Alternative Radio (Aust.)
PO Box 780 Morwell
Victoria 3848 Australia
"Media Circus is a gathering of people who create, consume, critique and distribute media content that challenges, questions, expresses and celebrates our culture, our society and the way we live". First held in Melbourne in 1999 the Media Circus events are focused around ways in which the top down approach to main stream media can be broken down and replaced by more representative cultural expressions.
In our everyday life we encounter various spaces. Most of these spaces we regard as the public sphere. Places that are uncontrolled and allow free access and a location for people to socialise. However, most of what we call public spaces are, in fact, private property and while we hear much about the free and democratic press it is far from that. So, are there alternative and activist media spaces? How is autonomous space created and reclaimed from urban centres? What about the need for Indigenous people to create symbolic and physical ownership of the land and culture of Australia?
Tony Birch teaches Aboriginal history at Melbourne University and has been an activist within the Aboriginal community for many years.
Naomi Klein is a Canadian activist and author. Her book, No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies is a best seller.
Gavin Sullivan is a lawyer and activist with a particular interest in alternative housing. He is currently working with the Sydney Housing Collective (SHAC) and the South Sydney Council to develop Australia's first caretaker housing policy.
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