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

At a time of increasing social and technological complexity, what are we becoming? What is becoming of our cities, of nationhood, of publics … if we are all now 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 all user-producers, what is becoming of art? 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, or is it only now just arriving?

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

SPEAKERS include Marcus Westbury, Karen Pickering, Jason Potts, Eugenia Lim & Darren Tofts