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Night of Ideas - Plus?

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Thursday 2nd February 2023 6-10pm ACST

Museum of Contemporary Art

Sydney, Australia

Presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), the French Embassy in Australia and the Institut Français.

The theme of this year’s Night of Ideas More? ('Plus?') addresses the seemingly never-ending need for 'more', whether in the form of over consumption, stimulation, possessions or pushing boundaries in the pursuit of excellence. As a counterpoint, there will also be a focus on finding balance and value within slowness.

Learn about and discuss ideas shared by cross-disciplinary speakers, enjoy MCA exhibitions and join an Art Flow guided wellbeing experience.

Moderated by Amanda Collinge (Exectuive Producer of ABC TV's Compass since 2022 and former Series Producer of Q+A) and Daniel Browning (ABC's The Art Show) the line-up features speakers from France and Australia, including:

  • Cybernetics expert, Geneviève Bell

  • Professor in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cédric Buche

  • Writer and poet, Miranda Darling

  • Poetry editor of Overland and a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Sydney, Toby Fitch

  • Artist and curator at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), and founder of Material Institute, Kirsha Kaechele

  • Guest curator of the MCA’s Do Ho Suh exhibition and CEO of Bundanon Trust, Rachel Kent

  • Managing director at SoundX, Daniela Garcia

  • Director of the Sydney Melanoma Diagnostic Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Faculty member of the Melanoma Institute Australia, Pascale Guitera

  • Research scientist at the CNRS and renowned food expert, Christophe Lavelle

  • Contemporary artist, Dr Danie Mellor

  • Art historian and lecturer in art and emerging technologies at the National Art School, Dr Jessica Priebe

  • Director of the Sydney Environment Institute and Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of Sydney, David Schlosberg

  • Virtual reality painter and sculptor, Giant Swan

  • Presenter of The Science Show on ABC Radio National, Robyn Williams

  • Best-selling author, podcaster, philanthropist and climate change advisor, Sarah Wilson

About the Night of Ideas (La Nuit des Idées)

The Night of Ideas was created in 2016 by the Institut Français. This international annual event aims to stimulate discussion by inviting speakers and performers from varied disciplines to respond to a single theme from their perspective. Typically, the event includes researchers, journalists, artists, performers, architects and social scientists. The goal is to share original views, research and debates with the public. Since its creation, the Night of Ideas has been presented in more than 190 cities around the world.


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