This wine label referenced bikinis and beaches. Thankfully, things have become a little more sophisticated since in our understanding of place.
Labels plonked on plonk once had a distinctly awkward sense of place. But a new breed are helping to create a sense of Australian terroir.
The recorder was one of the most popular instruments during the Baroque period, and was more commonly made of wood.
Many school music teachers aren't trained recorder players. And cheap and badly made recorders are often sold in discount stores. But this an instrument with a fine musical pedigree.
More than just a musical accolade, UNESCO has recognised the social and political importance of Jamaican music.
Tim Curry as Frank-N-Furter in 1975’s Rocky Horror Show.
December 2, 2018
Doing the time warp
The Rocky Horror Show and its star, Frank-N-Furter, debuted in 1973. His character owes much to older performance traditions.
Protestors at an anti-Trump rally in 2017.
November 29, 2018
Writerly acts of confession are garish, they are vulgar and dazzling, but they are the only form of disobedience at many a woman writer’s disposal.
Relishing the independence of the mind is the basis for naturally imaginative activity.
November 28, 2018
Our contemporary education systematically trashes creativity and unwittingly punishes students for exercising their imagination.
Kathleen Petyarre looking across Atnangker country, Northern Territory, December 2000.
Photograph Ian North; courtesy Wakefield Press
November 26, 2018
Petyarre, who won the Telstra prize for Indigenous art in 1996, has died in Alice Springs.
Kahlil Gibran, The Divine World (1923), Illustration for The Prophet, Charcoal.
November 27, 2018
Guide to the classics
After Shakespeare and Laozi, Kahlil Gibran is the highest selling poet ever, largely thanks to The Prophet, a set of 26 prose poems.
Controversial film directors Nic Roeg, left, and Bernardo Bertolucci.
EPA-EFE/Eduardo Abad, Claudio Onorati
The pair never worked together, but their controversial depiction of sex links them in the minds of movie historians.
Christians go to fewer concerts and are less likely to listen to genres such as heavy metal.
Christians go to fewer gigs, are less likely to listen to heavy metal, and prefer classical music. The reason likely comes down to morality.
Forest remains after bushfire, Icy Creek Victoria, 1939.
November 21, 2018
We should remember past disasters - such as the 1939 Black Friday bushfires in which 71 people died - and learn from them.
Sydney’s Government House, circa 1802, where Boorong was brought when she fell sick with smallpox in 1789.
Mitchell library, State Library of New South Wales
November 22, 2018
The NSW government has purchased the land where Bennelong is buried. His third wife played a key role in the early colonisation of Australia.
Wes Mountain/The Conversation
Shakespeare’s first reputation was as a poet, and particularly as a sex poet. He would later incorporate his bawdy inclinations into his most famous plays.
Of 19 Aboriginal men transported to Cockatoo Island, Sydney between 1845 and 1850, 12 died in custody.
November 21, 2018
The 1991 Royal Commission into deaths in custody was preceded by an 1850 inquiry, which recommended that Aboriginal people be released should their health deteriorate in gaol.
A copy of the original White Album signed by George Martin: his son Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell have remixed the album on its 50th anniversary.
Julien''s Auctions/Supplied by WE/AAP
Remixing a Beatles album might be seen as both artistically redundant and cynically commercial. But this remixed classic allows us to experience the album in a new way.
Anselm Feuerbach’s depiction of Medea, circa 1870: the play is particularly cogent today in the context of the #MeToo movement’s assault on patriarchal power.
November 19, 2018
Guide to the classics
Euripides’ dismissal by some as a misogynist sits uncomfortably alongside his complex and sympathetic female characters.
Trans porn star Korra Del Rio camming from her room in Las Vegas.
November 20, 2018
The porn industry
With pirated and amateur pornography widely available online, porn no longer provides a steady income for many working in the adult industry.
Donald and Melania Trump in Paris last week. According to the Washington Post, the president has made 6,420 false or misleading comments in 649 days.
November 15, 2018
US president Donald Trump's industrial scale deception has dangerous implications everywhere. What then, can we do to foster a more civilised society?
Two women hug before placing flowers at the Star of David memorial in front of the Tree of Life Synagogue, two days after a mass shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
November 14, 2018
With anti-semitism on the rise around the world, it is timely to consider how images and media discourses can embolden hate crimes.
Detail from George Baldessin MM of Rue St Denis 1976charcoal and black chalk 119.9 x 80.6 cm.
National Gallery of Victoria, MelbournePurchased with the assistance of The Docking Drawing Fund (NGV), 2001 (2001.537)© The Estate of George Baldessin
November 12, 2018
Here's Looking at
The images of Mary Magdalene made by Australian artist George Baldessin in the years before his sudden death in a car accident in 1977 are some of his most powerful works.