Publishing as Public Space


34 Little Collins Street

Level 7
(access via lifts on Mcilwraith Place)

Wheelchair accessible

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Presentation: Hoarding Parkade

Students from RMIT Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) present their future visions for Parkade through fictional construction hoardings.

Performance: Eye On Nothing

Arie Rain Glorie and Emma Mary Hall shine a literal and metaphorical light on the absurdity of design discourse, and art-speak in general, through a design critique that attempts to make nothing seem like something. By examining nothing in great depth and with great gusto, they will open up a design discourse in unexpected ways, cementing themselves as Melbourne’s thought leaders in the field of nothing.

Discussion: Publishing as Public Space

Worldwide, the publishing industry has taken a hard blow during the global pandemic. As international publishing companies pull out of smaller markets – such as German multinational Bauer Media in Aotearoa New Zealand – community funded publications are taking centre stage. Alongside this, private companies that build our city infrastructure and homes are stepping up to help fund and produce research and stories, disseminating this into public space. We will will discuss alternative and innovative methods for funding design publishing, from working with private companies, to crowd sourcing, traditional advertising, social enterprise and public funding, responding to the central questions: how do we create a more resilient publishing sector? What are the futures for arts publishing? Discussion with Steve Mintern, Katie Kerr, Jeremy Kibel, Bridget Caldwell-Bright and Henry Oliver. Moderated by Assemble Papers editor Sophie Rzepecky.