Panorama (SAM)

This month, I visited Singapore to sample the arts scene in this megacity; which is perhaps the face of contemporary South East Asia. Whilst checking out some local galleries around Armenian Street (The Substation was great), I also viewed the gallery at SOTA and the Panorama show at SAM. Thus, Ive compiled a video of the works at Singapore Art Museum (SAM) as theyve curated a fascinating show over 3 levels, offering the best of Asias contemporary art. This massive showcase runs until December 25th, 2012 –so youve plenty of time to drop in if youre travelling through this unique (and often puzzling) city.


2012 Indian Film Festival

Next Monday, 11th June heralds the opening night of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.¬†This film festival provides a great opportunity to view some of the most interesting cinema in the world; with cinematic gems from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Festival coordinator Rose Damon tells us to expect everything From Tamil action flicks to Bengali art house, to dazzling Bollywood extravaganzas” with the festival returning “with over 40 hot new films. Although the festival screenings take place at Hoyts Melbourne Central, and Hoyts Chadstonethis festival might actually be the only good time to visit a mainstream cinema. Tickets are just $10 and professional Bollywood filmmakers are also running free workshops too. See the details below:

Hayley Walker (Sketch)

Sketch has just returned to Melbourne after a prolonged stint in the UK and Brisbane. She is quite an accomplished artist; having held shows in both London and Melbourne. Also having her shit together in a big way; the minute Hayley is back in town shes already got her works up on the walls at The Lounge on Swanston. I went down there the other night to meet this artistic upstart, and check out her works. And theyre very fine indeed (as youll see below). Hayley was also nice enough to provide us with a few wise words:
INFX: Whats been happening for the last few years?
Hayley: Ive spent a good part of that time working on the body of my International show Ego (or Alter Ego) which was what I called it when I took it to London.
INFX: How was the London scene does it still inspire your work?
Hayley: The networks that I made there [are] a very important asset in this field of work. In terms of inspiration, I left feeling more inspired towards the graffiti art I do, as I spent a lot of time with street artists including close friends of Banksy.
INFX: I see. Well, youre back in Melbourne and have hit the ground running what else is in store for us?
Hayley: I am currently organising a collaborative Melbourne based graffiti show with local talent here, which will hopefully be showing in August.
INFX: And what have you been up to in the Studio?
Hayley: I am currently working on one large piece, in more of my linear, black and white busy composition style, which I am aiming to exhibit around November this year.
The Ego works will don The Lounge walls until 8th May; so be sure to checkem out next time youre having a drink or three up there.

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Secret Walls: Melbourne 2012

Thats right, now is the time for all you arts and graff heads to get up in it. The gates are open to field your blockbuster creative nuances to the Secret Walls team. Dont sweat the name change: you will know Secret Wars from the sellout crowds that rocked this live art battle series in 2011. Its the same crew, the same rules and quality competition showdown: but with a new name comin back to rock ya. Submissions are open for the next week onlysee all the details below:

Street Dreams 2012

After its success in 2011, the urban art festival Street Dreams returned to Adelaide in March of 2012 to showcase and celebrate local street artists and their work. The festival is run entirely through the work of volunteers to put together two days full of events centred on appreciating urban art forms and, most of all, having fun with it. Events included street art tours, workshops, mural painting, aPimp My TShirtparty and the famousDumpster Biennale“.

Precede Pictures have put together this short film documenting the highlights of the festival:

Harvest Festival 2012

This Saturday the Collingwood housing estate is staging the 2012 Collingwood Harvest Festival, located adjacent the housing commission towers in Harmsworth Park, rear of 229253 Hoddle Street. The festival is free and there are some great bands lined up, with free bbq and many activities to check out.
The festival marks the harvesting of the vegtables that are grown in the Harmsworth Gardens, by the local community. It has been running since 2001 and attracts crowds of up to 2000 people, annually. The festival offers an array of multicultural activities and foods that span all 5 continents. The festival culminates in dancing and theatrical processions, and ends with an enormous fire sculpture spectacle. Join the event on Facebook and share it around!
2012 Collingwood Harvest Festival: This Saturday, 31st March 3pm-7pm. All welcome.

Food & Wine Festival: String Garden

As part of a recent Public Art class, I was required to assume the identity of a Botanist. This was in order to conduct a site assessment relating to Public Art, from a botanical perspective. Initially, I interviewed half a dozen wait staff, a chef, and an owner at the restauarants in the precinct. Some claimed Fed Square lacked foliage and plant life; while others insisted that the trees should be shorn down. And believe it or notthese types thought the trees should be lopped off so that their patrons could view the Jumbo Screen playing sports and such in the centre of the square.

Fortunately, though, I scored a coup in noticing a hanging garden installation in the square and approached those milling about it. I met Paul Hyland (from Glasshaus Nursery in Richmond), and he was happy to provide an overview of the projectwith an inadvertant summary of the site itself; pertaining to a botanical Public Art piece. Thanks again Paul!