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GOMA Talks


GOMA Talks Harvest

6.30–7.30pm Thursdays
3, 17 and 31 July 2014 | GOMA | Free

During ‘Harvest’, the evening discussion program GOMA Talks returns for an exploration of food: its production, consumption and symbolism. Across three lively events, join special guest panellists and ABC Radio National hosts Antony Funnell (Future Tense), Sarah Kanowski (Weekend Arts) and Paul Barclay (Big Ideas) as they examine contemporary ideas and issues around the lifeblood that is food.

GOMA Talks sessions are free and no bookings are required to attend. Please arrive before 6.30pm to secure your seat.

View the live stream of GOMA Talks and share your comments, feedback and questions to the panel using the twitter hash tag #GOMAtalks or SMS 04 888 TALKS (82557).

Audi GOMA Bar
The Audi GOMA Bar will open from 5.15pm with themed food and drink offerings and a DJ set from Patience and John (The Grates). Read on for more details.

6.30pm Thursday 31 July
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6.30pm Thursday 31 July

GOMA Talks: Politics of food

Hosted by Paul Barclay, presenter of ABC Radio National's Big Ideas.

Cookbooks, cooking shows and celebrity chefs dominate the Australian cultural and media landscape - we are seemingly obsessed with food. However, paradoxically, food is also portrayed as ‘public enemy number one’ when it comes to modern ‘lifestyle’ diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and others.

In this GOMA Talks session, host Paul Barclay and guests will examine the politics surrounding contemporary food culture. Drawing from debates over food labelling, junk food, dieting and more – find out what the current political climate is surrounding food culture and the possible impact these debates might have over what we eat.

Host, Paul Barclay »
Radio National’s Big Ideas:

Paul Barclay is the presenter and series producer of the Big Ideas program on ABC Radio National. For seven years, Paul was the executive producer of Australia Talks' predecessor, Australia Talks Back, and in 2005 he won a Walkley Award for his investigation of the events and issues surrounding Bundaberg’s notorious ‘Dr Death’.
Deanne Condon-Paoloni »
Honorary Fellow, School of Health and Society, University of Wollongong

Deanne Condon-Paoloni is Honorary Fellow and Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Wollongong. Commissioned by the federal Department of Health and Ageing and as part of the University of Wollongong’s Australian Health Services Research Institute, she also co-authored an evaluation of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program, introduced by the Australian Government in 2008. More than 35,000 children have participated in the program, which sees children between the ages of eight and twelve learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal and healthy food. Condon-Paoloni has also published extensively on food and nutrition policy, including food security, food-related pregnancy risks, food fairness, food costs and risk of disease, and access to traditional foods for newly-settled refugees.
Dee Madigan »
Creative Director , Madigan Communications

Dee Madigan is a political advertising specialist, social commentator and creative director at Madigan Communications. With 18 years’ experience in the advertising industry, Madigan has worked with some of Australia’s largest brands across banking and finance, health and education and consumer fields. She has a strong background in social and political marketing campaigns for Federal, State and Local Governments, as well as a range of not-for-profit organisations. Madigan is a panellist on ABC TV’s The Gruen Planet, guest hosts Studio 10 and appears on Sky's The Contrarians, PM Live and The Perrett Report. She is a regular contributor to ABC Radio, is author of The Hard Sell: The tricks of political advertising (2014) and writes for a number of publications including The Drum, The Sun-Herald, The Telegraph and The Hoopla.
Dr Jim Hyde »
Professor, Public Health Policy, Deakin University

Dr Jim Hyde is Professor of Public Health Policy at Deakin University’s Public Health Strategic Research Centre and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Monash Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society. Former Director of Prevention and Population Health for the Victorian Department of Health, Jim played a leading role in negotiating for the states and territories on the National Partnership Agreement on Preventative Health in 2009-10. A passionate and expert public health professional, Jim is committed to contributing to the public health discourse and promoting sustainable progressive reform. He is a Board member of the Institute of Public Administration Victoria, and former Board member of the AIDS Trust of Australia.
Richard Webb »
Seafood sustainability advocate, chef and owner of Swampdog Fish & Chips

Richard Webb is a Brisbane-based chef, seafood sustainability advocate and owner of Swampdog Fish & Chips in South Brisbane, Queensland. Along with several of Australia’s leading chefs, he is also a supporter of the Australian Marine Conservation Society’s Good Fish Project, which advocates for restaurants and businesses shifting to sustainable, locally-sourced seafood. Former chef at Sprout, Auchenflower, Webb opened Swampdog in 2011 as a response to the restaurant industry’s apathy toward the environmental impacts of its seafood supply choices. Since that time, Swampdog has developed a reputation for the inventive use of local, sustainably-sourced seafood, and Webb’s approach is beginning to influence the Brisbane restaurant scene more generally. Swampdog’s motto is ‘Good for you, good for me, good for the sea’.
GOMA Talks: Audi GOMA Bar & DJ

GOMA Talks: Audi GOMA Bar & DJ


Join friends at the Audi GOMA Bar in the Cinema Foyer from 5.15pm prior to each event for drinks and light bites from a specially curated GOMA Talks Harvest menu, while enjoying a DJ Set from Brisbane darlings Patience Hodgson and John Patterson (The Grates).

The Grates »
Patience Hodgson and John Patterson are the duo behind Australian indie band The Grates. Their debut album Gravity Won’t Get You High (2006) won several awards including an Australian Music Prize, three ARIA awards and a J Award. 
After touring their third LP Secret Ritual (2011),the duo returned to their home town and opened Southside Tea Room – a cosy cafe / bar located in Morningside. Since opening in 2012, Southside Tea Room has received rave reviews and now hosts regular special events, markets, intimate gigs and craft tutorials.

'Food For Thought' Package

'Food For Thought' Package

Due to popular demand the ‘Food for Thought’ packages have sold out, but you can still attend GOMA Talks! No bookings are required for GOMA Talks sessions; please arrive before 6.30pm to secure your seat. Food and beverage are available for purchase at the Audi GOMA Bar from 5.15pm, with a DJ set from Patience and John (The Grates).

Deepen your GOMA Talks experience with our exclusive ‘Food for Thought’ package.

Enjoy a delightful bite to eat and glass of wine before the evening’s GOMA Talks discussion, followed by a private tour of ‘Harvest’ with exhibition curator Ellie Buttrose.



Arrival drink at the Audi GOMA Bar, Cinema Foyer with a live DJ set from Brisbane darlings Patience Hodgson and John Patterson (The Grates).
Fresh legume risotto, rabbit ham and parmesan crumble (gf)

GOMA Talks Food Futures | Cinema A

The ‘Food Futures’ curatorial tour will focus on the works in ‘Harvest’ that represent the ecological impact of our consumer culture as well as proposing alternatives to current land management practices by artists such as Emily Floyd, Rivane Neuenschwander, SUPERFLEX, and Tomás Saraceno.



Arrival drink at the Audi GOMA Bar, Cinema Foyer with a live DJ set from Brisbane darlings Patience Hodgson and John Patterson (The Grates).
Warhol tomato soup, native spice toast soldiers (v)

GOMA Talks Food, Art & Life | Cinema A

The ‘Food, Art and Life’ tour will centre on the works in the exhibition that speak about the relationship between food and harvesting and aesthetic and cultural traditions, including works by Alexander Coosemans, Fallen Fruit, Emily Kngwarreye, and Shriana Shabahzi.



Arrival drink at the Audi GOMA Bar, Cinema Foyer with a live DJ set from Brisbane darlings Patience Hodgson and John Patterson (The Grates).Southern style fried organic free range chicken, Khrenovina sauce (gf)

GOMA Talks Politics of Food | Cinema A

The ‘Politics of Food’ tour will discuss works in ‘Harvest’ that reference the cultural and dietary impacts of the globalisation of food culture, key artists will include: Darryn Sylvester, Rona Rubuntja, Robin White and Xu Zhen.

Package includes a set food and beverage package, plus an exclusive themed curatorial tour of the ‘Harvest’ exhibition, tailored to the night’s GOMA Talk theme, departing after the discussion session. Please note that the package does not include a reserved seat to the GOMA Talks session.

Past Programs

6.30pm Thursday 3 July

6.30pm Thursday 3 July

GOMA Talks: Food Futures

Hosted by Antony Funnell, presenter of ABC Radio National’s Future Tense.

In twenty-first-century culture, food is everything and yet, in this new millennium, society is arguably more removed from the realities of food production at any time in human history.

In this GOMA Talks session, host Anthony Funnell and guests discussed food security and the future of food, examining the different solutions to ensuring sustainability in society’s food future.

Host, Antony Funnell »
Radio National’s Future Tense:

Antony is a Walkley award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He is also the author of the newly-released book The Future and Related Nonsense (published by Harper Collins). Antony has been the presenter of Future Tense since 2009; prior to that he fronted Media Report. He also presents the monthly education podcast EdPod for RN. Over the past two decades he has worked for many of the country's leading news and current affairs programs, including AM, PM, the 7.30 Report, Background Briefing and Radio National Breakfast.
Tony Mahar »
General Manager of Policy and Manager of Economics and Trade, National Farmers’ Federation:

Tony Mahar is the General Manager of Policy and Manager of Economics and Trade at the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), the peak national body representing farmers and the agriculture sector in Australia. Founded in 1979, the NFF presents innovative and forward-looking solutions to the key issues affecting Australian agriculture. With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, Tony has been instrumental in driving policy development and reform for Australian agriculture. This can be seen through his work on international trade, competition, foreign investment and food labelling. Prior to joining the NFF in July 2012, Tony was the Director of Sustainable Development at the Australian Food and Grocery Council, where he was responsible for driving responses to economic and sustainability challenges.
Dr Carol Richards »
Vice-President, Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (QLD) and Senior Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology:

Dr Carol Richards is a food and agriculture sociologist who has recently been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at the School of Management, Business School, Queensland University of Technology. She also serves as Vice-President of the national fair food organization, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA). Carol has published on topics including sustainable agriculture, supermarkets and market power, food security and urban agriculture. Her work with AFSA is based upon a collective vision for a food system that is ethical, fair and genuinely sustainable – and which is articulated in the People’s Food Plan, Australia’s first crowd-sourced policy document. Her work on sustainable food systems has taken her to outback Australia and sub-arctic Norway. At home in Brisbane, Carol keeps hens, farms fish (aquaponics) and grows vegetables.
Dr Jaz Hee-jeong Choi »
Deputy Director, Urban Informatics Research Lab and Senior Lecturer, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology:

Dr Jaz Choi is Deputy Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab and a Senior Lecturer in Interactive and Visual Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. In her doctoral research, Choi developed a new approach to urban sustainability that recognises ‘play’ as the core of transformative interactions in cities. Her current research explores designing and developing playful technologies to cultivate sustainable food culture, as well as self-care and mutual aid in urban environments. She is also the founder and acting chair of FoodCHI, a global food and computer-human interaction research network as part of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction. Choi has collaborated with leading international researchers, published across various disciplines, and given invited talks including the opening keynote address at the 2010 UNESCO Creative Cities Conference.
Josue Lopez »
Executive Chef, QAGOMA:

Born in El Salvador and raised in Brisbane, Josue (Josh) has worked in some of Brisbane and Europe’s most acclaimed restaurants. In 2007, he worked at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze in London. Returning home, in 2010 he was awarded Food and Wine Guide Young Chef of the Year as Head Chef at Two Small Rooms, Brisbane and has been nominated again in 2014 as Executive Chef at QAGOMA. In 2011, he spent three months at Noma, then ranked number one in the world. Josh is also a delegate for Slow Food Australia attending the 2014 Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre, to be held in Turin, Italy. Josh has been a part of the ‘Harvest: Art, Food & Film’ project at QAGOMA and contributed to the publication. As Executive Chef at QAGOMA, Josh effortlessly combines cuisine and art with a philosophy that encompasses all that is fresh, contemporary and local.
6.30pm Thursday 17 July

6.30pm Thursday 17 July

GOMA Talks: Food, Art and Life

Hosted by Sarah Kanowski, presenter of ABC Radio National's Weekend Arts.
From the austerely beautiful still lifes of seventeenth-century Spanish painter Juan Sánchez Cotán, to the contemporary public art projects of Los Angeles-based collective Fallen Fruit, artists have made deep and provocative responses to the aesthetics, ethics and politics of food.  .  Food can express our identities and cultivate communities. How does food really shape who we are?

In this GOMA Talks session, host Sarah Kanowski and guests will examine how food has played a vital role in shaping our identities.

Host, Sarah Kanowski »
Radio National’s Weekend Arts:
Weekend Arts presenter Sarah Kanowski is a writer and broadcaster who has worked with Late Night Live, Saturday Extra and Encounter on ABC Radio National. She has also studied English at Oxford University and edited Island magazine in Tasmania.
Fallen Fruit »
LA-Based artist collective and exhibiting ‘Harvest’ artists:
Joining the session via Skype

Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) is a Los Angeles-based art collaboration that began in 2004, mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles, and has expanded to include public art projects and site-specific installations and happenings in cities around the world. Fallen Fruit always work with fruit as a material or media, and use fruit as to engage public imagination about the boundaries of public and private and our connectedness to each other in the world. For 'Harvest', Fallen Fruit presents a site-specific commission on the pineapple, entitled Fallen Fruit of Brisbane: Pineapple Express! 2014. The work consists of pineapple wallpaper and an installation of pineapple themed artworks, tourists tchotchkes and domestic objects collected from public participation.  Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work.
Dr Diane Kirkby »
Reader in History, LA Trobe University:

Professor Diane Kirkby is an historian and former Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria. She has taught the history of food and drink, deriving from her research interests in women's working history in Australia and the USA. Her publications include Barmaids: A History of Women's Work in Pubs; and The Australian Pub exploring the history and development of this iconic institution and its associated drinking culture. Her book on journalist Alice Henry: The Power of Pen and Voice: The Life of an Australian-American Labor Reformer, won the W.K.Hancock Prize of the Australian Historical Association. Kirkby has served on a number of professional associations and committees including the Australian Historical Association, the Australian-American Fulbright Selection Committee, and is a founding member and past President of the Australia-New Zealand Law and History Society.
Joanna Savill »
Festival Director, Good Food Month:

Joanna Savill is Director of Good Food Month, Australia’s largest food festival, and has been Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide since 2007. She was the co-creator and presenter of the award winning SBS television series The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia with Maeve O’Meara, born out of the SBS Eating Guides to Sydney and Melbourne, which she co-created and authored over 13 years. As a food journalist, Savill has contributed to most major food publications in Australia and in 2004 was named as the ‘best overall contributor to the communication of food’ by the Food Media Club of Australia. As a former news and current affairs reporter for Dateline, SBS World News and Vox Populi, Savill has eaten her way around the world, in many different languages.
Paul West »
Chef and host of River Cottage Australia:

Paul West is a chef and host of The Lifestyle Channel’s River Cottage Australia television series, based in Central Tilba on the New South Wales south coast. River Cottage Australia is the first international franchise of the hugely successful British series, which has striven to change eating habits, improve the welfare and sustainability of animals and fish, and advocate for the consumption of local, seasonal produce since 1998. West has worked across the full spectrum of food production, from primary producing, wholesaling and retailing through to manning the stoves in a wide range culinary establishments. He also holds a certificate in permaculture design. West will commence filming on River Cottage Australia’s third season in August.