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Being or Zombieing?

6 – 12 October 2023
10.00am – 4.00pm AEDT
The Bank, UNSW Kensington
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Sculpture and architecture from the Festival of Care

How do we evaluate the extent to which we are ‘alive’ or ‘dead’ inside?

As part of Massive Action (a partnership between the ADA Innovation Hub and designers Bruce Mau and Aiyemobisi Williams of Massive Change Network), the BARC team is leading a design project to reconceptualise mental health and the way we support and resource it within communities. During the Open Studio, we will be running design/visualisation sessions and reading groups focusing on these questions including:

  • How do we address long term systemic issues with social causes, such as complex, intergenerational trauma?
  • If people aren’t accessing effective support within the Health sector, how can psychosocial needs be met in cultural/community spaces?
  • What is the role of experiential design in mental health?
  • How do cultural experiences change us ‘on the inside’ in ways that can be sustained?
  • How do we evaluate the extent to which we are ‘alive’ or ‘dead’ inside?


If you're interested in participating in this workshop session, email 


Times of sessions:

Friday 6/10, 1pm - 4pm

Monday 9/10, 10am - 1pm 

Wednesday 11/10, 10am - 1pm 

Thursday 12/10, 10am - 1pm

Friday 13/10, 1pm - 4pm



For BARC workshop approaches see Transforming Trauma:

Readings include ‘Analysing forms of aliveness and deadness’ from Reverie and Interpretation by Thomas Ogden