marcus westbury

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A crisis is a terrible thing to waste (Help – i’m crowdfunding a book!)

July 7th, 2013 36 Comments

First let’s cut the chase: I’m crowd-funding a book and everything below is an attempt to get you to give me money or stuff.  Just go here and do it if you don’t want the long explanation. The longer version is I’ve spent the last two years working to build Renew Australia up into a successful  […]

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Cities: Are they YouTube or Hollywood?

May 22nd, 2013 28 Comments

This essay was commissioned for the May edition of Desktop Magazine. Illustration by Andrew Fairclough. Over the last few years, I’ve been involved in launching more than a hundred creative projects from artisans, makers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, artists, musicians, publishers and creative entrepreneurs in empty buildings in Newcastle, through the scheme Renew Newcastle. Renew has worked with, inspired […]

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Renew Newcastle’s coming to America tour

October 9th, 2010 5 Comments

I’ve booked a trip to the USA next year between the 22nd of January and the 13th of February 2011. For the last two years i have been working on Renew Newcastle and i’m keen to touch base with other projects involved in of revitalising cities, urbanism, culture and low cost/ low budget revitalisation of urban […]

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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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Creativity needs Creative Destruction

June 16th, 2009 2 Comments

It can be incredibly difficult to kill an arts company in this country and damn near impossible to simply let it die a natural death. Come the apocalypse, the only things likely to survive are cockroaches, email spammers and arts companies. Yet finding a way to let things die is vitally important in the realm […]

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Column Catchups

June 16th, 2009 No Comments

Given that The Age web site folks haven’t exactly been enthusiastic about posting my columns online, i am going to start posting them here as well after a a bit of a delay. I’ll post a new (old) column here each week starting from today. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while but […]

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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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I’m a newspaper columnist!

April 23rd, 2009 7 Comments

Based on the fact that i am sweating over my copy this afternoon, i think it is safe to say that I am now officially a newspaper columnist. The downside is that “newspaper columnist” is a sub-profession of human being somewhere above politician and used car salesman and below journalist. I’m not sure that inflicting […]

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A facebook Experiment

March 1st, 2009 7 Comments

I am conducting a little experiment over at Facebook. I’m trying to work out whether it is possible to somehow round up all those people who don’t quite fit the “Art” boxes and as a result never get a seat at the table. My theory is that a relatively small number of highly centralised and […]

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Me. v. Adelaide radio host Peter Goers

October 22nd, 2008 6 Comments

I’d resisted posting this for a while because i wasn’t exactly sure how to introduce it. Part of me was tempted to launch into an elaboration of my theory of why and how Adelaide is the least interesting cultural place in all of Australia. It is. Honest. Part of me was tempted to elaborate on […]

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