Activities and upcoming events
Workshops will be held to think through practical issues of housing, health, and infrastructure, but also beyond these to questions of climate change, human habitats, disadvantage, and the need to think through policy considerations from an intersectional vantage point.
Annual Policy Roundtables will be held in early 2019 and 2020, and will include key policy influencers, scholars, and industry representatives. Our inaugural policy roundtable, in January 2019, will focus on water policies.
A collaborative symposium and exhibition, held in partnership with the critical art collective, Snack Syndicate. October 6-7at Artspace, Woolloomooloo.
Infrastructural Inequalities is a collaborative project between the critical art collective Snack Syndicate and the Housing for Health Incubator at the University of Sydney. The project will bring together artists, researchers, and activists for a two-day critical art event (symposium and exhibition) at Artspace. The event will centre on the theme of infrastructural inequalities in contemporary Australia and will culminate with the production of a website for the publication and distribution of related works and resources. The three organisations involved in this project, in partnership with key collaborators, will publicly explore interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and intervening in critical infrastructural problems in Australia, drawing on discourses and practices from art, design, cultural studies, law and policy making, and anthropology.
The project will be facilitated by Astrid Lorange and Andrew Brooks, members of UNSW Art & Design faculty and 2018 Studio Residents at Artspace, with Tess Lea, Liam Grealy, and Christen Cornell from the the Housing for Health Incubator and the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. It examines the central questions: in what ways do infrastructures produce unequal distributions of access to the resources necessary for living? What conceptual, material, policy, and political challenges impede more just distributions? And, how can we respond to and intervene in states of infrastructural inequality? The aim of Infrastructural Inequalities is to bring together practitioners from a diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds for collaborative dialogue and exchange around infrastructural issues in Australia.
The event will take place at Artspace in Woolloomooloo over the weekend of October 6-7, 2018 and will feature a group exhibition, research presentations, panel discussions, workshops, performances, and screenings. It will be organised around two key themes, “Living Infrastructures” (Day 1) which will explore housing/architecture, energy, waste, water, bureaucracy, and climate change; and “Algorithmic Infrastructures” (Day 2), which will examine data collection, logistics, prediction, and digital publics. A reading group organised under the same themes is running in the lead-up to the October event, with information available here. The two-day critical art event in October is open to the public and we aim to curate contributions informed by participants’ experience and expertise but accessible to a diverse, interested audience.
A major international event will be hosted at the University of Sydney in late 2020. Further details will be provided as they become available.