On 25 July 1984 Professor Jean Baudrillard, of the University of Paris-Nanterre, gave the first Mari Kuttna Memorial Lecture.
The Memorial Lectures were set up as a result of Madame Barbara Gre's generous gift to the University of Sydney; they will enable distinguished filmmakers and film critics, theorists and historians, both from Australia and overseas, to contribute to our understanding of the cinema.
Professor Baudrillard's lecture, The Evil Demon of Images, was given to a large and enthusiastic audience which included Madame Gre, the Chancellor, Sir Hermann Black, and the ViceChancellor, Professor John Ward; as well many friends came to pay their respects to Mari Kuttna and to her work, and, perhaps most significant of all, many young people who share Mari Kuttna's love of film.
The Memorial Lecture was preceded by a tribute given by the Chancellor and by a personal appreciation by David Stratton, former Director of The Sydney Film Festival. Edited versions of their presentations are included in this publication.
As Director of the Power Institute of Fine Arts -in which the Kuttna Bequest is located -- I acknowledged the far-sighted generosity of Madame Gre in encouraging students and scholars to develop an understanding of this most significant aspect of contemporary culture. I pledged the Institute to continue the work of Mari Kuttna. Death cut short her own work, but her mother's generosity will ensure the continuance of the ideals to which she devoted her life.
Professor Virginia Spate Power Institute of Fine Arts University of Sydney
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