Arts & Culture

China is attempting a large-scale rewriting of history

Burning maps, which is instrumental to China’s actions in the future, is an inseparable part of this project. Prabhakar Singh The Telegraph On March 26, the Press Trust of India reported that the People’s Republic of China has destroyed some 30,000 old maps. Printed in China, the allegedly “incorrect” maps had depicted Taiwan as a separate state and Arunachal Pradesh as part of India. Such unprecedented, large-scale map burning mimics State-sponsored rewriting of history textbooks. The burning of maps has, ... Read More »

Slow cinema: what it is and why it’s on a fast track to the mainstream in a frenetic world

It feels apt that Claire Denis’s new film, High Life is reportedly an idea she’d been toying with for 15 years. Andrew Russell The Conversation The movie is already drawing comparison to Solaris, a science fiction film by the seminal slow cinema director Andrei Tarkovsky. Denis has dabbled with slow cinema aesthetics before. Her 2009 film White Material portrays a struggling female coffee producer who elects not to flee an impending civil war. The cinematography revels in stillness and quietude. ... Read More »

Guide to the classics: Orwell’s 1984 and how it helps us understand tyrannical power today

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him. Robert Hassan The Conversation As novel-openers go, they don’t come much better than this one in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. See how the unexpected “striking ... Read More »

London Marathon hands out edible water capsules to reduce plastic bottle waste

Organisers hope to reduce number of plastic bottles on course by more than 215,000 Sarah Young The Independent Thousands of edible water bottles were handed out at the London Marathon today in a bid to reduce plastic waste. The aftermath of the marathon is usually a sea of plastic waste as thirsty runners attempt to stay hydrated by drinking from then discarding bottles of water as they go. Bu for the 2019 London Marathon, organisers arranged for participants to be handed edible pods ... Read More »

Traditional storytelling taking over the mindfulness manual in Perth

Nestled in the giant trees and winding streets of Sawyers Valley lies a property surrounded by nature and absolute quiet. Rhiannon Holmes WAtoday Once a month, The Sound Temple runs storytelling nights where participants can sit gently for an hour and enjoy the lost art of oral storytelling before being treated to a homemade feast. Storytellers will recite Nordic legends, medieval myths, Maori fables and stories from ancient cultures as you sit back and become completely taken over by an ... Read More »

Migrants and the media: what shapes the narratives on immigration in different countries

If you want to spoil a movie for yourself, wait for a nice dramatic moment and then imagine what it was like to shoot it: the cameras, sound and lighting crews all around; the portable toilets round the… Rob McNeil The Conversation If a film is to succeed, it needs us to suspend our disbelief and not think about the process. But when we consume news media, we need to do the opposite – and think carefully about how and ... Read More »

What the Greek tragedy Antigone can teach us about the dangers of extremism

In a Greek tragedy written in the middle of the fifth century B.C., three teenagers struggle with a question that could be asked now: What happens when a ruler declares that those who resist his dictates are enemies of the state, and that ruler has as many supporters as he has detractors? Elizabeth A. Bobrick The Conversation The story of Sophocles’ Antigone and the accursed royal family of Thebes belongs to the mythical pre-history of Greece. Greek tragedy portrays in ... Read More »

Second Class Citizens: The Parallel Lives of Indonesian Domestic Workers in Hong Kong

Your maid wants a day off? Your maid wants a room of her own? Your maid wants her own clothes? Your maid has Body Odour. Your maid has sex? The problems of maid ownership are laid bare in Rebecca Sampson’s wonderful Apples for Sale. Colin Pantall Photographic Museum of Humanity Apples for Sale tells the story of Indonesian Maids working in Hong Kong. It’s a book about migration, labour, and regional relationships. It’s about Indonesian maids working in Hong Kong, ... Read More »

Duke Ellington’s melodies carried his message of social justice

At a moment when there is a longstanding heated debate over how artists and pop culture figures should engage in social activism, the life and career of musical legend Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington offers a… Authors: The Conversation Ellington was born on April 29, 1899 in Washington, D.C. His tight-knit black middle-class family nurtured his racial pride and shielded him from many of the difficulties of segregation in the… Washington was home to a sizable black middle class, despite prevalent ... Read More »

‘In Put/Print Out’ achieves a very high standard

In Put/Print Out: Cicada Press. Megalo Print Gallery, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Until May 18. Of all of the traditional art forms, printmaking has been the one that has most depended on collaboration. Sasha Grishin The Canberra Times Printing presses are generally large, heavy and expensive, and the technical expertise required in many printmaking techniques is highly specialised. This has frequently resulted in the pooling of facilities and knowledge. Although many printmakers insist on complete ownership of the process in ... Read More »

New NOAA OceanReports Tool Brings Ocean Data to Your Fingertips

A new web-based interactive tool for ocean mapping and planning created by NOAA and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), is giving… Tammy Waitt American Security Today The new OceanReports web tool, available at http://www.marinecadastre.gov/oceanreports/, provides users specialized “ocean neighborhood analyses” including maps and graphics by… U.S. ocean waters comprise nearly four million square miles and is one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the world. What is the EEZ? The exclusive economic zone ... Read More »

‘A beacon of tolerance, love and peace’: Jacinda Ardern mural to be painted on Brunswick silos

A silo in Brunswick will feature a large mural of New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern hugging a woman in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings. Tom Cowie The Age More than $11,000 was crowdfunded in just over a day for a street artist to paint the Tinning Street silos with a photo of the leader wearing a hijab and the Arabic word for peace written underneath. The mural was orchestrated by the architecture firm behind the sustainable Nightingale ... Read More »

Michael Nelson Jagamara’s huge mosaic Possum and Wallaby Dreaming at Parliament House was hard to photograph

Photographing a 14-square-metre artwork would be difficult at the best of times. Ron Cerabona The Canberra Times When that work is a mosaic on the forecourt of Parliament House, a busy thoroughfare with a huge building and a lake close by, and placing heavy equipment on the artwork is impossible, it’s even harder. But David Hempenstall was up to the task. The senior photographer in the Department of Parliamentary Services is about halfway through digitising the nearly 7000 artworks in ... Read More »

Passion play: the often fraught history of the theatre and Christianity

During Holy Week – the run-up to Easter – theatrical versions of religious narratives abound. Authors: The Conversation Across the world, countless church groups present Easter plays, people join processions and stage tableaux – and since 2010, and come rain or shine, a troupe called the Wintershall Players have enacted the… Led by professional actor James Burke-Dunsmore, this otherwise amateur company performs in a marked-off area with the audience on all four sides, while the action is relayed in close-up ... Read More »

How one theatre tells the unfolding story of Albania’s political crisis

With Albania finding itself in the midst of a deepening political and social crisis, is there any way out of it? Elis Gjevori TRT World “The battle to save the National Theatre of Albania has become symbolic of the social ills in Albania,” Robert Budina told TRT World over the phone. Budina is an independent film director who has more than 20 years’ experience writing plays and producing films. He’s now fighting to save the historic Albanian National Theatre from ... Read More »

Mythbusting with the Grand Mufti: Australia’s Muslim leader answers your questions

You asked, he answered. The Grand Mufti of Australia and New Zealand Ibrahim Abu Mohamed answers some of the most commonly asked questions about Islam, including views on homosexuality and Jihad. Fares Hassan SBS Reporter Fares Hassan sat down with the Grand Mufti to address what he calls “misconceptions” associated with the religion of Islam. The questions were some of the most commonly asked by commenters on the… Q: You are the Mufti of Australia, why don’t you speak English? ... Read More »