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There's truth and there's art. They don't have to be the same. Sometimes the lies told in the name of art help us to see the truth more clearly—or perhaps as postmodernism taught us, reveal multiple truths…

Testamentpush international performing arts festival 2013, vancouver
Alex Lazaridis Ferguson is intrigued by the melding of fact, fiction, biography and myth in a selection of shows in this year's festival including She She Pop's Testament, Boca del Lupo's Photog and Tim Crouch's I, Malvolio.

"'This is my life, your life, our lives’—the strength (or weakness) of such truth-claims was only as good as the artist’s aesthetic muscle. Some had trained harder than others." More…

Wang Gongxinwang gongxin, maap space
Greg Hooper experiences time-shifts and curious landscapes in two video works by this pioneer Chinese video artist

"I cringe watching the ear slowly fill with white pigment. The sound is like rice falling onto card, a population of coherent noise emerging from thousands of individual grains. Then the pigment stops and water begins to softly fall and bead with the pigment." More…

Head ONin the loop:
head on photo festival, sydney

Australia's largest photography festival infiltrates Sydney galleries May-June

Previewed exhibitions include: Jimmy Pozarik & Tom Goldner, Global Gallery; Barbara McGrady, Redfern Community Centre; Anton Kuster, The Muse, TAFE Sydney Institute; Dean Tirkot, MOP Gallery; Kourtney Roy, Customs House; Cordelia Beresford, Gaffa Gallery

in the loop
quick picks
La Boite Indie Season 1, Brisbane; Lineage, Form Dance Projects, Parramatta; Anne Landa Award for Video and New Media Arts 2013, AGNSW; Everyday Rebellions, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; Suncorp Twenties, Sydney Theatre Company; Joachim Koester & Frances Stark, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; Stories Then & Now, Performance 4a & Carriageworks, Sydney; Goodbye Jamie Boyd, Buzz Dance & Monkey Baa, Perth

Sensing Sydney
in the loop

Sensing Sydney, Carbon Arts, City of Sydney; Dramaturgy Internships 2013, Playwriting Australia; Librettist Workshop, Chamber Made; City of Melbourne Annual Grants.

Still in the loop: Stephen Cummins Bequest Residencies, Performance Space; Beijing Residency, 4a Centre For Contemporary Asian Art; ISEA13 Workshops, Critical Path; workshops, Networked Art Forms, CAST and more…



RealTime will be onsite for the 10-days of ISEA2013 publishing flash reviews, video interviews and daily blog posts.

RealTime will be launching the
—featuring all media and digital art articles since RealTime's inception in 1994

Check out the full ISEA2013 program


realtime traveller
micro-guides for arts adventurers

place: yogyakarta
traveller: malcolm smith

"Throw a stick in Yogyakarta… and chances are you’ll hit an artist… The relaxed pace of Yogya, the city’s reputation as the cultural heart of Java, the fact that it’s home to one of the country’s largest art schools and the cheap cost of living make it the perfect place to immerse yourself in art for a few weeks (months, or even years)."

Plus: Auckland, Barcelona, Beijing, Beirut, Berlin, Brussels, Detroit, Glasgow, Hong Kong, Munich, New York, Santiago, Sarajevo, Shanghai, Turku, Wroclaw, Yogyakarta


archive highlights
Thematic selections of articles and reviews from our enormous back catalogue with commentary.
Mickie Quick
art & asylum: politics, ethics, aesthetics
introduction by Caroline Wake

australian indigenous film
introduction Keith Gallasch

contemporary chinese cinema
introduction by Dan Edwards

art & disability: new geographies
of the body

introduction by Anna Hickey-Moody

new music blog
partial durations

Matthew Lorenzon and friends
on new music.
Latest posts Kupka's Piano, Brisbane and Conduit Arts, Melbourne
plus Metropolis festival including Matthew Herbert, Mira Calix, Thomas Adès

Partial Durations is a partnership between Matthew Lorenzon and RealTime


Images - Testament, She She Pop, photo Doro Tuch; Wang Gongxin, Basic Colour (2010), installation view, photo Emily Nelson; Head On strip (l-r) Anton Kuster, YAKUZA; Barbara McGrady, Visions In Black & White: Images From Indigenous Australia; Kourtney Roy, Auto Myths; courtesy the artists; Stories Then & Now, courtesy Willa Zheng; Sensing Sydney, Carbon Arts & the City of Sydney

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Images: Ryoji Ikeda, data.tron [8k enhanced version], audiovisual installation, 2008-09, © Ryoji Ikeda, photo by Liz Hingley; part of ISEA2013; Eddie Prabandono, A Sleeping Child, opening night, ArtJOG11, 2011 photo Malcolm Smith; Refugee Island, Mickie Quick; Jessica Wilkinson and Jenny Barnes perform marionette. Photo by Mandy Kitchener

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