Communal living

I have been walking past the giant (and ageing) public housing buildings in Fitzroy over the last few weeks, marvelling at their ugliness to some extent - but also the vibrant community that lives there, the lovely eucalypts that they had the foresight to plant, and more. But these towers, surrounded by park during the … Continue reading Communal living

Ruminations [full text]

Several people have contacted me looking for my article "Ruminations While (Audio)Walking" which was published in Extensions in 2009. Apparently it is not available online anymore, but I am more than happy to share the full text here. In fact, I'm chuffed that it is still being read! The original publication had audio clips embedded which I … Continue reading Ruminations [full text]


Highly recommend the blogging of the great Vanessa Berry. In particular, she has been blogging about the city of Sydney at Mirror Sydney and for the Museum of Sydney's Public Sydney blog. Recently she posted a farewell tour of the Sydney monorail, and as a long-time big complainer about the monorail I had to comment... You are … Continue reading Schmonorail

Ying Gao

Been looking at the work of Canadian designer Ying Gao. Always interested in the way form and volume can be used in wearable objects. And her work oscillates between such objects that might be more commonly called 'clothes' and other, much more odd socio-environmental interactions. Dezeen has featured her gaze-activated dresses which glow with photo-luminescent … Continue reading Ying Gao

Cortlandt Alley Museum

Think I might have missed a calling in experience design/ museum display. Bite-sized, idiosyncratic social history... in a disused elevator shaft in New York. “There’s this whole world of artifacts that go unseen because they’re details of everyday landscape,” says one of the founders, Alex Kalman. Read a recent review in the Gothamist.

from Pramoedya…

"'Yes, child, Nyo, we must fight back, we must resist. However good and kind any European has been to us, in the end they will be afraid to face up to the risks of resisting European law, their own law, especially if it's only to defend the interests of Natives. We need not be ashamed … Continue reading from Pramoedya…

Ontosoroh video

Just starting work on this project with the wonderful Ade Suharto (choreographer) and amazing Peni Candra Rini (singer), a re-imagining of the character Nyai Ontosoroh from Pramoedya Ananta Toer's seminal postcolonial novel This Earth of Mankind. These video excerpts from the first stage development in Indonesia last year.

People Pods

Moving pod prototypes are proliferating... but how far have we moved on from the Sinclair C5 from 1985? Also check out Organic Transit's Elf.

Hello Radelaide

Just arrived for production and rehearsal lead up to In Lieu's season in the OzAsia Festival. Bad $4 coffee from the Festival Centre café (isn't there a $3-something ceiling?) but set construction is all well in hand, likely to be delivered early. Looked at Richard Serra's amazing steel sculptures and torqued walls for early inspiration … Continue reading Hello Radelaide

Passing through

How interesting to open the Herald this morning to see (coincidentally I'm sure) two major, scape-changing, high-profile Sydney building developments unveiled on the same day. And what different projects! One, the much maligned Barangaroo site, sees a congregation of generic office towers crowding down towards the harbour edge and looming ominously over the (quaint, diminutive, … Continue reading Passing through

a little airport writing

(an excerpt from an article I'm working on...) In a cultural-geographical sense, the international airport is one system implicated in both the fears of cultural degradation and the celebrations of new hybrid forms brought about through contemporary globalisation, as people and places are brought together through greater speed and frequency of encounter. The old routes … Continue reading a little airport writing

Caramel cardie

Along the newborn knitting line... This is Nikki Van De Car's Maile pattern in superwash 4-ply merino, with lovely 1950s vintage buttons I found at All Buttons Great and Small in Newtown last week.


Inhabit recently posted this intro to the new Transbay Transit Terminal in San Francisco, currently under construction. Not only will it have wind turbines and geothermal heating and grey water recycling, it will have a "5.4 acre green roof that will act as a city park and will host variety of cultural activities." Are you … Continue reading transporter

This Kind of Ruckus

Pressed into a shallow heated space between audience and front curtain, the five performers of This Kind of Ruckus stand poised, ready for action, red crepe pom-poms quivering just slightly. ‘It’s theatre,’ they seem to say, ‘It’s a show.’ But that’s a complicated idea in the world of Version 1.0’s politically charged, verbatim theatre. Even … Continue reading This Kind of Ruckus