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FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS

The eighth Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is a compelling weekend of challenging, inspirational and robust discussion with powerful speakers from around the world. The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is back with dangerous ideas and speakers from around the world. In FODI land, you will be able to explore a dark and dangerous landscape [...]

BLOCKBUSTER FAIL

The German blockbuster-directer Roland Emmerich has just released a trailer for his new movie Stonewall, and it’s been already discussed controversially, particularly about its lack of authenticity. Just to quickly recap: The Stonewall Riots were a series of protests in 1969 against the police by the LGBT community in New York after a police raid in [...]

FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas brings leading thinkers and culture creators from around the world to the Sydney Opera House stages and online to discuss and debate the important ideas of our time.
Festival of Dangerous Ideas
5-6 September, 2015
Sydney Opera House
Australia

KIDS VS COMMERCE

Anyone with kids will relate to children’s direct, uninhibited and vivid response to the world as a refreshing change of view – funny at times, surprising at others, but always incredibly precious to see a reaction unfettered by intellectual reasoning. So Yolanda Domingez‘ genius project Ninos versus Moda to ask a series of 8-year-olds to [...]

NARRATION AS DRY AS SOIL

Christian Kracht’s book Imperium has been considered as a “Melvillean masterpiece of the South Seas” recently. Released in Germany in 2012, it has now been translated into English by Daniel Bowes.
The protagonist of the fiction is August Engelhardt, a “nudist and cocovore”, who purchases land in what was then German New Guinea, in order to [...]

POLICING OF OUR BODIES

Terre Thaemlitz has commented on the changes to Japan’s controversial Fuueihou law via a statement on her website. The post responds to the “Declaration On the Future Of Japan’s Club Culture”, signed by 40 Japanese DJs on the same day that the 67-year-old law was officially changed by the Japanese government. She argues that it has “no purpose other than [...]

FIRE AND FORGET. ON VIOLENCE

Tonight the group exhibition Fire and Forget. On Violence, curated by Ellen Blumenstein and Daniel Tyradellis, opens at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. “Fire and forget” comes from military jargon, and is a term for weapon systems that are no longer used in direct combat with an enemy but are launched from a [...]

PUBLIC LIBRARY PORTRAITS OF CALIFORNIA’S HOMELESS

“On a recent visit to the Sacramento library, the high number of homeless patrons I saw there surprised me. Seeing them in that quiet space, consumed by traditional media, I was struck by the difference between them and most of society with its 24/7 connection to streaming digital media. I began this project to take [...]

ALTERNATIVES IN PRINT: HIGHWAY

Reaching us from the depths of the USA is the first issue of HIGHWAY, a biannual music magazine that comes as a nifty postcard-sized booklet. Firmly grounded in a black & white fanzine / DIY / post-punk aesthetic, its content is refreshingly eclectic and hands-on, ranging from experimental sound projects to electronic producers to punk [...]

EMPATHY WITH THINGS

Mark Leckey, Circa 87, 2014 (Courtesy: Galerie Buchholz)
Although his oeuvre spans little more than 15 years, British artist Mark Leckey (born in 1964) is already considered a reference for a young generation of artists. After his studies he withdrew from the art world for nearly a decade. In 1999, with the video Fiorucci Made Me [...]