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The culture of hard times

January 30th, 2009 9 Comments

From my small air conditioned bubble in a sweltering Melbourne the abstract economic gloom of stock shocks and far away corporate collapses is getting less and less abstract with each passing day. Anecdotal reports of jobs drying up, businesses closing, incomes evaporating and people fast becoming un or underemployed are mounting around me. It is […]

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forms v. audiences

August 4th, 2008 7 Comments

From the Not Quite Book notes. Click here for an explanation… Traditionalists will hate me but I am less and less convinced that artforms are a particularly useful way to slice up the way that cultures are talked about or resourced in the world. The qualities that interest me are far more about the resonance […]

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Singapore Speculations

August 3rd, 2008 4 Comments

I am stuck in a hotel in Singapore for three days. If you aren’t into shopping for high end luxury brands and you’ve discovered that the cheap electronics that this place was once awash with are nowadays not-as-cheap-as-they-used-to-be electronics spending time here can be something of an ordeal. In a world of low tariffs, where […]

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The Art Word

July 31st, 2008 3 Comments

From the Not Quite Book notes. Click here for an explanation… I have a problem with the word “Art.” I duck the question of what is and isn’t Art. I’ve resorted to all the flippant throw away clichés: that like pornography “I know it when I see it”; that “I don’t know what it is […]

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Not Quite Book Notes

July 31st, 2008 4 Comments

I am stuck in Singapore for a few days. There is nothing quite like being bored and away from the constant series of distractions that pepper my life to focus the mind a little. I’ve decided to spend at least some of this time productively by digging through some old notes I’ve compiled and posting […]

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Culture Shock – New TV Series

March 25th, 2008 18 Comments

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 – […]

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