Artist and academic speakers announced for UTS Big Thinking Forums

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November 29, 2017
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Want to take a deeper dive into some of the themes and issues being explored at the Festival?

We’ve partnered with UTS for a series of Big Thinking Forums, bringing together experts from the university with artists on the Festival line-up to talk about consumerism and sustainability, Aboriginal sovereignty and how the digital world affects physical art…and now, we can announce the big name guest speakers.

Moderated by UTS Professor Larissa Behrendt, the forums take place in the university’s Great Hall and are free to attend, with registration.


ANALOGUE BODY IN A DIGITAL WORLD
7 January, 1.30pm

As we spend more time online, what are the implications of our disconnection from the real world? Festival Director Wesley Enoch is joined by artist/musician Jonnine Standish, one half of the creative team behind our virtual reality Ghost Train and a member of experimental band HTRK, and interactive author Dr Lisa Roberts, who uses data and her artistic practice to expand understanding of climate change. The panel explores how artists can meaningfully engage with the physical world in our digital age. REGISTER HERE.


CONSUMING THE WORLD
10 January, 5.30pm

Waste, consumerism and our connection to the earth go under the microscope in this panel. Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji, whose Festival work
Jurassic Plastic comments on sustainability with colourful landscapes of discarded plastic toys, is accompanied by the project’s co-curator Kathryn Hunyor, along with Emily McDaniel, curator of large-scale art installation Four Thousand Fish and Dr Dena Fam, a Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures.

The panel challenges us to think about sustainable living in the urban environment, and to consider that traditional Aboriginal cultures were able to survive for over 65,000 years by appreciating the concepts of sustainability, reciprocity and respect. REGISTER HERE.


COMPETING SOVEREIGNTIES
17 January, 5.30pm

Leading Aboriginal thinkers discuss what the aspiration to Aboriginal sovereignty means in 2018. Join Ingrid Cumming (Community Development Specialist at the City of Canning), Prof. Michael McDaniel (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership and Engagement at UTS), Prof. Mark McMillan (Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Education and Engagement at RMIT) and Patricia Turner AO (National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation) as they discuss whether a treaty will unite or divide Australia and what it all means for the Australian Constitution and the future of our country. (This forum will also be recorded and broadcast on ABC Radio on 26 January.) REGISTER HERE.

And scroll down to watch UTS academics talk about the themes behind Sydney Festival works The Wider Earth, Barber Shop Chronicles and Jurassic Plastic.






Photo: Keizo Kioku Courtesy: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, MORI YU Gallery & ArtsPeople

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