How anxious are we as individuals and as a society? Are the stresses and strains of living and working in the city impacting on our health; does online...

The BIG Anxiety Project


Museum of Contemporary Art
2000 NSW

The BIG Anxiety Project


Julie McCrossin

Julie McCrossin

Julie McCrossin is an Australian radio broadcaster, journalist, comedian, political commentator and advocate for mental health awareness, community health, and social justice issues.
Jill Bennett

Jill Bennett

Jill Bennett is director of the National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW, and founder of the upcoming Anxiety 2017 Festival.
She develops creative projects for neurodiverse communities, bringing together art, technology and health research to explore the experience of trauma, anxiety and memory loss.
DR George Khut

Dr George Khut


Dr George Poonkhin Khut is an artist and interaction-designer working across the fields of electronic art, design and health. In 2012, he received the National New Media Art Award for his heart rate controlled artwork Distillery: Waveforming - a prototype iPad app developed during a residency at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, supported by the Australian Network for Art and Technology.

George's body-focussed interactive and participatory artworks use biofeedback technologies to re-frame experiences of embodiment, health and subjectivity. He has participated in group exhibitions such as CUSP: Design into the Next Decade at Australian Design Centre; Sensory Overload at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery; Synapse: A Selection at the Powerhouse Museum; and Wonderland: Contemporary Art from Australia at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. 
His research interests include tangible and embodied interaction, participatory art, and experimental art & interaction design in health and medicine.
Amanda Third

Amanda Third

Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney

Amanda's work explores the role of technology in young people's lives, and how technology can be used to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 12 to 25.
The program unites young people with researchers, practitioners, innovators and policy-makers to investigate how to better connect vulnerable young people with their communities by enhancing and leveraging their technology practices and their creative engagements.
Katherine Boydell

Katherine Boydell

Professor of Mental Health, The Black Dog Institute

Katherine Boydell is a Professor of Mental Health at The Black Dog Institute, UNSW.
Her work explores the use of a wide variety of art genres in mental health research - including documentary film, dance, digital storytelling, found poetry, installation art and body mapping. 
She is a specialist in psychosis, as well as in evaluating the benefits of art in health.
Amanda Gordon

Amanda Gordon

Specialist Health and Clinical Psychologist

Amanda Gordon is the Founder and Principal of Armchair Psychology Practice. A specialist Health and Clinical Psychologist, and former President of the Australian Psychological Society, Amanda wants to make a difference – whether it’s one on one, working with couples, parents and children, or even work teams, or communicating to the public generally, she is determined that the psychological evidence is used to enhance peoples’ lives.

Amanda is a regular commentator on psychological issues for television news and current affairs programs such as Sunrise, Today Tonight, and A Current Affair. She is frequently heard on radio, giving advice on managing traumatic situations such as tsunamis, bushfires and floods, or responding to ‘talkback’, and has become an established name in Australia through eleven years as the Psychologist on ABC Latenights.

Dawn-Joy Leong


Dawn-joy Leong is an autistic artist, musician, writer, performance artist and Autism advocate, who has recently completed a PhD at the University of New South Wales. Leong's art practice engages with the hypersensory realm of autism from lived-experience, and currently focuses on creating multisensorial clement spaces.

Vanessa Bartlett


Vanessa Bartlett is a researcher, writer and curator currently based between the UK and Australia. She is a PhD candidate at UNSW Art & Design Sydney, where her research examines links between psychological distress and digital technologies through reflective curatorial practice.
Vanessa’s most recent exhibition was co-curated with Mike Stubbs for FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age explored the complex relationship between technology, society, and personal wellbeing, tracking contradictory narratives about digital devices.

Event Details

How anxious are we as individuals and as a society? Are the stresses and strains of living and working in the city impacting on our health; does online connectivity make us more or less anxious; where do we feel most comfortable or most at risk? 

What is anxiety, who experiences it, and what can be done about it?

Join host Julie McCrossin and the team of arts and mental health experts behind the BIG Anxiety Project in an interactive event exploring our experiences with anxiety: how it feels, how we manage it, and what we think might reduce it. 

The BIG Anxiety Project is an innovative citizen science venture developing creative approaches to health research and data visualization.

For this Vivid Ideas event, the team will be using live online surveys and social media feeds to generate live infographics visualizing emerging themes and connections.

This event is presented by the Black Dog Institute & the National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW. 

Join the BIG Anxiety Project conversation by using #anxietyfeelslike & following @thebiganxiety on Twitter. 


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