UTS Assembly: Online lecture series

UTS Assembly is a live lecture series that invites leading creative minds to reflect on the conditions that shape our everyday lives.

In 2022, join UTS Assembly online to hear from curator Nato Thompson on CITIES; designer Gaetano Pesce on FUTURES; journalist and documentary film maker Yaara Bou Melham on SURVEILLANCE, and contemporary artist Camille Henrot on TECHNOLOGY.

Nato Thompson on ‘Cities


Author and curator Nato Thompson launched UTS Assembly with his lecture on how culture can shape contemporary CITIES.

Nato Thompson is a curator, self-described “cultural infrastructure builder” and author of Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life and Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Twenty-first Century.

As the previous Chief Curator and then Artistic Director at Creative Time in New York, his exhibitions and projects included Paul Chan’s production of “Waiting for Godot” in post-Katrina New Orleans, Kara Walker’s A Subtlety, and the itinerant Creative Time Summits, among many others. He has worked as Artistic Director at Philadelphia Contemporary and MASS MoCA.

Nato Thompson is the founder of the Alternative Art School and a co-founder of the blockchain platform, Artwrld alongside artist Walid Raad, and designer Josh Goldblum.



Gaetano Pesce on ‘Futures’


Join UTS Assembly online on July 29 to hear Gaetano Pesce discuss how art and design can shape FUTURES.

Gaetano Pesce is a leading contemporary Italian architect, artist, and designer whose career spans more than sixty years. His public and private projects worldwide are recognised for their emotive and tactile qualities, unrestrained use of colour, and insistence upon innovative building materials developed through new technologies.

The designer’s works express his interest in eroding the boundaries between art, design, and industry. Guided by a constant drive towards innovation and experimentation, Pesce’s major projects include, Organic Building, built 1989 and 1993 in Osaka, Japan, and Nobody’s Perfect, 2002 for Cassina, a furniture series made with polyurethane elastic resin.

Gaetano Pesce’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Centre Georges Pompidou, The Vitra Museum, and various other museums in Montreal, Japan, Portugal, Finland, and Australia. He has been awarded various prestigious prizes, including the Lawrence J. Israel award from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 2009.

The online forum will allow time for questions.

This event has been rescheduled for late September 2022.



Yaara Bou Melhem on ‘Surveillance’


Join UTS Assembly online on September 2 to hear director, writer and producer Yaara Bou Melhem discuss SURVEILLANCE.

Yaara Bou Melhem is a five-time Walkley Award-winning filmmaker and investigative journalist whose work focuses on environmental and human rights issues. Her first feature-length documentary, Unseen Skies (2021) follows artist Trevor Paglen’s journey to bring to light the urgency of the global impact of technology in the 21st century and the adverse effects on our anonymity and privacy.

Bou Melhem was a foreign correspondent with Dateline, SBS TV and Al Jazeera English for more than a decade and her films have received a number of accolades including two UN Media Peace Awards, two New York Film & Television Festival Awards, and a Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award. She has also made documentary shorts including War on Truth (2019) for Witness, Al Jazeera English which followed UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize Winner and digital rights pioneer, Maria Ressa and her global campaign against disinformation.

Yaara Bou Melhem is one of two inaugural journalists-in-residence at the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas where she is developing her next documentary feature Solastalgia – Journeys Through a Scarred Landscape.

The online forum will allow time for questions.

Friday 2 Sep, 2022, 12:30pm – 1:15pm


Camille Henrot on ‘Technology’


Join UTS Assembly online on October 21 to hear artist Camille Henrot reflect upon TECHNOLOGY.

Camille Henrot is recognized as one of the most influential voices in contemporary art today. Her critically acclaimed practice, encompassing drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, and film, questions what it means to be both a private individual and a global subject in an increasingly connected and over-stimulated world.

In 2013, Henrot’s film, Grosse Fatigue was awarded the prestigious Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale. Almost 10 years on, Grosse Fatigue remains one of the most influential examples of film in art from this century. Most recently Henrot presented Is Today Tomorrow at the NGV, her first major survey exhibition in Australia.

Henrot has had numerous solo exhibitions worldwide, including the New Museum, New York; Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin; New Orleans Museum of Art; Fondazione Memmo, Rome; Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Japan, among others. Current and upcoming solo exhibitions include Middelheim Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, 2022, Kunstverein Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria, 2022 and Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, 2022. She is the recipient of the 2014 Nam June Paik Award and the 2015 Edvard Munch Award, and has participated in the Lyon, Berlin, Sydney, and Liverpool Biennials, among others.

This event is pre-recorded.

Friday 21 Oct, 2022, 12:30pm – 1:15pm




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