A new series, Culture Shock, is in the early stages for ABC TV (Australia). All going to plan (which these things rarely do in my limited experience) we should begin filming around around July and the series should air in about October 2008. Yes, I already know that the title is a bad cliché – it was a working title that accidentally stuck.
Below is an extract from a very early draft blurb…
Culture Shock is a 3 part half hour series for Tuesdays at 10 on ABC1 written and presented by Marcus Westbury.
Picking up from the themes explored in Not Quite Art, Culture Shock takes the audience on an insightful and amusing journey through an increasingly fragmented cultural landscape – where the Internet and communications have given all of us a set of cultural choices and influences unimaginable even a decade ago. Culture Shock finds an eclectic and amusing mix of artists, writers and musicians whose work has found their audiences through networks well outside the traditional Australian structures of cultural authority. Along the way it asks a deeper question about what might happen to a society that is gradually losing its set of common cultural reference points?
Over three episodes, Marcus Westbury takes us to meet Australian artists and creators exhibiting and performing internationally while remaining largely unknown in their own communities, to see how curators and administrators deal with influences, audiences and expectations that can come from almost anywhere on earth, to meet musicians headlining major tours and festivals in Europe and America while rarely receiving Australian radio airplay, and into the world of blogs, politics and ideas where increasingly polarised and polticised communities often talk loudly amongst themselves.
Culture Shock takes us into art, music and writing that sits within both high and low culture. It looks at the spectrum of specialist cultures and niche audiences unleashed globally by communications technology. With rapid change in art and cultural influences occurring all the time, this series is not about art that is dependent on technology but on the new cultural landscape that has grown up because of it.
Responses to and thoughts about the series idea are very welcome. I am also very keen to find artists, creators or arts-people (I’ve never really liked “arts workers” for some reason) who may be doing something that illustrates the series ideas. Feel free to contact me if you have any thoughts or suggestions.
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