Games for Change Australia and New Zealand

November 15, 2012 11:00 pm to November 16, 2012 11:00 pm

We are producing an extraordinary experience for the City of Melbourne that will showcase and provide interactive experiences on how individuals and organisations can learn from the power of digital games and play to achieve positive social, educational and business outcomes.

This is an international event curated from the best in our region and around the world. The focus of the festival is to provide an experience to connect participants in the spirit of promoting, learning and collaborating. There will be an exciting cross section of participants, presenters and facilitators from a range of industries including games development, the arts, design, film makers, multimedia producers, professional business services, marketing, health, education, not for profit, government and the private sector.

RMIT University GEELab is the licence holder for Games for Change Australia-New Zealand, and we are partnering with innovative organisations in education, government, NGOs and in the corporate sector to support the growing interest in digital games, game thinking and play and to showcase how games can be used to deliver positive social outcomes in our communities.

More information and to register

Occupy/boycott/Protest the 18th Biennale of Sydney

Nauru is closer than you think!!



Westspace – Sustainability and the Arts

August 14, 2012 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Come to a free workshop at Westspace on Sustainability and the Arts. Presented by CLIMARTE’s Guy Abrahams, and supported by the City of Melbourne, the workshop will cover topics including:
An overview of sustainability and climate change.
A look at international and Australian arts initiatives that engage with climate change and sustainability.
Discussion about the ability of the arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change and sustainability.

Cost: Free (Places are limited. Please register early.)
Date: Tuesday 14 August 2012     Time: 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Venue:  West Space. Level 1, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne

How to change the mind of a climate sceptic-12:45PM – 1:15PM, Thursday 03 May 2012

Anna Rose is co-founder and Chair of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Her new book Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic tells the tale of her extraordinary journey with Liberal Party powerbroker Nick Minchin, which was also documented by ABC TV in the special I Can Change Your Mind About Climate. In our first Lunchbox/Soapbox for Programme Two, Anna discusses the rise of climate denialism both in Australia and globally, why the Australian media doesn’t discuss climate change rationally, what motivates the denialist elite – and how to change people’s minds!

The Wheeler Centre  more info

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Victoria 3000
Telephone enquiries: (03) 9094 7800

Pre-Launch-Launch for Under the Hammer

In 2006, Former midnight oil drummer Rob Hirst made the comment “Vietnam inspired some of the greatest protest songs ever written. Not so now, surprisingly, even when hundreds of thousands of Australians crowded our streets to demonstrate their opposition to another senseless war [Iraq].” His comments sparked much debate in the artistic community.

Richard Kingsmill told The Age, “If you were a general music lover, you might think there are no political songs being written…But trust me, political songs are being written, recorded and released all the time in this country. We have boxes of anti-Bush, anti-Howard, anti-Iraq war, anti-racism, pro-choice, pro-environment CDs, all from contemporary local acts.” As Shane Howard former singer-songwriter for Goanna points out “given that we are entering an era of even greater concentration of media ownership, it will become even harder to hear dissenting voices.”

The tendency to drive “political” to the artistic fringe is not only isolated to music but all arts, visual, theatre, comedy, music, spoken word, film etc. There is a massive audience for art which actually says something about the world we live in and the world we want to create.

For this reason we are launching Under the Hammer’s Sit-In, an arts space that isn’t simply an arts space but a site of political struggle. We want to provide a platform for progressive artists to present, perform, debate and collaborate with a range of groups and individuals to assert activist art as a multi-platform genre. Come and discuss with us how you and your collaborators can engage with us to build this exciting project. See the space pre-renovations and help us shape it from the ground up.

Performances from:

Toby Halligan
Comedian with Political Asylum

Khepa Markhno
Spoken word artists

3oB DJ set
Musician from Agency Dub Collective

Speakers include:
Rose Godde
Platform Theatre’s Program Manager

Kim Bullimore
Revolutionary Socialist Party

Van Rudd
Visual Artist

James Crafti
Under the Hammer Collective

Visual Art provided by:
Van Rudd

Drinks and snacks provided free although donations to support the project will be greatly appreciated on the night. Email by November 10 to RSVP.

November 12, 19.30-22.30 The Sit-In 158 Sydney Rd. Coburg, Australia

Politicising Landscape – ACMI talk

June 21, 2011 7:00 pm

Explore the tensions expressed through art, from land rights to climate change, activism to historical preservation and the schism of place to create new meaning.

A panel of experts – Monash Gallery of Art curator Sephen Zagala and arists Julie Gough, Ash Keating and Deborah Kelly – will explore art and film works that make bold statements through their landscapes. More Info