The Salt project

What is it? A photographic exhibition arising out of a series of expeditions to the usually-dry Lake Eyre at the heart of Australia by Sydney artist, Murray Fredericks. The exhibition documents 16 solo journeys undertaken between 2003 and 2010. "Immersed in pure space, Fredericks camped alone in the centre of the lake photographing a landscape... Continue Reading →

The Real Thing

The Real Thing (2008) - Feathers detail The Real Thing (2008) - In flight, in use What is it? A 2008 installation by Sydney artist, Jordana Maisie, that combines the traditional tube construction and fractal forms of the kaleidoscope with interactive digital technology. A large, polished tube is erected in a gallery space, with a... Continue Reading →

Melbourne: once again the most liveable city

What is it? Each year, the Economist Intelligence Unit releases a report assessing 140 cities around the world according to a comprehensive liveability index. Back in April, we discussed the EIU's index placing Vancouver in first position, followed by Melbourne then Vienna (post viewable here). For the first time since 2002, Vancouver has dropped below first... Continue Reading →

Remaking the Australia Pavilion

What is it? Along with 30 other national pavilions, the Australia Pavilion is located in Venice's Giardini, the site each year of the extraordinary Biennale di Venezia. In the late 1980s, Australia was given the opportunity to take one of the last plots within the Giardini, however it was necessary that we occupy the plot immediately lest we... Continue Reading →

Most liveable cities index

What is it? Each year the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) compiles an index of 140 cities around the world, ranking their relative liveability according to 30 indicators distributed across 5 broad categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure. This year, Vancouver remains in the top spot, with a score of 98 out of... Continue Reading →

Dr Chau Chak Wing building: site-responsive?

What is it? Frank Gehry's first building in Australia, the Dr Chau Chak Wing building at the University of Technology Sydney, revealed last week and discussed in an IndesignLive post viewable here. IndesignLive makes some peculiar comments about the design ideas behind the building: "The east-facing façade will be made of a buff-coloured brick reminiscent... Continue Reading →

Now and When

What is it? The Australian exhibition at the 2010 Venice Biennale, open these past three months and closing in just 3 days. Curated by the well-known architectural photographer, John Gollings, together with architect, Ivan Rijavec, it comprises two spaces of stereoscopic projections accompanied by a haunting soundtrack by Nick Murray and Carl Anderson. The first space, Now,... Continue Reading →

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