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Liberty Theatre

On the trip to Yass, Pia Waugh took us to this Art Deco venue, Liberty Theatre. Her parent bought it to renovate and make it active for the town again. We were also told that this place was often used as a wedding reception. That gave us the impression that it must have been very significant the community.

At the moment a local drama group uses it and the ground floor foyer is converted into a gift shop. Whereas the upper level foyer is the store room and upper seating needs a lot of work to do. The most amazing thing is the control room which has no electricity. The only light source is from the windows which illuminate like stained glass. It is beautiful and creepy at the same time.

Liberty Theatre

Fidelity

Chair

Black out

Unwired

Shadow

It reminded me how the landscape of social entertainment changed. For examples, Thai folk theatres, Likay, are  struggling for a living, let alone conserving the craft or old cinemas are abandoned in Southeast Asia. The world seems to be moving on too fast that we neglect to look back.

Metropolitan Skin

Metropolitan Skin Street photography is my outlet to perceive life. I try to get my head around the complexity of cultures that drawn together in Australia. It is fascinating how people with different backgrounds express their identities. I have learned a lot about Sydney just walking around on the main streets and back lanes, at dawn and dusk, day and night.

My latest slide show exhibition is just about those theme I have been working on for 3 years. Robert McGrath, Vitek Skonieczny and I take turn showcasing how we see the city at World Square. In their words:

Metropolitan Skin is a photographic exhibition, presented as a slide show. It presents the differing visions of urban engagement by three photographers – Robert McGrath, ‘Pong and Vitek Skonieczny.

Robert McGrath
Screening between Monday 16 March – Wednesday 25 March
persona | passion | communality
Through his photo essays, Robert has photographed a wide range of milieus and activities across Sydney. He is interested in photographing events which draw people together based on a common activity, talent or passion. How people present at such events, says a lot about how they see themselves, which we experience as their persona.

’Pong
Screening between Thursday 26 March – Saturday 4 April
fusions | unready | entropy
‘Pong is particularly aware of the many groupings that are uniting in modern Australian cities. These groups often only exist within a sheer layer of each other. Weaving between those layers, ‘Pong juxtaposes aesthetics and understandings to create a truly contemporary view of our urban environment. He has a strong sense of visual irony which allows him to reveal the amazing world of human minutia within the “unexpected” city.

Vitek Skonieczny
Screening between Sunday 5 April – Sunday 12 April
cellular | organism | lifeblood
To Vitek, the city is alive. He shows human activity transforming the inanimate city into a living, breathing, shifting life force. The flow of its people and the patterns they trace, is the lifeblood of his constantly evolving ecosystem. He sees the massing of people into an unconscious, yet structured organism, flowing determinantly towards a mysterious, yet predetermined destination.

The show is curated by Robert McGrath and there will be some that I have put on this blog but some that haven’t seen the light before. Metropolitan Skin is on at World Square upper level (big screen) and lower level (on Sony plasma screens) until 12 April.

Politics and Technology Forum 2009

Q  A

The destination of the Yass/Canberra road trip was Politics and Technology Forum organised by Microsoft. Stilgherrian has live blog of the forum.

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Betcha Thought I Was Dead

After The Undressing Room, another show for Mardi Gras bumped in right away at The Factory Theatre. Weird is the word to explain Betcha Thought I Was Dead.

Betch Thought I Was Dead

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Joan Collins (acclaimed sex therapist, psychic guidance counsellor and mental health professional) tracks down Joylene Thornbird Hairmouth (former Diva, rock goddess and federal senate candidate) in the Wagga Wagga Women’s Maximum Security Psychiatric Correctional Facility where she has been incarcerated for the past 23 years! Find out why and how when Brent Thorpe and Billy O’Riordan join forces to bring their own brand of deranged performance to Sydney audiences.

You might want to check out some images from The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show as well. Betcha Thought I Was Dead is performing at The Factory Theatre until 22 February 2009.