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The National Broadband Network is a cultural project?

August 9th, 2010 9 Comments

WHAT IS the largest cultural infrastructure project Australia has ever undertaken? If you guessed the Sydney Opera House or Federation Square, I’m afraid to inform you that you’re not even close. The largest piece of cultural infrastructure in Australian history is under construction even as we speak. A clue? It’s not a gallery, a theatre […]

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Museums in the digital age

August 24th, 2009 6 Comments

WHAT is the role of a museum in a digital age? Should publicly funded collecting institutions be able or even obliged to share their collections online, and what do we need to do to allow them to do it effectively? It’s time to revisit the charters, role, regulation and resources of our museums. Time to […]

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Rethinking Copyright (from The Age)

June 26th, 2009 1 Comment

DIGITAL technology has created two opposing cultures. One where copyright rules are enforced by a phalanx of lawyers with no regard for artistic intent or respect for legitimate creativity, and another — in our homes, studios and offices — where ignoring copyright has become open slather. Neither serves artists or creators well. In the professional […]

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This site now publishing under Creative Commons

June 16th, 2009 3 Comments

As of today, all of the writing on this web site is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. Practically that means that i encourage people who read the contents of this site to republish it in other non-commercial contexts, to link to it, to use excerpts of it in their own work or […]

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Age Column This Week: Creativity and Copyright

June 2nd, 2009 No Comments

For what i think is the first time, my weekly column in The Age is up and on the web site. DIGITAL technology has created two opposing cultures. One where copyright rules are enforced by a phalanx of lawyers with no regard for artistic intent or respect for legitimate creativity, and another — in our […]

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Steal This Film

October 21st, 2008 8 Comments

The second episode of Not Quite Art Series Two goes to air on TV on ABC1 across Australia at 10pm local time tonight. If you’re in Australia, it is possible to download all episodes of the series in full and for free from the ABC web site. However as a lot of people have observed […]

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