Monthly Archives: April 2013

‘You can’t take the experiences out of your head / You can’t take the damages out of your heart’: Ben Quilty’s After Afghanistan – and Homer, Virgil and Nadeem Aslam

Last Saturday I went to see Ben Quilty’s exhibition ‘After Afghanistan‘ at the National Art School in Sydney, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial. I hadn’t seen Quilty’s paintings in the flesh before and wasn’t sure what to expect. I … Continue reading

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‘NB The prince – Christ’: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – and the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013

Last night on Sydney Harbour the new artistic director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival Jemma Birrell launched the 2013 festival program – ‘A criminal mind, Molly Ringwald & a seduction artist walk into a … Have we got a story … Continue reading

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‘We are all corals now: A meditation on art, science and hope in an age of global warming’ – Margaret Wertheim’s Templeton Lecture, Part II

Now for Part II of Margaret Wertheim’s Templeton Lecture, ‘We are all corals now‘, given at the University of Sydney on Monday 18 March. After talking broadly about her coral reef crochet project (including an exposition of the hyperbolic geometry … Continue reading

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‘Everything has been created by sea mucus for love arises from the foam’: Margaret Wertheim gives the 23rd Templeton Lecture ‘We are all corals now’, Part I

How apt (or NOT) that I should have planned to blog about Margaret Wertheim’s intriguing, inspiring, provocative 2013 Templeton Lecture We are all corals now: A meditation on art, science and hope in an age of global warming just moments after … Continue reading

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