Sydney Stencil Festival

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The Sydney Stencil Festival has been and gone. As a keen follower of street art here in Sydney and also in Melbourne and London I had high hopes for simple, yet striking work. I was disappointed.  

The ‘live spraying’ was amateur at best and the works for auction were overpriced and far from inspiring. There were a few good pieces on show but all had been sold.  The guy running it, JP, needs a run for his money. This event can be bigger, better, more accessible and provide creative work we’d actually want to hang.  

Am I being to tough on them? No, and if you visited I suspect you’ll agree. I’ll post pictures from the day and you can make your own mind up.



What song do you want played at your funeral?


I have often pondered this very question and pretty high up my list would be Theme from Cassanova by The Divine Comedy which is poignant and beautiful adn would be shortly followed by Staying Alive courtesy of the beardy Gibb trio.

Daniel Mudie Cunningham has also been asking this most personal of questions to artists and artworkers throughout 2007. Over 150 people answered it in all manner of ways that ranged from the profound to the playful. Some of the songs selected deliberately tug at the heartstrings, while others make you want to drop everything and dance.  

The idea for Funeral Songs is based in personal experience. Weeks before the artist’s brother unexpectedly died in 2000, he’d mentioned what song should be played at his funeral. Amid the grief, the song choice was forgotten. Now recalled several years on, the song features in Cunningham’s curated readymade archive of music you can live or die to. One to check out.MOP GALLERY – 13th – 17th DECEMBER 2007

New wave of Sydney artists

A few weekends ago I went to the SCA Degree Show. The standard was extremely high and rivalled many of the better galleries in the city. The sculpture section proved most interesting and the glasswork was immaculate. Coming soon is the National Art School Gallery event. 

Their Degree Show 07 will showcase the work of the 100 students who anticipate graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2008 from the disciplines of ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. It will be held in Forbes Street, Darlinghurst from the 1st – 11th December. Worth a view but it will have to work hard to beat the SCA. 3D Glasses essential.

Designer’s market

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Young Blood: Designers Market is apparently a “showcase Australia’s best and brightest designers”. Could be brilliant, could be like drunk shopping in Ikea.

Sundance 2008




While this has nothing to do with Sydney, I will be watching these from the comfort of my sofa in Sydney. Tentative link I know. 


Here are the films that will compete at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, along with their directors’ names. Of the 64 titles, 44 are world premieres, while the others are U.S. premieres. Visit Sundance’s website for more info on each of the films.Documentary Competition

An American Soldier, directed by Edet Belzberg.
American Teen, Nanette Burnstein.
Bigger, Stronger, Faster, Christopher Bell.
Fields of Fuel, Josh Tickell.
Flow: For Love of Water, Irena Salina.
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Alex Gibney.
The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, Lisa F. Jackson.
I.O.U.S.A., Patrick Creadon.
Nerakhoon (The Betrayal), Ellen Kuras.
The Order of Myths, Margaret Brown.
Patti Smith: Dream of Life, Steven Sebring.
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, Marina Zenovich.
Secrecy, Peter Galison and Robb Moss.
Slingshot Hip Hop, Jackie Reem Salloum.
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, Katrina Browne.
Trouble the Water, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal.

Dramatic Competition

American Son, Neil Abramson.
Anywhere, U.S.A., Anthony Haney-Jardine.
Ballast, Lance Hammer.
Choke, Clark Gregg.
Downloading Nancy, Johan Renck.
Frozen River, Courtney Hunt.
Good Dick, Marianna Palka.
The Last Word, Geoff Haley.
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Rawson Marshall Thurber.
North Starr, Matthew Stanton.
Phoebe in Wonderland, Daniel Barnz.
Pretty Bird, Paul Schneider.
Sleep Dealer, Alex Rivera.
Sugar, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
Sunshine Cleaning, Christine Jeffs.
The Wackness, Jonathan Levine.

World Cinema Documentary Competition

Alone in Four Walls (Allein in vier wänden), Alexandra Westmeier, Germany.
The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins, Pietra Brettkelly, New Zealand.
Be Like Others, Tanaz Eshaghian, U.K.
A Complete History of My Sexual Failures, Chris Waitt, U.K.
Derek, Isaac Julien, U.K.
Dinner with the President, Sabiha Sumar and Sachithanandam Sathananthan, Pakistan.
Durakovo: The Village of Fools (Durakovo: Le village des fous), Nino Kirtadze, France.
In Prison My Whole Life, Marc Evans, U.K.
Man on Wire, James Marsh, U.K.
Puujee, Kazuya Yamada, Japan.
Recycle, Al Massad, Jordan.
Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains, Gonzalo Arijon, France.
Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma, Patrick Reed, Canada.
Up the Yangtze, Yung Chang, Canada.
The Women of Brukman (Les femmes de la Brukman), Isaac Isitan, Canada.
Yasukuni, Li Ying, Japan.

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Absurdistan, Veit Helmer, Germany.
Blue Eyelids (Párpados azules), Ernesto Contreras, Mexico.
Captain Abu Raed, Amin Matalqa, Jordan.
The Drummer (Jin gwu), Kenneth Bi, Hong Kong/Taiwan/Germany.
I Always Wanted to be a Gangster (J’ai toujours rêvé d’être un gangster), Samuel Benchetrit, France.
Just Another Love Story (Kaerlighed pa film), Ole Borendal, Denmark.
King of Ping Pong (Ping pongkingen), Jens Jonsson, Sweden.
Máncora, Ricardo de Montreuil, Spain/Peru.
Megane (Glasses), Naoko Ogigami, Japan.
Mermaid (Rusalka), Anna Melikyan, Russia.
Perro come perro (Dog Eat Dog), Carlos Moreno, Colombia.
Riprendimi (Good Morning Heartache), Anna Negri, Italy.
Strangers, Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv, Israel.
Under the Bombs (Sous les bombes), Philippe Aractingi, Lebanon.
The Wave (Die Welle), Dennis Gansel, Germany.
The Wind and the Water (Burwa dii ego), collective collaboration, Panama.

B.I.C.Y.C.L.E I can ride a bicycle as easy as can be

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The gallery exhibition – Bespoke – opened last night at Mori Gallery (168 Day Street, Sydney). Worth a view.

As a kid I had a Raleigh Grifter.

I always loved the Grifter. It holds a place in my heart next to my red BK trainers. Damn how I loved them. A lot of kids round my way had BMX’s, and for them this site will bring a smile.