Past Event

Perspectives Exhibition


Sat 20 May 11:00am - 12:30pm
The Nukakurra Cultural Story Place – Immersive Experiences of Country
Sat 20 May 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Sat 20 May 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Indigenous Futures
Wed 24 May 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 25 May 9:00am - 3:00pm
Fri 26 May 9:00am - 3:00pm
Sat 27 May 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Cultural Vocabularies Part 2
Sat 27 May 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Sun 28 May 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Intersectional Gender Equity
Sun 28 May 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sustainable Modalities
Sun 28 May 12:00pm - 6:00pm


Free, booking required


Testing Grounds Emporium, 438 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
438 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Seating available Wheelchair accessible

The climate crisis, gender inequality, wealth and resource inequity, are all products of a hyper individualized society determined by the neoliberal values of capitalism. The challenges of the 21st century will require a more inclusive collaborative approach, one which recognises the value of the knowledge systems and cultural practices of indigenous and diverse communities who have been ignored in the preceding centuries. The perspectives of Women, and People of Colour will be a vital part of rethinking how the world we live in can be more sustainable and equitable.

Perspectives is grounded on the principles of collectivism. In Indigenous cultures, society sits within the ecosystem of the natural world, serving as stewards and custodians to lands, territories and resources as opposed to our western model of extraction. We are interested in uncovering this wealth of knowledge that is the legacy of our ancestors whilst also acknowledging that we are the ancestors of future generations. We have obligations to ensure we engage with the world through circular economies and begin the process of restoration for a renewed relationship with the planet and each other.

BIPOC and women designers have for some time been leveraging these ways of knowing and being, to transform the world we live in. Perspectives seeks to unpack and share processes and research to better understand the formation of design ideas and invite active participation from the audience. Process work has been historically positioned in the periphery of design presentation. The conversations, notes, sketches, debates, are seen as secondary to the finished artefact. Through flipping this hierarchy, the exhibition environment provides an opportunity to question and discuss pertinent issues and produce new knowledge.

The exhibition includes an engaging series of conversations structured around 4 core themes; Indigenous Futures, Cultural Vocabularies, Intersectional Gender Equity and Sustainable Modalities. Learn more via Book Now.

Presented by: Australian Institute of Architects, Collective Futures, Melbourne Design Week
Industry Partners: Indigenous Architecture Design Australia, Design Institute of Australia, Monash University, RMIT Interior Design, Testing Grounds, Tint
Technical Partner: Centre for Projection Art

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