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  • Unlimited Possibilities: Disability and Science Fiction Expo
    Saturday 3 December 2016
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    3D printing, robotics and brainwave music. Sounds like science fiction? Not any more…

    Find out for yourself at this exciting interactive event celebrating the International Day of People with Disability. Discover a world of unlimited possibilities and see how science fiction has inspired new ways for people with disability to participate in the world.

    Get hands-on with the new human technologies and explore how the power of your mind can extend your senses and mobility. You’ll also get to see how 3D technology works making it possible to print your own prosthetic ‘limbs’ at home, learn how inclusive design teams hack into objects and help rethink the future at the Sci-Fi Maker Lab.

    Then join an inspiring panel of artists, designers, and technologists to explore what emerging technology really means for people with disability. Does it promote equity, or does it drive people apart?

    This is a free event however bookings are essential. Tickets for the Inspiration Stations (Interactive Expo) are still available, however, the panel discussion, Sci-Fi Maker Lab and film screenings have now booked out.
    If you missed out on a ticket please come along to the Expo and any empty seats for the panel discussion, Sci-Fi Maker Lab and film screenings will made available before they start.

    Program

    Inspiration Stations (Interactive Expo) 1.00pm–3:30pm
    See inspiring technologies and projects such as the the eye controlled music device by Psykinetic. Psykinetic was founded by internationally renowned biomedical engineer, Dr Jordan Nguyen who recently featured on Catalyst and was a speaker at TedxSydney.

    Sci-Fi Maker Lab 1.00pm–3.15pm – BOOKED OUT
    Drop into and join an inclusive design team to imagine, illustrate and prototype fantastic solutions for the future. Facilitated by AbilityMate, Northcott Innovation and artist Stephen Mushin.

    Documentary Screening, FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement – BOOKED OUT
    Screening 1 – Audio Description: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
    Screening 2 – Captioned: 2.15pm – 3.15pm

    This award winning documentary takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human”and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.

    Panel Discussion 3.30pm – 5.00pm – Science fiction and disability – BOOKED OUT

    Inclusive design thinking is rapidly enhancing assistive technology, helping people with disability participate in the world and even sometimes experience things that people without a disability can’t do.

    The Panel will be Auslan interpreted and captioned.

    The Panelists include:

    Naomi Malone: An experienced advocate in the field of disability inclusion across the arts and business, Naomi has managed mulitiple projects for Accessible Arts NSW and Westpac Group. Profoundly deaf, she is a graduate in arts and law from the University of Sydney and holds an MA in Public History from UTS.

    Melanie Tran: Melanie is currently the Lead UX Designer at AbilityMate and is a Board Member at Leep NGO. She won the Young Achievers Award for her self-published poems and short stories and pursued The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to become the first person in the world with a neuromuscular condition to achieve the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award.

    Vicki Sowry: Vicki is Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology. For over 25 years she has delivered programs for artists in partnership with industry and academia that often foray into concepts found in science fiction.

    Peter Horsley: Peter is the Founder of Cerebal Palsy Alliance’s Technology Accelerator called Remarkable, supporting new startups as they create technology to advance the social and economic inclusion of people with disability.

    Customs House Library
    Saturday 3 December 2016 from 1pm to 5pm
  • FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement (UC)
    Saturday 3 December 2016
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    This is a free event as part of the Unlimited Possibilities: Disability and Science Fiction Expo.

    Tickets for these film screening are currently booked out. If you missed out on a ticket please come along to the Expo and any empty seats for the panel discussion, Sci-Fi Maker Lab and film screenings will made available before they start.

    “Fascinating, humane, and provocative reframing of conceptions of ‘normal’ bodies and ‘disability.’” – Gina Maranto, author of Quest for Perfection

    Screening Times
    1.00pm – 2.00pm – Audio Description
    2.15pm – 3.15pm – Captioned

    From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body.

    FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.
    What does “disabled” mean when a man with no legs can run faster than most people in the world?

    What does “normal” mean when cosmetic surgery procedures have risen over 450% percent in the last fifteen years and increasing numbers of people turn to “smart drugs” every day to get ahead at school or work? With prenatal screening able to predict hundreds of probable conditions, who should determine what kind of people get to be born? If you could augment your body’s abilities in any way imaginable, would you?

    This is a documentary screening as part of Unlimited Possibilities: Disability and Science Fiction Expo.

    Customs House Library
    Saturday 3 December 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
    Saturday 3 December 2016 from 2.15pm to 3.15pm

    Level 2, Meeting Room

  • Book Club at Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 10 December 2016
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    Join a book club for a friendly discussion of literature of all kinds.

    Our monthly club, held at Kings Cross Library, cover a range of genres, including award winners, contemporary and classic fiction, poetry, historical fiction, crime novels, biographies and quarterly essays.

    Among other titles, the Kings Cross book club will be looking at The Fixer by Joseph Finder, Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover, and This House of Grief by Helen Garner in the coming months.

    This group meets the second Saturday of the month.

    Bookings not required.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 14 May 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 11 June 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 9 July 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 13 August 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 10 September 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 8 October 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 12 November 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 10 December 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm