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Be in the audience at TEDxYouth@Sydney 2017

I've been swimming in TEDx talks since I started in the role of Head of Curatorial - and it's not a bad place to be, trust me, but I am particularly excited about our next event - TEDxYouth@Sydney on Wednesday 6th September at Sydney Town Hall.

The last few years, TEDxYouth@Sydney has always run simultaneously as the main event, but not this year. It's going to be a great day of ideas and you don't need to be young to go either!

All are exploring the theme #shiftingthefuture and the lineup of speakers includes:
- Nick Molnar – entrepreneur and founder of fintech company, Afterpay.
- Anastasia Volkova – from start-up, FluroSat, monitoring farms using drones and satellites in five states in Australia.
- Macinley Butson – a seriously talented 16-year-old inventor
Maria Tran – martial artist, actor, filmmaker and screen fight coordinator has kicked many asses in international action movies including legend Roger Corman’s Fist of the Dragon
- Chris Leben with special guest Lee Lin Chin - the creative team behind SBS presenter Lee Lin Chin’s comedic alter ego and viral smash.

Check out the full lineup and see what sessions speakers are appearing and grab a ticket!

PS: Lee Lin Chin is going to be on stage! Nuff said. 

A Night of Disruptive Ideas @ Vivid

I was very fortunate to host and moderate an incredible evening last Saturday as part of Vivid Ideas and in support of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.  The two panels explored the creative mind and the future of creativity. Was excellent to have neurosurgeon and founder of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Professor Charlie Teo on both panels as well as late entry, fresh from his TedxSydney appearance, Dr Jordan Nguyen. Full list of speakers below. @braincancer_au #curebraincancer @indeedau

Here are a few photos.   A Night of Disruptive Ideas brought to you by Indeed - The Future of Creativity - Panel 2.jpg

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  • Professor Charlie Teo - Neurosurgeon and Founder of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
  • Dr Tim Rayner - Philosopher and writer
  • Ninotschka Titchkosky - Principal and Studio Director at BVN Architecture
  • Dr Ben Ferris - Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Sydney Film School


  • Professor Charlie Teo
  • Catherine Stace - CEO of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
  • Dr Jordan Nguyen - Biomedical Engineer and TV Presenter 
  • Dr Alex Klat-Smith - Partner at PwC The Difference
  • Tane Hunter - Bioinformatician and cancer researcher at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Co-Founder of Future Crunch
  • Dr Angus Hervey - Manger of Random Hacks of Kindness Australia and Co-Founder of Future Crunch
  • Andrèz Coco - Service Design Lead at Qantas Loyalty (Innovationlab)
In conversation with photographer Katrin Koenning

Meeting up with Melbourne-based artist Katrin Koenning this afternoon to learn about her new photographic series, The Crossing, currently showing at the Australian Centre for Photography as part of the group show Transfer (16 April - 15 May). "The Crossing is concerned with the human impact on ecology. As short-term economic growth continues to take precedent over ongoing environmental and wildlife concerns, Koenning reflects on nature’s current state of uncertainty through her poetical and ethereal imagery".

Katrin also has a fair few Instagram followers - incredible feed.

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Growing Food in Small Spaces

Have a look at a sweet snippet of this great event I hosted last week - General Thinking on The Streets of Barangaroo ... held at The Canteen on Thursday 29 October 2015. It's a one minute taste and features Indira Naidoo, Nick Dwyer and Sacha Coles. The first in a series of monthly events (talks, conversations, debates, etc) [youtube]

Remo Giuffré is the Director; Jess Miller is the Curator and Project Manager; and Fenella Kernebone is its host.

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Shelter Hacks: What makes a good home?

What makes a good home? How can architecture create communities? Can the sharing economy provide new models for housing? Exploring all things "shelter" in a panel conversation this Wednesday at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Sydney.  On the panel -  Timothy Horton, Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board + Hugo Moline & Heidi Axelsen, architecture-artist duo, creators of Owner Occupy.  "Drawing on themes of shelter, ownership and flexibility in Owner Occupy, an installation by Hugo Moline and Heidi Axelsen for Fugitive Structures 2015, this forum will focus on how shelter, in all its variety, relates to society and human nature".

Wednesday 16 September, 2015 6–8 pm for a 6:30 pm start.

at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation 16-20 Goodhope Street Paddington NSW 2021


The Robotic Revolution in Architecture and Design

Hosting a panel this Saturday at Sydney University, presented by the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning as part of the Fabricating Futures Exhibition for Sydney Design Week 2015.

Here are the details:

The panel discussion will explore the challenges and developments surrounding robotic integration into architecture, art and design, focusing on the advances in real time sensor feedback, and social and human-robotic interaction.

The Robotic Revolution in Architecture and Design begins the discourse surrounding robotic fabrication and creative robotics in preparation for the RoblArch2016 conference themed 'Trajectories' hosted by the University of Sydney in March 2016.

Moderated by Fenella Kernebone, the forum will feature leading robotics experts from architecture, design, fabrication and creative robotics.


Marjo Niemelä, Manager DMaF Lab in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney and Rob|Arch 2016 Conference Workshop Chair

Professor Jon McCormack, Director of sensiLab at Monash University, and electronic media artist and computer science researcher

Dr Dagmar Reinhardt, Program Director of the BAE and Studio Leader of the Master of Digital Architecture Research at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, the University of Sydney, and ROB|ARCH2016 conference Co-Chair

Dr M Hank Hauessler, Senior Lecturer and Discipline Director of Computational Design (CoDe) at UNSW

SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2015 4pm - 7pm Architecture Lecture Theatre 1, Level 2, Wilkinson Building, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, 148 City Rd, Darlington.

Arrive at 4pm for drinks and nibbles. The discussion starts at 4.30pm and will be followed by drinks served by Botbar, our cocktail making robot, in the Design Modelling and Fabrication Lab (DMaF Lab) Level 1, Wilkinson Building.


One weekend isn't long enough! Underbelly Arts Festival 2015

It doesn't matter how many times I take the ferry across to Cockatoo Island, I am still in awe of the place. I love the rusty romance and uneven floors. Industrial heritage sites are charming at the best of times, but particularly if you have a tendency to love a little ruin porn, all hulking buildings and decaying paint. So as a location for the Underbelly Arts Festival, which positions itself as a festival about discovery, it is perfect. Underbelly this past weekend, cohesively and in many cases dramatically occupied a large number of spaces, while keeping its audience connected. I'm not sure whether running out of food on the opening night is a sign of success, but let's pretend it does mean that. The festival is about providing a range of bold contemporary art experiences and includes performance, video work, sound work, installation and immersive art, which in some cases is on a massive scale. It's a huge undertaking for one weekend.

I wanted to highlight three works that I was struck by, but there were many.

1. City Circle Arrives at Cloud Heaven by Thom and Angelmouse -  an immersive three - channel video installation, featuring a series of images of people that they collected from magazines "animated to look and behave like trains". A wonderfully weird, intriguing and strangely meditative work.


2. Soft Concrete - Lucy Phelan. This sound work was installed in a round concrete bunker with incredible acoustics. Lucy Phelan (aka Lucy Cliche) took recordings from around Cockatoo Island which she then bounced off the walls. The result was both "harsh and serene". Amazing.


3.  The Becalmed Heart - Brienna Macnish with collaborators Clare McCracken, Robert Jordan and Christopher Page. It's probably dull to focus on the magnitude of this work, but it's hard not to. The effort that went into its construction is profound and as a result it had an impact like no other. I wanted more time in there - it was calm and shocking. Set to a score, The Becalmed Heart is an large scale immersive environment, constructed out of plastic bags. The audience begins a "tour" in absolute darkness, before being led through a series of tunnels, rooms and caves, past stalactites and stalagmites - all sculpted from plastic bags.  It is a powerful reflection on consumption, mass consumerism and our impact on environment. A strong, vivid comment about our relationship with nature and the impact of climate change, executed in the most brutally beautiful way.

Becalmed Heart

Congratulations to all the folks who worked on and Artistic Director, Eliza Sarlos. Good one!

Underbelly Arts Festival 

Point Click Chat

Kernebone_Fenella_15_05_13_770x314px.jpg.770x314_q85_crop In the era of selfies, cat memes and foodiegrams, we increasingly see the world through the photos we take, but how do photographs change the way we see ourselves?

Fenella Kernebone hosts a three-part chat show that asks how we define our identities and culture through the images we make. Each week Fenella will ask the audience to share their opinions in a lively debate about how photography helped to make us, us.

What can we learn about the ‘Australian way’ from the photos we post? What are the perils of oversharing? And what would be the ramifications of a ‘digital dark age’ in which decades of digital files are lost or become unreadable?

Joining Fenella to get the conversation flowing will be panelists including artists, photographers, comedians, historians, geeks, musicians and architects. Of course, we encourage you to speak up, tweet along and Instagram away, because as we all know: if there’s no pic, it didn’t happen.

Digital dark age - Wednesday 14th May - 7pm

With Benjamin Law (writer), Claire Reilly (tech editor, CNET) and Dr Lisa Murray (city historian at the City of Sydney Council)

Oversharing - Wednesday 20th May - 7pm

With Tom Ballard (comedian), Sarah-Jane Kurtini (Tiny Beans co-founder) and Professor Catharine Lumby (media commentator)

Truth, beauty and the way of things - - Wednesday 27th May - 7pm

With Myf Warhurst (TV presenter, broadcaster and writer), David Hunt (historian and author) and Alison Page (interior designer and filmmaker)

Australian Design Alliance presents: Beijing Design Week: The Australian Experience

I'm hosting a discussion with the representatives of the inaugural Australian delegation to Beijing Design Week 2014 about the opportunities for Australian designers in China. How does Beijing Design Week compare to Milan Furniture Fair and other global events and what opportunities are there for Australian designers?

On the panel:

Oliver Kratzer, Chair Australian Design Alliance Brandon Gien, CEO Good Design Australia Ian Wong, Design Institute of Australia

It's Tuesday 28th October at 5:00pm to 7:00pm click here for details.

Golden Age Cinema and Bar, 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills


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Massive Attack J Files on Double J

One of the most celebrated acts in the history of electronic music is British act Massive Attack. When I was a teen their first two albums were close friends of mine, so it was a great pleasure to host the Massive Attack J Files on Double J. Big night - plenty of stories and all of that fabulous music.

There's a full article with vids and links on Double J's website and you can hear the show on the Double J Soundcloud

Design Excellence 2014 - Sydney's Cultural Jigsaw

Tomorrow night I am MC at City of Sydney’s Design Excellence forum on cultural precincts and how they can shape our city. There's a huge investment in cultural precincts worldwide and Sydney's cultural institutions are also planning on major capital development programs - to draw in new visitors and connect the spaces. What sort of planning approaches work (and what won't work) and can Sydney's institutions bring the love and work together? So many questions. So many questions. If you're in town - grab a ticket (it's free!): Here's who is speaking:

WELCOME Lord Mayor Clover Moore

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Adrian Ellis, Director, Global Cultural Districts Network

PRESENTERS Dr Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery of NSW Rose Hiscock, Director, Powerhouse Museum Dr Alex Byrne, NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive, State Library of NSW

DISCUSSION PANEL Bruce Baird AM, Chairman, Tourism and Transport Forum and Board Member, Sydney Theatre Company Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Malcolm Snow, Chief Executive, National Capital Authority Professor Peter Tregear, Head of the School of Music, Australian National University


Luke Carroll - Art After Hours

I bet this actor / Playschool presenter gets swamped by fans (especially little ones) when out and about. His breakthrough role was in the film, Australian Rules, but more recently has been performing in superb television dramas such as Redfern Now and Gods of Wheat Street. He also recently performed in the Sydney Festival and Queensland Theatre Company production of Black diggers, that explores the contribution of Australia’s first World War Aboriginal diggers.

Looking forward to speaking with Luke about the play, his career and anything else that comes to mind at the Art Gallery of NSW Art After Hours - 9th July at 6.30pm. It's all part of  NAIDOC Week 2014

Future Hobart at Dark Mofo

Public space - how do we use it? What do we look for in public space? What works and what doesn't? Tuesday 17th June, I'm hosting a forum with New York artist Vito Acconci from Acconci Studio on this very subject at Dark Mofo. Here's the blurb: 'Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.' – Jane Jacobs

How do we use public space in such a way as to maximise its potential? This question will form the centrepiece for an ongoing discussion series starring you, Hobart locals and interlopers alike. Our shared spaces do more than bring us together (although that is important enough): they say something about who we are as a group, and who we want to be.

To get the party started, the City of Hobart and MONA have invited New York artist Vito Acconci to offer up a prototype for how to create connections between previously discrete aspects of our city, and in doing so, activate them in unimagined ways. A while back, we commissioned Acconci – a pivotal player in the subversive 1970s art scene – to design a major piece of public architecture for our city, in response to the Queens Domain Master Plan. During Dark Mofo he will present a proposed structure to re-link the Queen's Domain with its riverside precinct containing the Hobart Cenotaph, before turning his vision over to you for discussion and debate. Speak up. The future, as it were, is in your hands.

Speculating about what Acconci Studio might come up with? Talk about it #futurehobart


Photo: Vito Acconci


Picture - Marcus Zusak Markus Zusak with Fenella Kernebone | Studio | TEDxSydney 2014 Photo: Tim Lumsdaine 

In April I had the day of all days when I hosted the breakout sessions in The Studio at the Sydney Opera House for TedxSydney. It was rather massive. For a few months there, life was BT and AT. Before tedx and ... you get the picture.

You can view the entire day, including all the added good bits that from The Studio - all the additional interviews with Tedx speakers including Marcus Zuzak, Adam Alter and Tim and Judy Sharpe (to name just a few) - on the tedxsydney website, youtube and everywhere else!

Here's a bunch of pictures from the whole day and from The Studio


I Touch Myself Project

It's a great honour to be an ambassador for the #itouchmyselfproject - this is a project instigated by friends and family of the legendary Chrissie Amphlett, who died a year ago of breast cancer. She wanted her song to become an anthem for women's breast awareness. My mother - the beautiful Mary Kernebone, died in 2007 of breast cancer, so this is an issue that has impacted on my life and my families life in huge way - as it has for so many other Australians.  So - touch yourself ladies!

Here's the song - featuring Katie Noonan, Megan Washington and more:

And here's my story as well

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In conversation with Elizabeth Ann Macgregor and Louise Herron - 25th November, 2013

I'll be speaking with Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Louise Herron, CEO of Sydney Opera House on Monday 25th November, 2013, as part of the end of year celebrations for SAMAG.

Here's the information from SAMAG's website:

"Fenella Kernebone in conversation with these two distinguished arts leaders, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia and Louise Herron, AM, CEO Sydney Opera House will discuss the year that was and reflect on the future of creative leadership in Australia. Our experienced guests will engage in a broad ranging discussion and speak to questions including: What shape is Australia’s arts industry currently in? What constitutes some of the biggest backwards and forwards steps in the sector? Has the status of the arts sector changed? How do you manage the process of transforming an organisation? What does the sector need to do to successfully adapt to change and remain relevant? What are the future opportunities in arts practice, funding and education? What will arts audiences expect in the future? What qualities will the next generation of creative leaders need?"

Monday 18th November - Creative Partnership Awards 2013

Hosted the Creative Partnership Awards 2013 – on Monday 18th November at Parliament House, Canberra, which recognise successful relationships between business and creative industries - many exploring alternate funding models to enable creative projects to happen. Many of the winners also used the platform to call for greater culture of giving towards the arts in Australia, which is seriously lacking here in comparison to our American counterparts.

In Australia - it's still the case that the more you earn, the less you give. So it was refreshing to hear from one the winner of the Creative Partnerships Philanthropy Leadership Award, Betty Amsden OAM - a big arts donor in this country, strongly arguing for a rise in philanthropy from those that have the means. It was an  inspiring speech - made me forget for a moment how sore my feet were from standing on stage for hours!

To see the list of winners and finalists - head to their website.

Hetti Perkins - Art Gallery of NSW

hetti Had a great chat with Hetti Perkins - creative director of the Corroboree Sydney festival on Wednesday 20th November at the Art Gallery of NSW for Art After Hours. On the festival, her ideas, the cultural diversity that is Indigenous Australia and more.