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Editorial


In brief...

For this edition, our editorial is necessarily a short one. We’ve been busy beyond belief, completing our plans for the next 3 years, working on a publication documenting the achievements of Australia’s Indigenous filmmakers, and engaging in the Australia Council Theatre Board’s timely dialogues about future funding strategies (see their Make it New? paper available from the Australia Council website). Interesting to see the Australia Council Chair David Gonski do a runner before securing the Federal Government funds we thought he’d promised to raise for Council and its clients after the 2005 restructure. He’s to be replaced by James Strong, not a promising appointment at first glance, given Howard and Kemp walked all over his important recommendations for the reform of Australia’s orchestras. We live in hope.

Experimenta Under the Radar

Good news is Experimenta is taking an exhibition of great Australian new media art to FACT in Liverpool (an impressive complex of cinemas, galleries, bar and café) and to the ICA in London. While we were in UK it was a relief not to have to worry about what we called the work, ‘new media art’ seemed fine, while here the push is on to re-label it as ‘media art.’ On page 27 we look at the Experimenta Under the Radar program and what Shiralee Saul has made of it in her optimistic catalogue essay.

Craig Walsh

Great too to see Craig Walsh in the Experimenta Under the Radar program with Cross-Reference, the work featured on our cover. Craig’s disturbing Contested Space (2004) nested massive cockroaches above the Art Gallery of New South Wales portico and appeared on the cover of RealTime 65 when he was a finalist for the Anne Landa Award. In the 2003 Sydney Festival showing he convincingly filled the windows of the financial institutions on Martin Place with water, fish and floating office furniture.

RealTime 74: Arts Education; LIFT; Rich Mix

In our last editorial we promised reports from London on LIFT and Rich Mix. These stories have been held over until our August edition.

RealTime 74 includes our popular Arts Education feature, this year focusing on artist-teachers in tertiary education, how they balance the demands of teaching and art, sustain vision and inspire new generations of artists. KG

RealTime issue #73 June-July 2006 pg. 1

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