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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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Looking for work

October 22nd, 2008 7 Comments

One of the strange things about being on television is that it creates the impression that you’re busy, jetsetting and living some sort of glamorous, high profile existence. To be fair, i did get to go to the Logies but it isn’t all tedious and bizarre nights surrounded by people who dig up people’s gardens, […]

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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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My name is a google ad!

August 26th, 2008 1 Comment

I was googling myself this morning – as i should confess that i can be a bit prone to doing at times – and i noticed the strangest thing. Someone has bought my name! Google “marcus westbury” yourself and see. Sadly, it hasn’t been bought by a global a talent agency, or by that Nigerian […]

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The Newcastle Scheme

August 20th, 2008 6 Comments

Expect much more on this as the months roll on but i’ve finally gone public about what I’ve been running around proposing for the Newcastle CBD. It’s so crazy it just might work. Courtesy of ABC Radio 1233 (you can hear the interview and see some pictures here)… Vacant shopfronts in the Newcastle CBD should […]

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Newcastle circa 1996 (from the Tape Projects talk)

August 6th, 2008 2 Comments

This is from text of an “artist talk” speech i gave to the folks at Tape Projects in Northcote a few weeks back. Strictly speaking, I am not an “artist” – so it probably makes sense that I have never been asked to do an “artist talk” before. I wasn’t really sure of what I should […]

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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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Perth Talk: Flotillas v. Flagships

August 1st, 2008 9 Comments

I was asked recently by the folks at the Department Of Culture and the Arts in WA to take part in a forum about “Creative People” as part of their process to develop an “Umbrella Policy Framework” for the state. I thought it might be useful to post the notes here that i made for […]

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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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