University of Melbourne - First Commissions Case Film
How does a new fine arts and music faculty from Australia, a country not exactly known for its classical art, compete against the best in the world?
We sourced the original commissions given to the world’s greatest artists without revealing their true origin to the students, including Michelangelo’s statue of David briefed by the Medici’s in 1501, briefed again in 2019.
The students’ responses to such commissions Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait with Monkeys and Tschaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, produced thirty original works containing modern interpretations of the themes society has grappled with for centuries – perfection, racism, social justice, mortality, sex, power and human perfection.
The campaign from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music was unveiled in a public art exhibition in Florence at the feet Michelangelo’s David. The PR launch was supported by online content and an online gallery that housed all of the students’ work.

Below is a selection from the 300+ pieces of original content that we created and was shared organically.

Jack Riley: Perfection is a Paradox

Danna Yun: The Pursuit of Perfection is Ever-Expanding

Samuel Kreusler: It’s Not Fair Having 13 Strings

Ashley Perry: Anthology of Human Physical Perfection

Esther Stewart: Space Has Been Created for Something to Happen