Art irritates, surprises, disturbs and disrupts, behaves improperly, takes no prisoners and breeds chaos as a matter of course.

These are its strengths, its intrinsic value. Out of necessity the language of the arts is open and inclusive. It also has the dexterity to deal with change and experiment and which, if introduced into an amplified discursive space, can expand the quality and depth of civic discourse and action. The quality of any conversation about the future of democracy will improve with the arts and the language of arts practice at its disposal.


In 2017, we have invited two young performance companies to invert and amplify the deep discursive nature of 2970° –  Sipat Lawin Ensemble from Manila in The Philippines and the Gold Coast’s very own Shock Therapy. Part collaboration, part-dialogue, part cultural hospitality; their relationship will be built around the intervention of Sipat Lawin’s process into the Year 11 activities of Robina State High School using their evolving performance, Gobyerno, as an artistic conceit.

Facilitated and supported by Shock Therapy, and with the involvement of Robina SHS Year 11 students and 2970° delegates, Gobyerno will be ‘performed’ in the evening of Friday September 8th with content derived from the discussions and protocols that will be developed throughout the day.

Our 2970° companies-in-residence will apply their exceptional talents to the opening event, The Four Pillars of Democracy, which will also feature local visual artist Rebecca Ross.

Architecture of Air and Water

In the wake of 2015 The Future Is Here edition, we ran two projects under the 2970° Generator banner funded by the City of Gold Coast. The first was a Roundtable discussion around the idea of Museum of Air and Water which spoke directly to key concerns about the environment and sustainability. Head of Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University, Professor Adrian Carter and co-convenor of the Museum of Air and Water Roundtable was so inspired by the Roundtable that he set up a 2017 studio for his Masters Students called Architecture of Air and Water. A selection of these projects will be presented by Bond students in The Lounge.

Image of Sidney Russell’s The Drum 

Generator Projects 

The 2970° Generator project engaged 2015 Speaker, Alex Kelly, in a social impact producing Masterclass, Making Change Making Impact for Gold Coast identifiers across all sectors. Out of this, we are supporting two projects by young artists, The Fourth Estate by Elizabeth Ralph and Design Your Own School by Nina-Rae Smith. You will hear about their progress on Friday and Saturday. And because it’s such a brilliant story, we have invited filmmaker Mick Angus to talk to The Tamborine Mountain Sports Association Project which arose directly out of connections and conversations he made during The Future Is Here.  Mick’s three short videos of these projects can be viewed in the Showroom Foyer at your leisure. Generator Projects have been produced with our 2970° partner-in-crime The Arts Centre Gold Coast.