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Coming the "sweet prawn" in Palermo: Chips Mackinolty on food, fashion and Dolce & Gabbana

Bob GosfordJul 6, 2017

Intanto alla Vucciria Chips Mackinolty, street artist australiano, realizza “Dolce & Gamberi”, il dipinto di un abito d’“alta moda” con stampa di cannoli e gamberoni. L’ennesimo omaggio ad una Palermo che, per un lungo weekend, sarà davvero internazionale.

Koulla Roussos on the dead heart of a fake city: the empty shops of Darwin CBD

Koulla Roussos on the dead heart of a fake city: the empty shops of Darwin CBD

Bob GosfordJul 5, 20172 Comments

Darwin is so far removed from this ideal it is the quintessential post historical frontier town masquerading as a fake city, the ugly city where the overwhelming ethos is one of indifférence, where the spectacle of private opulence thinly camouflages public squalor, squander and neglect.

What future the arts in the Top End?

What future the arts in the Top End?

Bob GosfordJun 22, 20171 Comment

The Darwin Festival has failed local visual artists. Spending money on a roving class of interstate creatives and acts is capital that gets drained out of the local culture making economy. There is no substantial quota for local engagement, there is no compulsion that local creatives get engaged and employed. The current festival model fails to connect with and engage the local culture makers. Even the influx of DF production crew in August are like carnies - here for the month then off again to fleece another community with their generic arts festival business model.

Art, law and the environment - the little EDONT that can

Art, law and the environment - the little EDONT that can

Bob GosfordJun 5, 2017

One of this year’s stand out pieces is the Bombing of Darwin, by Susan Wanji Wanji. Impressive in scale and remarkable in its detail and subject matter, the piece records Wanji Wanji’s recollection of being on the Tiwi Islands when the Bombing of Darwin occurred during the Second World War.

"I don't read fiction" and the 'obligation to imagine and daydream'

Bob GosfordDec 25, 2016

A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.― Flannery O'Connor.

My life as a roadie, Part 1: For those gone to the great bump-out in the sky.

My life as a roadie, Part 1: For those gone to the great bump-out in the sky.

Bob GosfordNov 20, 20162 Comments

"JESUS LOVES NACHOS" Graffiti Rules in K-town, OK?

Bob GosfordNov 3, 20162 Comments

”Jesus Loves Nachos is not to be touched,” the spokeswoman said when pressed, "It’s an icon.” Back in the eighties the bridge had another less benign example of the graffiti artist's work. Thankfully "FREE KLAUS BARBIE" is long gone.

Therese Ritchie: Why Pauline Hanson 2.0 is like a saltwater crocodile

Therese Ritchie: Why Pauline Hanson 2.0 is like a saltwater crocodile

Bob GosfordSep 30, 2016

The next time Pauline Hanson says “I speak for the people of Australia,” remember this: she will steal your integrity, roll you until you choke on your own terror, and if she can’t swallow you whole, she will drag you down and stash you in a dark forgotten place until you rot, simply because she prefers to feed on putrefied flesh.

What to do with Pauline Hanson 2.0? Take the piss ...

What to do with Pauline Hanson 2.0? Take the piss ...

Bob GosfordSep 30, 2016

20 years ago not everyone supported our approach of using humour and satire: I would hardly claim to have a monopoly on a “correct” response to the viciousness of racism. However, Therese and I did not sit on our hands: nor should the current arts community.

'Pig Iron' Bob Menzies. From the other side of the cultural divide

'Pig Iron' Bob Menzies. From the other side of the cultural divide

Bob GosfordSep 25, 20163 Comments

It is interesting that Howard, only the second PM to lose an election along with his seat now clings to Menzies as if to wipe out that historic defeat. Growing up under Menzies was an enervating experience: no wonder so many urban Australians got out, from Patrick White to Richard Neville and beyond: Chips Mackinolty

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