Res Artis - a worldwide network of residential art programs

Res Artis is a worldwide network of residential art programs.

"We are an association of over 300 centers, organisations, and individuals in over 50 countries. Each of our members is dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people the essential time and place away from the pressures and habits of every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context."

Magabala Books - Indigenous publishing house

Magabala Books is Australia's oldest independent Indigenous publishing house. Based in Broome, Western Australia, they are also one of the remotest publishing houses in the world.

"We support Indigenous creators from across Australia and are recognised nationally as a quality publisher of arts and culture, empowering people to tell their stories and contribute to the increasing body of knowledge about first Australian culture."

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Freak the Technique @ Platform hip hop festival

A massive day and night of free hip hop entertainment - welcome to Freak the Technique.

From 12pm until late, this free event delivers the best breakers, MC’s, graf artists and beat boxers, with comps and activities where you can get involved, display your talent or learn new skills. A hip hop style playground for serious players and families alike, Freak the Technique is about amping up and checking out the action, thriving in the energy of Australian Hip Hop culture.

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CABINET returns to the Red Rattler

CABINET returns to the Red Rattler on Saturday 26th March. It's is a semi (ir)regular night showcasing new music, art and performance. Plus you can dance and make things. Brought to you by the team from Underbelly Arts.

From 8.30 - 9.30pm we kick off with 'Dancing in the Dark' (our Earth Hour tribute). Join us for tunes to the theme of 'dark' via our battery powered wheelie bin sound system, a beeswax candle lit room thanks to The Watershed, plus scrabble, cards and other games you play when the power goes out… spin the bottle anyone?

Then, a brand new performance by CLAUDIA O'DOHERTY (the ‘girl from Pig Island’, and currently featuring at the Imperial Panda Festival)

And then…. A BRAND NEW BAND! LA TARANTULA are freshly formed and this is their first ever gig. Bringing you classic surf rock with a dose of spaghetti western and evil 60s pop, it’s time to dust off your board shorts and join them on the dance floor with your best surf strut and boogie moves.

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Prix Ars Electroncia 2011 - Extended Deadline

Extended Deadline until March 30 / Verlängerte Einreichfrist bis
zum 30. März

Prix Ars Electronica 2011 is considering several requests of
artists and submitters and has extended the deadline for the
online submission until March 30, 2011.

EXTENDED Submission Deadline: March 30, 2011

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Call for Applications for Audio Foundation Internship (Auckland)

The Artists Alliance Internship Programme 2011 is now calling for applications from recent graduates for a fixed term, paid internship with the Audio Foundation. The aim of the programme is to provide a valuable opportunity for graduates to obtain significant work experience in the art industry. The programme has been made possible with generous funding from the ASB Community Trust.

For the purposes of this pilot internship programme those eligible to apply will need to have graduated within the past three years (2008, 2009, 2010) from an Auckland tertiary institution that holds current Artists Alliance Membership. The following institutions are members of Artists Alliance:

o AUT University, School of Art and Design
o Elam School of Fine Arts
o UNITEC School of Design
o Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design

Position Title
Arts Administration Assistant

Brief Description:

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MC Shureshock - 2011 biography

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In Australia’s mainstream music business, the name MC Shureshock is a familiar one. Within the country’s thriving dance music scene, Shureshock’s reputation is legendary.

The performer (real name Cameron James Brown) is a heavyweight of the dance culture, a triple-threat comprising talent, versatility and durability. Shureshock has crashed the national sales charts and entertained hundreds and thousands of fans at home and abroad.

Flood Money Auction - Hip Hop fundraiser for Qld Floods

the Flood Money Auction is a fundraiser that is bringing together the Australian hip hop community to support those who have suffered after the devastating floods in QLD. The biggest and best have all donated some amazingly rare and valuable items to be sold with all proceeds going towards the Premiers Flood Appeal. visit for more details and to see the items up for auction. as at 13th feb, @PeakStreet mentioned "$4,500 rustled up for this #FloodMoneyAuction already & counting!" great work everyone

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Elefant Tracks gigs - March 2011

An Evening with Ozi Batla tour is on sale now

Fri 4 Mar Cambridge Hotel Newcastle NSW
Sat 5 Mar Tone Surry Hills NSW
Fri 11 Mar Republic Bar Hobart TAS
Sat 12 Mar Workers Club Fitzroy VIC

One Day at The Basement is an entirely acoustic show starring Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate and Joyride. Sunday March 6 at The Basement in Sydney.

St Peters coal seam gas mining meeting 06/12/2010

I attended the St Peters Coal Seam Gas Mining Public Meeting at Petersham Town Hall last night, along with about 150 other concerned citizens from St Peters, Petersham, Tempe and other surrounding suburbs (I'm in Camperdown)

I took some notes - in addition to my previous post about this which has newspaper article links - I haven't had time to type them up yet, so below are my notebook pages - pls excuse the messy writing. some of it was hard to hear so there's a few "...??(pls check)" sections but it should give you an idea on what was discussed. I also recorded audio of the meeting though it's rather unclear to listen to also (phone recording)

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gas mining in the inner west, sydney

there have been reports in the paper recently that St Peters is going to be mined for gas

update 07/12/2010 *** : I attended the public meeting in Petersham last night - here are my notes ***

from what I've read online (newspaper articles) it seems that the St Peters gas drilling won't use fracking techniques - hydraulic fracturing (with the chemicals) but still, City of Sydney & Cr. Clover Moore allowed it to go through - correction 29/11/2010 Kristina Keneally's office approved the exploratory drilling via Clover Moore's tweet in reply to Sophie Loizou's question : @CloverMoore : @sofieloizou @cityofsydney has no role in approving or assessing exploration licenses. See my question in Parliament:

exploration starts early 2011 (according to this special report from Sun Herald).

if it isn't bad enough to be drilling in the city, the scary thing (I think) is that they *do* use fracking techniques when drilling in the country areas close to the dams in most states. this could have huge impact in contaminating our water supplies, which as we know are very precious (luckily we've had rain this year so many dams are full)

also I don't recall receiving any notices about this in leaflet drops - a city of sydney one arrived this week, I'll have another read to see if it's mentioned. if the greens hadn't asked for more info I'm not sure anyone would have known about this??

there's a film called Gasland showing at these cinemas which shows the practice of fracking in the USA. I'm going to see this on the weekend.

on the Greens website there's a couple of articles and a petition. I think people need to be made aware of what's happening. I know I'd like to know more of the details of what's involved & impacts etc.

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann has some info on the sydney (& nsw) gas drilling if you want to find out more - 'fracking' seems to be happening in other parts of Aus too - disturbingly close to our water supplies/dams. what's that song? "Australia, don't become America"

Saving our trees blog has a notice for a public town meeting to discuss this. there's also a facebook event page

Gas drilling in the Inner West – Public meeting
facebook event page

* Monday 6th December 2010
* 6pm
* Petersham Town Hall
* Speakers Cate Faerhmann MLC & Marrickville Mayor Fiona Byrne

some articles in the paper:

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Artefacts of Australian experimental music: Volume II

In 2007, Shame File Music released the landmark compilation CD Artefacts of Australian experimental music: 1930-1973, to critical acclaim. Praised variously as one of the first serious investigations into the sparse recorded history of experimental sound practice in Australia, and its historical importance is as palpable as the often exciting and exhilaratingly experimental sounds it contains, the compilation and its extensive liner notes opened Australia's (and the world's) ears to a vibrant history that most previously thought had never existed.

Heat for Huntz hip hop fundraiser

The Australian hip hop community is holding a fundraiser on ebay for Hunter SBX - organized by Len One & Bias B with records & cds donated from various hip hop DJs, MCs and groups. Please help raise money and get the word out. This is one of the reasons why I love the hip hop community - the guys really look out for each other.

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The mind from nowhere and other works on the Streaming Festival

If William S. Burroughs, Surrealism or Hannah Hoch ring a bell, these Dalibor Baric films are made for you: a selection of mind blowing - if not stirring - video trips with awkward wonders, magic and a fair share of insanity, all straight from the obscure world of Baric.

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geek speed dating

Call yourself a geek? Fancy some money to make some digital art, or help other people to discover their inner geek? If you answered yes, the Australia Council's Digital Culture Fund and Geek in Residence program may be just what you're looking for.

The Digital Culture Fund offers up to $40,000 for artists working with innovative technologies in a live context with a strong focus on audience engagement. The Geek in Residence program offers up to $25,000 towards a technically confident artist (or artistically confident technician) to work in an arts organization on a temporary subsidized placement.

To find out more you are invited to a series of special events taking place in major cities around Australia. You will have the chance to hear all about the work the Australia Council for the Arts is doing to support the digital era, find out more about these two funds, meet some of last year’s successful applicants and do some 'geek speed dating'.


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