The Art of Democracy lies in

The Act of Listening. 

Welcome to the second edition of 2970° The Boiling Point where the alchemy of ideas and art aspires to conjure transformational change. 2970° is best imagined as a cultural provocation which inspires a future-focussed conversation that takes two years to unfold.

In 2017, there is no bigger conversation than the transformation of our civil society as it contends with fierce challenges to our democratic system.

Not just here in Australia but elsewhere in America, the UK, France. It’s not an understatement to say that Western democracy is turning somersaults.

And whilst dominant voices tend to loudly characterise ‘change’ as something to be scared of, my view is that ‘change’ creates an incredible opportunity for us to rewrite the rules, the laws, the protocols that represent and communicate the values that are most dear to us.

Enter 2970° Practising Democracy.

Rather than fixating on the noise, 2970° Practising Democracy goes deep into the quietude by listening to some smart people suggest provocative ideas for how we might make a future we want to live in.

Those smart people are coming from all over Australia, from Japan, the Philippines, the UK, and from right here on the Gold Coast, to ignite our democratic instincts with humour, intelligence and some massively big ideas.

So Practising Democracy is an invitation.

To our guests from elsewhere. And to ourselves.

To engage. To communicate.

But, most importantly, to listen.

Because if there is one activity we need to improve upon to better practise democracy, it’s listening.

I’d go so far as to say that the art of democracy lies in the act of listening.

Not just with our ears but with our hearts and our minds.

Listen for the signal between the noise and silence.

Listen with your whole body.

David Pledger
2970° - Curator

The format of 2970° is founded on nyid’s cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral dramaturgy in which the central platform is the engagement with artists across art-forms and experts from social, scientific and academic fields in local, national and international contexts. At its core, this methodology reflects upon the interconnectivity of disciplines, schools of thought and strategies for action as a way of creating a civic space in which the arts can behave as a catalyst for change.

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2970° Curator: David Pledger –
Project Manager & Curatorial Associate: Natalie Cursio
Company Administrator: Ying Zhang
Paymaster: Selene Bateman (Auspicious Arts)