Prada is a work of Art

This year’s “Prada collection is a work of art”, reported Australia Harper’s BAZAAR Editor Kellie Hush who is a couple of day fresh off a plane from Paris and Milan fashion weeks to Sydney to introduce this evening’s discussion “Art on the Runway” at Carriagework art gallery as part of the contemporary art festival Art Month Sydney 2014. What is the relationship between art and fashion? Is fashion a form of art? Which industry drives which? These are some of the questions that curator and write

The flags of Sydney Mardi Gras

All squeezed against the fence we were being pushed harder as more people stacked to watch the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. I had been standing in Oxford Street since 4 in the afternoon to guarantee myself a front-row place good enough to take quality pictures. Of the 600 pictures I took during this year’s parade three seem worthy of a short reflection. These pictures talk about commodification and nationalism. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, although held around Carnival, is no

Sexuality, gender and sex at the ACP

When I walked in the Australian Centre of Photography for this afternoon’s opening of the Autumn Season 2014 I was expecting a large crowd but I wasn’t expecting to meet the subjects of the portrait on show. We all heard a slightly embarrassed ACP Director Suzanne Buljan politely whisper “Please, let me introduce you…” to the smiley lady standing ready at the podium looking quite lost in her expensive-looking dress. After acknowledging the People of the Eora Nation as usual, thanking all the sp

Copper, brass or zinc?

Naturally old-school, naturally brakes-less, naturally Dutch. Unnaturally copper-, brass- or zinc-plated. This glowing model by van heesch design studio is the traditional “grandma bicycle” that is so widely used in the Netherlands with a shiny metallic finishing toutch. Bart van Heesch (1968) is a Eindhoven Design Academy graduate, who now owns his own label. In his portfolio is also an eye-captivating Venetian blind made of -again- metal disks and featured by Vogue Living Australia. Van Heesc

The home of the stylish bikers

Naturally old-school, naturally brakeless, naturally Dutch. Unnaturally copper-, brass- or zinc-plated. This glowing model by van heesch design studio is the traditional “grandma bicycle” that is so widely used in the … Continue reading I thought it was just my impression, but then I read it on the paper the other day – more people today are using a bicycle to get around than … Continue reading I’ve never been to Los Angeles area, but if I think of the city it feels a little hard to imagine an

The freedom of Tacheles: Berlin's free artists' battling against foreclosure

With its chaotically art-coated walls, Kunsthaus Tach-eles is like of soul-comforting disorder in an ocean of unhappy flatness, like a mold of artistic freedom on a sterile slab of bureaucracy. The Tacheles is Berlin’s home of free artists since 1990 when after the Berlin Wall came down a group of independent spirits saved from demolition an old department store on Oranien-burgerstrasse. A protected historic site for its unique steal construction, used by the Nazis during the War, the ghostly building has become a true emblem of a free Berlin. Its fame has made it a mandatory stop for thousands of tourists and visitors every day. In the Tacheles art is being made, showcased and revered in all its liberating potential. In 1998 the artists signed a 10-year lease but now private investors and politicians are taking action to shut the Tacheles down. Artists and supporters are fighting today because tomorrow the Tacheles could come down, and with it a part of Berlin’s freedom. [...]

Image Production in the West: The Paradox of Western Reality Construction and the Reality Behind Manufacturing

With the introduction of smartphones after the digital revolution of photography, image production has taken on an entirely new symbolic value. The increased accessibility of photographic recording of events has changed the nature of photography. With smartphones consumers are able to share all their output on Social Networking Sites (SNSs), thus engaging in an extreme construction of reality. This paper will investigate photographic image production in the West, its implications for consumers’ perception of reality, and the production’s relationship with the commodity manufacturing processes.

Photojournalism vs. Advertisement

Thanks to its ability to tell stories with images, photojournalism seems to holds the responsibility of giving a voice to the voiceless, as Liz Moen wrote. Photojournalism makes meaningful use of contemporary society’s fascination with images. But in a world saturated with advertisement images on the race for the viewer’s precious glance, is there still room for photojournalism? Better, is there room for a photojournalism that doesn’t stop at aesthetics, but fulfills its job of speaking for people’s lives? [...]

Not only a Third World Concern

The question has been raised: what do we know of freedom of speech, we who comfortably sit in the western world? If truth be told, freedom of speech, and freedom of press in particular, is not only a ‘pathology’ of the Third World. Reporters Without Border (RWB), a press freedom watchdog since 1985, releases annual reports of the global situation. This year’s report reveals a disconcerting situation that, however, is no novelty. There is a great gap among countries in the European Union.

The Visual Dream

It was late October when I first visited Oxford some years ago. I went to see a friend who had recently enrolled in the University, and as my first time in town everything looked marvelous: The architecture, the parks and quads of every college, the market, the pubs, the vibrant student atmosphere. Everything looked extraordinary, yet it also seemed strangely familiar. In fact, I had already seen it all, several times, in many of the Harry Potter movies which used the university as part of the movie location. Evidently, some formal occasion was taking place in one of the colleges, because suddenly flocks of chattering students in black cloaks and gowns were streaming all around us as my friend and I walked down one of the main streets. At that point, the odd sensation of the merger of two supposedly separated worlds unexpectedly coming together pervaded me, so I asked my friend, ‘doesn’t this all feel so much like you’re in a Harry Potter movie all the time?’ ‘Yes’, she said in a tone of what sounded to me almost like false modesty, ‘very often’. My friend, then, was okay with her life experience resembling a movie. But not any movie: It was her childhood aspiration. What I did not understand that night as I walked in a crowd of Oxford students was that my friend’s decision to study at Oxford was to a certain extent the result of her desire to see in reality the dream she had always visualized in her mind as an adolescent. The unreality of the magic of Harry Potter was made a little more real in her college experience, which conversely, was made less real. She was now seeing her dream – she was living her visual dream.

Take a Moment to Realize How Great This Is: Interviewing Maan Leo

RA without Franklin nor Eleanor, the only dorm is Bagijnhof, Barrel is called BarCo and the GA is at the library, crowded with clueless students wondering what to do. Such are the tales from the Roosevelt Academy of the past which I enjoyed listening to during my interview with Maan Lise Leo, RA Recruitment and Communication Officer. Maan takes us back to the days when RA was no more than an idea. Today, her unique experience reminds us of where we come from, her charisma points at where we are heading. [...]