Visual art & design
Fran Lebowitz doesn’t suffer fools, banalities or bad furniture.
For decades, the iconic New Yorker has turned her caustic pen (she doesn’t do smartphones or computers) to the subject of America’s cultural, social and political landscape. Through her columns, books and public-speaking appearances, Lebowitz has scrutinised such phenomena as smoking (hugely in favour), men’s shorts (resolutely opposed) and presidential buffoonery…
Teju Cole: Blind Spot
‘Every line in every poem is the orphaned caption of a lost photograph.’
Teju Cole is an artist whose work embraces ambiguity and enigma. We see this in his fiction (especially his acclaimed 2011 novel, Open City) and in his essays for the New Yorker. We see it in his photography columns for the New York Times and in his…
Emerging Writers’ Festival Programme Launch: Not Another Slide Night
The Emerging Writers’ Festival launches its 2018 programme with a night of performances that reimagine the past and paint a picture for the future. More than just the same people standing in front of different backdrops, this slide night features four writers from the festival programme who will explore, celebrate and critique dominant narratives from Australia’s art and history.
Jeff Goodell: The Water Will Come
Many of us live, to some degree, in denial about climate change. Even if the argument over the reality of climate change is resolved, can we actually imagine a flooded earth?
In his new book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World, award-winning environmental journalist Jeff Goodell sets out to confront…
The Wheeler Centre
Sarah Sentilles: Draw Your Weapons
Sarah Sentilles — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Sarah Sentilles digs into our world’s most brutal and profound instincts with critic and writer Maria Tumarkin.
Across four books, and the striking Drone Alerts project, Sentilles has plumbed questions of spirituality and absolution, life and death. In Draw Your Weapons, Sentilles turns her eye to art and war; metaphor and survival. How do we create, accept, understand and recover from violence? How do we live with it?
In a deft and genre-crossing exposition, Draw Your Weapons deploys ideas from memoir, criticism, journalism, literature, visual culture and theology. It centres on two people – one a former prison guard at Abu Ghraib, the other a conscientious objector to World War II – and the work of understanding suffering, and rediscovering dignity, through art. In breathless reviews, critics have likened it to Maggie Nelson or Susan Sontag, and labelled it transformative, fierce and brilliant. This conversation may just be, too.
Maria Tumarkin and Sarah Sentilles in conversation — Photo: Jon Tjhia
The Wheeler Centre
Designing Books with Sandy Cull and Imogen Stubbs
Our Magic Hour (design by Imogen Stubbs, bottom centre) and Resurrection Bay (design by Sandy Cull, top centre)
As much as we're doing ebooks, it's still very much about the object.Imogen Stubbs
For this episode we brought two of Australia's best book designers together for a podcast-only conversation about their careers, their craft and how it all comes together.
Sandy Cull is a freelance book designer and a member of the Australian Book Design Hall of Fame, while Imogen Stubbs is an emerging designer and art director at Text Publishing. Coming at this conversation from different angles, they compare notes on the book design industry, the creative process and how they've worked with authors and publishers to create the perfect cover.
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