For many around the world, 2020 was a year zero. Not just for the decade but for humanity. We are no longer approaching the tipping-point, we’ve arrived. Our economic, political and cultural systems seem bereft of the solutions to the problems they have created. For centuries, our dominant settings have been singular, linear and binary. Unsurprisingly, our species is in deep conflict with itself and the Earth on which its continuity depends.
It is an extraordinary time to be an artist, a scientist, a technologist. Our global ecology is genuinely interconnected so our actions have multiple consequences, not just in other disciplines but in other sectors, communities, societies and systems. It has always been so, but never so palpable.
To create futures for human and non-human worlds that are fair, just and sustainable, we need new ideas, new ways of thinking and being, strategies and sensibilities, a multiplicity of new shapes, frames, behaviours and discoveries. ANAT SPECTRA 2021: Multiplicity speaks to the urgency of this challenge and is a provocation to the ‘possible’ at the nexus of art, science and technology.
The program foregrounds Australians working at the edge of experimental and anti-disciplinary practice. It will provide a space for the joy and pleasure of the contest of ideas, research and creation, deliberations of their impacts and meanings for future societies and new artworks that might help us get there. Our gathering will be intersectional, intergenerational, interdisciplinary and reciprocal.
Everyone is welcome.
ANAT SPECTRA 2021: Multiplicity is imagined by artist, curator and writer, David Pledger, in conversation and collaboration with Yorta Yorta/Wurundjeri actor-director, Tony Briggs, social impact producer and art-maker, Alex Kelly, artist-writer-director Robert Walton and Barkandji researcher and storyteller, Zena Cumpston.
Tony Briggs, company founder of Typecast Entertainment will be curating a moving image program based around Indigenous Futures, the Assembly for the Future Program will be co-curated with Alex Kelly and feature Zena Cumpston as a First Speaker and Dr Robert Walton joins ANAT SPECTRA as the Co-Chair of the Symposium Academic Committee. They will jointly and individually provide critical advice on the developing Multiplicity program.
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