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Traces of Entertainment

Traces of Entertainment

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The place we stayed in Newcastle is just across the road from this demolished site. From what I explored, it use to be a complex of: a boxing gym, a pub, a bottle shop and a food shop. It apparently was a background of Marcus Westbury’s interview with State Line and a place for some blokes and pigeons to live in.

Newcastle Doors

Newcastle Doors

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The major parts of the final project at Cofa have been done so far. Stilgherrian and I decided to spend NSW Labour Day long weekend in Newcastle for lots of reasons:

There have been a lot article talking about Renew Newcastle and Stilgherrian has one as well. For my part, I could not think of anything else but transitional phases Newcastle has been going through. Let it shows from its doors.

Back in Cabramatta

Refurbished

When I first visit Cabramatta six years ago, it was Moon Festival celebration. For the the first time in Sydney I felt I recognised crowded Asian punters, just like home.

Cabramatta has large Asian communities from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. That gives a special character identified with Southeast Asian culture. This time it ramping up for Lunar New Year. Another celebration is on the way.

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The Echoes of Pain

One of the hi lights of Biennale of Sydney on Cockatoo Island is Mike Parr video installations in one of the abandoned office building. It is a collection of 30 years of his artist career. He uses his body to explore pain and violence as a part of human being. It is not pretty. It is a spook house that really hits you with reality. Once you enter inside, the stairs and hallway lead you to each room of presentation with brutal imageries and inescapable sound. And there is now way you can skip one. It is about our own nature of curiosity. The you can still feel the irritation lingering in your soul when get out.

Anyway, the building itself is like a time capsule. Traces of activities are left as it was. One who feels Mike Parr’s works are too much to handle can distract themselves and just enjoy the history.

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