I was invited to contribute some thoughts about landscape while working on the Landscape Too exhibition (AirSpace Projects, Marrickville, Sydney), in collaboration with visual artists Hayley Megan French and Kate Beckingham
Landscape is a paradox for me. The word ‘landscape’ always betrays more than it defines. I don’t think we consider, and therefore do not talk of something as ‘landscape’ until it has already become more than just landscape. It is not, until it is more than it is. The act of naming becomes part of an act of exaltation. Landscape, is landscape already once transformed; transformed by human imaginative interrogation, or emotional investment, and so any discussion is at once a discussion of the thing before the word, (the physical?) and everything which makes the word inadequate (the metaphysical?). Continue reading “Analogue Landscapes and Digital Ecologies”
I’ve been keeping this secret for a while now, but am thrilled to announce that I am to be the inaugural Creative Arts Fellow at the National Library of Australia.
Watch this space.
I recently saw an article attempting to find a list of 9 Great Symphonies each by a different American Composer. Ever noticed how symphonies are always ‘great’… and never make double digits? This article was a spin-off from another article in-turn spun-off from a Facebook game so I guess that makes this commentary on commentary on commentary ‘ad inceptionitum’. I immediately began to wonder what this game might look like for Australian Symphonies. Continue reading “The Australian Symphony – In search of Australia’s 9 ‘Greats’”
It’s ironic that my first ever blog post for this new venture was written out by hand – in my terrible scrawl – with pen and paper but I’m also secretly pleased it happened that way.
In a week where my computer gave up entirely and so I was forced to confront how practically (and emotionally) invested I am in that very different kind of ‘notebook’, I used the inability to e-mail as an excuse to write out some thoughts about music. I will try and keep this up, as and when it occurs to me, and post anything that catches my mind, or my mind’s-ear.