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Hamlet

Sitting in the interstice – Mind’s Eye @BellShakespeare

What a piece of work is man!  How noble in reason!  How infinite in faculty!  In form and moving how express and admirable!  In action how like an angel!  In apprehension how like a god!  The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?  Man […]

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The magic of trust

On Friday I went to see Cranked Up, this year’s marvellous performance of Circus Oz under the Big Top in Darling Harbour. I went to see Circus Oz two years ago and, for me, what this amazingly gifted group of individuals do is to, quite simply, redefine Circus. They present a seamless, dynamic and entertaining […]

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Generations of Hope

When I was in Berlin last year the one memorial that completely overwhelmed me was “Mother with her Dead Son”, by Käthe Kollwitz in the Neue Wache. I always feel that Berlin is a sort of  living “twilight zone” which exists on the border between sanity and madness: the place where it is acknowledged that some […]

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The Laramie Project

Today was the first rehearsal of the Intersticia Foundation’s first live theatre production – The Laramie Project – at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood. Click here to visit the website. The Play The Laramie Project is “a verbatim, documentary style play” constructed from the precise words spoken by people interviewed about the brutal beating of Matthew […]

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Hands held open to display receptiveness to God

Please Sir, I want some more!

Yesterday I attended a focus group hosted by Creative Partnerships Australia, a new entity which is “building on the work done by its predecessors, the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and Artsupport Australia to encourage and facilitate private sector support for the arts”. There were three focus groups held at the Australia Council with the […]

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Consistent Humanity

Consistent humanity … changing world

“When scarcities are abolished really interesting things happen in history.”  (Nigel Shadbolt) At the recent 2013 Web Science conference one of the most worthwhile sessions was that on “How the Web will revolutionise society”. In particular, it was Nigel Shadbolt’s commentary about the inter-relationship between technology and society, and the implications for society when the […]

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Creativity

A future for creativity? Time we grew up and learned from our failures

In the last couple of weeks I have attended two events courtesy of the University of Technology Business School with a focus on creativity and innovation. The first was a CEDA Lunch on Productivity, featuring presentations by Michael Rennie, Professor Judith Sloan, and Professor Roy Green. The second was the “Future of Creativity”, part of […]

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Plato

Plato’s cave, twenty first century style

Yesterday I had the very great privilege of partaking in the first ever “Poetry in the Cathedral Cave” presented as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2012.  Readings in caves are probably as old as humanity itself, but this was a first for the Festival, and it certainly was quite something. It began with a […]

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Viva Europa!

Viva Europa!

Last weekend I attended the fourth of Julian Doogan’s “Living Myths” lectures in which he focused on the theme of “The Goddess and the Bull” throughout history. Doogan suggested that the persistence of these interacting images of the female goddess and the male “Bull” throughout human civilisation were as much a reflection of the increasing […]

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Digital Dreaming

Digital dreamings

In the early 1990s I had the privilege of working with a group of aboriginal artists in Moree, northern NSW. I came across this group, the Yurundiali Aboriginal Corporation , because I had applied for a job as Director of the Moree Art Gallery, and I ended up working with the Yurundiali instead. The Gallery, […]

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