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Perceptive Power | Carbon Arts 'Brown Bag Lunch' Salon Events

Photography: Tobias Titz

Carbon Arts 'Brown Bag Lunch' is a series of informal, lunch-time discussions with invited guests as part of the Perceptive Power public program.

24 April – 15 May, Wednesday – Friday 12.30 – 1.30pm, Free! (BYO Lunch) »
Carbon Arts In-residence Studio and Meeting Space
Project Rooms 1 & 2, Level 2, RMIT Design Hub 


Friday 24 April » 12.30 – 1.30pm
Making Sense of Echology: Challenges of data representation in public space

Guests will offer a critical review of the Echology: Making Sense of Data project led by ANAT and Carbon Arts, with an updated view of global and Australian practice in the field of data representation in public art.

Invited guests:
Vicki Sowry, Director, Australian Network of Art and Technology
Greg More, SIAL RMIT / OOM Creative


Wednesday 29 April » 12.30 – 1.30pm
The Art of Open Data Platforms: Participatory democracy in the smart city

We’ll look at a number of recent initiatives in Melbourne that have engaged the public through creative open data platforms, from City of Melbourne trees that respond to your email to buildings that run. Are these projects, and many others like them, successful in changing the relationship between a citizen and their environment? And will they result in a positive shift in the perception of ‘opening data’?

Invited guests:
Dr. Steven Manos, Director of Research Platform Services, University of Melbourne
Steve Bennett, Open Knowledge Foundation Open Data Ambassador
Craig Roussac, CEO, Buildings Alive
Lorraine Tighe, Smart City and Innovation Program Manager, City of Melbourne


Thursday 30 April » 12.30 – 1.30pm
The Economics of Art: On the relationship between arts and industry

Is the critical voice of the artist, acting independently of benefactors, the strongest position from which to leverage change? Or is the artist most effective when working as a change agent in collaboration with government and industry partners? Different perspectives are explored on the funding of art and how this influences and guides art’s role in society. 

Invited guests:
Esther Anatolitis, Director of Regional Arts Victoria, and co-curator of Architecture+Philosophy
Pippa Dickson, CEO, Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park
Liz Dunn, Artistic Associate, Aphids

Friday 1 May » 12.30 – 1.30pm
Place-making for Sustainability: The role of public art

How can artists and urban designers help us reconnect to the often hidden or submerged environmental infrastructures in a city, such as energy, water or waste systems and natural ecologies? What are the potential benefits of bringing these to the surface? 

Invited guests:
Gilbert Rochecouste, Founder and Managing Director, Village Well
Hugh Adamson, Co-Founder & Associate, CoDesign Studio
Tom Civil, Artist

Wednesday 6 May » 12.30 – 1.30pm
Collapsing Roles: The artist, curator and creative producer 

Does the particular nature of politically and socially engaged art, such as that focusing on sustainability, demand a collapsing of roles? How is this work, which seeks to sculpt the world around us, best presented in a gallery space?

Invited guests:
Dr Geoff Hogg, Director, Centre of Art Society and Transformation, RMIT
Fleur Watson and Kate Rhodes, Curators at RMIT Design Hub
Tin Nguyen and Ed Cutting, Tin & Ed
Damian Smith, Design and Social Context, CAST, RMIT University

Thursday 7 May » 12.30 – 1.30pm
Art+Science+Ecology: Future directions for research and education

Guests will share their experience of different models that encourage collaboration between artists and scientists within universities, with a view to developing an ecologically focused stream of study in Melbourne. 

Invited guests:
Dr Jordan Lacey, Lecturer, Architecture and Design, RMIT / Artist
Dr Renee Beale, Cultural Programs Manager, Carlton Connect Initiative, and Science Communicator & Curator, School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne
Dr Ascelin Gordon, Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group, RMIT University


Friday 8 May » 12.30 – 1.30pm
Service Design for Energy Efficiency: Impossible behaviour to change?

A diverse set of practitioners provides a critical examination of the language and pathways employed to encourage behavioural and cultural shifts in relation to energy consumption. Have we learned from what has failed? Are we being creative enough in our approach? 

Invited Guests:
Adam Morris and Damon O’Sullivan, Founding Directors, Thick
Dr Mark Elliott, Managing Director & Founder, Collabforge
Rob Murray-Leach, CEO, Energy Efficiency Council


Wednesday 13 May » 12.30 – 3pm
DOUBLE BILL: featuring artists and curators also exhibiting for ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2015

12.30 – 1.30pm
The Historical Roots of an Emerging Practice: Art and sustainability

Artists, academics and curators working in the art and environment sector will share their research and experience of this emerging field, drawing on inspiring references from the past to say something about its significance and future direction.

Invited guests:
Dr Grace McQuilten, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow, RMIT University
Jen Rae, School of Art, RMIT / Artist / RMIT AEGIS Research Network
Dr Debbie Symons, Artist / RMIT AEGIS Research Network
Jasmine Targett, Artist / RMIT AEGIS Research Network

2 – 3 pm
Projecting Possible Futures: Collaborative design approaches to address climate change

The discussion will draw on the experience of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab’s Visions 2040 project for Melbourne and RMIT d-Lab’s Phase project at the Tarrawarra Museum of Art examining the impact of global warming in the Yarra Valley. 

Invited Guests:
Prof Chris Ryan, Director VEIL (Victorian Eco Innovation Lab), University of Melbourne
Dr Michael Trudgeon, RMIT d-Lab / Crowd Productions / Deputy Director VEIL, University of Melbourne

Thursday 14 May » 12.30 – 1.30pm
A Conversation with the Inevitable: Confronting climate change and death

In a unique performative conversation, Angharad Wynne Jones and Matt Wicking invite grief and bereavement counsellor, Lea Rose, to offer an open session about confronting the end of life and end of the world of we know it.

Invited guests:
Angharad Wynne-Jones, Artistic Director, Arts House / Founding Director, TippingPoint Australia
Matt Wicking, musician, sustainability consultant and educator
Lea Rose, Living and Dying Well Centre

Friday 15 May » 12.30 – 1.30pm
Exploring Video Artforms: From documentary to performance

What are the different ways that artists are employing the medium of video to present their ideas and how does this invite different modes of perception? Artists from Perceptive Power and RMIT share their modes of production, philosophical and historical contexts that inform their video artworks. 

Invited guests:
Ash Keating, Artist
Keith Deverell, Artist
Dr Dominic Redfern, Artist / School of Art, RMIT