Culture, disruption, Spotify – and the tyranny of metrics


The digital realm is not what it seems, and impacts on music curation in myriad and hidden ways, says Tully Barnett, one of the lead researchers in the Flinders University team Laboratory Adelaide: The Value of Culture. Barnett and Julian Meyrick and Robert Phiddian are co-authors of What Matters? – Talking Value in Australian Culture (Monash University

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Submergence film review: a wishy-washy romantic drama from German director Wim Wenders

Reviews, Screen |

Has there been another film, in recent years, with so much pining and so little emotion? We are told many times throughout director Wim Wender’s meditative romantic drama Submergence that the two lead characters – British secret agent James Moore (James McAvoy) and deep-sea diving bio-mathematician Danny (Alicia Vikander) – are in love, or at

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Artists’ poor health and welfare shows we have failed ourselves

News & Commentary, Screen, Stage |

There are terrible dangers of falling through the gaps between psychic satisfaction and material security in the performing artists’ career path, according to arts and entertainment solicitor Mark Williams in a new Platform Paper titled Falling Through The Gaps: Our artists’ health and welfare from Currency House released today.  Perceptions of the actor’s lot can be largely divided between

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Funny Cow film review: a morbidly gloomy drama about a struggling female comedian

Film, Reviews, Screen |

Director Adrian Shergold’s morbidly gloomy drama Funny Cow follows a working class female comedian as she struggles through the Northern England stand-up scene circa the 1970s. Tony Pitts’ screenplay paints a general picture of life on skid row, rather than a particular insight into the craft of comedy or what motivates joke-makers to flagellate themselves in

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