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The FODI Line-Up Is Here So Cue All The Dangerous Ideas & Art

By Jessica Best
4th Sep 2018

The Festival Of Dangerous Ideas has just dropped their killer line-up of outspoken and outrageous talent and we’re honestly too overwhelmed for our own good. Back for its ninth festival to dissect the dangerous ideas informing our future, this year’s FODI theme lies all around Truth and Trust and is jam-packed with topics you’ll want to unpack over Friday dranks with your mates for weeks to come. 

As part of this theme, speakers and artists will discuss everything worth knowing in a post-truth world including artificial intelligence, the ethics of data, online privacy, censorship, rethinking colonial histories, sex, drugs, the rising power of disenfranchised online communities and more.

You can cop the entire line-up below and warning, it’s a doozy (and PS. tickets are on sale now):

Local speaker

  • Provocateur and author Germaine Greer joins a panel to discuss outrage culture and being branded as ‘too dangerous’.
  • Rockstar of AI Toby Walsh looks at the end of politics, equality and perhaps the West with the rise of the machines.
  • A panel discussion on sex robots and their place in providing an outlet to make anything possible with evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks, sexologist Dr Nikki Goldstein and criminologist Xanthe Mallet.
  • The Australian media are put under the microscope in a panel session Cancer on Democracy with Rebecca Huntley and Darren Goodsir with more panellists to be announced.
  • Former Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane joins Angela Nagle and Pankaj Mishra to consider what is fuelling nationalism and what we can expect next.
  • Activist and scholar Mick Dodson delivers a sharp address arguing the European colonial project is still in full swing.
  • Lawyer Rosalind Dixon and economists Richard Holden and Judith Sloan lead a conversation that asks whether inequality is always bad.
  • Australia’s relationship with China is considered by a panel featuring China Matters CEO Linda Jakobson with more to come.


International speakers 

  • Conservative historian and political commentator Niall Ferguson looks at what comes next after this current populist backlash against globalisation.
  • Pankaj Mishra, historian and author of Age of Anger, charts how nationalism and extremism are inevitable consequences of an increasingly unequal world.
  • Drawing on her personal experience, from both sides, ex Westboro Baptist Church member Megan Phelps-Roper argues that listening is not agreeing nor a betrayal to one’s cause.
  • Zeynup Tufekci and Seth Stephens-Davidowitz dissect the pros of big data sharing for society and if it is worth the cost of our personal privacy.
  • Former public defender and law professor Ayelet Waldman shares the benefits of LSD microdosing and challenges conventional thinking on drug policy versus evidence.
  • The author of Kill All Normies, Angela Nagle, takes a provocative look at who is really being served by the culture wars between the alt-right and a complacent left.
  • Pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman reminds us of the important role revisionism plays in cultural writing.

Dangerous art and other highlights

  • Part monologue, part shamanic striptease, local artist Betty Grumble presents Sex Clown Saves the World.
  • FODI hosts a Counterstrike LAN party which centres around US artist Riley Harmon’s electronic sculpture that shoots blood at gamers as they make a ‘kill’.
  • Based in the tradition of shibari, the art of rope bondage, local artist Garth Knight creates installations and performances which examine the tensions between submission and strength.
  • The Australian premiere of the Royal Court’s MANWATCHING is a very public telling of the very private thoughts of an anonymous female playwright, as read by a thoroughly unprepared male comedian.
  • Workshops with philosophers Matt Beard, Susan Dodds, Simon Longstaff and Jeremy Moss look at how the simplest questions around the ethics of our everyday lives can soon become rather tricky.

Jump right over here for info.

The Details

What: The Festival Of Dangerous Ideas 2018
When: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November 2018
Where: Cockatoo Island and Sydney Town Hall
Cost: Festival passes from $89 per person (plus a booking fee)

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