The “Technologies of Memory and Affect” conference kicked off on Friday 17th Feb with a keynote from fabulous stick-your neck-out-there feminist stirrer, Australian professor Deb Verhoeven on ‘Open Data in a closing down world: reproducibility, contestability and co-existence’.
Our end-of-day presentations canvassed similarly affective (both shattering and inspiring) content from activist/new media artists and scholars Romaine Moreton and the Unbound Collective.
In between we had presentations from Alice Gorman, Daniela Kaleva, Emma Maguire, Rob Cover, Barbara Baird and Ros Prosser, Son Vivienne, Houman Zandizadeh, Tully Barnett and Steve Hemming.
Unexpected intersections emerged principally between feminism, queer theory, Indigenous storytelling and creative research praxis. It is worth noting that these were themes that underpinned our FIRTH research focus of 2016-2017 however they were not explicitly articulated in the title. We take this as evidence that creating ‘unbounded’ space can afford generative serendipity and collaboration that in turn produces trust and compassion. Our ‘storified’ tweets touch on this as do several comments from participants: