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This Is Not Art (1998-2002)

February 22nd, 2008 by marcus

This Is Not Art Program

This Is Not Art (or TINA as it affectionately known) was the ultimate evolution of the event that began life as the National Young Writers’ Festival. Between 1998 and 2002 TINA evolved from a small, underfunded regional cultural festival into one of Australia’s most distinctive and most significant cultural events.

This Is Not Art has variously been comprised of the National Young Writers Festival, Electrofringe, Sound Summit, The National Student Media Conference and Critical Animals and has grown over the years to become Newcastle’s largest annual tourism event. This Is Not Art provides workshops, panels, performances, speakers and exhibitions on a wide variety of frivolous and important topics.

According to Wikipedia, people who have appeared at TINA over the years include Kevin Blechdom, Sage Francis, Cold Cut, The Light Surgeons, Caribou, Concord Dawn, Mad Professor, anticon., Fat Cat Records, b(if)tek, The Herd, Hrvatski, Thomas Frank, John Safran, Stephen Mayne, Margo Kingston, Nasenbluten, and many more. Although i am pretty confident i could come up with a better and much more comprehensive list when I get some spare time.

Any suggestions for TINA highlights over the years list are welcome via the comments.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Minski Apr 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    a motion picture about TINA:

  • 2 Shannon Apr 9, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Hmm I think the ‘Notable Guests’ thing kinda misses the point, or at least the spirit of the event.

    That said, I was thrilled to be able to program a lot of stuff around collage & IP just as the mashup meme was breaking in 2001-02. Participants included V/Vm, People Like Us, Steev Hise (, the Evolution Control Committee, Douglas Kahn, Antediluvian Rocking Horse, Dsico, Rik Rue, the League of Infinite Justice, and others.

    But there have been so many other highlights over the years…

  • 3 admin Apr 9, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    You are probably right about it missing the point, although it does provide a useful shorthand to what the nature of the beast is from people who haven’t heard of it. You can spend a lot effort rattling off what it is all about or trying to explain it but a list of names is a much quicker shortcut.

    As for your list, there’s a lot of good names on that – you should probably have a hack at wikipedia :)