Will Dyson sketching close to the German lines on the Western Front, 29 May 1918.
November 8, 2018
Australian authorities sent artists to the WW1 battlefields to interpret and commemorate war. But unlike similar schemes in Britain and Canada, ours neglected the war experience at home and the perspective of women artists.
The absence of women rockers such as Chrissie Amphlett (pictured here in 2006) from an Oz playlist promoted by the prime minister speaks volumes about how women are excluded from the music canon.
The PM's Spotify playlists are significant as they offer insight into what he sees as valuable in popular culture. They also remind us how women are excluded from the music canon.
A tourist photographs the stupa of human remains at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center.
A new Netflix series focusing on tourism to sites of historic disasters or atrocities delivers no more than a contemporary version of a freak show.
Still from 'The Matrix', 1999
November 4, 2018
When it was released in 1999, The Matrix introduced a new type of image: bullet-time. Bruce Isaacs explains why it has become one of the most influential special effects in the history of cinema.
A Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Our research project sought to investigate the capacity of professional sport to communicate environmental issues and awareness.
October 29, 2018
Did the minister or any of his staff read our application or any of the other ten he chose to reject?
Biologists are gathering evidence of green algae (pictured here in Kuwait) becoming carbohydrate-rich but less nutritious, due to increased carbon dioxide levels. As science fiction becomes science fact, new forms of storytelling are emerging.
November 1, 2018
As we enter the age of the Anthropocene, there is a growing recognition of different kinds of 'un-real' storytelling.
The Tanami desert in central Australia is haunted by beings called the jarnpa, which look like people but possess superhuman powers.
October 30, 2018
All monsters make their mark on the communities they haunt. Some are cheeky and mischievous, some are mysterious, others are downright evil.
The performers in Sutra, which saw its Australian premiere at the OzAsia Festival.
November 5, 2018
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s fusion of the choreographic universe of contemporary dance with the kung fu techniques of the famed Shaolin monks is both masterful and unexpected
In Ancient Greek texts, the king Lycaon is punished for misdeeds by being turned into a wolf.
October 28, 2018
The earliest surviving example of man-to-wolf transformation is found in The Epic of Gilgamesh, from around 2,100 BC. But the werewolf as we now know it first appeared in ancient Greece and Rome.
Darcy, played here by Colin Firth in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, has morphed from dreamboat to vampire in recent fiction.
A Mr Darcy Halloween costume anyone? How the brooding hero of Pride and Prejudice has been reinvented as a vampire.
In 2017 and 2018, as education minister, Simon Birmingham vetoed 11 ARC grants in the humanities.
LUKAS COCH/AAP Image
October 26, 2018
Projects submitted to the Australian Research Council are vetted heavily by panels of experts. Minister Birmingham's decision undermines this process.
Watching with a parent, checking the facts, and exposure therapy can all help a child process a scary movie.
October 30, 2018
There are various techniques that can soften the fear factor of a scary film: from talking about it to providing facts that contextualise the plotline.
Hydra 1960, including Leonard Cohen (bearded, left) and Redmond Wallis (centre right in cotton shirt).
Photographer unknown. Reproduced with the permission of Dorothy Wallis.
Leonard Cohen's final (posthumous) book was released in Australia this week. Another new book sheds light on Cohen's life on Hydra in the 1960s and the relationships he forged with Antipodeans seeking liberation there.
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, celebrates the Indian Diwali festival.
Indian migration to North America and the United Kingdom has been studied extensively, but less is known about Australian and New Zealand, the southern-most outposts of the Indian diaspora.
Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina in the new Netflix series.
The new Sabrina joins a host of other witches in pop culture, a witch revival that reflects more radical feminist politics.
The Aurora lying at anchor in Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica in 1913.
National Library of Australia
October 16, 2018
Sidney Jeffryes achieved a world first by establishing wireless contact between Antarctica and Australia. But his mental illness meant he gradually vanished from history - until now.
Australian literature has a long history of appropriating and misrepresenting Aboriginal culture.
Non-Indigenous writers, if they wish to engage ethically with Indigenous culture, must learn to respect it as a form of property grounded in kinship and country.
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.
October 18, 2018
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.
Despite the nation’s small size, Australians are the 8th biggest viewers of Pornhub.
October 17, 2018
A snapshot of what Australians are viewing around the country.
Othello and Desdemona, Henri Jean-Baptiste Victoire Fradelle, circa 1827.
“They have been crucifying Othello into an opera,” Lord Byron later wrote after watching Rossini's opera. But the performance does much to highlight the play's racial politics.