Programme Day Two
and the Future
How can we imagine the future when we can’t see it?
Saturday, 19 October, Powerhouse Museum Theatre
Day 2 focuses on:
- What is the civic and social role of cultural institutions in synthesizing individual and collective visions of the future?
- What are the radical changes needed to make the cultural sector a platform for shaping a future that is inclusive and responsive to the experiences of all people?
- What work do audiences do in reshaping future imaginaries and institutions?
If contemporary anxieties are lived as private misery, is there a role for cultural institutions in revealing how they are embedded in both subjective experience and a culture that is shared? In other
Discussion and audience Q&A with Lynn Froggett facilitated by Adrian Collette
–10.45–11.15am Break– Tea and coffee served outside of the Theatrette
Cultural institutions serve to
Chair: Ien Ang, Distinguished Professor of Cultural Studies at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
Paula Abood, Creative Producer, Educator, Community Advocate, Writer
Bonney Djuric, OAM, Artist, Advocate for “Forgotten Australians” Historian, Adjunct lecturer NIEA, UNSW and Co-founder of Parragirls Female Factory Precinct Memory Project
Lisa Havilah, CEO, Powerhouse Museum
Karen Therese, Artistic Director, PYT Fairfield, Interdisciplinary Artist, Creative Producer and Cultural Activist. Karen will describe and demonstrate her model of creative practice that uses “radical kindness” and decolonial processes to talk openly and rigorously about difficult subjects.
Discussion and audience Q&A facilitated by Ien Ang
Performance presentation: Rene Kulitja, Artist and Director, Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council. Rene is a member of Uti Kulintjaku and is an artist and senior community advocate. She is an outstanding dancer, singer
Audience Q&A with Rene Kulitja facilitated by Ien Ang
Exhibitions create opportunities to experience the future in immersive, emotional ways. An emerging global group of “third spaces” that entangle art, science and other forms of community knowledge, are creating collective environments to experience the
Chair: Katie Dyer
Bec Dean, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at NIEA, UNSW, and Senior Curator for The Big Anxiety –
Nina Ernst, Associate Director, Programmes, ArtScience Museum, Singapore explores the idea of emotionally-led programming in exhibitions that deal with the art and science of the future, including Human+: The Future of the Species
John O’Shea, John O’Shea, Associate Director (Creative), Science Gallery London
John O’Shea, Associate Director (Creative), Science Gallery London considers the emotional experience of exhibitions and the link between agency and anxiety through the exhibition On Edge: Living in an age of anxiety
As the final keynote of the conference, Claire Doherty will reflect on how psychosocial audience research changed her understanding of how transformation occurs through encounters with art, and subsequently how she changed the way in which she led a 21st arts institution. In search of a more relevant and empathic way of directing and producing the arts, Claire will reflect on the implications for civic, embedded institutions in meeting the environmental and social challenges of the future.
Mehreen Faruqi, Greens Senator for NSW, Social and Environmental Justice Activist, Civil and Environmental Engineer.
Claire Doherty in conversation with Mehreen Faruqi, facilitated by Lizzie Muller
Chair: Lizzie Muller