From Here; For Now

Every week on Wednesday, until 1 July 2020
6pm - 10pm
From Here; for Now

Live online - no registration required

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From Here; For Now is an online talk series curated by Colby Vexler, Anna Tonkin, Eric Ye, and Guillermo Fernández-Abascal, with Justin Clemens and Alan Pert, and design by Nicole Ho and Samson Ossedryver.

This is an invitation to congregate remotely, to consider the present condition through the lens of architecture, design and visual culture. From here, for now, we do not propose new solutions, but instead refocus attention on the conceptual, material, and strategic relationships with things themselves and space that can be occupied, allowing room for vibes and atmosphere.

The series consists of 36+ online short talks (in the loosest of terms) 15 minutes each in duration, unfolding over 3 weekly sessions. Each talk is autonomous yet responds to one of three thematic brackets:

Each talk is autonomous yet responds to one of three thematic brackets:

  1. With Things Themselves - 17 June From 6pm AEST +10GMT
  2. Space that can be occupied, where things can be done - 24 June From 6pm AEST +10GMT 
  3. Less in the mood for meaning: room for vibes and atmosphere - 1 July From 6pm AEST +10GMT 

Each 4-hr+ block can be watched as a continuous marathon, or in part, or replayed after the live event.

No registration is required. These talks will be live on the From Here; For Now website. Recordings will be made available after the events.

Together the 36+ talks will become an evolving survey by significant thinkers reflecting on the moment we find ourselves in*. For us this must be necessarily brief, yet express complexity, simply. From here the series hopes to uncover natural connections, soft beliefs, and hard doubts. It will reveal a snapshot of things, spaces, and moods from this point in 2020, where out of uncertainty, apprehension, and instability some kind of clarity may emerge - if there is such a thing.

Speakers include: 51n4e, Baracco + Wright, Andrew Benjamin, Shumi Bose, Simone Bossi, Ricarda Bigolin (D&K), Arno Brandlhuber, Durga Chew Bose, Esther Choi, Beatriz Colomina, Maria Conen (Conen Sigl), Dean Cross, Maxime Delvaux, Justin Donnelly and Monling Lee (Jumbo NYC),  Tony Fretton, Hélène Frichot, Nicholas Gardner & Saša Štucin (Soft Baroque), Cristina Goberna Pesudo, Harquitectes, Tristen Harwood, Nikolaus Hirsch, Anne Holtrop, Junya Ishigami, Sarah Jamieson (Catseye Bay), Nicholas Korody, Sylvia Lavin, Lesley Lokko, Mae Architects, Michael Meredith & Hilary Sample (MOS), Erika Nakagawa, Hideyuki Nakayama, Anna Neimark (First Office), Office KGDVS, Productora, Philippe Rahm, Leon Ransmeier, Jack Self, Natasha Stagg, Wolfgang Tillmans, Anouk Vogel, Lois Weinthal, +*

For more information regarding the full series description and program please visit and @fromhere_fornow for more announcements and updates.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Cammeraygal of the Eora Nation, and the Woiwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation, as the custodians of the land on which this event was conceived. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. As an event with an international program, From Here; For Now would also like to acknowledge the traditional owners and indigenous peoples of the lands in which our guests are located.

This series is sponsored by and in collaboration with the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne and the MSD @ Home program. We wish to thank them for their generous support particularly Alan Pert, Donald Bates and Hélène Frichot. We also wish to thank the guest speakers for their contributions during this period.

*These 36+ speakers represent only a slice of the contemporary attitude. The list of architects, artists and designers considered for the series was long, some of whom we were unable to include in this part of the project.

*This list is incomplete and subject to revision and addition

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