Talking Culture - Control Panel discussion

Ellen Melville Centre • 2 June

Hours 2pm - 330pm
Where 2 Freyberg Place, Cnr High St & Freyberg Place, City
  09 307 7055
Artists Gwen Lee (Singapore), Ollie Dale (NZ), Enrico Stefanelli (Italy), Herlinde Koelbl (Germany), Moshe Rosenzveig (Australia), Maggie Steber (USA)
Theme Talking Culture

Join in the discussion with artists, curators and Festival directors on photography's role in society for the Control theme.

Today the dangers of life have changed, and though different, some have global consequences, such as war, terrorism and climate change, so how do we in an age of relative personal freedom of choice rationalise the opposite effects of the increasing mechanisms of control?

How do our personal, intimate, identifying desires create the tools to control us? Which political, social, cultural and legal incidents has this provoked?

From surveillance to harnessing nature to survive into the future, Control, the theme for 2018 looks at how we as, post 21st century humans, control each other through technology, consumption, government laws, propaganda and more immediately by spying and putting all of us under surveillance in order to remain ‘free’.

What are the forces and mechanisms of control in a post 9/11 world? How do artists, curators, Festivals navigate this vast topic. Audience Q+A welcome.

MC - Steven Lee

Supported by Asia New Zealand Foundation, Australian High Commission, Goethe Institut, US Embassy of New Zealand and sponsored by Leica.

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