Creative Spaces Summit 2023

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Dr Kristin Alford

Dr Kristin Alford

Director of MOD

Dr Kristin Alford is a futurist and the inaugural Director of the future-focused museum MOD. at the University of South Australia. At MOD. Kristin leads a team of science communicators and designers developing immersive experience to showcase research and innovation to young adults. This work has been recognized by awards from the Asia-Pacific Network of Science Centres and the Australian Museums and Galleries Association.

Kristin is a member of the Accreditation, Recognition and Certification Committee for the South Australian Certificate of Education Board, and the Art & Culture Advisory Board for Lot Fourteen. She is actively involved in national and international science centre and museum networks and a globally recognised speaker on futures of emerging technologies. Kristin holds a PhD in mineral process engineering from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Management in Strategic Foresight from Swinburne University.

Previously she founded foresight agency Bridge8 where she led a team building foresight capability and developing emerging technology communications in domains including water sustainability, climate change, nanotechnology, education and health. She was the inaugural licensee and host of TEDxAdelaide and lectured foresight and social change at the University of Adelaide. She has had various careers in engineering, human resources, strategy and product development for companies including BHP Billiton, Ansett-Air New Zealand, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and Nanotechnology Victoria. In her spare time she volunteers with Rowing SA as a Boat Racing Official.

All Sessions by Dr Kristin Alford

Day 3
8:30 am - 9:45 am

Keynote Session Four

Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Panel - Our Digital Futures: Lot Fourteen Innovators
Panellists: Mandi Dimitiradis – Director of Learning, Maker’s Empire, Anton Andreacchio - Co-Founder, Convergen and Jumpgate, Thomas Hajdu – CEO, Disrupter and Director, Sia Furler Institute and Kristin Alford – Director, MOD.

Join innovators and creators from Lot Fourteen who will talk about the latest creative interventions in the digital space. Our panellists are at the cutting edge of digital creativity and this is a rare opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and how these translate into artistic experiences via case studies and first hand experiences. An amazing opportunity to think about what the future may hold from the people who are influencing and creating.


Keynote Panel - Mark Making
Panellists: Anderson Hunt – Founder and Artistic Director, Down Street Studios, Kristal Matthews, artist Wilay Designs

Our panel of public artists and curators will talk about the nature and importance of mark making in the context of art, community and heritage. The session will focus on the convergence of heritage and art - in the context of responding to place and why this is important. Galleries, artists, developers, designers and other stakeholders often collaborate on the creation, promotion of and engagement with artworks outside their facilities and within the public realm. Why is this important, what is the role of the artist and curators and what are the key things that we should be thinking about when making these marks on the world – acknowledging heritage and making history anew!