Monthly Archives: November 2016

Artist profile: 66b/cell – Mariana Verdaasdonk & Tetsutoshi Tabata

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Living Lens. Image courtesy of 66b/cell

It’s a real treat for me to be able to introduce you two very creative forces: Mariana Verdaasdonk and Tetsutoshi Tabata, who together are 66b/cell, a Tokyo-based creative collective working in theatres, galleries, museums, and beyond.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mariana and Tetsu when they began collaborating with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney. They were working on developing an extraordinary immersive digital installation which is now complete and part of the current Annette Kellerman exhibition. Go see. It’s spellbinding. You can read more about how 66b/cell created this work here. Having witnessed what they can do and having spent time talking to them about many things creative I knew I had to profile them here. Continue reading

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Designer profile: Jacquie Moon

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Ginger beer label designed by Jacquie Moon for Plump Design

If you’re like me you probably know there’s a lot of work that goes into bringing beautiful, functional graphic design into the world but perhaps less aware of the ‘why’ that sits behind the designer who creates the end product. My next profile of graphic designer, Jacquie Moon, from Plump Design, will shed some light on her design values and beliefs. Having known Jacquie and her design skills magic for more than a decade I was as interested as anyone to know more about her thoughts on why design matters. Continue reading

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Living small

1957 home image via Coronare Modestus Faust

Tim Ross is currently host to a wonderful two-part television series about Australian housing from the 1950s onward – Streets of your town. I love that they’ve used the title of a Go-Betweens song to name the show. What I love more is the investigation into the nature of modern housing and Tim’s fascination as to how we have come to the point of possessing the largest average house footprint of any country on earth. Data over the last few years suggests the average Australian home is now more than 240 square metres in size despite the continually shrinking size of the average household – that is, fewer people are living in these large houses. Streets of your town brings a sense of history and even glamour to the idea of housing, and in doing so, asks us to question what has happened? Continue reading

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The minimalist guide to art in Melbourne

Dome reading room, State Library of Victoria

Melbourne is an amazing city. I left it to move to Sydney just two years ago and my heart still often wishes it was there. But enough of my nostalgic wistfulness. This post is about you and simplifying your Melbourne art visit. Hot on the heels of The minimalist guide to art in Sydney, this post uses similar strategies to set you up for a Melbourne cultural experience that won’t wear you out. Because as we all know, visiting a big city like Melbourne can leave you with too many options. Where do you start? And how do you begin to see all the art? Continue reading

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