That we live in a time of constant change is beyond doubt. Many grand narratives that have shaped the modern world are beginning to crumble as their usefulness to contemporary society comes under serious question. Representative democracy, marriage, print media and so much more are in flux, being replaced by new paradigms.
What does it mean to live in such a time of change, on an individual level? Who are the agents of true rebellion that will shape the world of tomorrow? How is this information shared? Will today’s generations be able to build on the success of their predecessors, or are they being handed a poisoned chalice?
This dynamic and interactive event, presented in partnership with Next Wave Festival 2014, examines new grand narratives and how people experience rebellion, both politically and personally. How are ideas surrounding fundamental change progressed through our society?
We hear from six speakers – including Erik Jensen, Georgie Mattingley, Phuong Ngo and Sarah-Jane Norman – who will reflect on their personal experiences of climate change, family, media and history. In an innovative format, the debate will flow in the direction you wish to explore, a unique opportunity to help shape all our tomorrows.
A good event starts great conversations. Here’s your chance to stay back a while and meet the guest speakers. Nibbles provided. Drinks at bar prices.
Georgie graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2012. Often adopting a playful humour and a quirky use of visual aesthetic, Georgie aims to beautify confronting spaces or events, as a tool to question people’s limits and values.
Alan is a research fellow at Swinburne University, creating model universes within supercomputers to study the growth of galaxies, from the Big Bang to the present day. As well as learning how galaxies form, these simulations let him uncover the nature of the invisible Universe; made up of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. He then tries to explain these discoveries and more on TV with ABC Breakfast News and Ten's The Project as well as live to all ages from year 2 primary school classes all the way to general audiences.
Erik Jensen is the founding editor of The Saturday Paper. He has won the Walkley Award for Young Print Journalist of the Year and the United Nation’s Media Peace Award. He is the author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen.
Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of over 10,000 women’s daily experiences of gender inequality.
After training with the NSW Drama Company and under NIDA practitioner Kate Gaul, Brendan’s career kicked off when triple j offered him the chance to get behind the mic in 2007. Since then, he has hosted and produced some of triple j’s highest rating shows, from House Party to Super Request to Home and Hosed, scoring top interviews with Goldfrapp, John Butler, Krafty Kuts and Urthboy.
Phuong Ngo’s practice explores the individual and collected identity of the Vietnamese diaspora through the exploration of history, politics and culture. He completed an honours degree in fine art at RMIT in 2012, and has exhibited at numerous galleries throughout Melbourne including the Counihan (2013) and the Centre for Contemporary Photography (2012).