Shapeshifters - Creative Futures

Paola Antonelli joins UTS creative minds to inspire us in things to come and what is possible!

Endless Possibilities photo by grnuckx

6 December 2013
4:30 – 7:30 AM

The Great Hall

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What’s fuelling innovation in today’s knowledge age, where hyper-speed is the new normal?
How will mega-cities and global communities cross current thresholds into the data millennium?  
How is trans-disciplinary, creative practice strengthening our capacity to solve the impossible?

This Shapeshifters lecture and interactive public forum featured Paola Antonelli, one of the world’s most influential creative and cultural thought leaders, presenting with UTS experts working at the creative edge.

Hael Kobayashi (Moderator)
Hael is the Executive Director, Creative Intelligence at UTS. He has more than 30 years’ experience in film, digital and new media, design, innovation and the performing arts. He has held senior management roles with Lucasfilm and DreamWorks Animation and was a producer for Animal Logic’s Oscar-winning Happy Feet. Hael has presented on the creative economy at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and at Netexplo – the UNESCO forum on global digital futures.

Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture & Design, Director of Research & Development, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Paola Antonelli’s work investigates design’s influence on everyday experience, often including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art, science and technology. In addition to her curatorial role at MoMA, Paola was appointed director of a new Research and Development initiative in 2012. She lectures frequently at high-level global conferences and coordinates cultural discussions at the World Economic Forum in Davos. A true interdisciplinary, energetic and generous cultural thinker, Paola was recently rated as one of the top one hundred most powerful people in the world of art by Art Review.

Mal Booth
UTS Librarian Mal Booth leads a future-focused team of knowledge professionals developing a new vision for library services at UTS. He sees the future libraries as places that inspire people through culture while helping them to connect, collaborate and create knowledge in many formats. Formerly he was Head of the Research Centre at the Australian War Memorial, responsible for its library, archive and Internet communication strategies. Mal is a true shapeshifter, beginning his career as a military analyst and as Director of Economics Analysis at the Defence Intelligence Organisation, where he held the Defence seat on the National Economics Assessment Board.
Professor Anthony Burke
Anthony Burke leads the UTS School of Architecture and is director of Offshore Studio. He is internationally recognised for architectural design work, curation and commentary. In 2012 he was co-creative director for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Recently he curated a symposium for the Danish Agency for Culture celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Sydney Opera House. A regular media commentator and public speaker, he is an animated advocate for design and architecture. Anthony is also the chair of the board of the Australian Design Centre (ADC) and consults to industry and advisory groups on architecture, urbanism, and the role of Australian design. 

UTSPEAKS: is a free public lecture series presented by UTS experts discussing a range of important issues confronting contemporary Australia, proudly supported by the UTS Union.

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Electroluminescent lace, camera, speakers, electronics and software
Rachel Winfield and Mathias Gmachi