Meet the Panel – Bidder 70

The screening of BIDDER 70 will be followed by a lively and interactive discussion on the vital role that art and activism will play in the transformation towards a just and sustainable world.

Screening Details

When: Tuesday 26th November 2013
Time: 7.30pm (Doors open 6.30pm)
Venue: Bella Union Trades Hall
Address: Cnr Lygon St & Victoria Pde Carlton
Tickets: Online $7/$10 +BF  | Door $12/$15

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Panel Speakers

web de Blas (2)Alexandra de Blas is the principal of de Blas Communications– a business specialising in sustainability and science communication since 2008. She is also the Communications and Marketing Manager of Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA). Alexandra is an award winning journalist with 25 years media experience. Eight of which she was the voice of Earthbeat, ABC Radio National’s environment program. Her journalism awards include the 3rd World Water Forum Journalists Prize, Japan; and the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award. She is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow and sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of Ecos, CSIRO’s sustainability magazine.

Paul O'ConnorPaul Connor has been a climate change activist for five years. In that time he has organised an international hunger strike for climate justice which involved over 100,000 participants, been interviewed at the top of an eight metre coal drill rig, locked himself to friends in the foyer of Ted Baillieu’s office and other places, been visited at home by security intelligence officers and been written about extensively by his biggest admirer Andrew Bolt.

Most recently he has been undertaking social psychological research at the University of Melbourne into climate change communication and working as a volunteer manager for Quit Coal, an anti-coal collective associated with Friends of the Earth.

Liz ConorLiz Conor is a community campaigner, founding the activist theatre troupes ClimActs (with Deborah Hart 2013), The John Howard Ladies’ Auxiliary Fanclub (with Zelda Da, 1996) and convening the Coalition Against Sexual Violence Propaganda (1990) on media portrayal of rape, the Stick with Wik (1997) campaign on Native Title, the Mother’s of Intervention (2000) campaign on Maternity Leave.

Liz  teaches at the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University, is the author of The Spectacular Modern Woman: Feminine Visibility in the 1920s, [Indiana University Press, 2004],  and is completing Skin Deep: Settler Imaginings of Aboriginal Women.

She is former editor of Metro Magazine and Australian Screen EducationHer freelance essays and editorials have been published in The Age, The Drum, New Mathilda and and her blog has been archived by the National Library of Australia. 

Michael PulsfordMichael Pulsford is a Melbourne climate change activist and artist. He is Divestment Coordinator with Melbourne, and teaches Performance and Live Art at RMIT University.

He has been composer-in-residence with Helsinki International Theatre in Finland and artist-in-residence at L’Abbeye de Noirlac in France. As of March 2013, until he can think of an artwork that will have more useful impact per hours spent making it than the same amount of time spent in climate change activism, he’ll do the latter.

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