Original Concept & Performer – Alex Kelly
Co Creators – Alex Kelly & David Pledger
Producer – Sophia Marinos (with Alex & David)
Director & Dramaturg – David Pledger
Design Consultant – Elliat Rich
Composer – Aaron Cupples
Future Archive – Lawrence Harvey & SIAL Studios RMIT
Lighting Designer – Bosco Shaw
Atmosphericist – Malte Wagenfeld
First Nations Futuring Facilitator – Gen Grieves
Adhocracy Collaborator – Jennifer Mills
Creative Development Producer – Robbie McEwan
Photos – Bryony Jackson
Administration – Anneke Rose
& a range of amazing collaborating artists & guests to be announced!
- Alex Kelly – Original Concept & Host
Alex Kelly is an artist, filmmaker and communications strategist committed to social and climate justice. Alex was the Global Impact & Distribution Producer on Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything project. She has recently been collaborating on Maya Newell’s film In My Blood It Runs. In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and explored approaches to documentary impact and engagement. Alex was a 2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.
- David Pledger – Artistic Associate & Dramaturg
David Pledger is an award-winning contemporary artist, curator, producer and thinker working within and between the performing, visual and media arts in Australia, Asia and Europe. His work is notable for engaging publics in productive and provocative ways. From his initial practice, live performance, he has developed a cross-disciplinary dramaturgy in which a central platform is engaging with artists across artforms and experts from social, scientific, academic and philanthropic fields. His practice interests include the body, the politics of power, the digital realm and public space. He operates within mentoring, practice-based, pedagogical and presentation contexts.
- Sophia Marinos – Creative Producer
Sophia has worked in diverse areas of social justice and the arts, both internationally and locally. Sophia was been the creative producer of Big hART’s multi-platform Namatjira project, including leading a successful and historic campaign to restore the copyright in Albert Namatjira’s works to his family. She has worked on numerous social impact campaigns, on issues as diverse as slavery at sea, Indigenous languages policy, cultural diversity and Indigenous incarceration. With the Namatjira Project she has established the Namatjira Legacy Trust – for which she is the Chair – and will continue to work with the Namatjira family, using the arts to strengthen opportunities for Western Aranda communities in the Central Australian Desert.
- Aaron Cupples – Composer
Aaron Cupples is an Australian composer, record producer and mix engineer currently based in London, UK. Cupples largely builds compositions using bespoke instruments constructed in his studio using unconventional materials and techniques. His first feature-length composition debuted at Tribeca Film Festival 2018 for ‘Island of the Hungry Ghosts,’ which received Best Documentary at the festival as well as several other prestigious awards. As a record producer Aaron Cupples has worked with artists such as Spiritualized, The Vaccines, Blanck Mass, Alex Cameron, & his own project Civil Civic. Aaron produced and mixed two albums included in an industry-voted ’100 Greatest Australian Records Of All Time’.
- Elliat Rich – Designer
Elliat Rich is based in Alice Springs, Central Australia. She works across a broad-spectrum of design for a diverse client base, remotely, locally and nationally. Her practice covers cross-cultural resources, exhibition design, public art and furniture, product development, one-off exhibition and limited run objects. All projects align with an ethical imperative to increase equality between people and across species, now and into the future.
- Anne Manne – Collaborating Guest
Anne Manne is a writer and social philosopher, and is one of Australia’s most penetrating cultural critics. Formerly a columnist for the Australian and The Age, Anne now writes essays on contemporary culture in the Monthly magazine. Her first book, Motherhood, raised the way neoliberalism was reshaping society and our decisions around love, care and work, was a finalist in the Walkley award for best Non- Fiction book in 2006. Her 2008 Quarterly Essay, Love and Money: The Family and the Free Market, was a finalist in the Victorian Premier’s prize for non-fiction. She has also published a memoir, So This Is Life, and in 2014 she published the bestselling The Life of I; the new culture of narcissism.