Nick Cave: Until

‘Until’ by Black American artist Nic Cave uses sequins and found objects to make a statement about gun violence, gender politics and racial relations. The title inverts the phrase ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ instead exploring the idea of ‘guilty until proven innocent.’

Source: The Other Sociologist.

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.’

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.

What Keeps You Alive: Film Review

I have a rule of faith when it comes to film festivals – I don’t watch trailers or read reviews. I read the program and decide to see movies based on the blurb. I make an effort to see movies written or directed by women first and foremost (documentaries or dramas especially), or about minority groups and women in general in the second instance. Third, I try my hardest to see horrors because they’re rarely released in Australian cinemas. ‘What Keeps You Alive’ hits two of three: a movie about two (White) women and a horror flick. Directed by Colin Minihan (of Grave Encounters, which I disliked) was not what I expected. What I knew about the plot: Jules and Jackie are celebrating their one year anniversary in an isolated cabin in the woods. It is a horror. That’s it! The leap of faith paid off. It was so strong! Great characters. Lots of bad decisions but cleverness too. I won’t say more. Slick 7/10.

(Postscript: Now on Netflix) 

En route to my stakeholder meeting this afternoon! This is for our project on improving services and support for vulnerable people at risk of reoffending. This has been a massive project that I have loved working on. This group of people are underserved and yet over policed. They want a second chance after a life time caught up by the criminal justice system. I interviewed service providers, judges, lawyers, case workers, executives of not for profit groups, academic experts, and of course clients. Everyone was so generous and thoughtful about how to improve programs for this cohort. Today we discussed the report I delivered a few weeks ago and the next steps winding down the project. I’m proud of our work.

Buuja Buuja Butterfly Dance Group at the Yabun Festival, a day celebrating the resilience and cultural achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Video: The Other Sociologist.