Monthly Archives: October 2016

What does it mean to be human? Art-science and ethics

human cell

Art and ethics. Science and ethics. And more and more, it’s about art-science and ethics because we live in interesting times where technology is opening up possibilities most of us never imagined might be possible. Where do you draw the line?

Here is one example currently on my radar.


How would you feel about the idea of growing your child’s skin portrait from their own cells, and then producing these on casts made of glass or other materials? Imagine you could watch that 3D portrait grow over time as the cells were fed and nurtured. So not a photograph or painting of your child, but something three dimensional that resembles their face in shape and structure, and has been grown with their own biological matter. Continue reading


Art manifesto

Lebbeus Woods, Manifesto

Manifesto by Lebbeus Woods (image via noever design)

The artist manifesto. A document of ideology. It reveals intent. It aims to motivate and promote change. Historically manifestos have been crafted to publicly declare the philosophy, aims and ambitions of an artistic movement, and really came into their own in the 20th century. Think Realists, Symbolists, Futurists, Cubists, Dadaists, Surrealists…

Writer and cultural theorist, Lee Scrivner even wrote a manifesto on how to write an avant-garde manifesto in 2006 and then taped to the front door the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, later presenting it in a British Library exhibition in 2008. Continue reading


A guide to looking at art

I sometimes hear people say they don’t know how to look at art. This is particularly the case with contemporary (and sometimes modern) art. It’s almost like there’s a reluctance to engage with art because there’s a fear of not knowing how to do it ‘right’. Or sometimes people think they just won’t ‘get it’. What’s the point, they ask? It’s all too obscure, eccentric, or downright weird.

You might be surprised to know there is no magic formula to this. Continue reading


Designing the city – how a bowling club became a sustainability focused food destination


Sometimes living in the city can be hard going. It’s noisy, there’s too much light at night, and the traffic can be beyond crazy making. And then, something amazing happens in the midst of all this that changes things. In a good way. Imagine if you will, the idea of a giant vegetable garden and a beautiful restaurant serving its produce landing like a space ship in the middle of a dense, urban and somewhat gritty setting. A mix of residential apartments and light industry. And only a short distance from one of the noisiest, busiest, and dare-I-say ugliest main roads in Sydney.

I’ve just described the wonderful new development that is Camperdown Commons. Continue reading


The minimalist guide to art in Sydney

Yang Xin Original

‘Original’ (detail) by Yang Xin, 2015. As seen at White Rabbit Gallery.

Visiting a big city like Sydney or even living here can be overwhelming at times. Too much to see. Too much to do. Where do you start? And how do you begin to see all the art?

Unless you live in Sydney and don’t work much you won’t be able to see all the art. That’s my view anyway. There’s simply too much going on. It’s the same in any big city but I’m devoting this post to Sydney. So I’ve created a minimalist guide to art to get you through your visit. In case there’s any confusion this is not a guide to minimalist art, but a minimalist guide to experiencing art in Sydney. A way of making sense of all the options that will prevent you from feeling swamped with art choices. Continue reading