The latest news on Balance-Unbalance 2013

'Balance-Unbalance 2013' is only a month away and we are looking forward to welcoming hundreds of delegates and visitors to Noosa.  

The 'Balance-Unbalance 2013' program includes over 120 presenters, three keynote panels, 12 Pecha Kucha presentations, 60 papers, 25 performances/installations and 30 panels/trans-disciplinary activities.

Participants will get to hear about what cities might be like in the future, how the Red Cross uses the arts and even gaming to explore climate change and disaster management, and how Gubbi Gubbi people are reviving Indigenous knowledge through their canoe project.

They can also experience installations such as 'Audio Peacocks', 'Listening to Mountain's', 'Hug@tree' and 'Haute-Couture Horticulture'.

  • Registrations for the three day program are now open
  • A limited number of one day tickets for Friday 31 May are also available for the day program at The J, and also for the special Pecha Kucha Night event that evening, hosted in collaboration with the  Creative Alliance.
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We hope to see a lot of you there, or at another upcoming Noosa Biosphere event!
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Five weeks to go!

With only 5 weeks until the conference, the Balance-Unbalance newsletter will continue to provide program highlights and updates leading into the event.
It is a beautiful sunny day here in Noosa, but we are all indoors, putting the finishing touches to our program and will upload the final version to the website shortly.

The organising committee is absolutely thrilled by the quality and diversity of presentations, which will include a number of artists from Floating Land 2013.

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Andrea Polli

Andrea Polli (USA) is a digital media artist living in New Mexico.
Her work with science, technology and media has been presented widely in over 100 presentations, exhibitions and performances internationally, has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards including a NYFA Artist's Fellowship, the Fulbright Specialist Award and the UNESCO Digital Arts Award. She currently works in collaboration with atmospheric scientists to develop systems for understanding storm and climate through sound (called sonification). In 2007/2008 she spent seven weeks in Antarctica on a National Science Foundation funded project. As a member of the steering committee for New York 2050, a wide-reaching project envisioning the future of the New York City region, she worked with city planners, environmental scientists, historians and other experts to look at the impact of climate on the future of human life both locally and globally. Andrea will explore the conference theme through the presentation of her practice and key projects including ‘Particle Falls’. This project creates visual waterfalls drawing on real-time data about the atmosphere

Ramon Guardans

Ramon Guardans (Spain) - Artist and scientist Ramon Guardans traces pollutants and their effect on local and global populations, health and environments and examines the relevance of different ways of life in understanding exposure. He has been involved for 20 years in international action on atmospheric and marine pollution including the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP). Ramon’s keynote will provoke new ways of understanding Atmospheric and Marine Pollution through art and transdisciplinary thinking.
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Noosa Junction, Friday May 31, 9am – 5:30pm

Join us at The J in Noosa Junction for a dynamic day of
  • keynote presentations
  • interactive artist forums
  • workshops from leading international, national and local presenters.
Panel 1
What is the future for human, how will we live?  
Chair: Leah Barclay
Tony Fry (Australia), Michel Tuffery (New Zealand), Fee Plumley (Australia).
Panel 2
What is the role of transdisciplinary thinking and art/science collaborations in moving thinking about humanity forward?
Chair:  Ricardo Dal Farra
Andrea Polli (USA), Ramón Guardans (Spain), Nina Czegledy (Canada).
Panel 3
How can we maximize the digital communications and other proactive change communities to progress the global sustainability movement?
Chair:  Lisa Chandler
Pablo Suarez (USA/Africa), Sue Davis (Sunshine Coast), Feral Arts (Brisbane), Shakthi Sivanathan (Sydney).
Image: Floating Land 2011 - Photographer: Raoul Slater

Pecha Kucha Night, Friday May 31, 5:30pm – 9pm

Hosted at The J in collaboration with the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance.
Come and meet some of the lead artists and Balance-Unbalance presenters from across the world and hear about visions for the future at our Pecha Kucha Night!
Presenters will include:
  • Michel Tuffery (NZ) / James Muller (AU)
  • Pablo Suarez (USA/Africa)
  • Bianca Beetson (Qld)
  • Ricardo Dal Farra (Montreal / Argentina)
  • Shakthi Sivanathan (AU)
  • Fee Plumley (AU)
  • Andrea Polli (USA)
  • Ruth Irwin (NZ)
  • Kate Chapman (Indonesia/USA)
  • Vanessa Tomlinson (AU)
  • Paul Bishop (AU)


Pablo Suarez (USA/Africa)
Pablo Suarez is the Associate Director for Research and Innovation at the International Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Action Centre. He leads the team's initiatives linking applied knowledge with humanitarian work - as well as new approaches to climate risk management, including participatory games for learning and dialogue. Pablo is based in Boston, USA, and oversees the Climate Centre's work in Africa and the Americas. His work as a researcher focuses on the integration of climate information into decision making, and on institutional integration across disciplines and geographic scales. He has consulted for the United Nations Development Programme, the World Food Programme, Oxfam America, and about twenty other international humanitarian and development organizations, working in more than 50 countries.

Bianca Beetson (Australia) – Bianca is of the Gubbi Gubbi people of the Sunshine Coast. Her work is instantly recognisable as she always uses the colour pink. She is a member of the Campfire Group as well as the ProppaNOW artists group, both based in Brisbane. She has shown her work in a number of exhibitions including the '2nd Asia Pacific Triennal' at the Queensland Art Gallery in 1996/1997, ‘Black Humour’ at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space in 1997 as well as the 2001 exhibition "Gatherings, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art From Queensland Australia" in Brisbane. Furthermore, Bianca’s work is concerned with her individual identity as an indigenous Australian, as well as the identity of Australia as a nation in terms of its history and governance.

Kate Chapman (Indonesia/USA)
Kate Chapman is the Acting Director of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Over the past 10 years Kate has mapped all sorts of things. Everything from mosquitoes, to individual houses for e911 to hurricanes and occasionally even things that don’t exist such as augmented reality games. A traditional geographer by training, she switched to the neogeography realm a couple years ago. Currently she is one of the individuals behind the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). HOT utilizes the tools and techniques of OpenStreetMap to help communities prepare for disaster, and rebuild when a disaster does strike.

Paul Bishop (Brisbane, Australia)
Paul Bishop is an Ecological Actor & Agent of Change. He is Chief Inspiration Officer of Arts Evolution. On one hand Arts Evolution is inspiring an 'evolution of the arts'; on the other it is enabling 'the art of evolution' for individuals & groups, by communicating the values of social, economic, environmental & cultural change, toward sustainable human futures. Despite general beliefs, there are many stories in this arena that are breathtakingly uplifting. Bishop is also an acclaimed Australian Television and Theatre actor and has recently shifted into politics as the Division 10 Councillor for Redland City Council in Queensland.
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Full Conference:  $350/$250 Concession
Friday Registration:  $130/$100 Concession
Friday evening Pecha Kucha Plus:  $25/$20 Concession 
For program information and registrations please visit
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If you can help out for half a day or more consider registering as a volunteer using the form on our website.  Volunteers will receive a free shirt and access to sessions when they are off duty depending on availability. 
We require general volunteers to assist with registration, room set up and so on, as well as people to take on specific roles e.g:
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Deputy Volunteer Coordinators
  • Tech Coordinator
  • Catering Coordinator
  • Transport Logistics Coordinator

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