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Shots in word pictures

How can visual artwork enhance our experience of the written word? Here, a reading from 'Shots', a memoir by Cold Chisel's primary songwriter Don Walker, is accompanied by a series of images by animator and illustrator Marieka Walsh. This clip was taken from a series titled 'Radio With Pictures'. To find out more visit ...

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What most figures in Boyd's paintings?

Australian artist Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) has contributed a huge amount to Australian art, says former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Edmund Capon. Hear Capon's view that, although many of Boyd's paintings are of Australian landscapes, the focus is more on the people within them, and about Boyd's own thoughts ...

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'The Rajah quilt' 1841

The Rajah quilt was made by female convicts on route from England to the colony of Tasmania in 1841. It consists of 2815 pieces of fabric and was presented to the Governor's wife upon arrival as a testament to the women's industry. The women learned these skills on the long journey to Australia on board their convict ship ...

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Filming a surrealist dream

Discover the world of surrealism in film as we take a quick look at the 'Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams' exhibition at GOMA, the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland.

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Testing, one, two, three

Our world is so full of noise that successfully capturing sound can be difficult. ABC Open's Leandro Palacio has four key tips for recording good quality sound in different locations and with a range of equipment.

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Gathering dance forces

Choreographer Stephen Page works with the dancers of Bangarra Dance Theatre (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers) and The Australian Ballet to create a new dance for the program 'Gathering'. Discover what happens when two sets of artists with their own cultural traditions, training and approaches to storytelling ...

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iArt: photography on our mobile phones

What is a 'mobile phone artist'? It is becoming more common for art galleries to hold exhibitions of photography taken exclusively with a mobile phone. In this clip, this emerging trend in the art world and on the internet is considered.

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Dress Rehearsal - over to the dancers now

See how, even at the stage of dress rehearsal, a dance performance continues to develop and refine. In this clip choreographer Lucy Guerin discusses the big ideas which have shaped her dance work 'Weather' for her company Lucy Guerin Inc. We see Guerin working on the final details of the dancers' spacing as well as the ...

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Collaboration: Dancers' input, Choreographer's eye

Observe choreographer Lucy Guerin and her dancers as they explore a process of improvisation and taking risks with movement in order to discover new material for the Lucy Guerin Inc production of 'Weather' . This clip describes the importance of developing trust between the choreographer and the dancers, and the exciting ...

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Dance in 3D: capturing the genius of Pina Bausch

Imagine - a dancer moving expressively in the midst of traffic. Choreographer Pina Bausch had a unique approach to dance. Her friend and film maker Wim Wenders speaks about Bausch's views on dance and the challenges he faced in trying to capture her work on film. After searching for 20 years he found the answer in the new ...

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Finding structure in chaos

The inspiration for new dance works can be found in all sorts of ideas and issues. Choreographer Lucy Guerin describes her fascination with chaos and order and how that impacts on her choreographic decisions about how her dancers move and interact - the shape and structure of her dance work 'Weather'.

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Is there a DJ in da house?

Do you want to be a famous DJ? Listen to how Aussie-grown DJ Tyson 'tyDi' Illingworth hit the big time in Los Angeles.

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Can robots draw?

On 26 September 2013, Viennese artist Alex Kiessling created three artworks simultaneously in three European cities. While he was drawing in one city, robots were replicating his marks on paper in two distant cities.<br /><br />Watch the clip to see Kiessling and the robots drawing at the same time.

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Making the didgeridu: inspiration and culture

Artist Frankie Lane learnt traditional didgeridu-making skills from an uncle. For him it is important in turn to pass on the knowledge and skills he has learnt. Find out some fascinating details about how Lane, who comes from Beswick (Wugularr) in the Northern Territory, creates a didjeridu.

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What if Indigenous Australians were the majority?

Imagine an Australia in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples made up the vast majority of the population. See Bidjara artist Michael Cook discussing his most recent exhibition, 'Majority Rule', which is based upon this engaging 'what if' question.

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Mervyn Street: painting the old days

Imagine growing up on the land, working with horses and cattle, camping out and learning the skills of a stockman. Mervyn Street remembers his youth as a time full of fun. He is a Gooniyandi man who was born on Louisa Downs Station near Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia. An accomplished artist, he depicts his memories ...

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Reflecting on the Vietnam War through art

In 1978 and as a small child, Dinh Q L� escaped war-torn Vietnam by boat, with his family. He grew up in America and became an artist, returning to Vietnam as an adult. In his work, he incorporates sculpture, video and installation. Here he discusses how his childhood experiences influence his artmaking. See how his work ...

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Emergence of a dance

Do you always know how something will turn out before you begin? In creating the dance work 'Emergence' for the Sydney Dance Company, choreographer Rafael Bonachela and designer Benjamin Cisterne didn't. From interesting images they collected and discussed, both the dance and the design emerged. Bonachela created movement ...

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Surrealist art: weird and wonderful

Surrealist art began in the early part of the 20th century. Artists and writers used dreams, their fears or the unconscious mind as inspiration for their artwork. In this clip, find out more about surrealism and its influence on artists of the past and of today.

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Dance up close: Pina in 3D

How can film get close to the experience of a live performance? Director Wim Wenders created PINA as a feature-length dance film tribute to the German choreographer Pina Bausch, who died in the summer of 2009. This clip shows sections of two of the works performed by Tanztheater Wuppertal, which were filmed using 3D film ...