Issue 19
Monday, 06 November 2017
Charles Darwin University
Visiting investigative journalist Brendan McCourt
Visiting investigative journalist Brendan McCourt

Artists and thinkers reimagine media’s new frontier

By Patrick Nelson

An award winning investigative and undercover journalist whose stories have exposed the murder of innocents, illegal blood sport events and the horror of urban terrorism, has addressed a public symposium at Charles Darwin University.

Belfast-based journalist and documentary filmmaker Brendan McCourt drew from his repertoire of stories to explore a range of ethical questions that arise in the pursuit of telling the truth.

“Should journalists cooperate with authorities in the prosecution of those who took part in murder during conflict but are now involved in the peace process?” Mr McCourt asked. “Similarly, is society better served by leaving a painful past undisturbed?”

Mr McCourt was among filmmakers, poets, artists and scholars who challenged understandings of art, aesthetics and connections to mass media at the School of Creative Arts and Humanities Creative Frontiers in Modern Media Symposium on 2-3 November.

Head of School Professor Brian Mooney said presenters had been invited to imagine what a creative frontier might mean to either their disciplinary research or their creative practice.

“We explored the nature of a creative frontier in relation to the many forms of modern media: whether it is a conceptual battle line; a shift in technology or culture that revises the status quo; or an avant-garde gesture that can lead to creative innovation?” Professor Mooney said.

Key note speakers included journalists Brendan McCourt and Anthony Curry, and academics Jane Stadhler, Darren Wershler, Warwick Mules, Aurora Scheelings and Gemma Blackwood.

Symposium website: W: creative-frontiers