With handmade goodies, llamas in Newtown, a Mexican mural, and weird commemorative plates, this visual sociology for September 2018 is a doozey! Let’s start with the highlight John Mawarndjul’s work.
Highlight: John Mawurndjul, Lorrkkon 1985-2008
John Mawurndjul, Lorrkkon (1985-2008). These are ceremonial logs that have been hollowed out and painted to honour the dead. 22 September
Slow fashion market
Emerge Festival, Chatswood! A cultural event celebrating community and the beginning of Spring. 1 September
Hard to swallow
Scary plates in Burwood, New South Wales. 2 September 2018.
A Mexican-Australian restaurant, Sydney. 24 September 2018.
Triple Tangle,’ mural at the Museum of Contemporary Art, by Sydney artist, Gemma Smith. 30 September 2018.
Nothing better than a good book, even at the movies! 30 September
Sun Xun on the Universe, Time and Propaganda
‘Maniac Universe,’ Sun Xun (2018), made with mineral pigment on bark paper with UV-A lights. The artist, born and lives in China, drew inspiration from Australia’s Southern Lights (Aurora Australia). ‘With the extreme natural spectacle of Aurora, you have a feeling of something impossible to capture or to comprehend in its entirety, much like the animal kingdom in Australia.’ 30 September
Sun Xun, exhibition drawing on mixed media to depict a parallel reality of propaganda figures, mythical creatures, cities, ancient townships and our relationship to time.
I did a podcast interview a few weeks ago on the social science and ethics of colonisation of Mars and other planets. I also discussed what we need to think about from an equity and diversity perspective to enhance the future of science. We have a responsibility to fix our beautiful Earth and make science inclusive of Indigenous people and other communities of colour. The interview will be aired in the near future; I’ll report back when it’s published. 30 September 2018