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'21st Century: Art in the First Decade' is an exhibition, publication, blog and series of public programs at the Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art that explore the art of the past ten years. As an expanded platform for the exhibition, the '21st Century Blog' functions as a source book of reference material and contributions provided by artists, curators and writers. Read more

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What will the future of the 21st century hold?

Hosted by Antony Funnell, Future Tense

Some of the big issues and ideas that have defined the 21st century, from communication and design, to architecture, health and the environment, have been explored throughout the GoMA Talks series during ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’.

During the final evening of this GoMA Talks series, guest panellists look to the future of the 21st century. What are the big forecasts for the 21st century? What are some of the problems we will encounter in the future, and what should we be doing now? Futurists, artists and authors explore ideas on what the future of the 21st century might hold for consumers and workers, media, technology, communication and art.

Antony Funnell (host)
Antony Funnell, presenter of ABC Radio National’s Future Tense program since 2009, is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. Antony has fronted Media Report on ABC Radio National and has worked for many of the country’s leading news and current affairs programs. In 2006 Antony won a Walkley Award for his documentary The Financial Abuse of the Elderly and in 2003 he won the United Nations Media Peace Prize (Best Radio) for a program on Aboriginal customary law.

Tony Albert
Tony Albert is a Brisbane-based artist born in North Queensland. His family comes from Cardwell, situated in the rainforest area of the far north. Tony’s work reveals his interest in mass-produced products from Australia’s history and what these say about dominant beliefs. His work Sorry 2008, currently on display in ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’, was inspired by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s formal apology to Indigenous Australians on 13 February 2008.

Ross Dawson
Ross Dawson is a leading futurist and authority on business strategy. He is the founding chairman of four companies, including the future research and strategy firm Future Exploration Network. Ross is author of the bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships (2000) and the acclaimed book Living Networks (2003), which foresaw the social networking revolution. Ross has also written a number of White Papers for organisations including Microsoft.

Melissa Gregg
Dr Melissa Gregg is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Melissa led the three year research study Working from Home, which looked at the impact of online communication technologies on professional work practices. The findings of this project culminate in the book Work’s Intimacy (Polity Press, forthcoming 2011). Melissa has recently been commissioned by the South Australian Government to survey attitudes on technology, lifestyle and the National Broadband Network in the first release site of Willunga.

Tim Longhurst
Tim Longhurst identifies trends and helps organisations adapt to a changing world. As a futurist, Tim collaborates with organisations to think about the future and ‘read the market’. He is an advisor for some of the world’s largest brands, including Nokia, Johnson & Johnson and Fuji Xerox. He has been Strategy Lead at the award-winning digital agency Amnesia Razorfish, and Director of Strategy at Australia’s largest independent political organisation, GetUp!. He is currently Strategy Lead at Key Message, a global strategy and communication consultancy.