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Hauntingly beautiful prints by Australian artist Jessie Traill

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By Matt Blackwood in New Art on Monday 24 June 2013

From her ultra thin framing, to the play of light and shadow, to themes of nature versus man-made and where our place sits in between, Jessie Traill’s work is beautifully evocative. I can almost smell the acid. Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia is having an exhibition of her work; now if only I could scab […]

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GeoGuessr: how well do you know the world?

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By Matt Blackwood in Cool Websites on Friday 21 June 2013

Imagine being dropped off in the middle of nowhere, and by identifying the local flora and fauna, the language of tagging choice and colours of buildings, you have to guess where in the world you are. Think Google Maps vs The Amazing Race. Yes, it’s GeoGuessr. And we dig it.

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Dramatic street art by Vexta

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By Matt Blackwood in New Art on Friday 21 June 2013

Vexta’s artwork makes me smile. It also makes me blink. Most of all, Vexta’s play with light and colour makes me happy knowing that there are people out there who care enough to share their creativity in the public realm.

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7stories: new locative literature project by Matt Blackwood

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By Matt Blackwood in New Art on Saturday 25 May 2013

7Stories is my new Locative Literature project set along Melbourne’s Swanston Street and the Bourke St Mall using the beautifully crafted QR code designs by Csilla Csongvay. So if you’re up for listening to the stories of homeless guitarists, wannabe skaters and Romanian refugees in the places where these stories are set, then grab a […]

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Flying Garden art by Lloyd Godman

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By Matt Blackwood in New Art on Monday 25 March 2013

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s both! Lloyd Godman and his marvellous flying gardens are going to be suspended across the Northbank skyline of Melbourne for an entire year. Lloyd has been developing artistic uses for gardens that don’t need much rain, any soil, and can withstand extreme climatic conditions – […]

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Delicate Pin Prick art by miso

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By Matt Blackwood in New Art on Monday 25 March 2013

Miso is a Melbourne based artist whose beautifully crafted pieces have an intricate balance of vulnerability with the tactile nature of a Flake chocolate bar. For her series New York Moon, she looks into the futurepast, and maps the New York city grid over the valleys and craters of that great big ball in the sky. […]

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Green Collect: Amazing Recycled art

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By Matt Blackwood in New Art on Monday 25 March 2013

Ever wondered what happened to that bundle of Leisure Suit Larry floppies? In between supplying me with thousands of keyboard keys to make 1Story, Green Collect gives employment opportunities to marginalised members of the community, so that they can make awesome things from the Amstrad PC1512 that’s lying in your garage!

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1Story: a locative literature project by Melbourne’s Matt Blackwood

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By Matt Blackwood in New Art on Sunday 3 March 2013

I’ve been interested (some would say obsessed) in Locative Literature for a while now. Experiencing a story in the location where the story is set gives audiences that extra layer of immersion. So what could be better than combining this form of literature into a giant QR code made from recycled keyboard keys, and then […]

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DJ Nu-Mark: Toy Set

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By Matt Blackwood in New Music on Tuesday 26 February 2013

Forget white labelling, this is one DJ who isn’t afraid to break down the breakdown. DJ Numark understands the need for audiences to get behind the music and see how the sounds are constructed. He takes musical risks and they pay off big time. Now show some respect to the Monkey!

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Art made from maps by Matthew Cusick

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By Matt Blackwood in New Art on Tuesday 12 June 2012

This man does things with maps that makes my brain explode. In other words, if you ever get creatively lost, then Matthew Cusick has the kind of maps I need.

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Game Masters: an ACMI exhibition in Melbourne

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By Matt Blackwood in New Events on Tuesday 12 June 2012

Game Masters is an ACMI exhibition where I’ll actually get the chance to corner the developers from Blizzard, to raise my RSI ravaged right hand, and to say: ‘Look what your StarCraft has done to meeeeeeeee!’

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StoryCodes: a locative literature project by Matt Blackwood

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By Matt Blackwood in New Events on Tuesday 12 June 2012

First there were QR codes. Now there’s StoryCodes. Either way, I’m a sucker for Locative Literature. And there are plenty of ways to experience stories in the places where these stories are set. May I present 2Stories, my latest LocLit creation.

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Vertical Forest

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By Matt Blackwood in New Design on Tuesday 12 June 2012

I’m not sure what falling branches from the 90th floor is going to do for pedestrians below, but who needs vertical gardens when you can have a vertical forest!

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GPS drawings

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By Matt Blackwood in New Art on Tuesday 12 June 2012

Human behaviour linked to places is what fascinates me as a writer. Its patterns, impact and influence, all combine to create tangible location-based experiences. And these days, wherever you go, there you and your smartphone are, and thus, the joys of GPS art.

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Melbourne-based producer Galapagoose

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By Matt Blackwood in New Music on Tuesday 27 March 2012

In the life where I can afford to keep my SL1200s instead of selling them to my brother to pay for root canals, this is the kind of music I would make.

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