The Design Hub was packed out again for the second present tense event in the series, Un-Lecture: Movement. The sold out event was curated by Tresa LeClerc and Piri Altraide. It featured prolific multidisciplinary artists Neil Morris (DRMNGNOW), Sista Zai Zanda, Kathleen Gonzalez Villamizar and wāni.
RMIT teacher Tresa LeClerc opened the event with a provocation asking whether the university can ever truly create a ‘safe space.’ She questioned whether there are certain ideas that we are discouraged from discussing, like racism, to the point of silencing certain groups. National Indigenous Music Award nominee and RRR broadcaster Neil Morris addressed the audience in a poignant and honest talk about Indigenous sovereignty before inviting onlookers to dance to his performance of ‘Australia Does Not Exist.’ Next, storyteller, educator and curator of the Pan Afrikan Poets Café, Sista Zai Zanda explored identity and power through captivating storytelling. As she finished, percussive music began to play throughout the theatre. Melbourne-based Colombian experimental-contemporary artist, cultural producer, artistic director and founder of Tunjos y Cantaros Ethnologic Dance Company, Kathleen Gonzalez Villamizar appeared from the other side of the glass lecture theatre in a spectacular performance that echoed the movements of her ancestors. Finally, trans-disciplinary artist and producer of Green Room Award winning solo show ‘Tales Of an Afronaut,’ wāni’s quietly moving and stunning poetry brought the Un-Lecture to a close. One attendee called the Un-Lecture a ‘powerful, beautiful, mind altering event.’
The next in the series will be ‘Reading With Poetry’ on Wednesday August 22nd. It will feature poet, novelist and theorist Ali Alizadeh, award winning prose-poet Cassandra Atherton and poetic biographer, scholar and editor of Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry Jessica Wilkinson.