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Seminal works #31 070116
A mixed media piece that didn’t make the cut for my solo March show.
This piece has Ink, watercolour plastic and semen.
“This series, ‘Seminal and non-Seminal works’, through the
manipulation of translucent materials, uses Bricolage to explore
several themes including: how items to hand can be used in the
creation of beauty; and, how the experience each viewer has with
each piece of work can be affected by the emotional meaning they
have attached to, or imbued in the items used.”
Matthew Schiavello, 2016
I will post a reminder about the opening in a few days. If you are in Melbourne, Keep Friday the 4th of March free, from 6.30pm-8.30pm ;-)
“There are so many photographers here I don’t know where to look”, was not the phrase you would expect from a bride-to-be in Sydney’s Hyde Park this afternoon. It was then her official wedding photographer looked behind, and realised he, not she, was the centre of attention. Unwittingly, they found themselves in the midst of a 400-person gathering called “People With Cameras”, where the photographic theme was “Photographers in their element. Black and white”.
“How did you go with the theme?”, I asked a bloke who I had corresponded with on social media over a number of years, but have never actually met. “Too hard. We went to the pub”, he told me. “So did we”, I admitted, “but only because we thought it was a good way of exploring the theme. Photographers in their element.” We weren’t the only ones either, as the pub we entered, “The Windsor On Park” also contained a lot of other photographers who clearly had similar thoughts.
“Why didn’t they just say the theme was ‘take some great photographs’ and come back later?”, I asked the three other “random” guys in my group. There was a young guy from the UK who had only recently become interested in photography, a young guy from Sydney’s North Shore, and a similarly aged guy to me who had driven up from Melbourne. Yes, really. He told us he was a truck driver by profession, and so driving nine hours to come to a photographic event in Sydney was nothing out of the ordinary for him. He took the photograph of me stuffing my mouth with an ice-cream, by the way. All three of them were excellent photographers, and when they pulled out their cameras declaring their favourite shots (we had to choose just one for our group), I felt somewhat inadequate. I take ok photos....
Adventure riders who lose smartphone connectivity in the bush can now connect with their riding mates and track their position with a new device called Beartooth.
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A broad church? … So it was time to act. I visited the Liberal Party State Director, Mr Sam McQuestin in his office at Salamanca Place and ran my plans past him. Firstly, he said I would need to submit a new application for membership, which “may take a few weeks”. I submitted it the next day but I should have known better! What was estimated to take a few weeks ended up taking three months. I was asked to “show cause” in writing for the State Executive to review, which I did within days but was then told the they would not meet again until 30 January 2016! Given the imperative to start campaigning over Christmas I requested that it be dealt with “out of session” as soon as possible (haven’t they heard of email?). Repeated requests were ignored and then in late January the Liberal Party unexpectedly advertised for Candidates in Denison with applications closing a fortnight later on 4 February. I would have had no time then to complete a comprehensive application, given half the time available to the other applicants but just to make sure, the Liberal Party State Executive advised me on 1 February that my membership application had been rejected. …
The underwater views of a lily pond are fantastic, new world’s waiting to be discovered like alien planets. They are Catherine Nelson’s Submerged at Gallery Smith in North Melbourne.
In the neo-baroque spirals of her underwater flower arrangements fish replace the insects and lizards that inhabit the baroque bouquets of Dutch still life paintings. The spectacle of dramatic point of view, often looking up to the surface of the water, exist to astonish the viewer.
Of course they aren’t real but then neither were the baroque paintings of flowers. Catherine Nelson’s artfully digitally manipulates photographs, assembled from cutting and pasting many photographs, the way that you might assemble a flower arrangement cutting and placing the flowers. Nelson has extensive experience working in visual effects photography for films including 300, Moulin Rouge and Harry Potter.
Time is compressed in Nelson’s underwater worlds: everything is budding, flowering and decaying simultaneously.
The baroque never died, its demise was contrived for the purposes of progress in art history. Now the baroque has returned with Nelson’s photographs and there are many examples of other Australian neo-baroque artists including Juan Davila, Vincent Fantauzzo, William Eicholtz, Bill Henson, eX de Medici, Sam Leech, and Sophia Hewson.
For more on the Neo-Baroque as an international trend read Angela Ndalianis Neo-Baroque Aesthetics and Contemporary Entertainment (MIT Press 2004) and Gregg Lambert The Return of the Baroque in Modern Culture (Conti...
Dear Senator Payne,
I am a seventy year old, Vietnam Veteran with a long standing involvement within the defence industry. Thus, I believe I can present some credible views as to the release of the new “White Paper”. These views, questions and concerns, are common topics of conversation amongst members of an extensive network of ex service personnel: though non service people are increasingly joining our ranks, mostly revealing their deep concerns at the direction this country is being driven.
Senator, in order to save time and a lengthy diatribe, I shall present the views, questions and concerns in dot point. Hopefully, you shall endeavour to respond, rather than directing this email to be dispensed with by programmed office sycophants.
City Park Radio will bring you all the action from the Ulysses Convention each morning in Breakfast at 7.45am
Tuesday Mar 1 – Ron Camplin will present the Long Lunch program from York Park.
Thursday Mar 3 – Dan Stephens will join in the fun on Drive .
Saturday Mar 5 – City Park Radio will bring you the official welcome from Royal Park at 11am.
Tasmania’s biggest writers festival is on again. For three days in the Northern Tasmania will be immersed in the world of words .
There is a series of free marquee sessions in the heart of Beaconsfield, and in a series of ticketed events, there will be at least 50 of Australia’s finest writers
City Park Radio will be assisting and will record a selection of events for later broadcast … but first up, don’t miss our live broadcast from the festival Sunday 20th March 3-5pm
I’ve been out to Spring Hill on recent evenings, the area just west of Mia Mia Track, in the hope of seeing some early Swift Parrots arriving. Grey Box is starting to flower well, so hopefully this will encourage the ‘swifties’ to linger this autumn. While I’ve dipped out with Swift Parrots I have witnessed a wonderful gathering of Rainbow Bee-eaters, perhaps fifty birds in total, hawking from perches between the gullies and ridge-lines.
This idyll was momentarily disturbed on Thursday evening – a Square-tailed Kite appeared suddenly over the canopy above me, sending rainbowbirds and honeyeaters scattering in all directions. Soon, like the Rainbow Bee-eaters, the kite will hea...
Tasmania’s wilderness fires are an environmental disaster, a foreshadowing of climate change conditions – and a point of political contention. EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...
The Thai-made Honda NSS300 Forza Scooter has been recalled over a brake fluid leak issue.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission safety recall notice says that due to a manufacturing defect, one of the securing nuts on the rear brake hose flange may not be tightened to the correct specification.
“If the bolt comes loose, brake fluid may be allowed to leak out causing the rear brake to become inoperable, posing an accident hazard to the rider and other road users.”
Models affected are numbered MLHNF04U1D5000001 – MLHNF04U3D5000064.
Owners should contact their Honda dealer for an inspection and
free repair, if necessary.
People and the party faithful now are awakening they are being controlled by the major parties who are feeling this serious trend.
With battle lines being drawn in the Senate the major parties are experiencing their power base being dismantled by independent senators out of their control that has forced desperate action for survival at the coming election. Again they shift the goal posts by changing the rules to allow themselves preferential treatment on the senate ballot paper.
Liberal and Labor become allies when their decades of government dictatorship become threatened by the people.
The cross benchers represent people in parliament not party rooms engaging the agendas of big business.
Attracting detrimental comments from the threatened party room machines who control the stream of intimidating press releases from their spin doctors and fiction story tellers, the cross bench threat to the parties needs to be removed.
When you read a book you always think you know the “voice” of the narrator. You think you know their cadence, their intonation. By projecting aspects of your own life, and the voices in your head, you think you KNOW them. But it wasn’t until I saw the documentary, “Remembering The Man” on Thursday night, as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Film Festival, that I actually got to hear Tim Conigrave’s voice for the first time.
It’s over twenty years since I first read the book, “Holding The Man”, his memoir about his relationship with John Caleo (who he met at school), and their subsequent deaths in the mid-1990s from HIV/AIDS. Along the way, there’s also been a play, a feature length movie, and now a documentary about their lives and their relationship.
What’s different about the documentary is you actually get to hear Tim’s voice. At the centre of the film is an oral history made in the month’s before his death. Thus, Tim is not only the focus for the documentary, but also the narrator, similar to the way in which the voice of Peggy Guggeheim, the art collector is used in Peggy Guggenheim, Art Addict, which I saw a few months ago.
As someone who has spent most of his life consciously aware of “the voice”, I found it fascinating to hear Tim speak. To my ears, he had a lovely voice. An “actor’s voice”, in some ways. In the pieces of audio selected, he spoke clearly, in “proper sentences”, and with some confidence. He also spoke with honesty and with humour. “That’s enough, isn’t it?”, he said at one point (or words to that effect) to the person recording his story.
You could win a set of Pinlock earplugs and save your hearing, just by testing your knowledge of some of the most iconic movies featuring motorcycles.
To win, just complete our weekly motorbike trivia quiz at the end of this article. First to 10 correct answers wins!
Some festivals are designed to get you out of it. At Byron Spirit Festival we get you into it! The program is created to get you into your heart, your consciousness, your body, your mind and your immediate and broader community. It’s a big task. With our first state grant received, and the success of the inaugural Hampton Spirit Festival in New York last year, we’re excitedly preparing an absolute feast of depth experiences for our anniversary.
Now in its fourth incarnation, this local and international event embraces Yoga, Music, Dance, Tantra, Healing, Indigenous insight, along with guided meditations, sound baths, gourmet organic food, and unforgettable celebrations so all can commune and awaken in the most connective means available.
Byron Spirit Festival, the mob that first brought you Nahko and Medicine for the People, is known for breaking new musical acts that connect to heart and spirit. This year’s exceptional line up includes Lulucruza from Colombia/Argentina, Elijah Ray (USA), the inimitable Srikalogy (USA), the Kirtaniyas (USA), the return of world songstress Peia (USA), Vijay Krsna, Wild Marmalade and more.
The Yoga stream features new and returning master teachers such as Louisa Sear, Dena Kingsberg, Daniel Aaron (Bali), Beth Borowsky, Clive Sheridan, Delamay Devi et al. Different genres are well represented, and all levels of practitioners are welcome.
Our indigenous cultural component will be lead by Eshua Bolton, Uncle Magpie and Jarmbi Githabul so that all festival attendees will be tuned in to this land we walk upon.
The worldwide boom in conscious Dance is reflected in the international line up of dance leaders this year. No experience or particular level of fitness is required to experience the bliss of full body expression.
Tigress Yoga, Somatic Sex Education and other cutting edge practices make up our popular Tantra stream featuring experts from Australia and beyond.
Melbourne architect Charles Justin and wife Leah have
been avid collectors of edgy, contemporary art and for the past 40
years they have collected a large body of work which was unveiled
Glen Eira City Gallery in 2014. This Glen Eira exhibition was
set up to provide an insight into the family’s broad
collection-theme: perceptions of space in contemporary practice,
geometric abstraction, architectural and fractal patterning, urban
spaces and the virtual.
As described in an interview with Gina Fairley in ArtsHub, the family now want to extend that passion by sharing their 250+ art objects with the public. Opening an art-focused home to the public is not new to Europe or America. Think of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Frick Collection in New York, Sir John Soane Museum in London and the Sammlung Hoffmannn House Museum in Berlin.
In Australia we certainly have witnessed the slow rise of the private museum in Australia, galleries such as the White Rabbit Gallery and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Sydney, TarraWarra and Heide Museums of Modern Art in Victoria, and now the famous Museum of New and Old Art in Hobart. But a new kind of private museum is developing here, situated in a private home and crossing the boundaries between house and museum.
The idea was inspired by the Lyon Housemuseum in Cotham Rd Kew. In 2000 Corbett Lyon and Yueji Lyon built on their interest in co......
… This is a brief sketch of why Australia should not ‘become a ‘republic’, but stick to the familiar concept of a constitutional democracy, retaining the office of Governor-General as Head of State. A central part of this case is the need for an independent umpire to resolve constitutional crises in a timely and decisive way, instead of months of uncertainty dragging matters through the courts and inflaming tensions. The system is not perfect but at least the risks are well understood. …
In my archives there is a column or two that introduces the reader to John Perkins’ important book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. An EHM is an operative who sells the leadership of a developing country on an economic plan or massive development project. The Hit Man convinces a country’s government that borrowing large sums of money from US financial institutions in order to finance the project will raise the country’s living standards. The borrower is assured that the project will increase Gross Domestic Product and tax revenues and that these increases will allow the loan to be repaid.
A great man once said to me “do unto others as you would have done unto yourself,” a quote widely known as “the Golden Rule”. I believe he may have extracted that rule from the Bible as I am led to believe he went through a period in his life during which he was quite religious.
The Kurilpa Performance Poetry Cup 2016 Rules of Engagement. 1. Sign on from 1.45 pm. First on, first up. Cup Heats start 2.30pm. 2. Props and musical instruments are ok and you can have assistants or performing aquatic mammals to … Continue reading
Broadspectrum holds the contracts for both of Australia’s offshore detention facilities, on Nauru Island and Manus Island.
Recently they changed their name from Tran field due to the controversy over offshore processing.
It just announced it had tripled its profits, having just posted a statutory profit of $25 million.
Yet men women and children live in mouldy tents on Nauru and the men at Manus are served out-of-date food.
For those very special people who signed up early.
I'll be more active around here now that I'm done.
I'm planning two weeks in Beta, three weeks in pro-edit, a week's production and then it gets released.
The draft came in at just under 40 000 words. I still plan to release this volume for free. Partly to drive subscription sign ups, partly because everyone has waited too long for it.
The next book is tentively titled Stalin's Hammer: Paris.
Hard core AoT fans will be happy to know that as yet unseen original series characters and ships will be returning for that.
The final installment will be Stalin's Hammer: Moscow.
...and so the journey continued. With the longest part of the
trip behind them and keen to reach the fabled gold fields of
Ballarat, the aspiring diggers faced what was probably the most
difficult part of their journey - Scott's Marsh (or Scott's Swamp
as it was also known), a low-lying area at the foot of Mt
|An 1862 view of the Mt Boninyong Estate. Image held by the Victorian State Library|
NEWS Labor’s pick for the city’s top job has labelled Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’s use of "pseudo" city council branding in political advertising as a dishonest ploy to trick and con voters. And Rod Harding (pictured) challenged Team Quirk and the LNP to stand on their own records and plans rather than "try and cheat to win votes". "For a political party like the LNP to use the
Now in its 26th year, Clean Up Australia Day is still going strong with more than 27.2 million hours devoted towards the environment and over 288,650 tonnes of rubbish collected over the years. What started in 1989 as a community event bringing 40,000 Sydney-siders together to clean the harbour has become a worldwide movement with an estimated 40 million people from 130 countries taking part annually in Clean Up the World.
Australia is leading the way with community-led environmental action, and while we can proudly claim Earth Hour and Clean Up the World movements as our own, we must keep up the hard work! We removed over 3,000 tonnes of rubbish in Queensland alone last year, and the number of volunteers increased by a third from 2014 to 2015… Let’s increase it by 50% this year!
Many of our member groups take part in Clean Up Australia Day each and every year and 2016 is no exception. The support from volunteers at each clean up site is invaluable and we hope to see many of you on the 6th of March working together to keep our beaches, parks and waterways clean, healthy and beautiful.
years of health expenditure in Australia 1989-90 to 2013-14
reveals that health expenditure grew from $50.3 billion in 1989-90
to $154.6 billion in 2013-14 in real terms (adjusted for
Over the period, health expenditure grew much faster than inflation, the population and population ageing. Health expenditure increased from 6.5% of gross domestic product in 1989-90 to 9.7% of gross domestic product in 2013-14.
A unique exhibition has opened in Smithton, promoting the
benefits of art as therapy for positive mental health.
The ‘Rural Art Roadshow: Promoting Positive Mental Health in Rural Communities’ was launched at Time Out on Emmett on Tuesday night.
The roadshow forms part of the University of Tasmania’s (UTAS) 125th anniversary celebrations, and is a collaboration between MI Fellowship and the UTAS Centre for Rural Health. Managing the project is Centre for Rural Health’s Heather Bridgman. “The project came about with the recognition that particularly in rural communities there’s a lot of stigma and not a lot of access to mental health support services,” Dr Bridgman said.
See more at: http://www.chchronicle.com.au/wellbeing-works-17490/
The National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) has released
Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in
The report finds:
* Nationally there were 600,267 hospitalisations for the 22 conditions for which hospitalisation is considered potentially preventable, representing 6% of the 9.7 million hospital admissions in 2013–14. Hospitalisations from both public and private hospitals are included.
* Potentially preventable hospitalisations accounted for nearly
2.4 million bed days – equivalent to 8% of all public and private
hospital bed days in 2013–14.
* The age-standardised rate of potentially preventable hospitalisations was almost three times higher in some PHN areas compared to others, ranging from 1,702 hospitalisations per 100,000 people in Northern Sydney PHN to 4,891 per 100,000 in Northern Territory PHN.
* Across more than 300 local areas (SA3s) the age-standardised
rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations were nine times
higher in some areas compared to others, ranging from 1,406 per
100,000 people in Pennant Hills-Epping (NSW) to 12,705
hospitalisations per 100,000 in Barkly (NT).
This report is accompanied by an interactive tool allowing users to explore the data in depth for their area and compare with other local communities.
The Queensland Greens have expressed support for the Premier’s offer of support and assistance to asylum seekers currently in the Queensland community. Greens spokesperson Andrew Bartlett says Annastacia Palaszczuk is right to say that these people deserve our compassion and support.
No convictions for illegal land clearing in past year.
Illegal land clearing prosecutions by the Queensland Government have not resulted in a single recorded conviction in the past twelve months.
Figures obtained by the ABC show there has only been one successful prosecution in the past year despite more than 200 complaints.
Ending large scale clearing was a major election promise by Annastacia Palaszczuk, and the government now faces criticism for failing to stop the practice.
NEWS LNP state director Lincoln Folo has failed to answer questions from The Independent over the ongoing use of a copycat council cleat by Team Quirk candidates. This paper believes its readers would regard as fair and reasonable the questions put to Mr Folo as the person who authorises election material carrying the copycat council cleat. The questions are similar to ones Lord Mayor Graham
It's here! There are cosy knits, pom poms, luxurious textures,
and rich, carnival colours in store for kids 0-12 years from
Bondville sponsors eeni miini miini moh and e3-M this
Autumn Winter. This season it's all about Vintage Circus - look out
for harlequin patterns, rabbits, stripes, and plenty of tulle for
the girls, and fun quotes, slouch pants and continued interest in
superheroes for the boys.
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