Anti-Utopias profiles the work of artists who delve into both dystopian and idealistic themes. It’s hard to pin down exactly why this website is so excellent, but I suspect it’s the same reason that futuristic tales like Brave New World captivate us: it shows art’s ability to teeter on the precipice of what cannot be […]
The art projects that inspire me most are the ones that combine utopianism and pragmatism in equal measures. The second last project that did this was Renew Newcastle, which installed artists and small local wannabe businesspeople into vacant commercial properties in that rundown Australian port city. The latest like-minded endeavor is Sebastian Goldspink’s ALASKA Projects. […]
Penguin Plays Rough is a live storytelling night that’s been hosted at an inner city Sydney warehouse for a few years now. Every month or so, four young writers are invited to read their latest play, short story or novel extract to a live audience, and Pip Smith, who runs the nights, has just started […]
Possible Worlds is an installation, a room-sized abstracted nylon sculpture of a melting glacier which viewers step into. Ecotone is a concept that explains the overlapping zone between two ecosystems, an unbordered terrain where boundaries merge and ecologies come into tension. Possible Worlds is a type of transitional ecotone where the white-cube art gallery and threatened arctic environment co-exists. It’s an effort to transform an entire space into a new environment that subsumes the audience. And so, the audience completes the work, not me.
Yellow Arrow is a street art project and snapshot of the mind-blowing ways new technology is plugging strangers into each other. Participants smack a coded yellow arrow stickers onto cool places, views and objects, then send an SMS to the Yellow Arrow crew with a personal message to accompany their calling card. These are then […]
Free the Beats Volume 8 is the latest in a series of free downloadable albums from Sydney, and a kind of open mic for new, local beatmakers. These are not the arctic blips and chirps of Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreaks. To listen to Free the Beats is to receive waves of warm, downbeat rhythms; […]
The oddest thing has happened: the Internet has made radio famous again. Ten years ago, who would have guessed that radio, a distinctly analogue technology, would be revived by a distinctly digital technology, in the form of something called a ‘podcast’? My current favourite on the airwaves is Radio Valerie, an online broadcaster devoted to […]
There is something unreal about Gabriella Hirst’s jewellery. An emerging Sydney artist, Hirst produces exceptionally delicate handmade jewellery and ‘crownettes’ inspired by marine life. They’re not cast or molded, but sculpted from polymer clay into spiky crystals in pale, carnivalesque pastels. They can’t be reproduced, only treasured. The age of mechanical reproduction has again given birth to a new appreciation of the one-off, hand-rendered object.