ACW’s emphasis on dissolving boundaries between art and everyday life influenced a generation of younger artists, including the Melbourne artist collective DAMP, established by a group of ex–Victorian College of the Arts students under the mentorship of Lowe in 1996. DAMP’s notorious work Punchline , staged at 200 Gertrude Street (now Gertude Contemporary) in 1999, was based on the idea of an artist’s ‘worst nightmare’ on opening night. The work comprised a series of incidents, such as the disturbance of speeches, a lovers quarrel and ‘accidental’ damage to works of art, that eventually escalated into a full-scale brawl. An installation and video footage that documents this iconic work has been recreated by current members of the collective especially for this exhibition.
The course aims are the raison d'être of the course. In the context of an organised unit of education, such as a course module or course programme, an aim is a (relatively) long-term goal. Sometimes an aim sets a goal for the teacher to achieve in relation to the learners, sometimes course aims explicitly list long-term goals for the learner and at other times there is a joint goal for the teacher and learner to achieve together. While the aim may be phrased as a goal for the teacher within the scope of the course it can also imply goals for the learner beyond the duration of the course. In a statement of an aim the third person singular form of the verb with the subject course, programme or module is often used as an impersonal way of referring to the teaching staff and their goals. Similarly the learner is often referred to in the third person singular even when he or she is the intended reader.