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2011 Cultivating Green Art: Ideas & Solutions For Environmental Sustainability

  • Melbourne Town Hall, Supper Room Swanston Street, Melbourne Australia (map)
Miyuki Jacaranta and Katrine Vejby talk about sustainable arts practice in Melbourne and Copenhagen Filmed by Hellen Sky

TippingPoint Australia and Melbourne Conversations, the City of Melbourne’s free conversation program invite an audience to join with some of Melbourne and Copenhagen’s most exciting cultural innovators as they discussed how they see the artists in their cities respond to the challenge of environmental sustainability. The audiences contributed to the Café Conversations style evening and had interactive creative conversations on the issues they raise.

Following short presentations by our 4 speakers you are invited to participate in a series of lively interactive round tables.

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A joint presentation by TippingPoint Australia and Melbourne Conversations. Supported by the Danish Arts Agency and ³State of Green. Join the Future. Think Denmark, Sydney and Melbourne 20-24 November 2011.

Speaker Biogs:

Miyuki Jokiranta – Managing Director
Miyuki Jokiranta is a radio maker, tenderfoot engineer and director of seven thousand oaks, a Melbourne based not-for-profit whose aim is to create a space where art and sustainability connect.

Completing her Bachelor’s in Journalism, at New York University, Miyuki has produced for a range of National Public Radio programs, including Radio Lab and their flagship environmental science program, Living on Earth. She went on to a Master’s in International Affairs at New School University, where she focused on the impact of cultural activity on quality of life and was awarded a Ford Foundation research fellowship for a scoping study in Buenos Aires.

Since returning to Australia, Miyuki continues to expand her sonic horizons, freelancing for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and creating a series of radio pieces exploring the intersection of science and art for Paper Radio.

With the support of the Joseph Beuys Estate, Miyuki developed the philosophical underpinning and project work for her not-for-profit, seven thousand oaks. In 2010 the inaugural seven thousand oaks festival presented over 20 Australian artists who addressed the issue of sustainability through visual art, music, public artand public discussions.

Miyuki is also a 2008 Future Sustainability Leadership fellow and recipient of the British Council’s 2009 Big Green Idea Award.

Martin Mulligan  director at RMIT Globalism Research Centre
Since joining the Globalism Research Centre in 2004, I have completed a range of projects focusing on the sustainability of local communities in the context of globalisation in Australia and Sri Lanka. Projects in Australia have been conducted in partnership with VicHealth, Regional Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts and they have focused on issues related to wellbeing and local governance. I was also a chief investigator on a major study for AusAID on lessons to be learnt from the post-tsunami recovery effort in Sri Lanka and India and that research is resulting in the publication of a book by Routledge, India, due for release in 2011. In conducting research on the challenges facing local communities from Australia to Sri Lanka and India, I have developed new ways of thinking about the sociology of community in the contemporary world. In 2011 I have developed a new research interest in cultural adaptation to climate change at the level of local communities.

Before joining the Globalism Institute in 2004, I worked for 10 years in the innovative Social Ecology program at the University of Western Sydney where I developed new courses in areas related to ecological thinking and environmental education. During this time I conducted the research for a book titled Ecological Pioneers: A Social History of Australian Ecological Thought and Action co-authored with Prof. Stuart Hill and published by Cambridge University Press (2001). This book was nominated for both the NSW Premier’s Prize for history writing and the Queensland Premier’s Prize for history writing. With Professor William Adams of Cambridge University, I collected and edited a volume of writings published under the title Decolonizing Nature: Strategies for Conservation in a Post-Colonial Era by Earthscan (London, 2003). Sri Lanka on how local communities are recovering from the devastating impacts of the tsunami.

Notions of sustainability; sense of place and local community resilience; local and social histories; community sustainability and climate change adaptation.

Katrine Vejby
Katrine started working for BBC Radio Leicester, in the British Midlands, at the age of 19. After three years at Radio Leicester she moved to London to work for the BBC World Service at Bush House. Here Katrine worked as a freelance producer for programmesincluding Europe Today, the John Peel Show, Multitrack Alternative, Megamix, Chill Out, The Edge (with Steve Merchant co-writer / co-producer of The Office), What’s News and Joe Strummer’s London Calling radio series.Thereafter, she spent six years working as a producer on the BBC World Service’s flagship programme, Outlook, which broadcasts daily to 150 million listeners around the world. During her time at Outlook, one memorable experience was travelling to Cape Town to produce a 24-hour broadcast from the top of Table Mountain to celebrate the seventieth birthday of the BBC World Service. Katrine’s interest in the arts has seen her cover the Brit Pop scene for Danish National Radio.  She has also done music documentaries for radio with many musicians and bands.Katrine has written articles for leading Danish newspapers on art, youth and music as well as linking this experience into British radio programmes.

In 2007 she returned to Denmark and developed the formatfor Nyhedsministeriet, a daily news magazine programme for TV2 Radio (Danish national radio). Katrine worked as the editor of Nyhedsministerie which went on to win an award for ‘best new news programme in Denmark’ in September 2007. Given by Radiodays Katrine is currently working as a consultant, a freelance writer for a Vibeonline, as part of Wonderful Copenhagen and will soon complete a book on the CO2PENHAGEN festival with Carina Ren, from Syddansk Universiet, due to be released later this year.

Karen Blincoe
Karen Blincoe has worked with design, sustainability and design education in a variety of capacities over many years. She is currently President of the Association of Danish Designers. Karen is a Fellow of the RSA and CSD in the UK and a member of DD in Denmark. She has been Director of Schumacher College, Dartington, UK, a unique centre for studies in sustainability issues based on Ghandian teaching and learning principles.

Karen is the founder/director of the International Centre for Innovation & Sustainability, ICIS, Denmark, which was set up to develop educational models and teach designers and architects in topics relating to sustainability, professional practice, leadership and business innovation.

She was Vicepresident of Icograda 2001-2005. Karen is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Arts, Brighton University in England, where she has simultaneously started a phd on ’Sustainable Utopias’. She is an advisor to a new sustainability thinktank project called ’100-Years-Starting-Now’, based in Denmark, and an advisor to a consortium in Africa, which is setting up a sustainability and leadership centre in Mali.  Karen lectures on sustainability, design and education around the world. She is married, and lives in Denmark.

Angharad Wynne-Jones – Director TippingPoint Australia
Angharad studied theatre at Dartington in the UK.  In 1994 she became Director of the Performance Space in Sydney. In 1998 she (as Executive Producer) and Gideon Obarzanek established Chunky Move in Melbourne. Angharad joined Peter Sellars as Associate Director in the 2002 Adelaide Festival, and established an international independent production house, risingtideproductions in 2004. She was appointed Director of LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) 2005 – 2008 and completed a post grad diploma in cultural leadership at City University, London.

She returned to Melbourne directing and curating the first Australian Theatre Forum in 2009, acting General Manager for Lucy Guerin Inc and producing the Marketing Summit 2010 for the Australia Council. She has been on a number of Boards and Panels: Australia Council Hybrid, New Media and Dance Boards, Lucy Guerin Inc, Real Time, Snuff Puppets and Total Theatre (UK).

Angharad is Director of TippingPoint Australia and The Climate Commissions energising the cultural response to climate change.  She is also Creative Producer at Arts House, a City of Melbourne contemporary arts initiative.

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