17 Mar - 2 April 2018

Conference 2018

CREATING UTOPIA CONFERENCE proudly sponsored by Deakin University 22-25th March 2018


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REGISTER HERE for the conference

Please note you must register separately for the Slow Lunch as there are limited numbers.

Creating Utopia: Imagining and Making Futures
Art, Architecture and Sustainability

Lorne Hotel – The View Room
176 Great Ocean Rd,
Lorne, Victoria, Australia

Exploring the intersection between, art, culture and the natural environment, the conference is being presented in the coastal town of Lorne, on the Great Ocean Road, where the Otway Ranges meets the wild Bass Straight - the ideal setting to explore these themes.

This Conference is part of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2018 program devoted to the curatorial theme ‘Landfall,’ expressing pertinent global issues of nature and endangerment. Thirty seven artists creating forty projects have been asked to interpret the intersection of nature, humanity and art in creating sculptural work that will be featured on the 4 km trail.

The inaugural conference for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale will be an exploratory journey, bringing together a group of people investigating through research and practice the themes of ‘Landfall’ - art and environment, sustainability and impact on human and earth futures. Papers will reflect on issues of environmental decline and degradation, and the wider processes of social and environmental transformation and the regeneration of nature. Invited presenters come from a wide range of places, spaces and experiences and will convene paper sessions exploring the intersection of the physical and symbolic, the spiritual and the ephemeral, the material and immaterial.