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Reflex - The future of our creative community

A creative symposium presented in partnership between Geelong Arts Centre and Deakin University, supported by the City of Greater Geelong.

Reflex - The future of our creative community

Coinciding with the opening of the Geelong Arts Centre's ambitious $38.5m Ryrie Street Redevelopment, and presented in partnership with Deakin University, Reflex - The Future of Our Creative Community explores the interconnectivity between artist, infrastructure and community partnership to promote and encourage excellence, innovation and cultural leadership within the creative industries.

Valuing the artist as a vital partner in building the cultural vibrancy of city life, this timely symposium celebrates the future of our clever and creative community and city region.

Keynote speakers, Dr Betty Sargeant and Dr Megan Beckwith, are joined by representatives from Geelong’s cultural precinct, leading artists and academics from Deakin University, to explore how and why we must remain responsive to changes in technology, community, innovation and arts practice.

A must attend event for all creatives, including artists, designers, writers, organisations and companies whose work contributes to the field of contemporary visual and performing arts, technology, design, and arts facilitation practice.

Reflex | The Future of our Creative Community 2019 Program

Keynote Speakers

Dr Betty Sargeant | Media & Installation Arts

Dr Betty Sargeant is an award-winning media artist. She places audiences in the centre of multi-sensory installation experiences. Betty is co-creative director of PluginHUMAN, an Australian art-technology duo. She has exhibited her work in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.

Betty was a finalist in the Contemporary Art Award 2019, she won a Good Design Award in 2018 and a Victorian Premier’s Design Award in 2017. She is currently creator-in-residence at the Exertion Games Lab through RMIT University, Australia. In 2016, Betty was the Melbourne Knowledge Fellow, creator-in-residence at the Asia Culture Centre in South Korea from 2016 to 2017. Betty’s PhD was ranked top three at the CHASS Prize 2015.

Dr Megan Beckwith | Movement, Technology & Animation

Megan Beckwith combines live performance and multi-media to develop works that explore the relationship between the physical & virtual. She investigates this relationship by combining contemporary dance and 3D animation in a choreographic process that layers one over the other, re-working the human figure into new forms that both fascinate and horrify. Her practice explores the idea of physicality and technology through the figure of the cyborg and augmented reality. Her current work asks: how does the body react within a distorted reality and how does virtual reality affect emotions through the use of stereoscopic 3D illusions.

Panellists & Speakers

Dr. Karen Le Rossignol | Senior Lecturer SCCA Deakin University

Sharon Seyd | EO JumpLeads/Make a Change Australia

Dr. Shaun McLeod | Senior Lecturer Art and Performance Deakin University

Dr. Olivia Millard | Lecturer Art and Performance Deakin University

Peter Fraser | About Now

Chi Vu | Geelong Sweats

Kerensa Diball | Geelong Sweats

Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez | Geelong Sweats

Joel McGuinness | CEO Geelong Arts Centre

Peter Tullin | Remix,, Geelong Arts Centre Trust

Katya Johansen | Associate Dean Partnerships and International Deakin University

Tonya Meyrick | Senior Lecturer Screen and Design Deakin University

Steve Singline | Public Arts Officer City of Greater Geelong

Maria Takolander | Associate Professor, Project Researcher and Writer

Dr. Rea Dennis | Senior Lecturer Art and Performance Deakin University

Jane Bertier | Artist

Mary-Jane Walker | Artist

Amber Smith | Curator and Visual Arts Programmer Courthouse Youth Arts

Helen Demetriou | Illustrator

Miranda Jarvis | Artist

Vanessa Conte | Artist

Joshua De Hoog | Artist

Fiona Luca-Kingsbury | Dancer, Choreographer and Wellness Practitioner

Stuart Murry | Pillowfort Creative

Leigh Ryan | Pillorfort Creative

Beth McMahon | Indirect Object

Martin Paten | Manager Arts and Culture City of Greater Geelong

Dr. Anne Wilson | Lecturer Art and Performance Deakin University

Dr. Cameron Bishop Senior Lecturer Art and Performance Deakin University

Dr. Nic Velissaris | Lecturer Creative Practice (Writing and Literature) Deakin University

Jenny Seedsmen | Actor

Pip Kainey | Writer

Karen Le Rossignol | Writing & Literature

Tricia Simmons | Visual Arts & Costume

Image Credit

  • Media Artist Dr Betty Sargeant
  • Photography @PluginHUMAN

Reflex | The Future of our Creative Community Full Program


Ticket prices

  • Saturday Only $65 - $65
  • Student Sat Only $35 - $35


Studio 4


Friday 12:00pm - 4:30pm & Saturday 9:00am - 5:15pm