writing

Chasing the Audience

First published: Overland Journal # 134, 1994

An essay about the debilitating divisions of labour in the Australian theatre; the vast heritage and long interdisciplinary nature of non-literary forms of theatre; a 20th century of popular culture as art and art as popular culture and this as a growing influence on the future of Australian performance forms in particular. I call for a flat structure where designer, composer, performer, writer et al are given equal status in the process of making. And further that the traditional audience for “the arts” has by no means, ever been the only audience, and that if “the theatre” is to survive as live art at all, then it needs to recognise the spectacle of its’ inherent interdisciplinary heritage and unique liveness. The essay is adapted from a talk given at the first “Westgate Seminar” presented by the Faculty of the Arts, Victoria University of Technology at the Lower Melbourne Town Hall in April 1993.

Not Paddling, Deep Sea Diving – 20 years of George and David

First published: Johnnys in the Basement Dec 09

Some thoughts on the work of David Bridie, George Telek and Ben Hakalitz and the music that has emerged from their collaborations. The article also askes questions about how Australian music cultures are formed and acknowledged.

Hybrid Arts, Cultural Policy and Chinese Whispers

First published: Artlink Magazine Vol 23 no 2

International cross border commissions and research and development for contemporary performance work; a vibrant creative export. This article explores some Queensland artists and their international work. It examines how such international collaborations are contributing to a new examination of what culture is for a country steeped in a colonial heritage. International exchange in contemporary performance was then, and remains now, mostly invisible to the mainstream Australian arts media.

Appropriate Structures – Community Arts and the New World order

First published: Artwork Issue 33 Dec 96

Discusses community arts and artists’ processes in projects in Melbourne and Taiwan. I had recently returned from the curatorial maintenence of an Australian art & technology exhibition in  Kaohsiung for Asialink. I had found a dynamic artist-run-space movement taking over disused shopfronts and city basements. Young contemporary artists unafraid to act locally and network globally.

Artists Talk: Issues Facing Australian Artists

First Published: Westspace Publications

Artists Talk is a publication giving voice to the concerns facing Australian contemporary artists. My essay looks at the complexities of creating large scale intermedia performance works in a country that does not trust its’ own contemporary culture. 

Dialogue 7 – Greens

First published: Westspace Publications Dec 1997

Dialogue was a topic based journal on contemporary art and culture published by West Space 1996-2000. It was in part, a response to the lack of opportunity for artists to write about professional issues concerning their practice and the broader functions of the art system. My essay discusses the curatorial implications of new media and contemporary music, focussed around my work as Chairman of the Contemporary Music Events Company.

Melbourne: Our City, Our Culture

First Published: Hyland House Publishing 1995

A collection of essays on arts and culture in Melbourne commissioned by Melbourne City Council. My essay discusses the growth of festivals & events and suggests that a city/state bureaucracy has no need to constantly dictate or re-invent; rather it could respond to culture as it develops.

Collecting Profile

First Published: Art Info, March 2007

A small true story written for Robert Ayers at Art Info. Robert is a magnificant artist and an excellent arts writer. His interest in this story was piqued over a number of cleansing Red Stripe ales in the bar of the Tramways, Glasgow during a National Review of Live Art.

The Death of Art in Queenland

First Published: On Line Opinion March 09

An unprovoked and vicious attack on humble bureaucrats who are just trying to do their job. Prompted by harassment to join endless “round tables” about “good Board governance” in the “not for profit sector” run by consultants who don’t answer to Boards and who profit from bureaucratic ignorance.

The art of independence

First published: On Line Opinion June 09

A further unprovoked and vicious attack on humble bureaucrats who are just trying to do their job. I discuss the ownership and maintenance of most of Australia’s art centres. The article proposes some models outside of the established orthodoxy in terms of arts centre management and programming. Both this one and the preceding article are sketches and explorations around a longer piece currently under construction, on cultural status and arts management/governance practice in Australia.

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