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Broadside: Taking Up Space: Building the City That We Deserve
A woman’s place in the world and right to move through it freely has always been controlled. Workplaces, our city streets, pubs and parks are not just traditionally unwelcoming, but can be dangerous and destructive. Patriarchy has, until now, dominated our public spaces, and the way that different bodies and identities are policed within them.
So how can public space be reconceived, and how can we create a city that is truly accessible? Can we break our urban environments free from Anglocentric and gendered constructs of the past? And – are we even asking the right questions?
Pictured, left to right: Jan Fran, Niki Kalms, Caroline Martin, Gala Vanting and Jax Jacki Brown — Photo: Hannah Koelmeyer
In this episode, recorded at the inaugural Broadside festival of feminist ideas, host Jan Fran leads a discussion with writer and sex worker advocate Gala Vanting, spoken word performer and disability activist Jax Jacki Brown, YIRRAMBOI First Nations Festival creative director and Yalukit Marnang founder Caroline Martin and Monash University design researcher and XYX Lab founding director Nicole Kalms. They talk about urban space – and, ultimately, the intellectual work we have to do before we can even begin to talk about building anything.
‘Memory is a Creative Act’: A gallery of Broadside 2019 graphic recordings
This past weekend, the Wheeler Centre presented the inaugural Broadside festival of feminist ideas – with a blockbuster line-up of speakers and discussions. Complicated questions were posed. Difficult issues were surfaced. Creativity was celebrated. Graphic recorder Sarah Firth captured the discussion in real-time.
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Digital Futures: New Media, Storytelling and Disability
Adolfo Aranjuez, Eliza Hull and Erin Kyan at the Wheeler Centre
‘Whatever it is that you do, think about how you can make what you do more accessible. Because I guarantee you there’s ways.’ – Erin Kyan
It’s no secret that the digital media industry has been the site of rapid and surprising change in recent decades. The market for screen content of all kinds – as well as screen-adjacent storytelling like podcasts – is hungry for fresh stories and new, authentic voices. And as platforms multiply and consolidate, the boundaries between mass market and niche have softened.
What does this mean for marginalised voices – especially writers, creative professionals and performers with disability – who’ve traditionally been underrepresented in the media mainstream? And – how about marginalised audiences?
In this panel conversation, Adolfo Aranjuez, Eliza Hull and Erin Kyan discuss how artists with disability across the globe are engaging with the new digital order, and making entertaining and innovative work. Does the changing market offer new possibilities for access and creative expression? And how can we bring forward a future where people with disability have meaningful and lasting careers in the media arts?
Leading the Charge: Climate Change, Disability and Storytelling
Climate change is hitting some of us harder than others. For people with disability, it brings a unique set of potential impacts and consequences, from shelter and news accessibility during extreme weather events to sustainable housing and migration restrictions.
In this conversation, our panellists will discuss inclusion and access in the context of the climate crisis. Is the global climate…
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Krack!n the Industry: Inclusion on Screen
Alistair Baldwin, Jess Walton, Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan at the Wheeler Centre — Photo: Sophie Quick
Finally, Australian comedy is seeing a broader range of voices represented in writers’ rooms, on screen and behind the scenes. It’s making our entertainment funnier and sharper – and it’s enhancing its appeal for more Australians.
For Season Two of Get Krack!n co-creators Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney made inclusion and accessibility a production and creative focus. They co-wrote Episode Three, the Kates’ ‘one-day-of-the-year 30-minute International Day of People Living with a Disability special’, with disability activist Jess Walton and included artists like Adam Hills, Deaf performers Anna Seymour and Ashleigh Kedge and the musicians from The Sisters of Invention.
In this discussion, hosted by Alistair Baldwin and presented in partnership with The Other Film Festival, we speak with artists who worked on that hilarious and game-changing series. What was the process in the writers’ room and how did producers create an accessible production environment for all artists, cast and crew? What did they learn, what will they improve in future production processes and how can the screen sector, more broadly, go about making space for people who have not traditionally been represented across, and behind, our screens?
Presented in partnership with The Other Film Festival and Arts Access Victoria with the support of City of Melbourne and Screen Australia.
Taking Up Space: Building the City That We Deserve
Single session tickets are now available.
A woman’s place in the world and right to move through it freely has always been controlled. Workplaces, our city streets, pubs and parks are not just traditionally unwelcoming, but can be dangerous and destructive. Patriarchy has, until now, dominated our public spaces, and the way that different bodies and identities are policed within…
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