Anthony Gormley’s inside Australia is iconic. One of the most unforgettable pieces of art in Australia, it is also one of the most inaccessible. Getting there is a half day drive (no public transport) from the Western Australian regional town Kalgoorlie-Boulder into the remote western desert. Parts of the road are unsealed, un-fenced and prone to closing from flooding.

Visiting is an incredible unforgettable thing, an experience of an artwork, a place and a world that your mind sears into itself. And importantly it photographs very well for good social media posting.

The statues are an adventurous lot, based very loosely on local people. As well as featuring in many, many photos, I have been told they also get bits cut off and welded back on, used as four-wheel-drive recovery tools, and have some serious rust issues.  They are serious rock-stars of the international art scene, hanging on their salt-lake, casually headlining the cultural tourism list of Menzies year after year.

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I could go on, but first, wait – let me take a #selfie.

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This week in the Goldfields Art Centre I met Alan Radford and Steve Austin of the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Alan and Steve are both working as Engagement managers.

They have – as we discussed – possibly the most nerdy activities in the world competing with the CERN orienteering club.  (If you know of more nerdy jobs, let me know)

Anyway – they let me know about Table Builder (read more cut/paste info after the break) which is a new system that allows you to make your own data products from the ABS data pool. We also discussed that as the census happens every 5 years and the population of Kalgoorlie changes by 50% every 2 years (completely ambit claim that they agreed with in a completely ambit manner) then the census probably is only a snapshot in a rapidly changing stream, (like a cross-section of a breaking wave – it is true, but may not reflect what’s before and after the snapshot). Venkat’s article on stream citizens is relevant in the Goldfields – FIFO miners, snowbirds, Aboriginal people, Highschool students, expat New Zealanders ( The greatest concentration of Kiwis outside NZ is here)  all share high-mobility in common.

So, how can Australia measure it’s flowing cultures better?

Image: Animated screen showing a pile of suitcases in an Airport somewhere in the Stream.

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This is a real estate developer driven event. The aim is to raise the profile of an area that is a good location but has been not so dynamic for a long time. The focus is street-art and live art that takes place over a few days. The usually quiet streets become a dynamic zone with some very interesting creative projects. Continue Reading…

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Last Saturday was the second Gold City Rollers home season roller derby bout. The whole event was super entertaining, held on a flat wooden track, the main audience discussion in the first fifteen minutes seemed to be “what is going on?” followed by intense cheering and gasping as skaters crashed into each other at speed.

(Art) work that causes people to ask questions is usually good. The audience certainly did that. As well there was a great follow-the-leader dance led by an official in a bright pink dress, a cowboy in animal print chaps, whip-cracking and of course evil zombie cheerleaders. A combination of high-speed skating manoeuvres, rolling formations punctuated by (sort of ) controlled falls made for a great show.

The half-time show was mild by comparison – relaxing even, but then paramedic-skater raised the stakes (and skates) with a hair-raising crash.

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Brooklyn Museum

October 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

The Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the USA. Its world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. To top it off the museum has dance parties and concerts on the first Saturday night of the month that are super-well attended. Continue Reading…