Programme Day Two
and the Future
How can we imagine the future when we can’t see it?
Saturday, 19 October, Powerhouse Museum Theatre
9.30am Welcome to country
9.35am Conveners opening address: Katie Dyer
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?
9.45am Lynn Froggett: From
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
11.15am Memory, trauma and the future of cultural institutions
Cultural institutions serve to
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
Panel Intervention: Karen Therese, Artistic Director, PYT Fairfield, Interdisciplinary Artist, Creative Producer
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
1.45pm Feeling the Future
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
Case Study 1: Bec Dean, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at NIEA, UNSW, and Senior Curator for The Big Anxiety –
Case Study 2: 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
Case Study 3: 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
3.30pm Claire Doherty MBE, Unsettling the status quo: becoming relevant and resilient in the 21st century
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.
Responder: Mehreen Faruqi, Greens Senator for NSW, Social and Environmental Justice Activist, Civil and Environmental Engineer
4:30pm Plenary and Q&A
Chair: Lizzie Muller