Respectable Thief Nástio Mosquito

Respectable Thief - where to begin exactly? This is a work which is as much layered as it is a superficial and visceral experience that skirts around a concept, never quite giving to us, the full picture. Powerful, evocative and immersive, each element here works in duality to present a vision that has evidently been granted time enough to...

Cashing In On Queer Culture?

There has been some negative comment circulating in regards to Melbourne Festivals listed ticket price for Taylor Mac. Mac is a performer or more-so true embodiment of queer reverence, with a career forged through the bars and night clubs of New York. A narrative many can relate to, but Mac has achieved the kind of international recognition for their...

CYBER BULLYING ( It’s a human disgrace)

Whether bullying is verbal, physical, or done online, aggressive, threatening, or deliberately hurtful behavior is an unfortunate but very real problem that can happen in anywhere, anytime. People have been researching bullying for decades. Advanced technology means that bullying is no longer limited to schoolyards, street corners, bus/tram stops. Cyber bullying can occur anywhere, any time, at home, via email,...

The Knowledge City Index: Sydney takes top spot but Canberra punches above its weight

Sydney has the brightest prospects of the 25 Australian cities assessed in the new Knowledge City Index. A knowledge city has several characteristics, including diverse knowledge industries, key knowledge-producing infrastructure (such as universities and science parks), and a quality of life that enhances the city’s social and cultural milieu. To understand the impacts of these elements we have built a...

Grattan on Friday: If High Court disqualifies Canavan, Joyce will be scratching for cabinet replacement

Legal experts are unsure what the High Court may decide on Matt Canavan. Lukas Coch/AAP The Senate, bordering on the farcical all year, has finally descended into burlesque, with the tale of the bright young cabinet minister whose mum made him a son of her parents’ old country. Before the strange case of the Nationals’ Matthew Canavan burst into public view,...

Finally facing our water-loo: it’s time to decolonise sewerage systems

Colonial notions of public and private space are embedded in sewage systems. Two current global trends are set to make life rather uncomfortable for cities: climate change and the unprecedented rate of urbanisation. This combination of extreme weather – often involving sudden deluges of water – and high population density will test even the best sewage infrastructure we have today. In the...

AFRICA (To drink or not to drink, that is the question)

Did you know that Africa is the second driest continent after Australia? True fact. Water in any country is the “Root of Life” and a basic human right , but for many of the worlds most vulnerable people, water pollution is a daily crisis faced by millions. Unfortunately, water pollution is a huge problem throughout the continent of Africa, and sadly...

Latest eNews: “Thought provoking and moving” INCOGNITO is playing now

INCOGNITO  is garnering stellar reviews from critics, while evoking emotional responses and thunderous applause from audiences. Tickets are selling out fast, so book soon! “An acting masterclass…the ensemble of four performs with impressive clarity and precision.”  – The Age“Co-directed sensitively and imaginatively by Ella Caldwell and Brett Cousins…thought provoking and moving.” – Herald Sun “Stunning…astute direction…accomplished performances…extremely rewarding.” – Theatre Press“Inquisitive, bold and confronting…I can’t speak...

Wani’s Tale Of An Afronaut

If there is a work that brings to the surface both the triumph of the personal, or the continued fight of a collective identity, its this one. Tales Of An Afronaut so perfectly paints an uncomfortable truth, a reality that we either except or choose to ignore. There is a rhythmic energy to the deliverance of words that are wondrously...

A maverick on fabric: the strange, unconventional art of Jenny Watson

Detail from Jenny Watson’s The Pretty Face of Domesticity, 2014, oil and synthetic polymer paint on velvet striped   shantung. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Transit, Mechelen ©the artist Is Jenny Watson Australia’s equivalent to Tracey Emin? Watson is about a decade older; she is less concerned with listing everyone that she has ever slept with and more obsessed with horses, but shares...