Spaced Apart


Spaced Apart is an online design, art, photography and sound symposium initiated by Melbourne creative practice U-P. The symposium aims to bring us closer together while we are spaced apart.

Spaced Apart speaks to the importance of maintaining social connection and solidarity in the face of crises, and the importance of continuing culture and supporting the creative arts. The symposium will bring together a series of live presentations from local and international creatives, providing audiences with cultural and social stimulation in a time of global lockdown. In reflecting on their work, presenters are invited to contemplate themes of solitude and togetherness, loneliness and sociability, and how these states of being might inform the process of creation. Live-streamed via the Spaced Apart website, the free online platform aims to provide an accessible, interactive space for sharing ideas; a space to realise new modes of digital and remote creative collaboration and exchange – one that will have ongoing relevance beyond the current pandemic.

Spaced Apart is co-curated by U-P and by five local Australian creative industry experts including RMIT Design Hub, PHOTO 2021, Denise Neri (Aesop), Keinton Butler (Powerhouse Museum) and Molonglo.

The line-up of presenters includes The Rodina, Ghetto Gastro, James Goggin, Tin & Ed, Yuri Suzuki, Brook Andrew, OSW (Scott Mitchell, Terri Bird, Bianca Hester), OPEN Architecture Beijing, Roseanne Bartley, Felicity Hammond, Aaron Christopher Rees, Pretziada, Georgia Nowak, Lucas Blalock and Tamar Shafrir with more to be announced. Visit for the full program and to subscribe for updates.

A special thanks to presenting partners RMIT Design Hub and PHOTO 2021. Spaced Apart is generously supported by Sonos.


Website and program launching 14 May 2020.
Live presentations on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 26 May until 30 June 2020.
Live-streamed via the Spaced Apart website and free for all.



For more information, please contact Paul Marcus Fuog:
+61 433 151 048
[email protected]


RMIT Design Hub
Kate Rhodes and Fleur Watson are curators at RMIT Design Hub Gallery. RMIT Design Hub Gallery exists to ask questions about design’s role in the world today. Through exhibitions, conversations, performances and publications, they explore the process of design – making space to imagine, test and risk new ideas together. Founded within RMIT University, the Design Hub Gallery has its roots in the city and in research practice. But most of all they are a public place, a zone for exploration and a platform for exchange, locally and internationally. The hub is an open space for discovery, questioning and experimentation. RMIT Design Hub Gallery acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we work.

PHOTO 2021

PHOTO 2021 is a major new international festival of photography, taking place in Melbourne and across Regional Victoria. The festival addresses the major issues of our time in a program of free exhibitions, outdoor displays and artist commissions, as well as talks, artist-led workshops and education programs. Presenting ideas critical to contemporary photographic discourse, PHOTO 2021 encourages the public to engage with and think about photography and visual culture in new and inspiring ways. The inaugural festival runs from 18 February to 7 March 2021 and is being delivered in collaboration with over 40 cultural institutions, museums, galleries and universities. The theme for PHOTO 2021 invites artists, curators, writers and academics to interrogate the relationship between photography and truth in the post-internet age.

Denise Neri (Aesop)

Denise joined Australian skincare brand Aesop in 2013. At Aesop she is responsible for the management of Aesop’s global architectural networks, researching and liaising with new architects for the regions in which the company operates, speaking at store openings and events and selecting external and internal architects for stores, counters, and special projects. She has contributed extensively to the company’s distinctive architectural signature, having worked on many Aesop spaces of unique and varied character across the globe. Among the many design events with which she has been involved are Milan Design Week, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the London Design Festival and Melbourne Design Week. She takes a keen interest in creating links between emerging designers and industry in Australia and around the world. Denise lives in Melbourne and enjoys weekends on the Victorian Surf Coast and rock art expeditions to remote Australia.

Keinton Butler (Powerhouse Museum)

Keinton Butler is Senior Curator, Design and Architecture at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Keinton has curated design exhibitions and commissioned new work in Australia, the UK and Europe. After a decade in London working as an independent curator, collaborating with organisations including the British Council and working under British artist Damien Hirst, Keinton returned to Australia in 2016 to join the Powerhouse. She has curated numerous design exhibitions for the museum including Common Good (2018) a major survey of contemporary design from the Asia- Pacific, Design Nation with Tim Ross (2018) and Fashion Revolution (2019) as well as establishing a series of annual architecture commissions. Her recent projects include Compression Cradle by Lucy McRae, commissioned for the XXII Triennale di Milano (2019). She is currently exploring the role of design in the medical sector in response to Covid-19 and is commissioning a series of objects that demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary design practice. Keinton holds a MA in Curating Contemporary Design from the Design Museum in London.


Molonglo operates within the field of property development theory and practice and has offices in Canberra, Melbourne, London and Athens. Since 1964, they have worked with artists, makers, designers and architects to conceive, design, deliver and curate their projects. Their work spans property investment and development; hotel, hospitality and retail businesses; and research, publishing and public programs. Molonglo’s process is often collaborative and cross-disciplinary, which allows for enormous fluidity, flexibility and disjunction in creative making. Ideologically, this process reflects their belief that to foster healthy, cohesive and tolerant societies, we need to accept messy arrangements – whether they be political, social or aesthetic.


U-P is a creative practice that produces brand identities, graphic design and digital platforms for cultural, educational, technology and design-orientated organisations; and has delivered digital platforms and marketing campaigns for some of the most progressive cultural events in Australia including Powerhouse Museum’s ‘Common Good’ exhibition, RMIT Design Hub ‘Fashion + Performance’ exhibition and PHOTO2020 Festival. Founded in 2004 by Paul Marcus Fuog and Uriah Gray, U-P has no bias towards media and works across websites and digital tools, books and publications, environment design, photography, video, illustration, objects and installations. U-P’s clients include RMIT Design Hub, University of Melbourne – Melbourne School of Design, Powerhouse Museum, V&A, Lyon Housemuseum, Victorian College of the Arts and Aesop. U-P teach Communication Design at Monash University of Art Design and Architecture (MADA) in Melbourne and have led workshops at OTIS College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne.