‘Girl With a Balloon’ was renamed ‘Love Is in the Bin,’ after it self-destructed at a Sotheby’s auction on Oct. 5. Sotheby's

Banksy and the tradition of destroying art

When artists destroy their works, it's usually to express their disdain for critics, dealers and curators. But does this get lost in the attention, hype and money that follows?
Installation view, David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948–2018, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2018, image courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. © The David Goldblatt Legacy Trust, photograph: Anna Kučera

David Goldblatt’s kind, calm photographs of South Africa exist in a morality minefield

In a contemporary culture that is saturated with images of death, homelessness and war, it is perhaps the quiet stillness of David Goldblatt’s photographs that make them a little unnerving.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison concedes the Liberals lost the byelection in Wentworth on Saturday night- but postal votes have added uncertainty to the outcome. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Wentworth byelection called too early for Phelps as Liberals recover in late counting

After election night reports of a thumping win in by independent Kerryn Phelps, the Liberals have recovered significantly in postal votes - so much so, the result is now uncertain.A
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the General Assembly of the United Nations last month. EPA/PETER FOLEY

One year on for Ardern’s coalition government in New Zealand

One year since Jacinda Ardern became prime minister, New Zealanders are refamiliarising themselves with the idea that the state can be a force for good.
The dingo, Australia’s largest mammalian carnivore, has a broad diet that varies across the continent. Judy Dunlop

Dingo dinners: what’s on the menu for Australia’s top predator?

A survey of 32,000 samples of dingo droppings and stomach contents reveal that this predator's appetite is as wide-ranging as Australia's landscapes. But medium and large mammals are top of the menu.
Roxy Jacenko and daughter Pixie (centre) at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in 2016. Pixie’s Instagram account has more than 100,000 followers and she has a signature line of hair bows. Dan Himbrechts

Friday essay: family as ‘brand’ – the rise of the digital mumpreneur

A growing number of parents are making money out of their children by turning them into social media celebrities. But the chimera of corporate branding is no antidote for lives lived in precarious times.
Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Sequestration, known as BECCS, is one of the technologies we may need to limit warming to 1.5 degrees. from www.shutterstock.com

Bioenergy carbon capture: climate snake oil or the 1.5-degree panacea?

Delays on climate action to reduce emissions means that we may have to consider technologies that strip carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But that will come at a cost.

Listen

Subscribe

Research and Expert Database

Editors’ Picks

Job Board

Where experts find jobs

More Jobs

Events

More Events

How we are different

10 reasons

Most Read past week

  1. Grattan on Friday: Scott Morrison braces for judgement by Malcolm Turnbull’s old voters
  2. More than a habit? When to worry about nail biting, skin picking and other body-focused repetitive behaviours
  3. Scientists pinpoint earliest ever Alzheimer’s signs
  4. Calculating the odds of a Trump impeachment: don’t bet the house on it
  5. True blue picks: a snapshot of Australia’s favourite porn

Pitch an idea

Got a news tip or article idea for The Conversation?

Tell us

Our Audience

The Conversation has a monthly audience of 10.7 million users, and reach of 38.2 million through Creative Commons republication.

Want to Write?

Write an article and join a growing community of more than 74,300 academics and researchers from 2,568 institutions.

Register now

Make a Donation

The Conversation relies on sector, government and reader support. If you would like to help us have even better conversations, then you may like to make a one-off or on-going donation.

Donate