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Australia’s arts and culture scene has a bike helmet problem

December 8th, 2010 41 Comments

Image from Gavin Anderson’s Flickr stream. Used under a creative commons license. Australia’s arts and culture scene is in the grip of a bike helmet problem. ARTS? Culture? Bike helmets? Let me backtrack a bit. Apparently the take-up rate for Melbourne’s casual bicycle sharing scheme has been uniquely woeful in the world. Bad. Dismal failure […]

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Public Art: Fixed or fluid?

April 20th, 2010 1 Comment

PUBLIC art could learn a lesson or two from street art. Seriously. Melbourne is a fantastically textured city. It was one of the reasons I first fell in love with the place. While Sydney is all about the big picture and gets better looking the further you zoom out, Melbourne is the opposite. Melbourne’s postcard […]

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Street Art: Melbourne’s unwanted attraction

July 5th, 2009 11 Comments

photo by Andy Mac HOW is Melbourne dealing with the fact that one of its biggest tourist attractions and one of its most significant cultural movement since the Heidelberg School is illegal, outlawed and vilified? I was at a forum in Sydney this week. I listened intently as a panel made up of artists, bureaucrats, […]

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Culture and Recessions

June 22nd, 2009 3 Comments

A FRIEND of mine visited Melbourne for the first time in more than a decade last week. The last time he was here was in the early ’90s, in the middle of the last great recession to hit this city. The Melbourne he remembered was the one that was broke and broken. He’d heard about […]

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Art v. Sport (or not)

June 19th, 2009 5 Comments

ARTISTS and sportspeople have a lot in common… really. I’ve never understood the idea that art and sport are somehow opposed to each other. I’ve spent a lot of time with artists, and a little time with sportspeople, and I’ve come to the conclusion that they’ve got more in common with each other than just […]

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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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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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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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Speaking gigs this week: Melbourne and Brisbane

October 27th, 2008 No Comments

I have two separate speaking engagements this week. On Wednesday night i’ll be speaking as part of the Inspired Media series organised by the folks at Portable Content: Date:    Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Time:    6:00pm – 8:00pm Location:    Horse Bazaar Street:     397 Little Lonsdale Street City/Town:    Melbourne, Australia Their facebook group has all the information. […]

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Me v. the Olympic Elites

June 3rd, 2008 5 Comments

If you were are all convinced that this site would be reserved for serious discussion of arts, cultural policy, the state of the nation and the odd tale of a bizarre night at the logies. Think again! For the 8 weeks leading up to the Olympics i will be doing a regular spot on 774 […]

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