School members excited to showcase our community and practice in SXSW Sydney

A festival to celebrate the convergence of tech, screen, music and games industries.

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Written by: ANU School of Cybernetics
10 Oct 2023


SXSW Sydney.
SXSW Sydney.

The iconic SXSW® Austin festival, originally founded in 1987, has been brought down under for the first time since its inception. The original conference and festival is best known to celebrate the convergence of technology, film, music, education and culture.

Spanning the whole week from Sunday 15 October to Sunday 22 October 2023, SXSW Sydney’s focus will be on celebrating the convergence of tech, screen, music and games industries. It will be an essential destination for professionals to discover the untapped potential of the APAC region, showcase talent, create unmatched connections, and marvel amongst the diverse topics and performances set to take place. The conference will feature more than 200 presentations, panels, workshops and mentor sessions. Session Select aims to collaborate with creative professionals, experts and inspired thinkers from around the world to identify innovative new ideas. Showcasing the importance of Climate Change, the panels will also focus on the metaverse, technologies and research building a future focused vision.

We’re excited to be a part of such a renowned global festival and look forward to the opportunity to showcase our people, our community and our shared vision to leverage Cybernetic tools to ensure future systems are safe, sustainable and responsible. This is also an important opportunity for our school members to engage with external bodies and foster future collaborations.

Monday 16 Oct#

2-3pm MEDITATION ON COUNTRY by Professor Angie Abdilla.

Showcasing a unique art project utilising Professor Abdilla’s research on Indigenous Protocols for AI.

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4-5pm THE NEW CYBERNETICS IS HERE! by Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell.

Professor Bell will explore how a systems approach, and more specifically cybernetics, could be a crucial tool for thinking about the future.

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Tuesday 17 Oct#

3.30-4.30pm DISCUSSING DIGITAL SOVEREIGNTY by Professor Angie Abdilla.

A panel discussion on the intersections of Indigenous cultural heritage, technology and sovereignty, addressing the critical issues in safeguarding First Nations’ cultural and intellectual property.

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Thursday 19 Oct#

11.30am-12.30pm TOMORROWS METAVERSE: A GLIMPSE INTO LIFE IN 2033 by Catherine Ball.

A lively panel discussion that takes us through a day in the life of a metaverse-entrenched citizen living in 2033.

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Friday 20 Oct#


This presentation will explore the First Nations perspective on digital land rights in the Metaverse.

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2.30-4pm HOPEFUL FUTURES VIA CYBERNETICS & GENERATIVE AI by Gabriela Ferraro, Evan Skinner and Josh Andres.

Dive into an interactive exploration of the relationships between humans, technology, and the environment through cybernetics and generative AI. Participants will engage hands-on with generative AI prototypes and participate in activities and discussions, fostering critical thinking about integrating these technologies into our futures.

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You are on Aboriginal land.

The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

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