Luck without magic in Sydney 22 August 2012

Speculations on luck in our sometimes cursed world…



Is luck still important in our lives, even when we no longer believe in superstitions? If so, is it possible to design for good fortune or to increase our confidence in the future?  Previously, the placebo was a method of detecting error in medical research, now scientists are taking the sugar pill seriously as a health measure.

Join us for the panel discussion to accompany the Joyaviva exhibition which will bring together diverse ideas about the influence of hope in human affairs. With Dr TOM MORTON (Associate Professor of Journalism, Director of Australian Centre for Independent Journalism), Dr LIZZIE MULLER (Senior Lecture, Interdisciplinary Design, UTS School of Design),  KEVIN MURRAY (curator, Joyaviva) and ALICE WHISH (jeweller, Joyaviva). Download the flyer for more information (pdf)




About Joyaviva: Live Jewellery from across the Pacific
Joyaviva presents diverse works by a new wave of jewellers from Australia, New Zealand and Chile – each piece is ‘alive’ as a device for sharing hopes and responding to our fears – ranging from threat of earthquakes to success in a school exam.

Created from a wide range of materials from 24ct gold to fabric, these objects link people together – transforming private wishes into shared stories. Presented alongside the documentation and ephemera of their use out in the world, Joyaviva is an opportunity to re-imagine the role of jewellery in our daily lives – traditional answers for modern questions. Visit to learn more about the project or view the exhibition guide online.
Until 31 August

Level 4, Peter Johnson Building, 702 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW, Australia
Open Monday – Friday 12-6pm


IMAGES CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Jacqui Chan Brooch from Host a Brooch in action, Christchurch. Caz Guiney Charm-ID Card plastic ID card, leather lanyard, gold 24ct gold leaf. Matthew M Wilson Price of change, found coins. Carolina Hornauer in conversation for Re-knot / Reanudar.

Joyaviva: Live Jewellery from across the Pacific was shown at RMIT in Feb 2012. It will be touring to Objectspace Auckland (NZ), Santiago and Valparaiso (Chile), Jalsuri Foundation (Bolivia) and Mexico City (Mexico).

Joyaviva is a project associated with the Ethical Design Laboratory, a research area of RMIT Centre for Design. Supported by the Council on Australia Latin America Relations and Creative NZ

UTS Gallery supported by Oyster Bay Wines and Coopers. Media Partner: 2ser