Finding your way around Pause Fest 2015

Mon 9th - Sun 15th Feb

Fed Square Precinct

(Almost) all of our jam-packed schedule is taking place in various locations in and around Fed Square, but it can still be tricky to find exactly where you’re going. Here’s a guide to help you, with some visual aids. 1. Deakin Edge Stage The Deakin Edge Stage can be found on the lower level of […]

Pause Day 5: Friday

Friday Feb 13

Pause Festival

Welcome to Day 5 of Pause Festival 2015! Download the Pause Fest 2015 app for information, maps and more iTunes | Google Play Pause The Road Toll Fri 9am – 6pm ACMI Cube Project Pixel Squared Fri 6:45pm – 2am Tech_Bar @ Beer Deluxe GameLoading: Sneak Peek & Panel Discussion Fri 7pm – 8:30pm ACMI Studio 1 (Ticketed) […]

This American Life: Keynote & Masterclass

Sat 14th + Sun 15th Feb

Federation Square, Melbourne

A truly unique and intimate journalism masterclass, featuring This American Life, Tom Tilley (Triple J’s Hack) and Oliver Milman (Guardian Australia). Registration has now closed, we are completely booked out for this session. – – – In 2015, we are honoured to be joined by two of the world’s best storytellers. Brian Reed and Miki Meek from […]

Pause Fest 2015 Will Be Powered By Beacon Technology

Mon 9th - Sun 15th Feb

Fed Square and other locations

Pause Fest and Melbourne digital agency Inlight have announced that the 2015 Pause Fest app will be powered by Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, also known as iBeacon. BLE beacons will be strategically deployed throughout Federation Square, the festivals digital innovation hub, enabling the Pause Fest app to deliver personalised notifications and content to attendees based on their […]

Flow by Ethno Tekh

Mon 9th - Sun 15th Feb - 830pm - 1130pm

Fed Square Precinct

Interactive Installation Commissioned by Fed Square’s Creative Program and co-produced for Pause Festival 2015 at Fed Square, Melbourne FREE   Flow by Ethno Tekh Flow is a digital garden comprised of a large circle of 15 flower sculptures connected by streams of flowing light. Become the centre of this futuristic sculpture garden awakening the flowers with […]


Mon 9th - Sun 15th Feb - 830pm - 1130pm

Fed Square Atrium

Interactive Installation Commissioned by Fed Square’s Creative Program and co-produced for Pause Festival 2015 at Fed Square, Melbourne Free Light Featuring over 100 LIFX smart bulbs, the LIFX installation in the Fracture Gallery highlights the blending of technology with art. Come visit the gallery at the Fed Square Atrium, to interact with a sea of bulbs […]

Micro by Purring Tiger

Mon 9th - Sun 15th Feb - 830pm - 1130pm

Fed Square Precinct

Interactive Installation Commissioned by Fed Square’s Creative Program and co-produced for Pause Festival 2015 at Fed Square, Melbourne FREE   Micro by Purring Tiger MICRO explores the small universe that is our body and mind enabling participants to take a journey through the world of atoms, sub-atomic particles and quantum fluctuation. Participants recreate this world where […]

Pure Screenings

Mon 9th - Sun 15th Feb, 9pm - 10pm

Fed Square Main Screen

Screening Free From the short “Juste de l’eau” Best of VIEW Fest Monday 9pm, Fed Square Main Screen Best of the Italian 3d animation and moving image festival, a beautiful selection of films for the whole family.   Middle of the Night, Stefan Glerum Pure Music Tuesday & Sunday 9pm, Fed Square Main Screen As always, […]

Tech_Bar: Melbourne Blender Society Meetup

Mon 9th Feb, 7pm - 8pm

Beer DeLuxe, Fed Square

Meet Up, Free Still from The Gooseberry Project Blender is a fully free/open source 3D creation pipeline being made by hundreds of active volunteers from around the world; by studios and individual artists, professionals and hobbyists, scientists, students, VFX experts, animators, game artists, modders, and the list goes on. The Melbourne Blender Society (MBS) is […]

Tech_Bar: Melbourne AE + Cinema 4d Meet

Mon 9th Feb

Beer DeLuxe, Federation Square

Meet Up, Free Render by Caspian Kai Over the past year since its inception Melbourne AE + Cinema4D meet has held bi-montly events with artist talks, project run throughs and networking opportunities for everyone to get to know each other in the industry from students to professionals. The meet has bought together all different kinds […]

Tech_Bar: Media Lab Present ‘HappenSpace’

Tue 10th Feb, 630pm - 7.15pm

Tech_bar @ Beer Deluxe, Fed Sq

Showcase Free Join the Media Lab Melbourne community as we detail our experiments at the intersection of art, design and technology. We will be using the  fast and furious Pecha Kucha presentation style, to engage you in fascinating stories from Melbourne’s underground tech community. Experience the diversity of innovative projects that Melbourne’s scene has to offer! New technologies and electronic media are […]


Tues 10th Feb

ACMI Studio 1, Tech_Bar @ Beer Deluxe

Proudly presented with Deakin University and ACMI a very special three part exploration of philosophy and futurism as it relates to the discipline of curation and contemporary art. Art After Machines: Can Curating Accelerate Beyond the Human? Acmi Studio 1, 6.15pm Lecture, Free – limited tickets available from the ACMI Box Office on the day of […]


Tues 10th - Thurs 12th of Feb

Swanston St Academic Building, “Interactive Theatre”, Floor 2, Room 2, Melbourne CBD

Workshop Ticketed 9:00AM – 5:00PM Have you ever wanted a job creating visual effects or animations at a Hollywood studio? Then don’t miss this rare opportunity to be mentored by Australia’s leading VFX artists in a 3 day intensive collaboration. Get hands on with industry grade software as you work in groups to create a […]

AGDA Presents “Small Talk”

Wed 11th Feb, 4pm - 6pm

RMIT, Swanston Academic Building, "Cinema", Floor 1, Room 2

Lecture TICKETED Miss this and you’ll regret it! We’ve invited Sons and Co to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to talk to us about what they do best. From a little cottage in the South Island of New Zealand, Tim Kellaher and Matt Arnold have quietly built a reputation for making websites that are “stunning – […]

Desktop Relaunch

Wed 11th Feb, 6pm - 8pm

Tech_Bar @ Beer Deluxe, Fed Square

desktop is shaking things up in 2015, and throwing a relaunch party seems like a fine way to celebrate all things good and all things new.   Firstly, we’re excited to welcome our new editor, Katia Pase. Katia brings with her a bundle of fresh experience in print and digital publishing, with a keen interest in digital […]

The Future of Pure Experience

Wed 11th Feb, 6pm - 8:30pm

General Assembly, Level 1, 20 Queen Street

Workshop Free Presented by General Assembly The Future of Pure Experience: Designing for the Neo User  The websites, apps and digital products you create should be as simple to use as they are good looking. Learn about the importance of User-Centred Design – what it is, when it’s appropriate, and how to put it into […]

Allegoria Sacra by AES+F

Wed 11th Feb & Sat 14th Feb at 9pm

Fed Square Main Screen

Screening, Free Australian premiere of the powerful Allegoria Sacra by Russian artists AES + F. A reimagining of Giovanni Bellini’s painting of the same name, this cinematic experience contemplates the meaning of life and death in the modern day manifestation of purgatory; an international airport. Giovanni Bellini’s Allegoria Sacra (Sacred Allegory) hangs in the Uffizi […]

State of the Motion

Wed 11th Feb, 7pm - 8.30pm

ACMI Studio 1

Screening and Conversation Ticketed Join us for a distilled selection of the world’s finest motion graphics, design and animation from an international array of established and up and coming artists. We have scoured the globe to bring together the most innovative and inspirational pieces to dazzle the eyes and leave your synapses pulsing. Following the screening, […]

Pause Opening Night Party feat LUCIANBLOMKAMP

Thur 12th Feb, 7pm - 12am

Tech_Bar @ Beer Deluxe

Over three nights, at Pause Festival’s Tech_bar, we present the best digital parties from our cities best electronic performers. Party, FREE   Lucianblomkamp at Strawberry Fields The official opening to Pause Fest 2015. Meet the team behind the festival and chat with the innovators, designers, entrepreneurs, hackers, creators, disruptors and everyone in between who will be joining […]

Pause Parties

Thurs 12th - Sat 14th Feb

Tech_Bar @ Beer DeLuxe, Federation Square

Over three nights, at Pause Festival’s Tech_bar, we present the best digital parties from our cities best electronic performers.     Pause Fest 2015 Opening Party Thursday the 12th of February from 7:00 PM At Tech_Bar @ Beer DeLuxe (Level 1) What we can say… You shouldn’t miss this one! Pause crew are super excited to invite […]

One day, one brief, one chance to come up with a potentially lifesaving idea

Fri 13 Feb, 9am - 7pm

The Cube, ACMI

Pause Fest is joining forces with the TAC to bring you Pause the Road Toll, a one-day ideas hack open to fresh talent including entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and technologists alike. In keeping with the Pause theme, this ideas hack isn’t asking you to code around the clock. Instead, we’re seeking purely conceptual ideas that use […]

GameLoading Sneak Peek

Fri 13th of Feb, 7pm - 8.30pm

ACMI Studio 1

Sneak Peak and Panel Discussion Ticketed GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is an upcoming feature documentary about the global indie game developer scene that has forever changed the video games industry. Indie developers are creating games that are pushing innovation and questioning what games can be, while at the same time competing with traditional big […]

Have your first glimpse inside Tesla’s Model S at Pause Fest

Fri 13 - Sat 14 Feb 2015


You don’t have to be a gear-head to find this festival news exciting: Pause and Tesla are offering ticket holders an exclusive chance to gawk/geek out at the world’s first luxury electric car, built from the ground up as an alternative to the traditional dealership experience. This is one of the first times it is on public display […]

Pozible Crowd Funding Workshop

Sat 14th Feb, 2015 - 12:00 pm - 1:30 PM

Tech_Bar @ Beer Deluxe

Masterclass Free, Register Here Pozible invites Melbourne creatives to an information sharing session exploring the future of crowdfunding. Held at Tech_bar at Beer Deluxe, we’ll be showcasing some of the great tech projects to crowdfund through Pozible. Crowdfunding is about building your fanbase, breaking away from gatekeepers, breaking down territorial barriers and getting that cash to […]

Cinema Stage: Welcome to the Internet of Things

Sat 14th Feb, 2 PM - 5:30 PM

Cinema 2, ACMI, Fed Square

Conference Ticketed Join representatives from some of the most innovative technology organisations on the planet for an exciting glimpse at the world of wearables and IoT. From wearable technology helping us avoid heart attacks, to a kitchen so smart it begins cooking dinner before you get home, join us on a journey into the future […]

Deakin Edge Stage Saturday: People Focus

Sat 14th Feb, 9 AM - 6:30PM

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Conference Ticketed Personal perspectives from the masters of media, design, activism & business. Sessions include: Pause Opening Keynote The Future of Digital Design Creativity with a Conscience Storytelling in the Open Web The $1B Faculty: How to Build Your Business Empire   Featuring: THIS AMERICAN LIFE UNDERCURRENT THE GUARDIAN R/GA THE NEST MENTALLY FRIENDLY REACTIVE […]

Cube Stage Day 1: Motion & VFX

Sat 14th Feb, 9am - 6pm

The Cube, ACMI

Conference Ticketed Some of the worlds best motion graphics and VFX designers come together to share the secrets of their success.   Sessions include World in Motion The Art of VFX Featuring: IMAGINARY FORCES ANIMAL LOGIC RISING SUN PICTURES METHOD STUDIOS ASSEMBLY VFX KARACTAZ ANIMATION DIRTY PUPPET INTERBRAND THE FOUNDRY THE MAGNIFICENT ITCH MANOEUVRE.TV AIRBAG […]

Sarah The Performance Painter

Sat 14th, Sun 15th Feb - secret show

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Secret Performance, Ticketed Pause is very excited to welcome the very talented artist Sarah Rowan Dahl to Pause Fest 2015.   In a secret performance on Pause’s main stage Sarah will accompany two of the best keynote’s at Pause.   Transcoding their presentations messages into a burst of colour and form, Sarah will navigate a […]

Deakin Edge Stage Sunday: Project Focus

Sun 15th Feb, 9am - 6.30pm

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Conference Ticketed An insight into the innovative minds behind some of the world’s most exciting projects. Sessions include Hackers, Breakers & Makers Powered by Braintree_Dev Moderator | Scott Heron, Chief Digital Officer, cummins&partners Being a nerd used to be a bad thing, but as organisations constantly expand their digital offering, it’s the curious computer geeks […]

Cube Stage Day 2: Startups & Stories

Sun 15th Feb, 9am - 5.30pm

Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Conference Ticketed  From startups to scientists, this is how  to tell stories that engage and disrupt. Sessions include 8 Billion Stories Startups and the Digital Economy Featuring: MY FITNESS PAL THIS AMERICAN LIFE CLEMENGER BBDO PUSH COLLECTIVE KALINYA COMMUNICATIONS MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY COIN JAR THE WHITE AGENCY REA GROUP RANDOM HACKS OF KINDNESS ELANCE-ODESK AND VERY […]

Startup Expo

Sun 15th Feb 2015, 10am - 5pm

Atrium, Fed Square

EXPO, FREE From wearables to virtual reality discover what Australia’s innovators are up to.  In the striking Fed Square Atrium, experience for yourself a full body 3d scan & discover why everyone is talking about crowdfunding.   With plenty of advice and give aways on offer come check out the worlds future economy and discover why […]

Interbrand Workshop: Technology Eats Brands

Sun 15th Feb 2015, 10am

Hub Melbourne, 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Workshop Ticketed There’s no doubt that technology is truly the fifth element. Like a force of nature, the disruptive power of digital innovation is transforming companies and whole categories. So, why should we think that the concept of brand isn’t in for more than a little bit of its own disruption? Interbrand Australia will lead […]

Pause Day 1: Monday 9th

Monday Feb 9

Pause Festival

Welcome to Day 1 of Pause Festival 2015! Download the Pause Fest 2015 app for information, maps and more iTunes | Google Play Cinema 4D Meetup Monday 6pm – 7pm Tech_Bar @ Beer Deluxe Melbourne Blender Society Meetup Monday 7pm – 8pm Tech_Bar @ Beer Deluxe Interactive Installations Flow Micro Light Monday 8:30pm – 11:30pm Fed Square […]

Pause Day 2: Tuesday 10

Tuesday Feb 10

Pause Festival

Welcome to Day 2 of Pause Festival 2015! Download the Pause Fest 2015 app for information, maps and more iTunes | Google Play VFX Jam Begins! Tues 9am – 5pm RMIT Fictions of Invention, or, What are Worlds Made of Tues 2pm – 3pm Tech_Bar @ Beer Deluxe Art After Machines; Can Curating Accelerate Beyond the Human Tues […]

Pause Day 3: Wednesday

Wednesday Feb 11

Pause Festival

Welcome to Day 3 of Pause Festival 2015! Download the Pause Fest 2015 app for information, maps and more iTunes | Google Play VFX Jam Wed 9am – 5pm RMIT Desktop Relaunch Wed 6pm – 8pm Tech_Bar @ Beer Deluxe The Future of Pure Experience Wed 6pm – 8pm General Assembly @ Queens Collective (Sold Out) State of the Motion […]

Pause Day 4: Thursday

Thursday Feb 12

Pause Festival

Welcome to Day 4 of Pause Festival 2015! Download the Pause Fest 2015 app for information, maps and more iTunes | Google Play VFX Jam Thurs 9am – 5pm RMIT Pause Opening Night Party Thurs 7pm – 11:30pm Tech_Bar @ Beer Deluxe Interactive Installations Flow Micro Light Thurs 8:30pm – 11:30pm Fed Square Precinct Pure Stories Thurs 9pm – […]


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