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In this series of discussion forums, artists and scholars reflect on the wider geopolitical contexts in which a number of Asia TOPA projects have been developed. The series offers deeper insight into the interplay of art and politics in the Asia-Pacific region, and how artists navigate and negotiate spaces within this context. It also explores how artists and works within the Asia TOPA program are connected to the broader trends and dynamics at play in the Asia-Pacific region.


Forum: The Planet – A Lament
In partnership with the University of Melbourne, co-curated with Edwin Jurriëns (UoM)
Venue: The University of Melbourne, Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room
Date: Tuesday 18 February 2020
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Speakers: Garin Nugroho, Sadiah Boonstra, Septina Layan 

Environmental traumas leave deep traces on the landscape and on the body. This Forum takes a cross disciplinary and comparative perspective to concepts of communal trauma and a destroyed community struggling with the consequences of a disaster. Garin Nugroho’s The Planet: A Lament is the starting-point for this look into a lost world, its history, present and future.

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Forum: Sipat Lawin
Venue: Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall
Date: Friday 28 February 2020
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Speakers: JK Anicoche, Adrienne Vergara, Laurence Castillo, Arnel Mardoquio
Moderator: Felix Preval

The satire Are You Ready To Take The Law Into Your Own Hands is deeply rooted in pop culture, community and politics in the Philippines and Australia. This forum discusses how pop culture, theatre and politics are connected both in the Philippines and across generations and Philippino migrant communities in Australia.

Join us for this free forum at Arts House, no need to register just rock up.

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Credit - The presentation of Are You Ready To Take The Law Into Your Own Hands is commissioned and presented by Arts House through the City of Melbourne, as part of Asia TOPA through Arts Centre Melbourne, with support from the Playking Foundation.