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Matt ‘Airistotle’ Burns performs during the 2017 Air Guitar World Championships in Finland. Eeva Rihel/Lehtikuva via AP

How air guitar became a serious sport

An ethnomusicologist traces the origins of the practice, from early 20th century 'air conductors' to Joe Cocker's air riffing at Woodstock to the rise of international competitions.
Sikhumbuzo Makandula’s ‘Ubuzwe II’, 2016, Digital photograph: Inkjet on Epsom Ultrasmooth. The mural kaSebe/Sebe’s Lip (2011) is by artist Buntu Fihla.

Five reminders of how visual artists can invoke and stir deep emotions

In an image-saturated world, it can feel like we are beyond being moved. But five exhibitions in South Africa's Eastern Cape province in 2016 managed to capture memory and ego in exactly the right proportions.
The typical view at a concert when fans take out their smartphones. Shutterstock/Pressmaster

There’s a time to put down the smartphone, seriously!

There's a time and place for a smartphone and some artists and sports stars want you to stop using them when they're performing. Just enjoy the live event instead.
Antony and the Johnsons fit perfectly within the world of Dark Mofo. Images courtesy of Dark Mofo

Antony and the Johnsons at Dark Mofo: uplifting, sombre, beautiful

Transgender artist Antony Hegarty has successfully used her notoriety to publicly address issues close to her, including transgender politics, ecological consciousness and indigenous spirituality.

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