Day Two: Convergence/Divergence

On Day Two, we will explore how creative practices respond to change, converge with its possibilities, interrogate its direction and actively diverge from its trajectory. While artists and citizens use new digital tools to find new ways of engaging, are they democratising the virtual space, empowering citizens or emphasising hierarchies? And what is the role of government in ensuring equity of access and capabilities, and protecting citizens as well as arts and cultural content? 


wednesday 13 March 2019 (day two)

9.00-10.00

Creative Disruption: Being human in the digital age

Ashkan Fardost has seen the evolution of the internet from perspectives that few others have: as an aspiring teen creator and semi-hacker in the late ‘90s; music producer in the ‘00s; and in recent years as a collaborator with Hyper Island and the Stockholm tech scene, founder of Oddball Ventures, and expert on the internet revolution and digitalisation.

In this provocation, Ashkan will interrogate what it means to be human in the digital age; share his perspective on the internet as a psychological, sociological and anthropological phenomenon that continues to evolve and change the dynamic of the world; and challenge our focus on how artistic, cultural and creative practices respond.

Session format

Keynote provocation

Speaker

Ashkan Fardost (Sweden)
Technology and Digitalisation Expert and Founder of Oddball Ventures

Moderator

Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q. (Canada)
Director and CEO Canada Council for the Arts

10.00-10.30

Morning tea


10.30-12.30

Creative Divergence / Policy Convergence

This panel session will interrogate the impact of our responses, the challenges and opportunities they generate and for whom, in virtual and physical space. Panellists will examine how these responses disrupt or come together and invite delegates to reflect on convergences and divergences in both policy making and creative practice.

Session format

Panel

Moderator

Kathy Rowland (Singapore)
Managing Editor and Co-Founder of ArtsEquator.com

Panellists

Taeyoon Choi (South Korea / USA)
Artist and Co-Founder of School of Poetic Computation

Basma El Husseiny (Egypt)
Director, Action for Hope

Philippe Kern (Belgium)
Founder and Managing Director KEA European Affairs

James Williams (UK)
Writer and Academic


12.30-14.00

Lunch


14.00-15.30

Parallel Sessions

SESSION A

Brokers of Change

This session will present inspiring case studies of individuals and organisations who are leading innovative and alternative practices, and serving as brokers of change in the heart of their communities and across regions.

Session format

Case study presentations

Moderator

Dr Wulan Dirgantoro (Australia / Indonesia)
Academic

Presenters

Kampire Bahana (Uganda)
DJ and writer

Georgia Nicolau (Brazil)
Director and Founder, Instituto Procomum

Tiago Prata (Sweden)
Journalist and cultural manager

and others to be announced…


SESSION B

Influence, Privilege and Leadership

This panel session will reflect on the responsibility of leadership, its influence and notions of privilege in relation to individuals and institutions in the arts and culture. Panellists will debate if - and how - the arts can lead divergence from dominant trajectories; collaborate with other sectors to facilitate change; and ultimately shift the balance of power towards a more equitable landscape that benefits the broader community.

Session format

Panel

Moderator

Clare Shine (Austria)
Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Culture,
Salzburg Global Seminar

Panellists

Felipe Mella Morales (Chile)
Executive Director of the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center

Simon Mellor (England)
Deputy Chief Executive, Arts and Culture, Arts Council England

Dato' Dr Faridah Merican (Malaysia)
Co-Founder & Executive Producer, The Actors Studio, KLPAC, Penangpac

Patrick Shannon (Canada)
Creative Social Innovator


SESSION C

New Creative Environments and Economies

This long table session will interrogate the emergence of new creative environments and changing economies, challenging us to rethink creative processes, new narratives and approaches to creation, production and consumption. The conversation will examine the intersection of cultural policy making and creative practice with other sectors, and how this reframes the creative environment to advance more equitable and resilient forms of development.

Session format

Long table

Facilitator

to be announced

Provocateurs

Ojoma Ochai (Nigeria)
Director Programmes Nigeria, British Council

Izan Satrina Mohd Sallehuddin (Malaysia)
Founding CEO of CENDANA

and others to be announced...



SESSION D

Policy Making and the Digital Shift

This long table session will explore new challenges for policy and implementation in the digital space, which is not only a creative space, but one that brings new considerations for safeguarding creative and cultural practices. Policy areas such as data protection, intellectual property, artificial intelligence and creative freedom online continue to raise various legal, political and ethical concerns. How can policy makers harness the unprecedented opportunities created by the digital shift and find new approaches to support and encourage innovation, creative risk and experimentation?

Session format

Long table

Facilitator

to be announced

Provocateurs

George Gachara (Kenya)
Managing Partner, HEVA Fund LLP

Kenneth Kwok (Singapore)
Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Planning & Engagement), National Arts Council of Singapore

Dr Wendy Were (Australia)
Executive Director, Strategic Development and Advocacy, Australia Council for the Arts

and others to be announced...



SESSION E

Digital Hierarchy: Who controls, who accesses, and who decides?

This long table discussion will interrogate digital hierarchies in the arts and culture. The session will examine the generation and accessibility of creative content online; the persistent hierarchies that affect access, control and decision making; and provoke discussion on decolonisation of virtual space.

Session format

Long table

Facilitator

Olu Alake (UK)
Director, November Ventures

Provocateurs

Khaled Barakeh (Syria / Germany)
Artist and cultural activist

Kay Poh Gek Vasey (Singapore)
Chief Connecting Officer at MeshMinds and Founder of The MeshMinds Foundation

and others to be announced...



SESSION F

Transnational Perspectives on Sustainability and the Future of International Collaboration

During this long table session delegates will discuss the challenges and opportunities created by the changing ways in which we connect and engage beyond political and geographic borders. Through the lens of local government, transregional networks, government agencies and civil society action, the session will examine current and future influences and potential road maps, such as conventions and the 2030 Agenda.

Session format

Long table

Facilitator

to be announced

Provocateurs

Jordi Pascual (Spain)
Coordinator of the Committee on Culture of the world organisation of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

Helena Nassif
Managing Director, Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy)

and others to be announced...


15.30-16.00

Afternoon tea


16.00-17.30

Parallel Sessions

SESSION A

Women Brokering Change

This session will present inspiring case studies of women who are leading innovative and alternative practices, and serving as brokers of change in the heart of their communities and across regions.

Session format

Case study presentations

Moderator

Cathy Runciman
Co-founder, Atlas of the Future

Presenters

Saba Khalid
Founder and Chief Editor, Aurat Raaj

Daliana Suryawinata
Co-Founder of SHAU

and others to be announced...


FUTURE CRAFTING: PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOPS

The following workshops will have limited places and early booking is recommended. Full information will be sent to registered delegates before the Summit.

SESSION B

Drawing Together: Mapping, Decolonising and Futuring Arts and Culture

This workshop will be led by Tristan Schultz, founder and director of strategic design practice Relative Creative Community Hub (Australia), which designs experiences and events to help people think, talk and mobilise their futures. Tristan’s work sits at the intersection of decolonial thinking, design and sustainability, and is informed by extensive interdisciplinary critical design experience, as well as his Kamilaroi Aboriginal and European Australian heritage.

Session format

Participatory workshop

Workshop leader

Tristan Schultz (Australia)
Co-Director, Relative Creative


SESSION C

Distributed Web of Care Project

This workshop will be led by Taeyoon Choi, Co-founder of the School of Poetic Computation (USA), an artist run hybrid of a school, residency and research group that explores the intersections of code, design, hardware and theory, with a focus on artistic intervention.

Session format

Participatory workshop

Workshop leader

Taeyoon Choi (South Korea / USA)
Artist and Co-Founder of School of Poetic Computation


SESSION D

Participatory Practice: Ideas for sharing stories in performance

This practice workshop will be led by Marion D’Cruz, pioneering dancer-choreographer and co-founder of Five Arts Centre, Malaysia. This workshop will open with a presentation on the work of Five Arts Centre, followed by an opportunity for delegates to experiment and explore how performance can communicate ideas and stories. Participants will need to wear loose, comfortable clothes that they can move in easily.

Session format

Participatory workshop

Workshop leader

Marion D’Cruz (Malaysia)
Founding Member of Five Arts Centre


SESSION E

Penan Women’s Weaving Workshop

This workshop will offer delegates the opportunity to meet in a different setting where they can share ideas as they learn traditional weaving techniques from Sarawak.

Session format

Participatory workshop

Workshop leader

to be announced