The Capitol acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

RMIT Culture Talks: What Does Waste Mean to You?

This interactive panel will explore how circular economy practices could re-imagine what waste is and what we can do with it. Focusing on high-impact areas in our city (such as fashion and textiles), the discussion will shed light on what is happening in circular economies in Victoria and beyond. You will hear from a range of voices, including academics, sustainability and circular economy experts, and students, and watch a screening of short documentaries produced by RMIT students exploring waste, circular economy research and teaching at RMIT. Presented by the Circular Economy Hub@RMIT, IC3P (Integrated Circular Economy, Climate Resilience and Clean Energy Platform) and the Victorian Circulator Activator. 

With Sean Trewick, Donna Portis, Kate Dundas, Zandy Powell, Rachel Roberts and Julia English 

This event is part of the RMIT Culture Talks: a four-part series designed to translate knowledge and examine issues affecting the community in an engaging and accessible way. Each session will include RMIT academics as speakers alongside collaborators, industry representatives and community members, showcasing creative, innovative ideas and research. 

This event is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 9 – 15 May 2022, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.

RMIT Culture Talks: A Space to Shape Place

An interactive forum to celebrate the launch of RMIT PlaceLab, new urban initiative connecting communities, shaping place, and taking a radically different approach to doing research.

The future is local. Now is the time to rethink how we live, and the solutions needed to support a more liveable, adaptive, and inclusive future. RMIT is taking a fresh approach to doing research, one that’s more collaborative and informed by the people who know their neighbourhoods best: that’s you.

In this open forum, join the conversation, alongside the RMIT PlaceLab team, learn about this exciting new initiative, and explore how RMIT PlaceLab aims to Engage, Research & Transform Melbourne’s most vital urban opportunities.

This event is part of the RMIT Culture Talks: a four-part series designed to translate knowledge and examine issues affecting the community in an accessible and engaging way. Each session will include RMIT academics as speakers alongside collaborators, industry representatives and community members, showcasing creative, innovative ideas and research.

This event is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 9 – 15 May 2022, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.

RMIT Culture Talks: Melbourne’s Future as a Digital City

This thought-provoking discussion will examine how current technology trends – such as working from home – are increasingly moving our economic and social activity online. You will hear from RMIT academics and learn insights from several areas of research from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S): a cross-disciplinary, national research centre, which aims to create the knowledge and strategies necessary for responsible, ethical and inclusive automated decision-making.  

With Professor Jason Potts, Associate Professor Chris Berg, Dr Alexia Maddox, Dr Tharuka Rupasinghe. 

This event is part of the RMIT Culture Talks: a four-part series designed to translate knowledge and examine issues affecting the community in an engaging and accessible way. Each session will include RMIT academics as speakers alongside collaborators, industry representatives and community members, showcasing creative, innovative ideas and research.  

Presented in partnership with ADM+S Centre, and is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 9 – 15 May 2022, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.

RMIT Culture Talks: Barely Gettin’ By – Radical Hope

Be part of the audience for a live recording of the podcast Barely Getting’ By, hosted by Emma Shortis and featuring special guests.

Forming part of Barely Getting’ By’s fourth season, ‘Up in Flames’, this event will examine climate policy as a global modern imperative. The panel will discuss the necessity of imagining different futures, local activism, action-based research, the role of governments and how radical hope might help us envisage and enact the path out of a climate change ravaged future.    

Hosted by GUSS researcher Emma Shortis, with Jeff Sparrow, James Blackwell and Mittul Vahanvati. 

This event is part of the RMIT Culture Talks: a four-part series designed to translate knowledge and examine issues affecting the community in an engaging and accessible way. Each session will include RMIT academics as speakers alongside collaborators, industry representatives and community members, showcasing creative, innovative ideas and research. 

These events are part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 9 – 15 May 2022, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.

Mona Chalabi: Taking the Numb out of Numbers

While analysing statistics for the United Nations, Mona saw how vital data was and how easily people with specific agendas could manipulate it. So, she set out to make data more transparent and accessible for all.  

Through her illustrations, animations, and articles for publications like The Guardian, FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times, Mona explores data sets on topics like affirmative action, voting trends, race and politics, alongside more offbeat issues like “how many Americans eat pizza for breakfast”. In this keynote talk hosted by broadcaster, journalist and podcast host, Elizabeth Kulas, Mona will walk the audience step-by-step through her process for creating data visualisations using simple language, beautiful images, and a decent dose of humour.   

 Co-presented by Melbourne Knowledge Week, RMIT Culture and The Wheeler Centre, and is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 9 – 15 May 2022, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.

Kevin Rudd: The Avoidable War

Kevin Rudd is one of Australia’s leading authorities on the United States’ relationship with China. In his latest book, The Avoidable War: The Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict Between the US and Xi Jinping’s China, the former Prime Minister breaks down the likely outcomes of a war between the two nations and proposes solutions based on his own diplomatic experience.

At his only Melbourne-based event to celebrate the book’s release, Rudd will share his in-depth analysis of Australia’s position in relation to China and the US, and offer new ways of thinking about current geopolitical crises amid an overwhelming news cycle.

Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre and Asia Society Australia.

Writing the Future

Join us for a panel discussion with speculative fiction writers RMIT alumnus Kate Mildenhall (Skylarking, The Mother Fault), Senior Lecturer Rose Michael (The Asking Game, The Art of Navigation), Eugen Bacon (Road to Woop Woop, Danged Black Thing) and winner of the inaugural Speculate Prize, RMIT PhD candidate Dominic Amerena.

Together they will explore the expansive possibilities of literature in the context of our rapidly changing world, and discuss how non-realist writing has the potential to imagine other worlds and other realities, as well as better, understand our own.

This RMIT Culture Salon celebrates the inaugural Speculate Prize and is presented in partnership with Giramondo Publishing and RMIT Writing & Publishing, sponsored by Whispir and supported by the Speculate Literary Festival.

Blak & Bright Festival Opening Night

Featuring over 65 exciting storytellers in a program of 27 events from oral stories to epic novels, from poems to monologues, from history to activism, and from food to country.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture, the Blak & Bright Literary Festival’s Opening night will be taking place at The Capitol on Friday 18th March. Join us for an evening of performance, poetry, music, and conversation to mark the beginning of the 2022 Festival. 

The event opens with a performance by Philly, Bryan Andy, James Henry and Steven Rhall, exploring men’s mental health. Following this, special guest Melissa Lucashenko speaks to the theme ‘What Changed? What Stayed the Same?’, with a spotlight on poet Jazz Money, RMIT’s Crystal McKinnon, RMIT Alumni Alexis Wright, poet Jazz Money, and Glenn Shea. 

Liane Moriarty: Apples Never Fall

Following global recognition for her novels and their award-winning TV adaptions, Australian star Liane Moriarty joins us at The Capitol to discuss her latest novel, Apples Never Fall. 

Moriarty’s nine internationally bestselling novels include Truly Madly Guilty, Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers – the latter two of which have produced critically celebrated television adaptions starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Reece Witherspoon.

Join Liane Moriarty and host Toni Jordan, with an introduction from novelist and RMIT University lecturer Michelle Aung Thin, as they discuss Apples Never Fall, its themes of unfulfilled promise, and Moriarty’s ongoing global success.

Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre. 

Protopia

Join Melbourne Music Week (MMW) for a day-long symposium of panels and talks, including a digital international keynote by Berlin-based musician and composer Holly Herndon. Individual sessions or full-day passes (to all Protopia events) are available within each event at checkout.

1–2.30pm Protopia Panel: Second Nature
Featuring: Alice Skye + Bridget Chappell + Sezzo Snot + hosted by Xan Coppinger
Join our eclectic spread of interdisciplinary panellists to talk about creating your own universe and fostering connection.

3.30–4.45pm Protopia Panel: Future Tense
Featuring: Alexander Powers + Corin Ileto + Eleanor Nalyiri Dixon + hosted by Shaad D’Souza
In this panel event, our stellar group of local and national artists will dissect what it means to explore temporality through technology and music.

5.45–6.45pm Protopia Presentation: Holly Herndon
Artist and composer Holly Herndon will join us for a hybrid presentation streaming live into the Theatre joined by Rupert Parry hosting in-person.
Speaking on the themes of interdependence, communal IP and voice ownership, collaborating with AI, singing through computers and using technology to encode meaning and memory. This session is supported by the Goethe-Institut.

8.15–9.30pm Protopia Performance: CORIN
Join acclaimed Filipina-Australian electronic producer, composer, and performer Corin Ileto as she takes to the stage.

Aboriginal peoples are invited to receive free tickets to this event, in recognition of sovereignty. For more information email melbourne.music@melbourne.vic.gov.au

Presented as part of Melbourne Music Week. 

Film, Fashion, Franchise & Ms Fisher

How do you build a brand like Miss FisherAs part of Melbourne Fashion Week, The Capitol, RMIT School of Media and Communication and Every Cloud Productions will host this special event-screening and in-conversation about how the Miss Fisher universe was created and how you develop a franchise as successfully as the phenomenal spin-off series, Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries.

The evening will commence with a screening of Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries Season 2, Episode 1 and an exclusive “Making of” featurette with the show’s heads of departments covering costume design, hair and make-up and production design.

Hosted by Lisa French, Dean, School of Media and Communication, RMIT, the post-screening conversation invites Ms Fisher’s co-creator and executive producer and RMIT Adjunct Professor, Fiona Eagger; producer Beth Frey; accomplished actress Catherine McClements, who plays Birdie Birnside in the series; costume designer Penny Dickinson; hair and make-up designer Lynn Wheeler; and co-executive producer Peter Mattessi, who has written for TV in the UK and Australia. Additional heads of department guests to be announced closer to the event.

The conversation will explore what goes on below-the-line and behind-the-scenes and dissect how various areas of expertise – such as costume design, hair and make-up, location scouting, producing and licensing and more – work collaboratively to create the world of Ms Fisher. We’ll also look at how the authenticity of the series was enriched and inspired by Melbourne’s period architecture.

Students and aspiring film and TV professionals will be inspired and exposed to a broader understanding of the many career pathways available to them across different disciplines in the screen industry.

A capsule showcase of striking costumes from the production will also be on display in The Capitol’s spectacular Salon. The capsule compliments a fuller exhibition of the extraordinary Ms Fisher costumes at Collins Place during Melbourne Fashion Week.

Presented with RMIT School of Media and Communication and Every Cloud Productions.

Production Credit

Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries is an Acorn TV Original Series produced by Every Cloud Productions. Principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria, Acorn Media Enterprises, All3media International and Fulcrum Media Finance. Inspired by Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, the TV series based on the Phryne Fisher Mystery Books by Kerry Greenwood.

Series created by Deb Cox & Fiona Eagger. Produced by Beth Frey. Executive producers are Fiona Eagger & Deb Cox.  Co-executive producer is Peter Mattessi. Series written by Deb Cox, Michael Miller, Felicity Packard, Elizabeth Coleman and Trent Roberts. Directed by Lynn Hegarty, Kevin Carlin and Jess Harris. Director of photography is Craig Barden ACS. Production designer is Ben Bangay. Costume designer is Penny Dickinson. Hair and make-up designer is Lynn Wheeler.

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Writing the Future

In response to recent announcements from the Victorian Government regarding restrictions, this event has been postponed. Please keep an eye on this listing page and our socials @thecapitolrmit for updates.

In this intimate Salon event speculative fiction writers Kate Mildenhall (Skylarking, The Mother Fault) and Eugen Bacon (Writing Speculative Fiction) explore the expansive possibilities of literature in the context of our rapidly changing world with RMIT’s Rose Michael (The Asking Game, The Art of Navigation). Together, they will discuss how non-realist writing has the potential to imagine other worlds and other realities and to better understand our own.

This RMIT Culture Literature & Ideas Salon celebrates the inaugural Speculate Prize, presented in partnership with Giramondo Publishing and RMIT Writing & Publishing, sponsored by Whispir and supported by the Speculate Literary Festival.