While art has often been an afterthought to catastrophe, how do incipient crises like climate change affect work being created in the here and now? Arts Editor at The Austalian Ashleigh Wilson sits down with Argentinian author and the Academy Award-winning cowriter of Birdman Nicolás Giacobone (The Crossed-Out Notebook) and one of America’s most influential and beloved writers Siri Hustvedt (Memories of the Future, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind) about the role and responsibility of creators in urgent times. Together they consider how art can provide respite from manic environments, offer a space for reflection, and otherwise frighten, compel and inspire audiences into action.

Siri Hustvedt is supported by Rosie Williams and John Grill AO.

Siri Hustvedt (International)

Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt is the author of a book of poetry, six essay collections, a work of non-fiction and seven novels, including The Blazing World and Memories of the Future. She has a PhD from Columbia University in English Literature and is a lecturer in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. The Blazing World was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. Siri has been awarded the Gabarron International Award for Thought and Humanities, the Prix Européen de L’essai Charles Veillon from the Fondation Charles Veillon, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, and the Princess of Asturias Award for Literature in Spain. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages. Siri lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Nicolás Giacobone (International)

Nicolás Giacobone

Nicolás Giacobone was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1975. He shared an Academy Award and Golden Globe for co-writing Birdman, which also won the Academy Award for Best Picture. He co-wrote the screenplays for Biutiful, which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay by the Cinema Writers Circle Awards in Spain, the Goya Awards and the Satellite Awards; The Last Elvis, which was awarded the Silver Condor for Best Original Screenplay by the Argentine Film Critics Association; and John And The Hole, which is currently in post-production. He has written a book of short stories (Algún Cristo), and his debut novel is The Crossed-Out Notebook. His second novel will come out in Spain and Latin America in the beginning of 2021.

Ashleigh Wilson (Australian)

Ashleigh Wilson

Ashleigh Wilson, arts editor of The Australian for almost a decade, is a Walkley-award winning journalist, based in Sydney. His first book was Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing. His second was On Artists.