Monday, November 13, 2006

CITYtalking - Astra Howard

This week on Art and Mayhem, Lucazoid spoke with Daz about CITYtalking, a project by Astra Howard in the laneways of Melbourne. Astra, in her mobile conversation booth, roamed the inner city streets and lanes. Conversations were transcribed and became scrolling LED messages on the outside surface of the booth. Lucazoid sat in the booth with Astra and asked her about the project.

Listen to the segment as it went to air on 2ser here. (8mb 9 min mp3)

or - Listen to a chunk of conversation between Lucazoid and Astra here. (2.5mb 5 min mp3)

(Note the sound quality is sometimes a little poor due to the fact that the recording was being made with a microphone shoved up against a little intercom speaker! But it certainly gives the atmosphere of the street!)

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Also this week, we suggested you get along to Cross Art Projects for this:

The Cross Art Projects exhibition & talks invitation

CONVERSATION: THE WORKS OF POKLONG ANADING & THE CONTEMPORARY MANILA ART SCENE

You are invited to a conversation with artist Poklong Anading and Ramon E.S. Lerma, curator Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo de Manila University.

When: Saturday 18 November, 4 to 6pm, with drinks after Exhibition on View: 10 to 19 November 2006
Where: The Cross Art Projects
33 Roslyn Street , Kings Cross, Sydney (opposite St
Lukes Hospital gates)
Information: Jo Holder 9357 2058 or 0406 537933

The Cross Art Projects
A space for independent art & curatorial studies
Director: Jo Holder
Wednesday to Saturday, 11 to 6
T: + 61 (02) 9357-2058
E: joholder@aic.net.au
W: www.crossart.com.au
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and this (thanks to Mayhem for these paragraphs...)

The Performance Protest: called "Sleeping with The
Enemy" will be re-enacted THIS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18th
from 6-8pm at "Glint Gallery", Level 1, 226 Union
Street South Newtown.
OVER THE SUMMER, SYDNEY WILL LOSE HALF OF ITS ART
SCHOOLS.

UWS visual arts and performance is being shut down,
and NAS and COFA are extremely likely to merge.

While the SMH and the Australian have had various
articles from NAS 'supporters' often dishing out anti
COFA vitriol about the great postmodern conspiracy -
this can hardly count as a credible defence of a
pluralist art education system.

In fact some nasty rumours say that under the merger
COFA will lose their fine arts departments becoming a
purely 'design' school. This would SUCK as much as
losing the NAS.

Fortunately, one woman and one gorrilla are
attempting to resist the closures/mergers/crap about
art schools in sydney.

The Performance Protest: called "Sleeping with The
Enemy" will be re-enacted THIS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18th
from 6-8pm at "Glint Gallery", Level 1, 226 Union
Street South Newtown.

This is not just a chance to sip goon while gawking at
a whacky art student in a wedding veil pretending to
fuck a gorilla - but COULD actually be a good
opportunity for a discussion and exchange of ideas
about the current art school closures in sydney that
goes beyond the fatuous partisan name calling that has
been occuring in the press of late.

I've ranted elsewhere about why I believe in
preserving as many art shcools as possible - but I
also believe that given the politicla climate of
increasing censorship, that
PRESERVING HIGHER EDUCATION IS A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE.
DEFENDING ART AND ART EDUCATION IS A CIVIL RIGHTS
ISSUE

art is often banal as hell - but we all know deep down
that it is also can be subversive, powerful and a
vital part of 'democracy'.

while there are still 4 TAFEs offering diploma or
certificate courses.... these are included under
'business, design and computing" and as NSW has a
state election next year - they are also a bit
precarious.

Does no one give a shit?

If you haven't signed the save UWS petition: go to
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/uws6Arts/

lets go down fighting!

3 comments:

lauren said...

argh!! i think i missed out on the chance to do some CITYtalking whilst i was in melbourne! i remember seeing the booth outside platform 2 and thinking, in the midst of installation madness, oh, i should come back to that once i'm finished! dammit - sounds like great fun!

Gianni Wise said...

thanks for the support on your blog. Yeh diversity does mean not merging schools in this bottom dollar state. Iemma is definitely not going to give a shit here - such a right wing goon. Diversity is "gawking at a whacky art student in a wedding veil pretending to fuck a gorilla" lets have more gorilla work.

Anonymous said...

that interview with astra does not make any sense. isn't this just social science research done in a public box ? - what is new about this?