Melbourne Now is daylight’s answer to White Night Melbourne, the cultural festival that took the city hostage earlier this year. More manageable and minus the mosh pit, Melbourne Now does what it says – showcasing the works of nearly 400 local artists across a plethora of interactive spaces in the NGV, Ian Potter Centre and Federation Square.
A good place to start is the NGV, where large, psychedelic communal spaces have been erected in the foyer. There’s something deliciously rebellious about playing ping-pong in Melbourne’s most prestigious gallery, and this you can do, as well as stringing your own necklace with trinkets preselected by Meredith Turnbull.
Trippy installations pepper the upper levels, including Patrick Pound’s Gallery of Air – a seemingly random assortment of items that sees a whoopee-cushion, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air screenplay and Wedgwood vase fall unexpectedly into the same category :: Read the full Milkbar article »»»»
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South African rap group Die Antwoord are a viral video factory, practically everything they’ve committed on YouTube has hit astounding numbers, I Fink U Freeky has 8,115,650 hits and climbing. That’s why a new video for their TEN$ION track “Baby’s on Fire” is probably going to be a pretty big deal.
The clip features band members Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er getting into an argument that eventually turns violent as well as pretty darn freaky. Throw in some sexy antics and a whole bunch of underwear, and you’re looking at another Die Antwoord classic :: Read the full article »»»»
Gearing up for her debut album release The New Classic, Iggy Azalea has released this in-studio video for her single Murda Business, featuring T.I. who also exec produced on Iggy Azalea’s first long play. Read the full article »»»»
The much anticipated trailer for Roger Gastman’s, Wall Writers, a film firmly focused on the early days of graffiti – 1967~1972 – including super rare interviews with pioneers like Coco 144, Taki 183 and CORNBREAD has hit the tube. The film is an interesting look back at why & how it all began, what the instigotors of such a – now – brad form think of the culture today. Director Roger Gastman – producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop – has lavished himself on Wall Writers. The film showcases graffiti in its innocence. Through unprecedented access to a host of legendary writers, Wall Writers tells the story of a time when underprivileged city kids refused to keep lurking in the shadows, when the streets were so wild that fame and infamy became indistinct, when art became a democracy and self-promotion became an art. And the narration is done by John Waters!
TrashBaggery’s first birthday bash . . .
@Red Rattler 17th March
You want to know about this night out at the Rattler . . It’sTrashBaggery’s first birthday. TrashBaggery is an awesome local webzine that scours the city, covering the latest alternative media events, festivals, expos, fashion & the locally funky. it’s been a year since they kicked off and to celebrate they are inviting the entire freakin world to the Red Rattler. Caroline and the trashbaggery team know how to throw a party, and they’ve invited many of the performers and artists they’ve covered over the year. This looks awesome.
It’s almost impossible to miss, spend 15 minutes on the internet and your sure to bump into some mention or other of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, a new dystopian novel placing a pot of cyborgs, magical powers and evil stepmothers on the boil.
Cinder is the debut novel of New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer . The story is loosely based on the classic fairytale “Cinderella”. Though Cinder is aimed squarley at a young adult/scifi audience, it’s a surprising good read for those of us who have managed to grow facial hair. Cinder was selected as one of IndieBound’s Kids’ Next List for winter 2012. Read the full article »»»»
Experts at London’s Sotheby’s auction house revealed they have discovered an invisible ink signature made by US graffiti icon Jean-Michel Basquiat on his painting Orange Sports Figure. The work will go under the hammer in London on Wednesday and had been expected to sell for between 3 and 4 million pounds. But it could now fetch more after the chance discovery, which showed up when it was viewed under ultraviolet light.
“Despite the scholarship that has built up around Basquiat’s life and art since his tragic early death … we are still learning new facets of how he worked,” said Cheyenne Westphal, chairman of Contemporary Art Sotheby’s Europe. “Nobody else probably ever knew about this invisible inscription, and the prospect that he might have left other invisible writings on his canvases that are only visible under ultraviolet light is very exciting,” Westphal added. Read the full article »»»»
George Whitman, the founder of the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris – an iconic English-language literary hub and writers’ refuge in the heart of the French capital – has died at the age of 98 :: Read the full article »»»»