Look, read, listen. Then think.
[Eurocentrism produced a] picture of the planet appropriated and re-deployed from a unified European perspective. The imperial gaze.
Edward Said on Imperialism
The notion of a lack of alternatives offends human reason because it amounts to a ban on thought. It is a statement of capitulation, not an argument.
German poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger criticizing Eurozone policymakers for insisting that their proposal for solving the crisis is the only way forward.

Time to re-claim the genre… a little

Happy 5th of November.

V for Vendetta and its dystopian world is full of issues that resonate with society today. Terrorism, homosexuality, totalitarianism, anarchism, the role of religion, vigilantism.

Can murder be justified? What makes someone heroic? How do you cope with a world full of hatred and the misuse of power? What relationship should people have with their governments?

A diagram of Stanislavsky’s ‘system’ based on his “plan of experiencing”. Not only does the image look like a pair of lungs, but Stanislavsky’s ideas visually correspond with his metaphor that by breathing in the external world, the outside becomes ‘you’.
In An Actor Prepares, Stanislavsky attempts to develop a ‘system’ of acting that gets as close as possible to the true nature of a given creative act.
Read more: Konstantin Stanislavsky (1989). An Actor Prepares. London: Taylor and Francis.

A diagram of Stanislavsky’s ‘system’ based on his “plan of experiencing”. Not only does the image look like a pair of lungs, but Stanislavsky’s ideas visually correspond with his metaphor that by breathing in the external world, the outside becomes ‘you’.

In An Actor Prepares, Stanislavsky attempts to develop a ‘system’ of acting that gets as close as possible to the true nature of a given creative act.

Read more: Konstantin Stanislavsky (1989). An Actor Prepares. London: Taylor and Francis.

Almost a year after promises by the NSW Government that all CityRail trains would have air-conditioning, we still have these abominable tin sheds on wheels.
Why? Now that’s a complex answer. Mismanagement, lack of investment in infrastructure, change of government, construction problems, uninspired transport system and design. The list goes on.

Almost a year after promises by the NSW Government that all CityRail trains would have air-conditioning, we still have these abominable tin sheds on wheels.

Why? Now that’s a complex answer. Mismanagement, lack of investment in infrastructure, change of government, construction problems, uninspired transport system and design. The list goes on.

Acting (in at least some forms) is a somewhat unique human practice because it can at once investigate what it means to be a self whilst also using the self in performance.
On acting and the self - Daniel Johnston, Lecture 12a of “Being There: Theories of Performance.” Department of Performance Studies, University of Sydney, 2011.
Whether we’re at the movies, collectively accepting that a spray of light is a person or place, or in the theatre, moved by an actor to summon up images of other worlds, we in the audience are active players in the game of art. Theatre exists in that mysterious imaginative space between the artist and the audience.
Jim Sharman (1996). “In the Realm of the Imagination: An Individual View of Theatre,” in Australasian Drama Studies. 28, pp. 20-29.
Sydney artist Ben Quilty, winner of the 2011 Archibald Prize, painted this for Sydney Theatre Company’s upcoming production of The Histrionic. His use of colour is stunning. It made me think of the connection of energy, expressiveness and communication from the inner self. My appreciation of the painting is partly informed by an Elizabethan understanding of acting as consisting of controlling the four bodily “humors”.
Read more:Noga Arikha (2007). Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours. New York: Ecco.

Sydney artist Ben Quilty, winner of the 2011 Archibald Prize, painted this for Sydney Theatre Company’s upcoming production of The Histrionic. His use of colour is stunning. It made me think of the connection of energy, expressiveness and communication from the inner self. My appreciation of the painting is partly informed by an Elizabethan understanding of acting as consisting of controlling the four bodily “humors”.

Read more:Noga Arikha (2007). Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours. New York: Ecco.

The Nazi’s often coordinated party rallies at light during the late 1930s. Their propaganda team used spotlights beaming into the night sky to create a “lictdom”, a “cathedral of light”.
Read more: Hans-Ulrich Thamer (1996). “The Orchestration of the National Community: The Nuremberg Party Rallies of the NSDAP” in Fascism and Theatre: Comparative Studies on the Aesthetics of Performance in Europe, 1925-1945. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

The Nazi’s often coordinated party rallies at light during the late 1930s. Their propaganda team used spotlights beaming into the night sky to create a “lictdom”, a “cathedral of light”.

Read more: Hans-Ulrich Thamer (1996). “The Orchestration of the National Community: The Nuremberg Party Rallies of the NSDAP” in Fascism and Theatre: Comparative Studies on the Aesthetics of Performance in Europe, 1925-1945. Oxford: Berghahn Books.