Monthly Archives: July 2011

Future Human

Photos of our first Future Human event are now up here.

A “beautiful, idiosyncratic publication” – review in The Australian

Reviewed alongside a couple of other fantastic independent publications from Sydney: Seizure and the UTS Writers’ Anthology.

Read it here.

You can’t stop progress – @AmpersandMag

We are now on Twitter. Tweeting. All day long. Like Kim Kardashian. Just one more thing we have in common.

Ampersand presents Future Human – July 21, 8.30pm at Surry Hills Library

Ampersand Magazine presents Future Human #1
Gimcrack Journalism: Outsourcing, axing and the fragmentation of the newsroom.

Surry Hills Library
July 21, 2011, 8.30 pm

Richard Ackland
Peter Atkinson (Pagemasters)
Peter Smith (Financial Times)
Elmo Keep (Hungry Beast)

At the end of May this year, Fairfax sacked 82 sub-editors and production managers in favour of outsourcing to global editorial assembly line Pagemasters. In the US, top-flight investigative journalists are deserting newspapers and forming their own not-for-profit newsrooms. What will happen to quality reporting when the newsroom is finally dismantled? And do media graduates stand a chance of finding interesting work in this rapidly evolving economy, or are they doomed to blogging and streaming inane feuilleton?


Ampersand Magazine is very excited to present the first event of a new talks series, Future Human.

A hugely popular event from London, Future Human reinvents the intellectual salon for a new age of radical change and innovation as four selected guest speakers and experts address a unique topic.

Ampersand has joined up with our pal Dan Stacey, co-founder of the London event, and together have plans to make the night ongoing and monthly here in Sydney.

For this first event, we have been invited by regular Ampersand contributor and sometimes contributing editor, Eddie Sharp, to curate a night for the Surry Hills Library ‘Late Night Library’ series.

‘A blend of intimacy, anarchy and intellectual nourishment… the salon has arrived in the 21st century’ – The Sunday Times



Facebook event here.

Ampersand contributor Guo Jian speaks about the Chinese Government’s crackdown on artists

The Chinese Government’s crackdown on artists creating work deemed too controversial or critical are experiencing further heat from police.

In late June, Ampersand contributor Guo Jian spoke to both the New York Times and CNN about the situation in Beijing and how his art threatens the regime.

New York Times article
June 22, 2011

CNN newsreport (video)
June 26, 2011

Guo’s website.