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
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, CultureLabel.com, 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
- Media Artist Dr Betty Sargeant
- Photography @PluginHUMAN