singular approach to the development of the Aboriginal art movement in Yuendumu, and his theorisation of the new media production, in which he played a key role. Michaels's notion of a 'cultural future' is critiqued in light of the defining aspirations of the self-determination period.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Specialist publicationDiscipline
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Biography
  • media studies
  • Aboriginal art
  • How to Render Things More Clearly

    Quentin Sprague (Contributor)

    29 Sept 2018

    Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

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