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Rebellion and Tomorrow


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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 Mattingley

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. She currently works at ... Read more

Alan Duffy

Associate Professor Duffy is an astrophysicist at Swinburne University creating baby universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form and grow within vast halos of invisible dark matter. He is attempting to find this dark matter as part of SABRE, the world’s first da... Read more

Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen is an award-winning journalist, biographer, poet and screenwriter. He is the founding editor of The Saturday Paper and editor-in-chief of Schwartz Media. He is the author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen, On Kate Jennings and The Prosperity Gospel. His first collect... Read more

Laura Bates
Laura Bates

Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of over 10,000 women’s daily experiences of gender inequality. She is also contributor at Women Under Siege, a New York-based project working to combat the use of sexualised violence as a tool of war. She has written for the I... Read more

Brendan Maclean

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 Ho... Read more

Phuong Ngo

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 ... Read more


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