Sunday, October 9, 2011

Have your say!

Have your say on the National Cultural Policy. You have until Friday 21 October.

Spring update...

It's been a pretty hectic few months and in between all the responsibilities of being a mostly responsible member of a family I continue to meet dynamic individuals doing incredible things. I have been working with graphic/web designer on a new website for my business, which is looking great and continue to search for new opportunities and approaches to accommodate the many varied creative individuals I work with. Other news...

  • Last week I caught up with Jane Longhurst, an accomplished actor, who has recently taken on the role of Project Manager for the Theatre Council of Tasmania. What an exciting and challenging time for both amateur and professional theatre in the state. There appear to be a good group of people round the table, so let's hope there is the vision and capacity to look at some interesting models to support the support and growth of this sector.
  • Jaspa Wood has been working with me in the Tasmanian Regional Arts office, managing the Open Your Eyes project, which was held at the end of September across Southern Tasmania. One of my favourite elements of this was the inclusion of the Roving Artists, a fantastic mechanism that provided information and art to regional communities. Lovely idea that I would like to factor into every future project I manage. Check out Tristan Soward
  • Tasman Village was the venue for the recent Tas Regional Arts gathering and it was great. So check it out if you get the chance.
  • Bonorong and Tarkine Trail last week launched a new Tas Devil research project in partnership with the Book End Trust and the Tas Land Conservancy. Very exciting and another entrepreneurial project with social outcomes. An example of business doing GOOD.
  • and just on that, check out this piece from Zizek...

Where are the great philosophers?

Hundreds of years ago the thinkers of the world were often supported by the monarchy. Their wisdom was sought and often guided the decisions of the court. I have been wondering about our modern day philosophers? I guess we can thank the Universities for housing many of them, providing a wage, while they challenge the minds of upcoming philosophers. We hope.
Slavoj Zizek, firebrand philosopher was recently on ABC's Q&A. What an amazing thinker he is, but he wasn't alone. The robust debate between the whole panel, Kate Adie, BBC Foreign Correspondent; Jon Ronson, writer and psychopath expert; Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian born democracy activist; and Greg Sheridan, The Australian's foreign editor, reminded me of the lack of such debate and philosophizing. It also reminded me of how we are now in a society which tends to reward a position, an annual income or some external achievement, rather than radical or 'dangerous' thinking. There is little space for pointless, actually rarely pointless, philosophizing. Room to record, reflect and respond. This methodology used in many contemporary research projects; often utilised when we are in unknown territory, could this be the modern day version of philosophy? 
Either way, I say bring it on-be brave. Let's have more discussions and access to the minds of great thinkers. And let's hope we can then find the time in our complicated lives to digest and ruminate on their words.

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