The creative advantage.
Artists document, celebrate and challenge our culture, our environment, the complexities of our lives, our inevitable failures. But how do we value culture in the face of rapidly changing demographic, economic and political circumstances?

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    As everything changes

    When: Sunday 23 October at 10am

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Nick Drake, Prof Raimond Gaita

    Who are we and what really matters?
    Join a moral philosopher and a poet in conversation as they discuss their journeys out of familiar worlds and into wild landscapes and environments that hold up a confronting mirror to ourselves, to our humanity, our ethics and therefore to our politics.

    Presented by: FLINDERS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN THE HUMANITIES (FIRTH)

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    The Graeme Hugo Memorial Lecture: The future of humanity does not look good

    When: Sunday 23 October at 11:15AM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Prof Paul James

    We have reached a stage in history where we have the capacity to fracture the liveability of this planet, at least for us humans. Increasing global mobility is breaking up communities and places. Intensifying globalization is rendering economics and politics more tumultuous. And climate change will cause increasing chaos. This talk maps the patterns of transformation and makes some hopeful suggestions for alternative pathways.

    Presented by: SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

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    Joan of Arc

    When: Sunday 23 October at 11:15AM

    Where: Hetzel Theatre

    Speakers: Dr Ali Alizadeh

    Or how to be a revolutionary.
    Is the contemporary individual too caught up in the anxieties of identity to become a genuine agent of change and transformation? In a world smothered by individual interests and dominant ideology masquerading as ‘ethical’ and ‘communal’, the extraordinary Joan of Arc, a true radical, can teach us how to become revolutionaries.

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    Communications collections and cultures

    When: Sunday 23 October at 12:45PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Rebecca Evans, Prof John Long, Dr Paul Willis

    Cultural institutions such as museums and galleries are both repositories and exhibitors of our cultural heritage. They are also hotbeds of active research and immensely popular attractions. But how should they operate in a future with changing cultural and economic values? How will our institutions be valued by the next generation, steeped in digital experience?

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    The case for nonsense

    When: Sunday 23 October at 12:45PM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Guildhouse

    A century ago, in Cabaret Voltaire, a subversive anti-art movement was founded in response to the devastation of what would be World War I. Dadaism used absurdity and irrationality to critique the unreasonable politics of the time. On Dada’s 100th anniversary, we embrace the irrational as productive political space.

    Presented by: GUILDHOUSE FOR THE 2016 CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT

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    Democratising history?

    When: Sunday 23 October at 2:30PM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Dr Nick Brodie

    What role does history play in Australian democracy? Who are its gatekeepers? Is the ivory tower besieged, in ruins, or projecting strength? Is the digital age heralding a new era of informed citizens? Are ‘twitterstorians’ a distraction? Can historians ever predict the future?

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    Value. Money. Culture.

    When: Sunday 23 October at 3:45PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Rebecca Evans, Prof Julian Meyrick, Prof Justin O’Connor

    What is culture worth? Can we put a price on it? Should we? And if we do, what are the consequences for artists and the so-called creative industries? From economic policy to the cultural sector, what does it take to survive in the arts today?

    Presented by: LABORATORY ADELAIDE

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    What a magician taught me about politics – The AFoI Opening Oration and dedication

    When: Friday 21 October at 7.30PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Phillip Adams, Prof Barry Jones

    How political debate, from the local to the global, is confused and controlled by conjuring.
    This event will be one of the few opportunities Phillip has to speak his mind at a point in his career when he has given platforms to so many people’s ideas, beliefs and ideals. The 2016 AFoI dedication to Phillip will be delivered by Barry Jones.

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    Sleepwalking to the future

    When: Saturday 22 October at 10AM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Prof Justin O’Connor

    Why Australia needs a cultural policy.
    Australia is surrounded by a world in transformation but is refusing to face up to it. Neo-liberalism is collapsing around us. Manufacturing and mining are in decline, with agriculture a minor sector. Culture has, at the federal level, been reduced to a rump of state-funded elite arts happy to see their poorer colleagues go under. Justin will propose a way for culture to articulate a new sense of the change beyond ‘disruptive innovation’, and allow us to reimagine the future.

    Presented by: LABORATORY ADELAIDE

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    The future

    When: Saturday 22 October at 12:45PM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Dr Fiona Kerr

    Will we shape or be shaped?
    Direct human connection is critical to fostering an empathic framework for building our thoughts, decisions, relationships, culture and society. How do we craft a future that maintains connections while leveraging technological advancement and ensuring the goals and uses of Artificial Intelligence remain human-centric?

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    Thinking brains and bodies

    When: Saturday 22 October at 2:30PM

    Where: Hetzel Theatre

    Speakers: Scott Delahunta, Prof David Kirsch, Prof James Leach, Prof Kate Stevens, Zoe Dunwoodie, Kimball Wong

    Distributed cognition and dynamic memory in Australian Dance Theatre.
    Supported by an ARC Linkage Project, in 2014 a team of international researchers began a three-year investigation to understand the nature of distributed and dynamic thinking in dance by investigating creative processes, memory and expertise.

    Presented by: AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE

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    Humanity is a verb

    When: Saturday 22 October at 5:15PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Prof Raimond Gaita

    Our humanity is not given to us once and for all, as species membership is, but something to which each of us is called upon to rise, unendingly, even if we lived a thousand years. That’s not a statement of fact: it’s an affirmation. Raimond Gaita explores its moral and political implications.

    Presented by: FLINDERS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN THE HUMANITIES (FIRTH)

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    Thinking Adelaide

    When: Sunday 23 October at 10AM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Greg Mackie, Phillip Adams

    A passion for connecting and collecting.
    Greg was the inaugural recipient of the Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation Award, given to an individual whose lifetime work is of significant value and benefit to the community. Greg will present his ideas for ‘Thinking Adelaide’, a global network of thought leaders and a city of collections.

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    Presented by: JIM BETTISON & HELEN JAMES FOUNDATION

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