Never Permanent: Some of the world’s most exciting filmmakers, authors, artists and musicians are coming to Melbourne

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Never Permanent: Some of the world’s most exciting filmmakers, authors, artists and musicians are coming to Melbourne

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Now or Never festival has announced an intriguing lineup for its one-of-a-kind conference, Never Permanent.

Technology is evolving at a pace never seen before, but its most successful applications remain powered by human innovation.

From the creators of acclaimed design festival Semi Permanent and in partnership with Now or Never, Never Permanent is a full-day program of keynote talks and panel discussions. Never Permanent celebrates and explores the rich intersection of creativity and technology now – a timely reminder to embrace and leverage new technologies to advance our artistic vision rather than usurp it.

As Semi Permanent’s first event in Melbourne for over a decade, you won’t want to miss the inaugural edition of Never Permanent.

Never Permanent lineup

  • Roman Coppola
  • Ta-ku
  • Mindy Seu
  • Serwah Attafuah
  • Joshua To + Nicholas Kamuda
  • Angie Abdilla
  • Jesse Woolston
  • Justin Ridler

Explore Melbourne’s latest arts and stage news, features, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Asteroid City

Director, screenwriter, producer, and inventor Roman Coppola will give his first keynote talk in Australia as a highlight of the Never Permanent program, following the release of his latest project, Festival de Cannes standout film Asteroid City.

The Cyberfeminism Index

New York-based designer and technologist Mindy Seu will mark the Australian launch of her acclaimed publication, which gathers three decades of online activism and net art to consider how humans might reconstruct themselves by way of technology.

Songs To Come Home To

On the eve of his debut album launch, recording artist, photographer and creative director Ta-ku will take to the Never Permanent stage to discuss his artistic process and the unique nature of his multidisciplinary practice.

Serwah Attafuah

A multidisciplinary artist and musician based on Dharug land/West Sydney, Australia, Serwah creates surreal cyber dreamscapes and heavenly wastelands, populated by afro-futuristic abstractions of self with strong ancestral and contemporary themes.

It goes down on Thursday 24 August at Royal Exhibition Building. Get tickets here.