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Katharine Brisbane, the founder of the publishing house Currency Press and its series of essays titled Platform Papers has written her own essay as she looks back on 50 years of Australian arts and culture and the “fraught balance” between between public policy and private enterprise.
In The Arts and Common Good, she argues that public subsidies and goals of “excellence” have been fulfilled and exhausted, and that social aims have been neglected. She says the divide between commerce and the subsidised arts sector is now inappropriately regulated — and it is doing little for cultural leadership.
“The need to succeed is becoming more urgent, the time to prepare more costly and the freedom to succeed on their own terms a distant dream. This process has been gradual, but today novelty, spectacular design, star actors in revisionist productions of familiar classics,are evidence of a loss of energy and flagging imagination,” she writes.Read More [...]
Generally, I have no truck with passionate opposition to the British Monarchy. This is for two reasons: (1) I think all that anti-royal revolutionary effort would be better spent hanging the last capitalist with the guts of the last celebrity and (2) I love the Princess Royal and secretly believe that HRH Anne and I could one day become great pals. Continue Reading
It’s six weeks since I left London and headed north. Three days in Glasgow, five weeks in Orkney, then back down to London and across the Channel by rail to Brussels, Amsterdam and finally Berlin, where I’m now sitting in a café in Kreuzberg called Bastard just around the corner from my Airbnb apartment near Görlitzer Park. There’s a message in graffiti on the wall nearby that says: ‘The brain is desperate for an available emptiness to house its clutter. Put it here”. Perhaps this Postcard will do the trick. There’s another patch of graffiti on the wall next to my apartment block that features an image of Pinocchio smoking a spliff and endowed with an enormous phallus. I’m not sure where that fits in, but I’ll put it here too, and get on with my story. Continue ReadingRead More [...]
Sydney Chamber Opera has more than established itself as a leading force in Australian contemporary opera in just five years. While the national opera company Opera Australia hasn’t produced a single new opera during those five years (it does so this year with Kate Miller-Heidke’s The Rabbits), the lean SCO has produced five. Continue ReadingRead More [...]
The icon of a rainbow-coloured beach ball that appears on Apple computers when programs are not responding is colloquially referred to as “the spinning wheel of death.” That term takes on rather sinister connotations in director Levan Gabriadze’s Unfriended, a jet-black revenge thriller about a cyber-bullying victim who returns to haunt the minds and operating systems of her tormentors. Continue ReadingRead More [...]
Director/writer Joss Whedon’s second Avengers film Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently raking it in at the box office, having already brought in more than $600 million after just a few days of release. And although a little of the shine has worn off since the first film in 2012, the movie has attracted generally positive reviews. Continue ReadingRead More [...]
The Melbourne artist Polixeni Papapetrou is best known for her photographs that often feature children (usually her own) in theatrical masks and costumes placed in the Australian landscape. Last year she was approached by the management of the historic and grand Windsor Hotel in Melbourne’s Spring Street to create a series of works for, and about the hotel. These works are now on show in the hotel’s public rooms until May 24 and will be on display permanently when the controversial hotel redevelopment and its new 26 level tower is completed. We asked Papapetrou about making art to a brief. Continue ReadingRead More [...]