“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” Aldous Huxley When we view something, what is it that we see? How the presenter of the thing wants us to see it, in other words a “curated” version? Or does what we perceive activate a part of… Read More The Presence of Absence or Ways of Looking at the World.
“From what I have said of the Natives of New-Holland they may appear to some to be the most wretched people upon Earth, but in reality they are far more happier than we Europeans; being wholly unacquainted not only with the superfluous but the necessary Conveniences so much sought after in Europe, they are happy… Read More Discoverer of Worlds, Destroyer of Worlds: Cook in the Pacific
It’s the biggest island in Sydney harbour. Named after the hordes of Cockatoos, both black and white, which used to inhabit the thick forest of trees on the island. Now of course, there are few trees and none of those raucous birds to be heard or seen. Like Sydney town itself, the island has undergone… Read More Cockatoo Island; From Convict Past to Creative Presence
As a nation, Australia has been and continues to be in denial about the murders and massacres of our Indigenous peoples which took place in the early (and not so early) days of European colonisation. Sometimes it takes an outsider to see the truth and help us move past our blindspot. I have always felt… Read More We Are The World Blogfest ; Healing The Lie
X is for Xenophobia It’s the irrational fear and suspicion of that which we perceive to be alien and strange. I’ve seen it woven into many aspects of life in Australia, but none more so than our current cruel and inhumane treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Xenophobia comes from ignorance, a lack of curiosity… Read More X is for Xenophobia
Future/Past It’s the major cultural divide between France and Australia which underpins all other differences. France has an extensive, complex and multi-layered history and been home to millions of souls who have left their marks in so many areas of life. It seems to me that it’s the past which often heavily influences present day… Read More Future/Past
Stolen Encounters Colonialism has a lot to answer for. Whether its the Dutch in Indonesia, the British in China, the Spanish and Portuguese in the Americas, The French in Vietnam and Algeria or the Australians in Papua New Guinea, whatever the strain, this pernicious cultural phenomenon of marching into sovereign lands and claiming possession for… Read More Stolen Encounters