And now for something completely different… The State Library is hosting a weekend of Disruption.
In association with writingWA, the State Library will host International, Australian and local creative thinkers as they explore democracy, game changers, languages and technology through discussion, debate, film and song.
And 90% of it is FREE
So if you are interested in stimulating your little grey cells have a look at the program.
Make a day of it. Spend Saturday and/or Sunday being entertained and inspired and follow up with a meal in the Northbridge restaurant precinct.
Special guests include:
Michael Mori (the military lawyer who represented David Hicks, the Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee).
Environmental and social justice campaigner (and former graphic designer) Greens Senator Scott Ludlam
Media Watch presenter, journalist and author Paul Barry
Author of Dimensions of colour and Colour, language and design (his thesis) Paul Green-Armytage
Neryl Joyce, former commissioned officer in the Australian army, manager of Christmas Island detention centre, and author of Mercenary Mum; my journey from young mother to Baghdad bodyguard.
Comedian Sami Shah presents I, Migrant – Watch Sami try to figure out what he is doing wrong – and how to keep doing it.
This panel will reflect on the rise of dangerous speech in Australia and consider whether our politicians and media commentators are leading us towards an ugly nationalism.
Presented by Sophie Black, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Sen. Scott Ludlam, Michael Mori, and Sami Shah.
Journalism is not terrorism
In a post 9/11 world, is freedom of the press still a possibility?
Speakers: Sophie Black, Paul Barry and Professor Sarah Joseph.
The Ownership of Colour
“Cadbury Purple”? “Telstra Yellow”? How is it even possible – technically
or legally – to claim ownership of colour.
Presented by Mark Braddock, Paul Green-Armytage, David Stewart
Gene Patenting – is it good for our health?
Should pharmaceutical companies be allowed to patent our genetic material?
Presented by Lucy Dougan, Hon Melissa Parke MP (TBC), David Stewart, Prof Nik Zeps
Fireballs in the Sky
Meteorites are the oldest rocks in existence: the only surviving physical record of the formation and evolution of the solar system. The Desert Fireball Network (DFN) is a network of digital cameras in the outback desert of Australia which capture photographs of the night sky. The DFN is supported by a citizen science initiative that allows the public to provide its own data and share the discoveries as they are made. Prof. Phil Bland explains how this program could help us to address some of the biggest questions in planetary science.
The Fireballs in the Sky exhibition will be on display for the duration of Disrupted.
Regional Australia in Transition
What types of disruption arise from transient and significantly increased populations? How are individuals affected? What are the challenges for planners and designers?
Speakers: Jenni Collard, Kate Fielding and William M. Taylor.
Detention Centres – the graphic reality
In 2013 the Australian Department of Customs and Border Protection produced an 18-page graphic novel to inform “people in Afghanistan about the truth of people smuggling”. It painted a bleak picture of life inside Australia’s offshore detention centres. A valuable perspective to the discussion of Australia’s asylum seeker policies and programs and insight into the impact these programs have on both detainees and staff.
Presented by Neryl Joyce and Graeme McGregor.
Treat yourself to some challenging and thought-provoking discussions.