Sat 13 April 10:00am-7:30pm
@ Thousand Pound Bend, 361 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Doors open @ 10:00 / Bar Open all day – Live music and canapes from 6:00

$20 in advance from  |  $25 (full) / $20 (concession) @ the door

Who cares if we are ‘post-’? The question is, What might we be ‘pre-’?

And what (to raise a question that must always remain open in view of what always remains to come) might that ‘pre-’ be? At a time of increasing social and technological complexity, what are we becoming? What is becoming, for example, of our cities, of nationhood, of publics … if we are all now user-producers and globally networked ‘friends’?

If we are all ‘new’ citizens today, in the era of social media, social networks and user-generated content, what forms might ‘new citizenship’ take in the future? If we are always ‘on’ (online, plugged in, available), what is to become of solitude, of privacy? And why are media now ‘social’? Hasn’t sociality defined the history of media? If not, is it now arriving? Are we witnessing its ‘pre’-sentment?

Such provocations inform the theme of renewal to be discussed by a range of invited speakers (including artists, writers, academics and public figures) in conversation with a general audience.

Special guest: Marcus Westbury

Do global flows of goods, people and information mean cities are in danger of becoming ‘non-places’’? Are the old spatial-political models still adequate to describe networked public space? How might the kinds of practices and models developed in contemporary peer-to-peer cultures translate to urban public space?
Chair: Niall Lucy
Panel: Jason Potts, Marcus Westbury, Scott McQuire

12.15 — BREAK

What, today, is the relation between art practice and everyday life? How is networked culture affecting the relations between artists and their medium and the expectations for cross media audiences? What’s at stake for these sorts of art practices, politically and culturally? And what’s at stake for their audiences?
Chair: Norie Neumark
Panel: Eugena Lim, Stuart Ringholt, Bec Reid.

What forms and practices of heritage preservation and dissemination are appropriate to our digital, consumerist age? What do heritage and education look like in this context? What happens to the past in an age of user agency and media mash-ups? And, perhaps just as importantly, what happens to the future?
Chair: John Hartley
Panel: Tony Thwaites, Robert Briggs, Angelina Russo

3.15 — BREAK

What is it necessary to know about media to function effectively (socially, culturally, politically) today? Is the idea of the ‘digital native’ a myth? How are changing understandings of media literacy affecting different modes of media production? Are some individuals and communities being left behind?
Chair: Darren Tofts
Panel: Lisa Gye, Karen Pickering, Tom Apperley

Chair: Nikos Papastergiadis
Panel: David Pledger, Marcus Westbury + 3-4 previous speakers from the day

Sex on Toast + complimentary canapes

7.30 — END