13 April 2013 @ Thousand Pound Bend, Melbourne

Presented by

Centre for Culture & Technology (CCAT) @ Curtin University, Media & Communications @ Swinburne University of Technology,

Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) @ La Trobe University and School of Culture & Communication @ University of Melbourne

tix online $20

$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.




(doors open @ 10.00 / bar open all day)



Special guest: Marcus Westbury


11.15 — CITIES & CITIZENSHIP /// details

Chair: Niall Lucy

Panel: Jason Potts, Marcus Westbury, Scott McQuire


12.15 — BREAK


1.15 — ART & AESTHETICS /// details

Chair: Norie Neumark

Panel: Eugena Lim, Stuart Ringholt, Bec Reid.


2.15 — HERITAGE & EDUCATION /// details

Chair: John Hartley

Panel: Tony Thwaites, Robert Briggs, Angelina Russo


3.15 — BREAK


3.45 — MEDIA & MEDIA LITERACIES /// details

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