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.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- media studies
- Aboriginal art