Podcasts

  • Getting Lost in the Italian Renaissance

    7 July, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Niall Atkinson, Department of Art History, University of Chicago

    In an age without GPS and where maps were not used for navigation, what organising tools did the citizens of the Italian Renaissance have at their disposal to confront uncharted or unfamiliar spaces? Architectural and urban historian Niall Atkinson explores this question.

  • The Obesity Epidemic: can design help?

    27 May, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Steve Simpson, Professor Zdenka Kuncic, Assoc Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, David Milne, Steven Pozel

    Obesity is a ‘wicked’ problem. Only a radical change in behavior and thinking seems to be the solution. Can Art (+design) provide the missing piece of the puzzle? The Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) at the University of Sydney brings together researchers from a range of disciplines to explore the interconnectedness of our environment, our food and our health.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
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  • Competing Voices: The status of Indigenous languages in the French Pacific and Australia

    25 May, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Emelda Davis, Professor Jakelin Troy, Ernie Dingo, Professor Nick Enfield

    The Pacific region boasts a third of the world’s total living languages. A panel of experts examines ideas around national policies that recognize and protect minority languages, education systems that promote mother-tongue instruction, and creative collaboration between community and linguists.

    • 1 hour, 24 mins
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  • Health Forums: The Dementia Epidemic

    20 May, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Lee-Fay Low, Sharon Naismith, Michael Valenzuela, John Watkins, Alan Gravolin,

    Experts from the Brain and Mind Research Institute and the Faculty of Health Sciences share their research on the science and lived experience of the Dementia Epidemic. They are joined by the CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia John Watkins.

    • 1 hour, 26 mins
    • Download (MP3, 79.7Mb)
  • Key Texts 2015: Picasso’s Guernica

    19 May, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Judith Keene, Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney

    Professor Judith Keene from the Department of History shares her research on Picasso’s Guernica, the quintessential image of the horrific consequences of modern warfare whose symbolic power far surpassed its original meaning. This talk examines the powerful myths of its continuing message.

    • 1 hour, 15 mins
    • Download (MP3, 69.1Mb)
  • Civil Society and Resilience against Authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa

    13 April, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Larbi Sadiki, Walid El Khachab, Dr Ala'a Shehabi, chaired by Dr Lucia Sorbera

    The panel brings together scholars who have direct experience of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Bahrain. They analyse the historical roots, recent developments and challenges that civil societies in these countries are currently facing.

    • 1 hour, 35 mins
    • Download (MP3, 87.4Mb)
  • The Future of Fossil Fuels in a Climate-Challenged World

    31 March, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Christopher Wright, Ben Caldecott, Blair Palese, Giles Parkinson

    Do technological developments in renewable energy also offer the potential to fundamentally disrupt the fossil fuel economy? In this special Sydney Ideas event, a panel of leading thinkers address the issue of the future of fossil fuels in a climate-challenged world.

  • Q Lecture: Exit to the Planetarium

    26 March, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    McKenzie Wark, Professor of Media and Culture at The New School for Social Research

    Professor McKenzie Wark from The New School in New York City examines the connection between nature, techne, and war by looking at how climate science is, in part, the result of more than a century of military and strategic interest in the vagaries of weather and the constants of climate.

  • The Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

    25 March, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Emeritus Professor John Wong, Department of History and Jocelyn Chey, Visiting Professor in the School of Languages and Cultures

    What happened during the ‘Umbrella Movement’, a pro-democracy political movement which took the former British colony by storm in late 2014? Former diplomat Jocelyn Chey and historian John Wong share their findings after extensive fieldwork in the Chinese mainland, England, and Hong Kong.

    • 1 hour, 13 mins
    • Download (MP3, 67.1Mb)
  • Curating Chinese Contemporary Art in an Australian Context

    24 March, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Stephen Whiteman, Beatrice Gralton, Aaron Seeto, Suhanya Raffel

    In recent years, interest in contemporary Chinese art has exploded in Australia and across the world. Tonight some of Australia's most prominent curators share their thoughts on what makes certain artists stand out, and what might be the challenges of putting up the exhibitions in a cross-cultural context.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
    • Download (MP3, 82.4Mb)
  • Climate Change and Resilience

    12 March, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Neil Adger, Human Geography, University of Exeter

    Professor Neil Adger argues that the way governments react to flood, drought and coastal change effects expectations and the willingness of citizens to engage and adapt themselves. Climate change therefore amplifies the flourishing of resilient societies.

  • Hal Foster on Contemporary Art and Mimetic Excess

    24 February, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Hal Foster, Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University

    In this groundbreaking lecture, Hal Foster seeks to define and highlight a different sort of avant-garde, one that is driven neither by the transgression of a given order (as with Surrealism) or the legislation of a new one (as with Russian Constructivism) – but one that makes fewer grand claims and which instead seeks trace fractures that already exist within the given order, to pressure them further, to activate them somehow. Neither avant nor rear, this garde assumes a position of immanent critique, and he argues that in doing so, it often adopts a posture of mimetic excess.

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
    • Download (MP3, 36.8Mb)
  • An exclusive address with 2008 Obama campaign manager David Plouffe

    10 February, 2015

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    David Plouffe, 2008 Obama Campaign Manager

    David Plouffe discusses the role of technology and innovation, how Obama 2008 changed the nature of campaigning. He draws parallels to Uber’s entry into the Australian market and its role in advocating for a different approach to transport regulation.

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