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Logies Recap Podcast

BY Blair Cowen / Macleay College | 27-Apr-2017
On Sunday evening, Blair Cowen covered the red carpet for the 59th annual TV Week Logie Awards at Crown Casino. In true Logies style he got all the goss from the stars of The Real Housewives of Melbourne, The Block, Wentworth and a range of news personalities nominated at the prestigious event. Don’t miss the glitz, the glamour, as well as a few hilarious and embarrassing moments. - Produced and hosted by Blair Cowen, co hosted by Darren Lawton

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Review: The Culture

BY Noor Gillani / Queensland University of Technology | 25-Apr-2017
With the passing of International Women’s Day, Wollongong playwright Laura Jackson’s second work The Culture shines a necessary light on persisting gender and sexuality issues existing in contemporary cultural discourse.

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SAM LEACH PHD ASSESSMENT EXHIBITION: REVIEW

BY Sophie Heizer / RMIT University | 25-Apr-2017
Last night, the RMIT School of Art had the rare pleasure of hosting the work of Adelaide born contemporary artist and RMIT University academic Sam Leach. With an impressive set of post-nominals already under his belt, Leach’s latest exhibit at RMIT’s School of Art gallery was the last step towards adding one more.

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Le Parcours du Faubourg: Nouméa's Old Colonial Homes

BY Michael Brunott / University of Queensland | 22-Apr-2017
Today I decided to explore Nouméa’s colonial heritage by strolling along the Parcours du Faubourg. The Parcours is a walking trail which journeys past Nouméa’s oldest examples of colonial houses in the Faubourg Blanchot neighbourhood. In the early 1860’s this area was known as Artillery Valley. Colonists arriving from France to the new settlement of Fort-de-France (Nouméa) were encouraged to take root here in this small valley behind Nouméa’s city centre. At that time, an acre of land could be bought for 35 francs, and by 1871, virtually all the land surrounding the newly built Route du Port Despointes was owned by a Mr. Barthélémy Blanchot. In 1874 he advertised his plots for sale in the local paper and sold them as Faubourg Blanchot land, giving the area the name it holds today.

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Dance Academy Movie Premier

BY Jasmine Morris / University of Western Australia | 03-Apr-2017
“I always knew that in another life I could fly. Which is why in this life I dance.” I had the privilege of attending the world premiere of Dance Academy: The Movie to take a first look at the highly anticipated follow up to the popular ABC television series of the same name. There was excitement in the air as numerous fans flocked to the red carpet. I was among the lucky few who had the opportunity to go behind the scenes to discuss the making of the film with the cast and crew.

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Fake Chinese movie now money-spinner in Lagos

BY Nurudeen Oyewole / University of Lagos (UNILAG) | 18-Mar-2017
It is hard to walk through the streets of Lagos or any other Nigerian Cities these days without coming across roadside marketers who specialise in the sale of all manner of films and musical disks. Of greater notoriety among such discs on sale are those of Chinese origin which have been pirated and translated to Nigerian local languages. The writer investigated how this has become a "thriving business" with marketers making lots of money even as their acts make mockery of the country’s Copyright Law.

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A Tale of Two Critics: An Interview with David Stratton

BY Richard Houlihan / Griffith Film School | 12-Mar-2017
Cinema has always been an obsession for the English-born Australian critic David Stratton. As the documentary about him, "David Stratton: A Cinematic Life", screens soon in Australia, the man himself discusses the film, writing for Variety, and his beard.

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Golden Globes: La La Land wins 7, Moonlight wins Drama, Affleck wins Actor

BY Richard Houlihan / GRIFFITH FILM SCHOOL, BRISBANE | 10-Jan-2017
The 74th Golden Globes Awards kicked off in full swing with host Jimmy Fallon and several of the night’s nominees partaking in a La La Land-inspired opening number.

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A XXI century addiction : Are We Too Dependent on Computers to Function Without Them?

BY Tetiana Karpus / BORYS GRINCHENKO KYIV UNIVERSITY | 16-Nov-2016
All of us in our lives depend on someone or something. Nowadays, because of the appearance of new technologies and computers, this issue has become increasingly important. Now we cannot imagine a world where no one knows what is Facebook. Every day, we invent something new, and very often we cannot even keep up with all the innovations of the IT market. Different people appreciate new inventions differently. Some of them suppose that sophisticated gadgets are really useful and necessary, while others find them absolutely awful as they influence people badly. People have come a long way in achieving the technology that now is available to all of us, but where will they lead the humanity in the future? #DigitalAddict

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Historical Art of Making Toys Dying Infront of Ignorance

BY Nadeem Ahmed / Manipal Institute of Communication | 02-Nov-2016
The origins of toy making in Channapatna, which is 65 kilometers from the medieval city of Srirangapatnam, can be traced to the 18th-century rule of Tipu Sultan. 200 years later, artisans are migrating to Bangalore to do any odd job they find and the reason for it being our ignorance. #Prestige #CulturalValues #AwakeandAct #ChannapatnaToys (quotes from laborers translated by Elizabeth Mani)

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Through music and songs, refugees keep memories of Somalia alive

BY Shariq Ahmad Khan / Manipal University | 02-Nov-2016
As India does not grant citizenship to refugees, Sharifi and others from his country face a constant struggle for money.

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Johnny Hooker and Elza Soares perform at Olympic Boulevard to a crowd: out who?

BY Pedro Lopes / Federal University of Goiás, Brazil | 31-Oct-2016
lights off, crowd ready. A voice reverberated through the speakers, shouted: "Good evening, Rio de Janeiro. First, out who?" The crowd does not hesitate: "Out of [Michel]Temer ". Thus began the Johnny Hoocker show on the evening of Tuesday (9) of the Carioca capital. The artist and singer Elza Soares, special guest, unite culture and resistance in Encounters stage during programming of Olympic Boulevard and were acclaimed by thousands of people

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The Latin American art in Rio

BY Fernanda Rezende dos Santos / Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Puc-Rio) | 31-Oct-2016
Casa Daros opens its doors to the work of ten Colombian professionals/

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Black lives matter — and that means ALL lives, including those of women and girls

BY Ivie Okechukwu-Ani / New York University | 31-Oct-2016
This piece explores the lack of media and public attention on police violence against black women and girls. I underscored the invisibility and erasure by unpacking statistics and interviewing prominent black social justice activists and community organizers such as, Feminista Jones, Cherrell Brown, Zellie Imani, and Synead Nichols, the activist who organized the Millions March NYC protest, the largest protest The Movement for Black Lives has seen so far. In tandem with the hashtag #SayHerName, this article serves as an in-depth look at the data and discourse on black women and girls facing erasure from the national conversation on police brutality. Disrupt the narrative. Expand the narrative. Reclaim the narrative.

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Theatre with a purpose and heart

BY Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu / Ghana Institute of Journalism | 31-Oct-2016
Jamestown is a rundown neighborhood in Accra, Ghana. Amidst its visible challenges, including sanitation, substance abuse and unemployment, is a group of community volunteers who are using theatre to bring social change.

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Ziggy and Bowie: Brisbane plays tribute

BY Mia Armitage / Queensland University of Technology | 31-Oct-2016
Within an hour of hearing Bowie had died, director James Lees knew the show had to be about more than just Ziggy. By early January, the first show of the February season of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars had sold out. A second show for later that same night had barely any tickets left. A third show was due to be announced when news came of Bowie’s death: 10th January, 2016. “It’s such a thrill, as a creative person, to have a thing like this happen. I mean, I wish it didn’t happen but, creatively, it’s one of those things you wish for…" said keyboardist Parmis Rose. Meanwhile, director Lees Lees decided to donate ten per cent of the show’s proceeds to cancer research because, “let’s be frank, [David Bowie’s death] has boosted our ticket sales”.

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Heading North : The Story of the North Journal

BY Emma Rousseaux / Macquarie University Sydney | 31-Oct-2016
The roaring of the engine stops in a street adjacent to The Corso. A bundle of newspaper is thrown at the front of a sleeping café. Dormant stories, printed on smooth paper, are waiting to be unfolded. The North Journal is the story of a free and independent printed Journal, striving to reconnect with physicality in a world that embodies the intangible. Instead of gathering virtually, Matt Pike and Tim Boreham have gone back to the old way of collecting and telling stories, with real ink on paper.

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Art for the Heart

BY Ellie Grounds / Queensland University of Technology | 31-Oct-2016
At Australia’s largest children’s hospital, art is the best medicine…

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Process Not Product: Redefining the Contemporary Filipino American Art Aesthetic

BY Debra Tisoy Pacio / Stanford University | 31-Oct-2016
What do cloaks, feathered shoes, and abstractionist works have to do with Filipino American art? Welcome to the State of the State: Contemporary Filipino/American Art in the Bay Area. The roundtable event, held on May 21, 2015 at the Asian Art Museum, addresses the question of how we define and continue to redefine Filipino American art in the Bay Area.

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Art Underground : A Look at Jacob Lawrence's New York in Transit

BY Debra Tisoy Pacio / Stanford University | 31-Oct-2016
Debra Tisoy Pacio meditates on Jacob Lawrence's "New York in Transit," on display from April to August 2015 as part of Promised Land -- a solo exhibition of Lawrence's work at The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

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Dance of the Diploma

BY Sabrina Karlin / New York University | 30-Oct-2016
In a profession traditionally prioritizing the career over education, dancers are choosing both. And succeeding. #artseducation #fineartsmajors #dance @sabrinakarlin

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Rejuvenating civic pride

BY Maite Rodriguez / Edith Cowan University | 29-Oct-2016
Street artists such as Bertie Louise are injecting a dose of magic that is rejuvenating Perth’s civic pride and inspiring collaborative practices. Perth’s facelift and artistic flair are partly due to many young street artists. Street art led to creating interesting laneways with quaint little shops, and cafes bring the Perth CBD to life.

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Maybe...I am art!

BY Alexandria Abishegam / University of Western Australia | 28-Oct-2016
A generation of selfies, we consider ourselves to be art! We forget that not everyone can paint a beautiful picture, with millions of tools and snap chat filters we rarely put down the camera or stop looking in the mirror to see beauty beyond our own faces! With over 180 million selfies being posted daily it is no surprise we are labelled the most narcissistic generation the world has seen! #Selfie #GenerationSelfie #Me #Beauty #Art

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Guardians of The Hermitage

BY Julia Shimf / Saint Petersburg State University | 28-Oct-2016
Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens… After two years of “guardianship”, Galina has every name of the Old Masters’ on her tongue, navigating a flock of tourists around the Hermitage as skillfully as any GPS-system.
#Hermitage #Guardian #SaintPetersburg #art #museum

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Can Art become a tool of a political power?

BY Ambra Zega / Università di Roma La Sapienza | 28-Oct-2016
The artists in the hands of political forces: reflexion and examples. #propaganda #politicalpower #totalitarianism #utopia #socialism #artisticpropaganda #entartetekunst

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The digital era: A journalist’s friend or foe?

BY Claudia Korepta / La Trobe University | 27-Oct-2016
Traditional journalism and the digital era may not see eye to eye for the future of job security.

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Women in Ancient Times

BY Melina Livermore / St. Lawrence College | 26-Oct-2016
When you think of the good ole days, you rarely thing feminism or girl power. We are filled with the notion that until the 50’s women were very much considered to have their place in the home bearing children, cooking, cleaning and taking care of their spouses. However, if we look deeper into history we can see that the depiction of women in art, music and movies might just tell a different story... #Feminism #GirlPower #Women

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The Pro and Con Arguments for the Death Penalty

BY Tetiana Karpus / Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University | 26-Oct-2016
How many victims are on the conscience of the British, European, American, Japanese Justice? Can you imagine yourself in the place of the criminal, his family, and the person he killed? Just put yourselves in the place of each of them you could completely analyze all the aspects of the death penalty #deathPenalty #ThePro&Con

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The ideal higher education model for my country

BY Tetiana Karpus / Kyiv Borys Grinchenko University | 26-Oct-2016
The universities are teaching to repeat the facts, but do not form their own opinions. Modern textbooks include only one correct answer. According to the Soviet education: if the train leaves from point A, he will definitely come to point B. The other option cannot even exist. #education #PostSovietUnion #ModelOfEducation #NewEducation

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Like Mother Russia Like Son?

BY Natasha Bluth / New York University | 25-Oct-2016
Ukrainian authorities have toppled one thousand statues of iconic Communist leader Vladimir Lenin and revoked the Soviet namesakes of over 900 towns and villages since President Petro Poroshenko passed a set of decommunization laws in May 2015. By the end of this year, Soviet remnants should be entirely destroyed in the country. But while the removal of these statues and names seeks to develop a national identity in Ukraine—and one that distinguishes them from their historical adversary, Russia—the laws limit free speech and distort history in a manner that veers dangerously into a Soviet pattern of behavior.

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Ignoble prizes? Bob Dylan’s excellence and the snubbing of everybody else’s

BY Rosalind Moran / Australian National University | 21-Oct-2016
On Bob Dylan, genre snobbery, a man with a ferret on his head, and how to buck convention using a rocking horse instead of a bronco.

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Italy at a standstill on marriage equality

BY Luca Arfini / University of Political Science of Pavia | 18-Oct-2016
2015 was a momentous year for gay rights. In May Ireland voted Yes to the referendum for the approval of homosexual marriage and the following month gay marriage was legalised in all 50 states of the US. In December, a law for same-sex marriage was passed in Greece. It is now possible to have a same-sex marriage in 14 European countries. But unfortunately in Italy, we remain at a standstill.

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Heart of the City

BY Liam Lowth / Griffith University Film School | 25-Sep-2016
Rising musician, Arthur Wimble, released an EP written in in the heart of West End; Brisbane City's off center cultural hub. We spoke to the musician about identity, culture, and what it truly means to be part of a city.

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Melbourne's Ruth Borgobello directs Italy

BY Richard Houlihan / Griffith Film School, Brisbane | 22-Sep-2016
Remarkably, The Space Between in the first official co-production between Italy and Australia since the two countries signed a treaty in 1996. The romantic drama will be one of the highlights at Lavazza Italian Film Festival in Brisbane, followed by a Q&A with Melbourne-based director Ruth Borgobello. TSB follows Marco (Flavio Parenti, To Rome With Love), a 35-year-old ex-chef who has given up his career to return to Udine in Northern Italy to nurse his ailing father. When tragedy strikes his friend Claudio, he tries to keep Claudio’s struggling bookshop business alive. That’s where he encounters Olivia (Maeve Dermody, Beautiful Kate), a spirited Australian on a family mission in Udine. To clear his head from life’s complications, Flavio offers to assist Olivia on her road trip. At various stops along the way, their closeness develops.

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TICKLED: When the Funniest Hobby turns into your Worst Nightmare

BY Ambre Sachet / Concordia University Montreal Canada | 12-Sep-2016
How many times have you played this game with your siblings? How many times have you thought about it as an innocent amusement when it could turn into an almighty tool of blackmail?

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A one-man show, an audiovisual time capsule

BY Ambre Sachet / Concordia University Montreal Canada | 12-Sep-2016
BOOM is a visual exploration of the vibrant history and culture of the ‘50s and ‘60s. It’s 1945: the U.S. drops two atomic bombs on Japan, marking the end of World War II. In 1969: the Americans launch Apollo 11, the first spaceflight to land humans on the moon. Those two thundering historical events are the framing of Miller’s one-man show, BOOM. Miller played his 200th performance last Wednesday as part of a 16-month Canadian tour introducing the storytelling of 25 years of history from today’s perspective.

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Malaysian artist faces prison for clowning with the PM's image

BY Jarni Blakkarly / RMIT | 02-Sep-2016
Malaysian graphic designer Fahmi Reza is facing 2 years in prison after he was charged for breaching the country's multimedia laws when he posted a caricature of Malaysia's Prime Minister as a clown. The image went viral leading to the artist being placed under surveillance and eventually charged.

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"Fuck fear, Let's Dance": The fearless face behind the "design revolution" of Malaysia

BY Abhinay Lakshman / University of Newcastle | 01-Sep-2016
In 2015, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was found to be at the centre of a multi-million dollar corruption scandal. This incident rocked the nation to its core and fanned a revolution - a "design revolution". Read how artists Fahmi Reza, Pangrok Sulap and GRUPA are redefining the role of design in the Malaysian society. @kuasasiswa #pangroksulap #corruption #malaysia #revolution #design #art

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Painful realities: Honest conversation with my life!

BY Fatimah AlabdulJabbar / Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia. | 30-Aug-2016
A transition journey took me as a senior RN, and a woman seeking continuous challenges and improvements, overseas to prepare for a Specialist Palliative Care Nurse role. This is due to the lack of opportunities in my country. My practicum project inspired by the famous novel “Alice in wonder land” (Lewis Carroll 1865) and ‘the love of mystery’. The way it was done embraces the phrase “curiouser and curiouser” from this tale, which becomes popular in English lexicon, alluding to a journey of a complex mix of miracles and adversities, where only the ‘divine rules’ apply. My journey was not without its fair share of complexities and pain. Hence, I felt like “Alice in Wonderland” falling into a deep hole, facing my destiny. My experiences with people, books, emotions, and reactions sent me deeper into a ‘personal-research mission’, which prompted my creativity, leading to this humble poem. @abduljfs.

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Striking Film Festivals: A Night To Remember

BY Maggy Liu / University of Melbourne | 17-Aug-2016
When I made my way to Collins 234 for the Striking Film Festival on the 4th of August, I had no idea what to expect. As I rubbed shoulders with strangers on the crowded tram, dressed up in a blazer that was too tight and heels that already hurt my feet, I began wondering about what the night would entail. All I knew about the event was that it was an opportunity for upcoming Melbourne filmmakers to showcase their work to a wider audience and for a panel of judges to determine the best films of the night that would be winning cash prizes to fund future endeavours. The million-dollar question for me was if these films were actually going to be any good? @_collins234

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