Epoch Wars : Pony Express

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  • Venue

    City Hall View map


    01 October 2:30pm - 6:00pm


  • Standard $39

What should we name a future worth fighting for?

Epoch Wars is a seismic, anarchic adventure camouflaged as a conference; a deep-time festival-of-ideas where you get to decide on the name of our geological era.

Earth’s history is divided into massive slabs of time called ‘epochs’. Right now, a contest is raging to re-label our slice the “Anthropocene” - the age of human impact. But the “Anthropocene” blames all of us equally for Earth’s dire circumstances, rather than the corporations, CEOs, and top dogs in charge.  

Infiltrating Newcastle City Hall, Epoch Wars enlists you and an army of Australia’s most exciting artists and speakers. In a series of subversive keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities, we will battle it out for the naming rights of our shared future.

The geological just got personal.

Produced by Performing Lines
Conference Facilitators & Epoch Warrior Showrunners: Pony Express (Ian Sinclair and Loren Kronemyer)
Epoch Warriors: Breakout Session Artists: BLECK and Tallulah Brown
Epoch Warrior: Breakout Session Artist & Keynote: Emma-Maye Gibson 
Acknowledgement & Keynote Speaker: Luke Russell
Multimedia & Sound Design: Donovan Miller
Scenography Associate: Rachael Guinness
Production Manager: Joseph Burdock
Stage Manager: Sophie Ambler
Interactive Website Designer: Xavier Burrows
Conference Branding: Una X
Video Broadcast coordinator: Joesph Shrimpton
Video Broadcast & collaborating artist: Tiyan Baker 
Video Broadcast Collaborating Org: Chronus Art Center, Shanghai
Conference Producer: Samantha Butterworth

Featuring Epochal virtual artworks from Alex Last (Tas), Rory Wray Mcann (Tas), Natasha Tontey (Indo) & Lu Yang (China)  

Watch your rocks! More speakers and panellists to be announced! 

Duration 3.5 hours

Art Performance