Fossilised ancient human footprints at the Mungo National Park. How are we to engage with a history that spans 65,000 years?
Over the past half century, Australia has experienced a 'time revolution' with Indigenous history pushed back into the dizzying expanse of deep time. The latest discovery reminds us that science, like history, is an ongoing inquiry.
Jason Mamoa as Aquaman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman are the best things about Justice League.
Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Comics
The makers of Justice League embed the film in a post-9/11, post-global warming, post-Brexit, post-Trump context. But it is loud and disappointing with some genuinely unimaginative action sequences.
The stern of HMAS Sydney.
Courtesy of Curtin University and WA Museum. © WA Museum
More than 48 shipwrecks have been illicitly salvaged - and the figure may be much higher. Museums can play a key role in the protection of these wrecks, alongside strategic recovery and legislative steps.
People celebrate the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey in Melbourne.
AAP Image/Luis Enrique Ascui
Given that only 20 years ago Tasmania decriminalised male homosexuality, the same-sex marriage survey result represents an extraordinary change. But there is still work to be done.
Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn ‘Self-portrait as the apostle Paul’ 1661 (detail)
Rijksmuseum, de Bruijn-van der Leeuw Bequest, Muri, Switzerland
Rembrandt & the Dutch Golden Age, a major new exhibition, is the first of its kind to visit Sydney. The title is something of a misnomer – the centrepiece is a stunning work by Vermeer.
A still image from Pipilotti Rist’s Ever Is Over All, 1997, single channprojectors, players, sound system, paint, carpet, courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine.
© the artist
In 1997 Pippilotti Rist walked down a street of cars and smashed their windows in a vivaciously feminist call to arms. You might recognise the homage to Risk's work in Beyoncé's Lemonade.
The Shahrouk family bring Lebanese food to Family Food Fight.
Screenshot from Nine
There are more people of Middle Eastern heritage on Australian commercial TV than ever before - in drama, cooking, and Gogglebox.
Simon Leys intervened on a broad range of topics: Mother Teresa, the continuing relevance of George Orwell, conservative values, and the role of the university in the pursuit of truth.
Pierre Ryckmans - also known by his nom-de-plume, Simon Leys - was an inspirational teacher, the bête-noire of sinology and an outspoken public intellectual. A new biography tells his story.
The income gap between men and women is wider in the arts than the average gap across all industries in Australia. This is especially so for female writers, visual artists and musicians.
The average Australian female artist is better educated than her male counterpart but earns significantly less than him, new research shows. And artists' incomes are declining in real terms.
Poppies at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
The wildflowers that WWI soldiers encountered in Europe become symbols of remembrance and the fragility of life. The red poppy in particular is a powerful motif in Australian war art and photography.
Exhibition installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 27 Oct 2017 – 18 Feb 2018.
All artworks © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Photo: AGNSW, Christopher Snee
The distinctive visual style of Robert Mapplethorpe’s beautiful, oversized images seems now more classical than shocking. But he can still reveal the subconscious of an era we think we have outgrown.
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) attempts to teach ethics to Eleanor (Kristen Bell) in comedy series The Good Place.
The Good Place is a high concept comedy about what it takes to be a good person. One of the show's charms is the way it draws on real philosophers and philosophical dilemmas.
Jason Isaacs as Georgy Zhukov in The Death of Stalin.
Main Journey, Free Range Films, Quad Productions
Armando Iannucci plays fast and loose with history in his farce The Death of Stalin. But its depiction of the cult of personality that can develop around political leaders is bitingly relevant.
Installation view: Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of the Rainbow at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2017.
Natasha Harth, QAGOMA
Yayoi Kusama, arguably Japan's most famous living artist, has been making art for 65 years. A new exhibition traces her output: from her dazzling mirror and polka-dot infused installations to paintings and sculptures.
A scene from Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Lore: the oldest continuing culture in the world resonates with overseas audiences.
Why do students still describe Australia as a 'young' country lacking culture? Are our universities doing enough to to teach Australian films, artwork and books?
The pyjama girl mystery, as featured in Famous Detective Stories no. 6.
State Library of New South Whales
Once typecast as 'bad' or 'good' in true crime tales, women are now more likely to be presented as complex figures in them. And many more women are writing true crime themselves.
Members of the original 1978 Sydney Mardi Gras in 2008. Older gays and lesbians grew up in more radical times, and some don’t support same-sex marriage.
AAP Image/Jane Dempster
When it comes to same-sex marriage, there's a big gap in support between old and young gay men. Older gay men often see marriage as conservative, and fear marriage will create a "gold standard" for gay relationships.
Detail from Little Big Woman: Condescension, Debra Keenahan, 2017.
Designed and made by Debra Keenahan, Photograph by Robert Brindley.
For centuries, women with dwarfism were depicted in art as comic or grotesque fairytale beings. But artists are challenging these portrayals and notions of beauty and physical difference.
Zora Kreuzer, Arcade (2017)
Liebler Facade, Fremantle.
The artists in this inaugural event have created works within, on and around the buildings of an old port town.
Day of the Dead Oaxaca, Mexico.
Copyright Colleen Nordstrom
Australia has few public rituals around death, leaving people to figure out how to process grief alone. But Mexico's Day of the Dead, with its focus on art and community, could help us cope better.
A detail from Mirka Mora’s Perth Festival Mural 1983; synthetic polymer paint on tin, 6 panels, each 120 x 280 cm (approx.)
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, gift of Paul Swain, 2015.
In 1983, Mirka Mora painted a 21-metre mural in the forecourt of the Perth Concert Hall. The story of this remarkable painting's creation is fascinating.
A scene from Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 2014 work Patyegarang. An Eora woman, Patyegarang became the main informant for William Dawes, the first European to sympathetically chronicle the language and culture of the Sydney landowners.
Just 210 of nearly 13,000 biographical entries in the Australian Dictionary of Biography are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women. A new project aims to change this.
The thing in Stranger Things 2
Stranger Things 2 finds its monsters in Reagan-era capitalism. It is required viewing for socialists this Halloween.
Luther’s act quickly came to be seen as the foundation of the Reformation, as shown in this centenary broadside, Göttlicher Schrifftmessiger, 1617.
Greed, guilt, fear, anger and love gave power to a spiritual movement that was catalysed 500 years ago this week.
Detail from Divide 2011 by Sam Jinks. Mixed media, 86 x 60 cm,
collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
The quest to create a robot that is indistinguishable from humans has become all-consuming for some scientists, engineers and technicians. The consequences could be both beneficial and catastrophic.