In conversation

In conversation, Art = Ideas,

Elyas Alavi and guests

10.30am-11am | Saturday 14 July

Elyas Alavi, curator of Throw the dice, talks with some of the other artists about what inspires them.

In conversation, Art = Ideas,

Aldo Iacobelli in conversation with Maria Zagala

1.30pm - 2.30pm | Saturday 14 July

Maria Zagala (Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Art Gallery of SA) specialises in Italian Renaissance art. She is particularly interested in the way that Iacobelli’s multidisciplinary practice draws on European art history.

In conversation,

Why can’t we be friends?

4pm - 4.50pm | Sunday 15 July

Would society be better off with a new bridge, children’s cancer ward or art gallery? How should an arts budget be divided between struggling authors, penniless painters and aspiring filmmakers? How can you value art and culture? Find out why we think the arts and economics should be better friends.

In conversation,

The psychology of trauma

9.30am - 10.20am | Sunday 15 July

Trauma is a big word, and we all have some experience to attach to it. Refugees, however, bear more than most of us can understand. They flee their own country and often feel unwelcome (or worse) where they seek refuge. Each refugee’s experience is unique, so we should attend to each story.

In conversation,

Good things sometimes happen

9.30am - 10.20am | Sunday 15 July

The return to office of Mahathir Mohammed in alliance with his old foe Anwar Ibrahim has been remarkable. Can Malaysia really build a rejuvenated society and institutions? And, if so, is there any hope of political reconciliation for the Palestinians?

In conversation,

The radical ideas that created South Australia

11.30am - 12.20pm | Friday 13 July

Jeremy Bentham was an early advocate for universal suffrage, economic and religious freedom, gender equality, abolition of slavery, decriminalisation of homosexuality, and animal rights. Just before his death in 1832, he wrote an innovative proposal to establish South Australia. It was based on a public-private partnership involving free settlers.

In conversation,

Public value vs. dollar value

11.30am - 12.20pm | Sunday 15 July

The corporate responsibility to turn a profit often clashes with a social or environmental need to preserve a public good. Enter politics. Enter regulation. Enter conflict. Are there better ways of aligning these warring interests before the main topic of litigation becomes who should pay for the sea-walls required by global warming?