Honest Jon from Oceans all boiled into sky. Image by Gills Schwab.
Firstly, I was recently alerted to the existence of my comrade-in-arms Gillian Schwab’s Tumblr. Gills is one of the most dope collaborators I ever have known – we founded and directed the Crack Theatre Festival together, she designed (and more than designed) shows like serious theatre’s Oceans all boiled into sky (2008) and Boho’s True Logic of the Future (2010), and she is a slice of worthwhile in the general past-its-prime squashiness of the nectarine that is the human race. Her Tumblr is a collection of images from her theatre designs and from her sketchbook (which has been filling up with all kinds of twitchy OCD-driven creativity over the summer).
By happy coincidence, I happened upon the blog just in time to catch the backlash to Gills’ most recent post from an irate Roller Derbyer: ‘i’m not exactly sure how democratic organizations that are run exclusively by a most female contingent can be considered exploitative? because we wear fishnets and booty shorts or mini skirts? do you realize that these are worn while performing feats of extreme athleticism and kicking general ass? it’s called IRONY… ugh, people are so ig’nant some times.‘
Secondly, a shout out to a new comrade-in-arms: Yolande Norris is a Canberra-based visual arts curator and editor of BMA Magazine’s Exhibitionist. As well as being appointed co-director for the 2011-12 Critical Animals festivals as part of This Is Not Art, Yolande is my assistant producer for You Are Here, a new festival I am curating in Canberra from 10-20 March.
Dig on Yolande’s blog, it is replete with all kinds of sass and insight.
Lastly: for reasons I’m not going to look at too deeply, I was profiled in the most recent issue of BMA. I’m afraid my responses to the questions veered somewhat off-track (not enough ‘What are my plans for the future?’, too much ‘Is it true that my mentors include Christian hiphop legend KevinMax of pioneering holy hiphop trio dcTalk?’) but the image is dope – a combination of eerie overhead projector art by Gills and superb photography by ‘pling. Check out the profile here –
image by gills schwab and ‘pling.