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Wednesday 1 July 2015
Arts

dark mofo: review

Ad Hoc
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Dark MOFO shines as Australia’s most highly anticipated arts event of the cold and miserly months, achieving this extraordinary feat in only three short years. In a time when our government is intent on squashing independent arts in Australia, I am personally thankful that MONA exists. The benevolent wealthy will potentially keep cultural life in…
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Monday 29 June 2015
Arts

suzanne brown: interview

Bridget Conway
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Photography, a medium which can often be in-your-face but also incredibly personal, is the medium in which artist and student Suzanne Brown has decide to use to tackle some huge issues. Her project ‘Were My Pajamas Too Short?’ is a brave and bold artistic venture that sets out to fly in the face of rape…
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Saturday 27 June 2015
Art Arts

what i learnt from staring at a stranger at marina abramovic: in residence

Hollie Pich
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I’m staring at a stranger. He has a red-brown beard. He has a freckle under his right eye. His eyes are pale blue-grey, and fixed on mine. I’m not sure how long we’ve been looking at each other—long enough, certainly, that the cold has seeped through my jumper. It’s been long enough that I’m no…
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Wednesday 24 June 2015
Arts Film Theatre

sophie hyde: interview

Isabella Cornell
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Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde doesn’t shy from telling often difficult, yet socially and culturally relevant and important stories. Her impressive portfolio ranges from the critically acclaimed feature drama 52 Tuesdays, which tells the story of a parent and child as one undergoes a gender transition, to her latest project with collaborator Bryan Mason, To Look…
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Monday 15 June 2015
Arts Theatre

katrina douglas: interview

Bridget Conway
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  If you have been in the Sydney theatre scene long enough, the PACT Centre for Emerging Artists is probably a household name by now. The venue, located in cozy Erskineville, has been home to experimental performance for over 50 years now. I consider PACT an elemental player in the arts scene in Sydney and…
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Sunday 14 June 2015
Art Arts

refusing to choose between traditional femininity and radical feminism: interview with anonymous artist ambivalently yours

Isabella Cornell
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In an unashamed defiance of the rigid conventions associated with female identity, anonymous artist Ambivalently Yours’ witty illustrations celebrate the colour pink, ‘cuteness’, cats and being a badass who “doesn’t take shit from anyone”. These seemingly incongruous identities are reconciled in seamless pastel works that speak to women from all walks of life through its…
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Saturday 13 June 2015
Arts

dr lisa cooper: interview

Bridget Conway
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Dr Lisa Cooper is a Sydney-based florist and artist who will be taking up residency at Carriageworks to further develop her work and artistic practice. As someone who comes from a floristry background and knows the ins and outs of that business, it’s refreshing to see that there are people out there who are focusing…
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Friday 22 May 2015
Arts Theatre

tales of a time-travelling songstress: interview with bobbie-jean henning

Bridget Conway
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Music theatre graduate Bobbie-Jean Henning is bringing her debut cabaret show Tales of a Time-Travelling Songstress to Melbourne’s The Butterfly Club on the 27th-31st of May. I caught up with her before her five-night long trip down musical theatre lane, and found out what makes this talented lady tick. What inspired you to study musical…
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Friday 15 May 2015
Arts

head on photo festival: review

Isabella Cornell
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This year’s Head On Photo Festival, a celebration of photography exhibited in various locations across Sydney, presents a range of poignant photographic surveys dealing with diverse subjects, including a plethora of topical social issues. Many of these issues are related to, or a consequence of gender inequality in international contexts. The voice of these issues…
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Friday 8 May 2015
Arts Theatre

the school for scandal: review

Alison Maher
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I had never heard of the play The School for Scandal before, on now at the New Theatre in Newtown, until the 30th of May, but I was bursting to see it nonetheless. Not because I’m a broke-ass student who was offered a free ticket. Not because eating lethal amounts of chocolate had been my only…
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Friday 8 May 2015
Art

intertwined: exhibiting mother artists

Ruth Skilbeck
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Growing out of the Women’s Art Movements of the 1970s, a new movement of Mother Artists is gathering strength in Australia and internationally. Intertwined: Exhibiting Mother Artists, at the Australian National University School of Art in Canberra, shows the range of social concerns that feminist mother artists are aesthetically and culturally addressing: What is a…
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Thursday 7 May 2015
Arts Theatre

fly away peter: review

Bridget Conway
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  From the newly emerged Sydney Chamber Opera comes Fly Away Peter, an opera inspired by Australian writer David Malouf’s novel of the same name. Elliott Gyger and Pierce Wilcox, the composer and librettist respectively, took inspiration from Malouf’s poetic and stirring words about the landscape of peace and war, of nature and of transcendence, transforming…
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Wednesday 29 April 2015
Art Arts

moving backwards into the future: review

Clara Borg
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Are you interested in history, politics, and art? Looking for something fun and educational to do on the weekend? The Ian Potter Museum of Art is currently housing a collection dedicated to the creative expression of Aboriginal and Torres Islander people, in an exhibition entitled Moving Backwards into the Future. As a first-generation white Australian,…
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Saturday 25 April 2015
Art Arts

madeleine ryan: interview

Bridget Conway
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We are all aware of Kickstarter and Pozible campaigns: a slew of projects all worth supporting that are vying for our attention and our jingling pockets. Well, sometimes a particular campaign can really make you want to dig deep because it hits a note within you. With Madeleine Ryan’s GINESTHOI, I felt something stir in…
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