marcus westbury

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The Digital Craft Explosion

July 24th, 2009 3 Comments

Emerald Arts’ Renew Newcastle store CRAFT is as unlikely an area as you could possibly think of to be radically transformed by telecommunications.It’s very old-fashioned and it definitely doesn’t digitise. Stereotypes would have you believe that knitting, needlecraft, quilts and crochet are the domain of the infirm and the elderly, while the internet is the […]

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Renew Newcastle : from rant to reality

February 9th, 2009 14 Comments

It is very rare in your life that you have the opportunity to see something you truly believe in come to fruition. I’m full of ideas, daydreams, and all manner of things that i am prone to crapping on about loudly after a few too many drinks. It is very rare to witness them actually […]

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Board room bars?

February 2nd, 2009 4 Comments

My musing from friday about recessions and their cultural consequences has been picked up in a few places. It’s been republished both in today’s Crikey and over at Larvatus Prodeo. Further to that post, I’ve been thinking a little more about the implications of the global financial crisis on our cities and our cultural life… […]

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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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