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Still from ‘To go forward softly and very gently’ by New Wayfinders. Courtesy of the artists.

Experimenta Social (Distancing) #34:
Radical Change

Wed 20 May 2020, 2PM – 3PM

Radical change is here. As artists respond and adapt to an industry thrown into a tailspin, we begin to get a glimpse into what life might be like in 6 months time and the potential for significant change in how we make, share and experience art through technology. How are artists embracing technological change during these extraordinary times? And how can moving to digital enrich our creative community?

This month Experimenta has partnered with Melbourne/Naarm arts festival, Next Wave, to consider this potential for radical change. Launching in May, Next Wave festival artists are adapting performances and events to online platforms, creating live-stream performances, social media gatherings and podcast discussions. This necessary change in the face of lock-down restrictions has generated new perspectives and practices, and kept conversations and experiences thriving for audiences.

Join us as we present insights from artists who will discuss the ways they are now reaching wider audiences online and how these digital platforms can be used for a vehicle for activism and creative expression.


The Experimenta Social series moves to a live online platform and continues to provide proximity to some of Australia’s most adventurous contemporary artists, researchers and creative technologists. Make sure you RSVP to receive information on how to watch online.

This event is presented in collaboration with Next Wave Festival, 15 – 31 May 2020, www.2020.nextwave.org.au

Experimenta acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, on whose land we meet, share and work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.

About the Speakers

Florence (Folole) Tupuola

Florence (Folole) Tupuola

Florence (Folole) Tupuola is a Aotearoa born, Wiradjuri nation raised Samoan interdisciplinary artist and activist based in Narrm, Melbourne. She explores cultural identity and belonging through Samoan dance called ‘Siva Samoa’. She has performed in professional dance group’s internationally and across Australia, most recently National Multicultural Festival. A former recipient of FCAC Emerging Cultural Leaders program, she was able to delve into her passion for social justice, creative healing and community engagement.

Facilitating art workshops and events across Melbourne, Canberra and Samoa, for community groups and non-profit organisations such as Arts of the Pacific, Glenroy Sporting Club and ANU Pasifika Australia. Her Interactive and collaborative works have been exhibited at activist events such as Activist Arts Festival. Her ongoing solo project outlines her advocacy for child rights and involvement with child justice organisations such as Samoa Victim Support Group. Her passion in the arts has connected her role in climate change movement by joining Pacific Climate Warriors. Sharing collaborative storytelling works in Melbourne and Sydney.

Daz Chandler

Born on unceded Awabakal country (Newcastle, NSW), Daz Chandler is an interdisciplinary storyteller creating work traversing words, performance, events, sound, video, photography and technologies.

Daz Chandler

Born on unceded Awabakal country (Newcastle, NSW), Daz Chandler is an interdisciplinary storyteller creating work traversing words, performance, events, sound, video, photography and technologies. She has a background in human rights and advocacy building using documentary filmmaking and radio as principal mediums.

In May last year, Daz was one of five storytellers to be asked to perform at London’s Union Chapel as part of The Moth’s prestigious main-stage event. Her work has been presented in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Portugal, Spain, Germany, the US, the UK, Iran, Turkey, Palestine, Brazil and throughout Central America. Today Daz’s main interest lies in subject matter that flirts with the surreal and unknown, or challenges preconceived sociocultural or political notions to create instances of engagement, or points of connection between unlikely parties.