Nineteenth century art forms. 20th century business models. 21st century people. In a world now defined by ever-increasing digital capability and possibility, and amidst a pandemic that has highlighted our need for arts and culture in our daily lives, does this disconnect continue to serve us, or is it time to rethink how we create, consume and classify the arts and its many forms?
In Session 1 ‘Technologies and Creative Futures’ from our 51st Symposium ‘At the Crossroad? Australia’s Cultural Future’ held late last year, Wesley Enoch AM (former Director of the Sydney Festival, now Indigenous Chair in the Creative Industries with QUT) Dr Indigo Holcombe-James (Research Fellow in the Technology, Communication and Policy Lab at RMIT) Astrid Jorgensen (Director of Pub Choir) and Dr Wendy Were (Executive Director, Advocacy and Development at the Australia Council) discuss and explore the potential for technology-driven creative futures to generate innovative engagement with and between arts communities, art forms and cultural activity.
Amongst the many questions raised in this dynamic session, our panelists ask: what revolutions—technical and others—has this year delivered in the practice, dissemination and consumption of cultural and creative activity? What are the ethical implications? How is technology shaping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage? What is the scope for younger Australian artists amid increased social rupture and isolation?
In unpacking these questions, the panelists draw on a wide range of examples including the Sydney Festival’s ‘at-home’ digital broadcast series, Couch Choir, an off-shoot of Pub Choir, in which participants from around the world use virtual means to create one big, joyous choir, and Dance Rites, a once-live performance gone digital, celebrating First Nations dance and demonstrating how we can successfully preserve culturally significant material.
The fully-captioned video from this session is now available to view on our YouTube channel. Each week for the next month we will upload our Symposium sessions so that we can keep the discussion going and continue to create momentum around these essential questions.
Upcoming videos include:
- Continuous & Diverse: A Long History of Many Cultures, feat. artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, designer and film producer Alison Page, artists Michel Tuffery, and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth
- Policy Matters: Key Insights from A New Approach, feat. President-elect of The Myer Foundation Rupert Myer, musicologist and linguist Emeritus Professor Malcolm Gillies, Arts and Culture Policy Advisor for the Municipal Association of Victoria Francesca Valmorbida, Executive Director of Regional Arts Australia Ros Abercrombie and Program Director of A New Approach Kate Fielding
- Connecting Policy and Artists, feat. Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Executive Dean of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University Professor Clive Barstow, politician, public servant and public intellectual Christopher John Guelph Puplick and Artistic Director of Orchestra Victoria Nicolette Fraillon.