Panel Discussion: Surveillance Cities

Panel Discussion: Surveillance Cities

  • 15 March 2020, 1–2.30pm
  • Please note: tickets are available for purchase both online and at the gallery.

  • Lyon Housemuseum Galleries,
    217 Cotham Rd, Kew

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Video-still of Matthew Sleeth's A Drone Opera, Image produced by Lucy Spartalis (2018)

Presented by Lyon Housemuseum Galleries.

Cities are becoming increasingly defined by digitalised infrastructure, prompting adaptive changes at both a design and user scale. Emerging surveillance cultures, facial recognition, autonomous vehicles, and computer-aided design are changing our urban landscapes and the way we interact with one another. Our panel comprising an artist, academic and a designer, will explore the intersections between ourselves, and our cities and their technology.

This panel discussion will be held in conjunction with the cinematic multi-channel installation of A Drone Opera – on show at the Lyon Housemuseum Galleries.


Prof. Sarah Pink (PhD. FASSA) is Professor and Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University. Sarah is a Design Anthropologist and methodological innovator who brings together ethnography, documentary and design practice to create new insights into non-predictive futures. Her work seeks to change the way we think about technological futures, through concepts of uncertainty, contingency and anticipatory modes of trust, hope and anxiety. She investigates these ideas through projects focusing on future intelligence and automated technologies.


Dr. Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi is Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the College of Design and Social Context. Previously, she was the Director of the QUT Urban Informatics Research Lab. Her current research explores designing for liveable and equitable urban futures across three inter-related domains: self-care and mutual aid; creative and impactful research methods, and; co-creative urban transformation.

Dr. Yazid Ninsalam is a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at RMIT School of Architecture and Urban Design where he is part of the ‘Climate Resilient Honiara’ project supported by the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund, and administered by UN-Habitat. He has been using drones to capture human impact on Asia Pacific landscapes for nearly a decade, and uses products derived from airborne and terrestrial LiDAR data to develop adaptation strategies for human induced environmental conflicts that result from rapidly shifting urban transitions.

Matthew Sleeth is a Melbourne-based visual artist. His often collaborative practice incorporates photography, film, installation, sculpture and live performance with a particular focus on the aesthetic and conceptual concerns of new media. Over the past year, he has contributed to the programs of Carriageworks, Sydney Film Festival and the National Gallery of Victoria through film and installation projects.

Commissioned by Experimenta
Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts
Directed by Matthew Sleeth
Produced by Kate Richards
Composed by Susan Frykberg

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2020, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

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