Books and Ideas at Montalto
Simon Schama is a familiar figure on the BBC as well as a professor at Columbia University, and he’s produced multi-volume histories of Britain, documentaries with momentous names like The American Future and a TV series called Simon Schama’s Power of Art. He's a heavyweight scholar, best known for in-depth works on French history, Jewish history, art history and Dutch history. But he’s also a writer of great versatility who has concerned himself – through his columns for the New Yorker and the Financial Times – with a dizzying array of topics, from poetry and baseball to Tom Waits and ice-cream.
At Montalto, in conversation with David Hansen, he draws from his new BBC series, Civilisations – which explores the origins of human creativity, and its universal importance – and from … well, millenia of artworks and ideas.
Working with Words: Jane Clark
We spoke with Senior Research Curator at Mona, Jane Clark, about avoiding heffalump traps, looking at what makes humans human and the unreliability of memory.
‘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.
Working with Words: Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung
We spoke with art critic Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung about tween blogs, subjective criticism and the lessons he learned working front-of-house at his parents' restaurant.
The Wheeler Centre
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?
As She Appears: The Muse in Art
Inspired by Olympia: Photographs by Polixeni Papapetrou and Petrina Hicks: Bleached Gothic, on display at NGV Australia, explore contemporary artists, writers and thinkers whose work features the same figures again and again. How do these representations subvert traditional notions of the muse?
Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
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