On Belonging: Narrative and Cultural Expression in Architecture and Design

Moderated by Kim Bridgland

What are the stories we tell through design? This talk will explore design and architecture as a vessel to communicate, or to reflect, the cultural and historical narratives that can shape our cities and identities.

Discussion Panel

Kim Bridgland

Edition Office is an award-winning architecture studio based in Melbourne, founded by Kim Bridgland and Aaron Roberts in 2016. Through the execution of its built work and research, the practice is creating an ongoing series of figures, relics, stories and relationships; all continuing a greater investigation into material, spatial and cultural practice.

The studio has a great respect and admiration for a very diverse Australian landscape, and a considered awareness for the historical conflict that exists within all its terrains. This type of thinking and understanding of place and landscape as a space of conflict – fraught with its own historical, political and mythical undertones – permeates into the very centre of the work at Edition Office.

Lou Weis

Lou is a creative director and strategist with two decades experience across the creative industries, working with festivals and companies to realise ideas that always stem from a passion for historical context.

Broached Commissions, a gallery-based, research-driven furniture and object design studio, is the purest expression of this context driven work. The company was founded in late 2011 to international acclaim. Immediately after launching, Broached was engaged to create a narrative furniture collection for the now renowned Hotel Hotel, Canberra. Broached created the first ever design show for UCCA, Beijing and is the only studio represented at the prestigious Design Miami, Basel shows. In 2018-2019 a survey show of Broached works, titled Design Storytellers: the work of Broached Commissions was presented at NGVA, Federation Square.

Since 2006 Lou has been engaged by companies and government agencies to realise strategic goals. In 2010 he directed the Victorian Government’s Design Festival and in 2007 he created a national product design mentoring body for The Australia Council for the Arts. Lou has created large scale public artworks for Melbourne City Council, Melbourne, Singapore International Arts Festivals and Tokyo Design Week.

Eugenia Lim

Eugenia Lim is an Australian artist of Chinese–Singaporean descent who works across video, performance and installation to explore how national identities and stereotypes cut, divide and bond our globalised world. Her work has been exhibited internationally at festivals and venues including the Tate Modern, Dark MOFO, ACCA, Melbourne Festival, Next Wave, GOMA, ACMI, firstdraft, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), FACT (Liverpool) and EXiS Seoul.

She has been artist-in-residence with the Experimental Television Centre NY, Bundanon Trust, 4A Beijing Studio and the Robin Boyd Foundation. She is a 2018–2020 Gertrude Contemporary studio artist and in 2019, is the co-director (with Mish Grigor and Lara Thoms) of 25-year-old artistic company APHIDS. The Ambassador is a major tour of Lim’s recent work, initiated by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Museums and Galleries of NSW, traveling to eight venues across regional Australia in 2019–2021. Lim co-directed the inaugural Channels Festival, was founding editor of Assemble Papers and co-founded temporal art collective Tape Projects. She is the co-writer and host of ABC iView’s Video Becomes Us, an artist-made series on Australian video art.