borderpanic//symposium + tactical media lab


The borderpanic project brings together artists and thinkers working on current preoccupations with geopolitical and metaphorical borders. Borderpanic is a co-production of the Performance Space, Sydney, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Next Five Minutes 5, Amsterdam.

]Symposium + Tactical Media Lab

21-22 September $60/50(members)/$35
The Museum of Contemporary Art,
Circular Quay / George Street side, Sydney.
Bookings: 9252 4044.
[email protected]


DAY ONE: 2-6pm Southern Function Room, Museum of
Contemporary Art

An informal lab environment for exchange between media
makers, artists and speakers including presentations and workshops.
Invited participants include RAC, V.I.S.A.S., No-one is illegal,,
Urban Theatre Projects and more, who will briefly present regional political/cultural
statements on troubled border issues.


DAY TWO: 11am- 5pm Amex Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art

Formal lectures and presentations. Past, present, future: cultural response.

Introduction from MCA Director Elizabeth Ann MacGregor, with speakers:

Cathy Craigie - Independent writer and head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Ghassan Hage - author Phobic Disorders (forthcoming).

Julian Burnside QC - founder of spareroomsforrefugees.

Nikos Papastergiadis - The Australia Centre For Ideas, University of Melbourne.

Suvendrini Perera - School of Communication, Arts and Critical Enquiry, La Trobe University.

PUBLIC BRAINSTORM FINALE: How can we respond to the xenophobia emergency?

] contact curators: Zina Kaye or Deborah Kelly: [email protected]