Shear art attack

September 29, 2006 · Print This Article

By Holly Byrnes: The Daily Telegraph

September 30, 2006 12:00

AN iconic Australian painting has been given a metrosexual makeover to flog a local brand of mens’ underwear.

Tom Roberts’ famous Shearing the Rams canvas has been reworked to feature musclebound Aussie blokes shearing sheep in just their undies.

The AussieBum campaign is set to take the 100-year-old artwork to the world next week but is sure to outrage conservative art lovers.

Designer Sean Ashby defended his new take on the traditional impressionist piece as “promoting Australia’s past and what it means to be an Australian today”.

“More of our iconic businesses and traditions like shearing are either being sold overseas or dying off,” he said.

“This way we wanted to remind people to value their heritage and buy Australian in a cheeky way.”

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Is it art? Teacher strips in class

September 29, 2006 · Print This Article

BEIJING, China (Reuters) — A Chinese culture ministry official has denounced a university professor who stripped naked in front of students and teachers during an art class, a Chinese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Mo Xiaoxin, a 56-year-old assistant professor at a university in Changzhou, in eastern Jiangsu province, shocked students by stripping during a lecture on “body art” to emphasize the “power” of the body and to “challenge taboos,” the Beijing News said.

“There are no taboos in the field of research, but to do this directly in the course of teaching is obviously not appropriate,” the paper quoted Tian Junting, a culture ministry official, as saying.

The lecture was part of a course within a newly established “human body art and culture” research institute — China’s first — at Jiangsu Teachers University of Technology, the paper said.

Mo arranged for four other models, including a man and woman in their 70s or 80s, and a younger couple, to strip naked in front of the class while he lectured, the paper said.

During the nearly hour-long class, Mo also invited students to take their clothes off.

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Episode 56: Curt and Jennifer Conklin

September 25, 2006 · Print This Article

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Amanda, Duncan and Richard talk to Collectors and swell hosts Curt and Jennifer Conklin. Rapping! Ranting!!

The Residency is coming soon!

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Episode 55: Gregory Knight and so so much more

September 17, 2006 · Print This Article

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On this week’s show Duncan and Richard talk to Gregory Knight Deputy Commissioner/Visual Arts of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Kathryn Born interviews Brian Shannon on the wild and wacky world of insuring art collections. Big Red and Shiny checks in from Boston. Brian Andrews talks about the East Bay. Jason Dunda is on for a minute or so to make fun of incoming art undergrads and Duncan and Richard as they played docent for his first year students! It’s like 8 shows rolled into one!

NOTE: Duncan loves the US of A and doesn’t really want to relive the war of 1812, it’s just that Richard’s Canada bashing hurts his soft dandy-ish soul.

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UN World Intellectual Property Organization Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasts and Broadcasting Organizations

September 12, 2006 · Print This Article

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I am sure everyone recieves those emails where the alarm is sounded and people are told something is in the works you need to weigh in on, only to dig a bit deeper to find it is a dead issue from 1974. I hate when that happens probobly more then most and try to vet things as much as any 1 person can. Thats why when I tell you this is a serious issue I hope that rings true.

The UN Treaty here that is being passed around for final inspection if ratified will change the way that copyright is interpreted and handled as much (and in many ways more then) the Millennium Copyright Act that basically neutered public domain for the rest of your life and most of your children’s. The many points to this treaty can be found here, but the biggest crux is that if ratified it will encapsulate all copyright and creative commons work with an additional “broadcasters copyright” which will force any user of IP to get in writing the ok of not only the IP owner but the corporation that broadcast it (in absolutely any media format) before they can do anything to it, even index it, and this is an extremely important point for everyone but more so Podcasters.

This is something that shouldn’t pass and needs a public death to put a freeze in this kind of singular interest lawmaking. The people who are pushing this Treaty the hardest is the US and we don’t all agree on it. If we pull the treaty will die. Please read the document and the abstract and decide for yourself if this is something you would want to have law. If not please contact your representatives in your own fashion or go here and fill out a form to direct it to the correct individuals. This is important, the vote is in 2 weeks.

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