Thursday 7th November will be the University of New England, AU Creative and Cultural Arts Network Symposium “P.S. #Metoo“. UNE Music‘s Donna Hewitt will be performing her work #Metwo at the end of the symposium. Everyone is welcome. 1.30-5pm Oorala Lecture Theatre. With the performance 4.30pm in the Drama Studio.
Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal erupted in 2017, the so-called “#MeToo movement” has brought a number of powerful men in the arts and cultural industries to account for sexual assault allegations. Some of these men were found guilty, while others had their names (controversially) cleared; all arguably now exist in a post-“Me Too” landscape.
This symposium will explore how a reconsideration of gender-based harassment and sexual abuse might reconfigure how we approach making, thinking about, and teaching arts and culture. Do concerns over consent and power liberate artists, or encourage a new cultural puritanism? Alternatively, is systemic inequality and abuse a far deeper problem than a hashtag and some high-profile court cases?
VENUE: Oorala Centre
1.30pm – 2.00pm Erin Gee (Zoom from Canada): “Laughing Web Dot Space: A Virtual Laugh-In for Survivors of Sexual Violence”
2.00pm – 2.30pm Donna Hewitt: “#MeTwo – A Collaborative Music Response to the #MeToo Movement”
2.30pm – 3.00pm Sharleen Schier and Jacqueline Harris: “‘Tell Me about a Complicated Man’ – Classics in the Post-MeToo Landscape”
3.00pm – 3.30pm AFTERNOON TEA BREAK
3.30pm – 4.00pm Kylie Constantine: “Philomela’s Song: What a violent myth can tell us about resilience through creativity”
4.00pm – 4.30pm Lisa Goldzieher: “Exploring Gender Violence on stage in Nick Enright’s Blackrock”
4.30pm – 5.00pm Liz Ellis: “The street can be a scary place. If you’re out after dark, are you just askin’ for it…?” (includes play reading)
VENUE: Drama Studio, Milton Building
5.00pm – 5.30pm Donna Hewitt Performance #MeTwo
Parramatta Lanes Festival Friday 18th October
Donna Hewitt performing #me too
Parramatta Lanes Tues 15th October 2019 Performance of #Me Too
Convergence – An International Conference/Festival of Music, Technology and Ideas, Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 September 2019. The key note speaker was Curtis Roads and I was invited to speak on a panel about the conference theme ‘Simplicity and Complexity’ with Barry Truax, Annie Mahtani, Roopa Penasar, chaired by John Young.