It’s time to start a conversation that might get uncomfortable. We want to sit down with you and talk about some of the urgent questions that define...

Conversation Starters: A New Program of Art and Ideas

Location:

MCA Café & Sculpture Terrace
2000 NSW
Australia

Venue:
Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
Kader Attia, Asesinos! Asesinos!, 2014, installation view, Injuries Are Here, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, 2015, 134 wooden doors, 47 megaphones, Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul, image courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong © the artist

Event Details

It’s time to start a conversation that might get uncomfortable. We want to sit down with you and talk about some of the urgent questions that define our global situation and how together we might make sense of it all. Inspired by the work of artist Kader Attia, who explores questions of repair, power and colonialism, we aim to see how contemporary art can be the starting point for a different kind of conversation.

Often, the hardest part of the conversation is knowing where to begin, how to ask the first question and how to remain open to other perspectives. We invite you to take this first step with us and open our doors to some difficult conversations — even if we may disagree on some points. What kind of conversation can we have about diversity, tolerance and togetherness? Or what about decolonisation, power and fear?

Over the course of the first weekend in June, join in many different events including workshops, films and performances. Take part in a weaving workshop; a breakfast that looks at the culture of eating with the hand, and a four hour durational drawing performance responding to a barrage of news. Join an exchange with members of Western Sydney’s refugee and asylum seeker community during the PTY | Fairfield performance of Tribunal and much more.

Click here for the full program. 

Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Hearing loop - A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.
  • Sensory friendly - Relaxed performances are designed to create a safe and welcoming environment for children on the autism spectrum or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities, along with their friends, carers and families.