Issue 33:3 | September 2013 | Sexing the Agenda
Sexing the Agenda
Issue 33:3 | September 2013
Issue 13:1 | March 1993 | Film & Video
Film & Video
Issue 13:1 | March 1993


Regrette Etcetera: Werq the runway darling!
What drones taught me about being a better tranny ...
Letter from a young woman artist (after Janine Burke)
Diana Smith writes back to Burke questioning how much has changed.
Ms & Mr: Perverts?
Rotoscoping, transformations of the real, role reversal and the ‘‘Holophrase’’
55th Venice Biennale: The Encylopedic Palace
55th International Art Exhibition, Venice
1 June – 24 November 2013
Bill Hart: Conversations in the Dark
Rosny Barn, Hobart
7 – 30 June 2013
Michael Zavros: The Prince
Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane
24 May – 7 July 2013
Heartland: Contemporary art from South Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
21 June – 8 September 2013
Toni Wilkinson: Uncertain Disclosures
Perth Centre for Photography
13 June - 14 July 2013
Roy Ananda: The Devourer; Sandra Uray-Kennett: A Knights Tour through a Rent in the Wall
Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Gallery and Project Space, Adelaide
26 April – 26 May 2013
19th International Symposium of Electronic Arts: Resistance is Futile
19th International Symposium of Electronic Arts
7 – 16 June 2013
Alistair Rowe: Pioneer Village
Moana Project Space, Perth
20 June – 15 July 2013
John A. Douglas: Body Fluid II (redux)
Performance Space, Carriageworks
23 May – 16 June 2013
Outward, Launceston, Tasmania
7 – 22 June 2013
Mike Brown Festival
Mike Brown Festival, Various venues, Melbourne
What boys give up to become men is all contained in this photograph...
Men's Business: Masculinities Reflected
Masculinities Reflected
Guest editors of 'Masculinities Reflected' Noel Sanders and Kurt Brereton reflect on the nature of masculinity.
Men's Business: Masculinities Reflected
Observing Father's Day in a Good Weekend
Analysis of maleness from a semiotic approach in the context of the lifestyle magazine 'Good Weekend' published as a supplement to both The Age in Melbourne and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Men's Business: Masculinities Reflected
Fathers and/or Sons
Musings on the man who was the author's father from a multicultural perspective.
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I've Written a Letter to Daddy
Social documenter Maxx Image is obsessed with the colour purple. Black leather is the costume of rebellion and the thrill and valour expounded by such an ideal could be seen as enticing accessories to the passion and zeal of leather sexuality.
Men's Business: Masculinities Reflected
Art and Masculinity after Auschwitz after Bosnia: The work of Dennis Del Favero, 1995
Masculinity continues its argument with itself, quizzical at its self-propelled self-assertion. But in asserting aggression the pain is not just experienced in the victim. For even in the crudest acts of coitus, for a moment, the raper becomes the raped, he is tied by his penis and his balls into an abomination.
Men's Business: Masculinities Reflected
Men and Mettle: Recent Portraits by Rox De Luca
Rox de Luca's exhibition of 19 men portrayed in 'All Meat No Veg' were all of men known to her. What did the portraits reveal about the sitters?
Men's Business: Masculinities Reflected
Demystifying Masculinity: The Photography of Krystyna Petryk
Polish born Krystyna Petryk has long been fascinated with portraiture and representations of the nude in photography. Her own investigations began in Warsaw by photographing her pregnant friends and continued after her arrival in Western Australia in 1982. Once here she broadened her explorations to include both male and female subjects before shifting to photograph and research representations of men exclusively.
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Exquisite Corpses
We collage, genderbend, cross dress and polymorph exquisite corpses out of media and advertising personalities, then use them as fantasy aids in the cause of our mundane desires.
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Image Bank: Works by Various Artists
Series of works by Tyrone Townsend, Victoria Straub, Polixeni Papapetrou, Phil George and Simon Cardwell. Large format and mainly colour images.
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They Are Not Photographs: Natalie Lowrie
The images are selections from a body of work called flamingharlots@trashed, created by Sydney based photographer Natalie Lowrie. The images, digitally retouched photos of Natalie's circle of friends and acquaintances were exhibited at the Polymorph Gallery at Newtown.
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Figures of Elongation
Using illustrations from a technical manual of the 1940s `the author examines the working male figure in popular iconography focusing on masculine representation in the visual arts and its link to the means of production.
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Saviour and Sportsman
Vigilantly looking out to sea, the two manifestations of the life saver, the saviour and the sportsman, are combined in this 'gay greeting card' in such a way as to draw on the history of surf club masculinity and create an erotic pose.
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Symbolic Identities: Masculinity and the Motor Cycle
Since 1927, the idea that the motor cycle is synonymous with assertive and unmediated masculinity has been enlarged and expanded through a broad range of visual, literal and cinematic imagery to the point where a machine which was once acclaimed as a means of transport has been transformed into a gendered cultural icon, an object of and for masculine display.
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Sorely Tried Men: The Male Body in World War Two Australia
During World War Two, the Australian government's Department of Information represented the male body in at least two distinct ways. The photographer Edward Cranstone photographed a heroically active, phallicised body and the cameraman Damien Parer filmed a heroically suffering abject body.
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Unwanted Shadow Man
Photos and essay by the author on a relationship between men.
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Public Objects and Private Parts in Harry Hummerston's Recent Assemblages
Harry's work immediately identifies the object as a site of meaning. It is fair to say that Harry is strongly opposed to any restriction or taboo upon what he may represent, particularly from the arena of representing the female object or gender.
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Men Without Toilets
Let's speak about nomads and farmers... The acrid vapours that fill the cast iron nooks and crannies by day: the trickles on metal that appear in my black and white slides each night like blood from a more visible crime: this evidence of the distillation of men: these signs are signs enough of the collapsing consequences of 'farming'.
Men's Business: Masculinities Reflected
Soap: A Letter to Sam Schoenbaum on Not Writing an Essay on a Show Called Phallus and its Funtions
What is the phallus?
Men's Business: Masculinities Reflected
Blokes and Sheds
Images and text by Mark Thomson from his recent book 'Blokes and Sheds'.
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The Back Yard Shed
In 1992, Helen Moyes made a documentary 'The Back Yard Shed' which set out to look at the lives of a cross-section of Australian households through the phenomenon of the back-yard shed.
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Like a Chant
Exhibition review Recent Work: Hossein Valamanesh 4-29 October 1995, Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide SA
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Perverse Desire?
Exhibition review Mail Order (for Women): Di Barrett 14 Sept - 8 October 1995, EAF [Experimental Art Foundation] Adelaide, South Australia
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Light Works
Exhibition review Some Pictures from a Somniloquist's Diary Tony Trembath 1 November - 26 November 1995 Greenaway Gallery Adelaide SA
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The Virtual in Hand
Exhibition review Armorial: Dianne Longley 8 September - 3 October 1995 Adelaide Central Gallery, SA
Men's Business: Masculinities Reflected
Exhibition review Emergence: Arthur Russell 15 October - 12 November 1995 Greenhill Galleries, Perth, WA
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Distilling Poetry
Exhibition review Fremantle Print Awards 8 September - 15 October 1995 Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
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Everchanging Vindication
Exhibition review I won't wish I will: Pippin Drysdale 28 September - 8 October 1995 The Door Exhibition Space Fremantle, WA
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When You Get Behind Closed Doors
Exhibition review Home: Body Pat Brassington, Kathryn Faludi, Mary Scott, Heather B Swann, Jennifer Spinks 21 September - 13 October 1995 Carnegie Room Town Hall Hobart, Tasmania
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The Many Tongues of Textiles
Exhibition review Tradition, Cloth, Meaning: Contemporary Textiles Curated by Sara Lindsay 17 September - 7 October 1995 Long Gallery Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania
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Film and Video
The emphasis in this collection has been on the films and videos themselves rather than the structures which support their production and circulation but they have not been overlooked....
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Selected Shorts: Oppositionality, Postmodernity and the Australian Short Film
Despite my distrust of the postmodern, the possibility of disruption, the disturbance of vision that postmodernity is capable of providing within the cultural framework needs to be investigated. That such disturbances fail to deliver the most popular short films may be because they unsettle the comfortable fictions with which we seek to live....
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Domestic Noir Night Out
Surely one of the powers of cinema is the aesthetic redemption of everyday reality, a poetics in motion that can distill and energise mundane objects, be they tiles on a kitchen wall, the fluorescent facade of an airport terminal, a luminously white T-shirt being twisted and tugged or the compact shapeliness of Y-fronts on a young body emerging from bed.
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More Bangs for Bucks: Male Sexuality and Violence in Australian Film
Looks at 3 Australian films: Romper Stomper Night Out and Resonance each of which brings masculinity, sexuality and violence together.
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Lesbian Independent Cinema and Queer Theory
Lesbians do not exist in mainstream Australian cinema. Apart from a brief sequence representing youthful lesbian desire in 'The Getting of Wisdom (1977)' and the undercurrent of adolescent homoeroticism in 'Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)' Australian cinema has remained mute - perhaps dumbstruck might be a more appropriate term - in relation to the issue of desire between women.
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Wizards of Oz: Into the 90s - Between Documentary and Fiction
In the incredible shrinking space between 1984 and 2001 the distinction between social-issue documentary and surreal fiction is collapsing - almost as fast as Australian capitalism or Soviet communism.
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Monica Pellizari's Short Black Look at the Italian-Australian Experience
The title of Monical Pellizari's recently completed short film has a characteristically wry double edge. 'Just Desserts (1993)' tempers an unfortunates Australian maxim with distinctive humour. This film is a delight, a consolidation of the stylistic and thematic concerns of her previous 3 films in 13 witty and evocative minutes.
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Aleksi Vellis
Aleksi Vellis announced his arrival in the turmoil of early 90s Australian cinema with his debut feature 'Nirvana Street Murder' a restlessly energetic film with cavalier camera moves that are almost as swish as the director himself.
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Memory and Image: The Multiculturalism in Film Project
It is diversity, and the celebration of the marginal which makes Australian film innovative. Diversity provides the opportunity for people in Australia to enjoy and reflect on the cultural heterogeneity rather than on the alienating myth with which we are so familiar.
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"I Am Like You, I Am Different" - Beyond Ethnicity, Becoming Asian-Australian
Beyond ethnicity, becoming Asian - Australian. How does one address issues of ethnicity? What is authenticity?
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Who Told You We Wanted To Make Our Own TV?
The broadcasting in remote Aboriginal Communities Scheme and the failure of policy.
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"I Am Not A TV Show"
"I am not a TV show, this is not a TV show." These are the oft-spoken words of Tony Tjamu, Chairperson of the Mutitjulu Community at Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Pitjantjatjara Lands of Central Australia. Their repetition reveals something of the exasperation born of the visibility of being Aboriginal in a predominantly white Australia.
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Independent Distribution and Exhibition
In the decades prior to the expansion of art-house cinemas and television programming, 'independent distribution and exhibition' denoted a more specific activity than it does in the 1990s.
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"Just Trust The Text, Don't Colour It"
Tracey Moffatt offers her personal insights on the making of 'Bedevil' made in 1992 with Film Finance Corporation Trust funds. Due for release in 1993.
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A Tale of Reproduction and Dependency
The interface between film and video education and the Independent film and video production.
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Digital Art
The Third International symposium on Electronic Art (TISEA) which took place in 16 venues in Sydney from 9 -13 November 1992 converted the whole city into a massive hologram event.
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The 7th International Video Festival
Blotting paper, alchemy or potent cocktail. When radical European film-makers in the 1950s with the Nagra sound recorder and noiseless, hand held camera, the Eclair, launched what they called Cinema Verite, they thought they had discovered a way to film truth on the move.
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Perplexities: Experimenta 1992
Over 12 days in November 1992, the Melbourne based Modern Image Makers Association (MIMA) held the third Experimenta presenting nearly 200 works of film, video, installation and performance. It included work from Germany, Japan, England and the USA, thus providing an opportunity to assess the current state of 'avant garde' practice and discourse.
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Museum Screen Dreams
Sydney's new Museum of Contemporary Art has actively integrated film, TV and videos into its programs since opening in 1991.
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The End of Independence? Women's Film and Video in the 1990s
Independent cinema may have been diverse in form, but its practitioners had in common a position of difference and marginality, working outside the mainstream and in opposition to it.
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Cinema or Death
What is the effect on film when the maker's background is utterly different from the culture in which he now works. Anna Epstein talked to a film-maker who brings fresh vision to the Australian film industry.
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The Last Days of Chez Nous: Love Stories and Girls' Blouses
In his discussion of male sexuality, it was Freud who asserted that men customarily distribute their libido with expedience. What psychical energies a man 'employs for cultural aims he to a great extent withdraws from women and sexual life'. But not so in the love story, a genre which disavows this predicament.
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Wild: Beyond the Deconstruction
To begin this discussion of Ross Gibson's new film 'Wild' it may be useful to trace its origins to his 1984 film 'Camera Natura'. The earlier film employed an essay mode to deconstruct the discourses around non-Aboriginal imaging of the landscape.
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Redemptive Moments Through Utter Despair: The Films of Brian McKenzie
Expressionism and modernism. Two old fashioned words in these days of post modernism.
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Brother Can You Spare a SP Betacam
Discussion with George Mannix. If there is any form of expression that eats money it is the feature length movie. Camera, lights and actors all cost big bucks and many ideas have stopped at the drawing board simply because there wasn't enough money. Independent Producer George Mannix had other ideas.
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One Way Street
John Hughes independent documentary film on Walter Benjamin One Way Street was screened on ABC television in December 1992, the centenary year of Benjamin's birth. The film has been released to festival audiences in the US and Europe and will theatrical release in Sydney and Melbourne in 1993. Here John Hughe slips into pause and explores an opening on certain scenes.
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TV Eye: Cinema in the Age of Video
In 1993 in Australia less than 2 per cent of the population attends the cinema yet over 90 percent of households own a VCR....
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Delayed Voyage: George Popperwell
Exhibition review George Popperwell: Recent Works Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide, South Australia September 25 - October 8 1992
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The Pure and The Impure: Shaun Kirby
Exhibition review Cultic Gloss: Shaun Kirby Contemporary Art Centre Adelaide, South Australia October 23 - November 24 1992
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Colonial Patterns Repeated: Robert Harrison
Exhibition review Architecture without Walls Robert Harrison University of South Australia Art Museum 10 September - 3 October 1992
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Pretty as a Picture: Women Artists and the Heidelberg Era
Exhibition review Completing the Picture: Women artists and the Heidelberg era Carrick Hill, South Australia 8 November - 6 December 1992
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Come Again: Aldo Lacobelli
Exhibition review Souvenirs Aldo Iacobelli Experimental Art Foundation South Australia 22 October - 15 November 1992
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