How can we imagine the future when we can’t see it?

    18-19 October 2019




Renata Salecl – Slovenia

Author of ‘On Anxiety’ and ‘The Tyranny of Choice’ global authority on the tyranny of choice, the illusion of individual freedom and the intersection of contemporary politics and emotion.

Renata Salecl is philosopher and sociologist. She is Professor of Psychology and Psychoanalysis of Law at the School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Criminology at the faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

She is also Recurring Visiting Professor at Cardozo School of Law in New York and at the School of Law and Justice at the Southern Cross University in Australia.

Claire Doherty – United Kingdom

Claire Doherty is a producer, writer and curator, and was founder Director of the international arts producing organisation, Situations, which over 15 years spearheaded new approaches to arts in the public realm.

Known for its innovative approach to place-based commissioning and social engagement, Situations also challenged conventional approaches to public art through its thought leadership and publishing – most notably the ‘New Rules of Public Art’.

From 2017-19, as Director, Claire took Arnolfini through an 18-month transformation, repositioning this 50-year old institution as a new kind of civic space and reconnecting with its home city, Bristol.

How do we cultivate future thinking—creatively, cognitively and socially?

Can culture create ways to address future anxiety, when political and clinical institutions fall short?

Where can we create spaces for vulnerability, care and hope for the future?

What is the work of the audience in reshaping culture and institutions?


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Lynn Froggett

Lynn Froggett (UK): Professor of psychosocial studies, expert on cultural impact and new model cultural institutions; member of Third Space team and UK Cultural Impact report.

Nathan Filer

Nathan Filer is a qualified mental health nurse. His novel, The Shock of the Fall: Finding and losing Schizophrenia won several major awards, including the Costa Book of the Year.

Nina Ernst

Nina Ernst is the Associate Director, Programmes for ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. Her work at the museum spans public engagement through tours, talks and workshops, performances, films and events, as well as schools programmes, interactive displays and outreach.

Uti Kulintjaku

An NPY Women’s Council project that is Anangu-led by artists and traditional ngangkari healers addressing the trauma of youth suicide through practices of deep listening.

Honor Eastly

Artist, mental health activist and presenter of The Big Feels Club podcast.

Dr Mehreen Farqui

Dr Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens Senator for NSW. Mehreen is a civil and environmental engineer and life-long activist for social and environmental justice.

Clive Parkinson

Clive Parkinson is the Director of Arts for Health and convenor of the Manchester Institute for Arts, Health and Social Change. He believes that the arts help us make sense of the world and challenge the inequalities that grind us down.

Karen Therese

Karen Therese is the Artistic Director of PYT Fairfield. She is also an interdisciplinary artist, creative producer and cultural activist.

Evelyn Araluen

Poet, educator and researcher working with Indigenous literatures.

Part of The Big Anxiety 2019 festival of people + arts + science


Anxiety, Culture and the Future is produced by Curating Third Space, The Big Anxiety festival of people + arts + science and Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Curating Third Space is led by UNSW Art and Design, supported by the Australian Research Council, The Australia Council for the Arts, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, The ArtScience Museum, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and Australia’s Science Channel.

The Big Anxiety acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island elders, past and present.