Visual art & design
Bird’s iView: Streaming Falcons in the City
Peregrine falcons living in a Melbourne office tower are famous thanks to a webcam allowing human viewers to watch the birds feeding, nesting and snoozing live. But what, asks Harry Saddler, do the falcons make of us?
If Walls Could Talk: Remembering Pentridge
From 1851 until its closure in 1997, Pentridge Prison in Coburg was the scene of many humiliations and acts of brutality – as well as unlikely alliances, and stories of hope, survival and friendship. The prison was home to thousands of people over several generations, from notorious criminals to ordinary men and women. The last man executed in Australia, Ronald…
I Know You Are, I Said You Are: Gender Stereotypes and Kids
Hanging upside-down from monkey bars, doing handstands, turning cartwheels – for years schoolyard play for young girls has involved pointless fussing with uniforms. Skirts or dresses aren’t always practical for girls.
The question of school uniforms has featured heavily in the headlines this year but, in terms of gender expectations and kids, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. In…
The Sound of Cancer
In some way or other, cancer will touch most Australians’ lives. In 2017, an estimated 131 people will die from cancer every day in this country. A new case is diagnosed every four minutes. Causes and treatments of the disease are the focus of intensive research, but public understanding of cancer is often clouded by fear and misinformation.
Questions I’ve Asked Myself: Jaye Kranz
Ahead of The Festival of Questions, Jaye Kranz contemplates actions, reactions, the examined life ... and a freezer full of dead birds.
The Wheeler Centre
Question Time: Fast Fashion
The panel: Madeleine Morris, Clare Press, Clara Vuletich, Rebecca Hard and Jessica Perrin
Over the past 20 years, retail giants like Zara, H&M and Topshop, have become incredibly adept at ripping off the latest catwalk looks and offering them to the mass market at affordable prices.
But we’re starting to see a backlash. Many consumers are wising up to some of the unscrupulous labour practices of fast fashion outlets and to the massive amounts of waste this consumption model generates. In Australia, Topshop has gone into voluntary administration. Is fast fashion going out of fashion?
In this Question Time discussion, our panel field questions on the issue from all angles. Does the fast fashion business model preclude ethical or sustainable practices? How might a backlash affect retail workers here in Australia as well as textile workers in developing countries? What are the alternatives to fast fashion – and who can afford them?Related reads 11 Sep 2017 Note Can We Escape Fast Fashion? / Fashion
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