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Competing in the dance

Stompin, a Tasmanian-based youth dance company, created a performance based around the idea of competition - with the input of the dancers as well as their families. 'On Your Marks' also took into consideration the space where the dance was to be performed. In this clip, listen to one of the choreographers discussing how ...

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Paint plus speed equals portrait

Ben Quilty won Australia's oldest and best known art prize for portraiture, the Archibald Prize, in 2011. He's become well- known here and overseas for his use of colour and energetic and bold application of paint. See Quilty apply speed and passion, using slabs of multi-coloured paint and spray cans to create a large portrait.

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Meet Eric the Embroiderer

Eric Smith has been embroidering for 20 years and recently won first prize in the Sydney Royal Easter Show for his embroidery. How does he describe his artistic intentions?

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Walking through sound and light

In 2013, Artist Ryoji Ikeda performed 'test pattern [no 5]' in Sydney. As Japan's leading electronic composer and visual artist, Ikeda has gained an international reputation as an artist working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. Have a look at his work to see how the audience experienced it.

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Crowding the dance floor

Imagine yourself in a crowd. Do you feel part of the crowd or do you feel alone in the crowd? 'Assembly', a collaboration between Chunky Move and Victorian Opera, explores these ideas through dance, choral music and sound. Here you can see aspects of the work, which reflects the ways crowds move and act. The work was devised ...

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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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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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Finding beauty in the everyday

Lin Martin is passionate about the connections between science, nature, humanity and Buddhism, all of which come together in her art. Her photographs explore the beauty all around us, in our everyday natural surroundings. It is in these small moments captured by her work, where she draws attention to tiny details in nature, ...

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Dancing 'the state of the air'

Discover how dance and dancers can communicate the experience of weather. Choreographer Lucy Guerin introduces her dance work 'Weather' and talks about her ideas for creating a performance. Find out what drew her to this surprising subject and why she feels dance is an excellent medium for expressing ideas and different ...

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A proposition for place and space

Contemporary Melbourne artist Ash Keating works beyond the boundaries of galleries, and one of his key objectives is to promote community discussion about place and space. See some of his works in Australia, New Zealand and Korea: quick abstract paintings; installations in the urban environment using industrial waste; and ...

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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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Dancing with design: the testing phase

Explore the effects of production and design elements on dance. Lucy Guerin and her dancers have moved from the rehearsal space into the theatre. For the first time they can experience the design elements for the new dance work 'Weather'. Guerin asks the dancers to move with these elements, discovering that not all ideas ...

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Dancing weather maps: ideas of circularity

Imagine a weather map you might see on the daily news. The many lines indicate different levels of air pressure that are part of what makes weather. In this clip, choreograhpher Lucy Guerin describes how a fascination with weather maps led her to explore one of her central ideas of circularity in 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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Making 'Weather': developing dance movements

Discover the sources of inspiration that Lucy Guerin and her dancers explore as they develop the dance work 'Weather'. In this clip, choreographer Guerin challenges the dancers to explore movement that reflects lines of pressure, or weather fronts, as they appear on a weather map.

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Sydney: lighting the way for art

See the Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up like a rainbow and the Sydney Opera House become a canvas for a brilliant light display. During the annual Vivid Sydney event the city's iconic architecture and places are illuminated in a spectacular lightshow.

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Dancing identity

What do ancient rhythms and the locking and popping of hip- hop dance have in common? Choreographer Shaun Parker was inspired by both ancient and contemporary dance forms when he created 'AM I', a dance piece that explores what it means to be human in the 21st century. Explore how six dancers, a large screen, live musicians ...

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Hotham Street Ladies' sweet installation

The Hotham Street Ladies make incredible art out of ... Well, see if you can guess! Intricate wallpapers, delicate glass, prawn tails and woven rugs form part of an elaborate collaborative installation at the Melbourne Now exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. This clip explores the how and the why of this delicious ...

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Through the lens of the Australian military

Did you know the Australian military has a special unit that includes photographers? It's the 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit. Meet and see the work of two passionate photographers, Corporal Jake Sims and Able Seaman Lee-Anne Mack. See what they photograph as members of the military service and hear how they go about capturing ...

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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 ...