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Life May 16, 2020
Amid the rush to unpick the mysteries of Covid-19 and its effects, clinicians are scrambling to understand the information they have and prioritise what needs to be looked at next.
Culture October 26, 2019
Irish comedian and actor Dylan Moran
Almost two decades after the wild success of Black Books, Dylan Moran returns to Australia with a new stand-up show, Dr Cosmos. He talks about finding his place in the world and what a Charlie Chaplin film has to say about modern life. “What was extraordinary to me throughout Modern Times was how inclusive it was. Chaplin was laughing in the most general sense at the way we’re living, what we’re doing to ourselves, how we’re fucking up our priorities, you know? We need a film just like that about now. I think how we live is pretty screwy right now.”
Architecture December 21, 2019
The burial belt
If death is a certainty, so is the fact that the Earth is running out of space for cemeteries. Two Australians are trying to design a solution.
Culture October 19, 2019
QAGOMA’s Geraldine Barlow
A chat in a cafe with Geraldine Barlow, head of international art for the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.
Culture September 07, 2019
Composer Lebo M and that famous movie chant
Exiled from South Africa as a teenager, Lebo M made his way to the US with nothing but his talent. Eventually he escaped poverty and built a career, creating one of cinema’s most iconic and enduring musical moments. “You get driven and get motivated by the fact that where you come from opportunity was zero, and you have an indirect responsibility to be somebody.”
Culture June 22, 2019
Musician Cale Sexton
A visit to the studio of composer Cale Sexton to discuss his commission for the Federation Bells.
Culture June 08, 2019
Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang
At the National Gallery of Victoria, the ancient terracotta warriors of Xi’an are exhibited with the work of contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang, provoking a conversation about history, legacy and immortality.
Travel April 13, 2019
Apartment living in Hong Kong
While old-style public housing apartment blocks conjure fond memories of the ‘real’ Hong Kong, a flawed system has seen them unable to keep up with demand, leading to near-intolerable living conditions for many tenants.
Portrait December 15, 2018
Artist Oki Sato
A walk through the mind of MC Escher with Oki Sato, from Japanese design studio Nendo.
Portrait November 24, 2018
Opera director Sarah Giles
A conversation side-stage with the director of Victorian Opera’s Lorelei.
Culture September 22, 2018
‘Dark Tourist’ documentary-maker David Farrier
Where once he was Tickled, New Zealand documentary-maker David Farrier has most recently devoted himself to visiting ghoulish sites of so-called ‘dark tourism’. Here, he talks about murky ethics, Kiwi sensibilities and the pressure to react the ‘right’ way. “There’s one point where I’ve got a gun to my head and I laugh, because I’m sort of nervous. “Some people will say to me that it was really inappropriate to laugh at that point … [But] that’s what happened. It’s uncomfortable laughter. We wanted to leave all that in.”