Archive for May, 2014

艺术界 LEAP 26


With the disappearance of an airplane high up in its skies the mysterious region that is Southeast Asia re-appeared in our line of sight. Have we also lost touch with the complex world of art from this region? The forms Southeast Asian art takes reveal feelings familiar to Chinese artists: contempt for bureaucracy, tension with Western contemporary art rhetoric, a reluctant embrace of and distance to quotidian social reality, and a sidestepping around modernist painting.

In this issue’s cover feature, we invite leading scholars from the region to elucidate these peculiarities and others: art historian T.K. Sabapathy recalls four seminal art happenings from the 1970s; David Teh proposes a rubric for video art; Zineng Wang offers an overview of ethnic Chinese painters; Iola Lenzi delineates the roots of conceptual art; and Alia Swastika considers the governance of Singapore over a contemporary art otherwise informed by a densely plural cultural context.

For this issue’s artist feature, Fang Tze-Hsu peeks behind the screen of Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen’s practice, which since 2009 has gradually generated work less and less narrative in nature. This issue also sees the introduction of our new experimental and alternative features, here discussing the state of street art in Hong Kong, the Treasure Hill movement in Taipei, and the latest instant-auction craze in the Mainland.

::: simply click cover shot for more 艺术界 LEAP 26 :::

#BustTheBudget (the Australian Greens)

The cruelty of Tony Abbott’s first budget is unprecedented. It is a budget for a merciless world that will hurt ordinary Australians while corporate profits get put first:

For young people: If you have finished study but don’t have a job you must wait 6 months before you can get any income support. Then for 6 months you will be made to work 25 hours per week for the dole and then at the end of 6 months you will be cut off and left with no income once again.

If you need to see a doctor: Australia will no longer have universal healthcare and instead you will be forced to pay a $7 co-payment If you are a student: $4.2billion has been cut from students or university funding

If you are looking forward to the old age pension: You will now need to wait until you are 70 years old

If you are a single parent: Your payment will be reduced even further…

Public schools, the environment, the ABC and SBS, and public servants have all also taken a hit.

But you don’t need to sit back and take it. You can take action to stop Tony Abbott’s brutal budget.

Download the #BustTheBudget petition


A direct consequence of Rupert Murdoch installing a former News Ltd employee as PM of Australia, is that we the people are being harassed, berated and bullied by a sneering, lying, balding, misogynist, monarchist called Tony, who has just handed down a budget so draconian that it would make even a Thatcherite blush.

We the people are being royally screwed by this Murdoch-minion and his cabinet of reptilian sociopaths. To add insult to injury, these faux moralising conservative thugs are parroting Murdoch mantras, such as that old chestnut, THE AGE OF ENTITLEMENT IS OVER!

Well, Rupert Murdoch could be tasting a bloody great dose of his own medicine in the not too distant, as United States Government Accountability Office, (GAO), lifts the lid on some pretty questionable entitlements of his own…

United States Government Accountability Office, (GAO):

Highlights of GAO-09-157, a report to Financial Privacy Jurisdictions


Large U.S. Corporations and Federal Contractors with

Subsidiaries in Jurisdictions Listed as Tax Havens.

Number and location(s) of subsidiaries in jurisdictions

listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions:

News Corporation

Belize (1), Bermuda (1), British Virgin Islands (62), Cayman Islands (33),

Cyprus (1), Hong Kong (21), Ireland (1), Latvia (4), Luxembourg (4), Marshall Islands (1), Mauritius (15), Panama (1), Singapore (5), Switzerland (2)

the interpretOr

Joseph Stiglitz (see recent interpretOr post – “ratings agencies robbing the poor…”), Professor of Economics at Columbia University and Nobel Laureate, said the fiscal stimulus package delivered in Australia (by a Labour Federal government) during the global financial crisis was “among the best designed in the world.”

Better than the orange tan and screeching negativity of Abb on Botty (anag.), says the interpretOr.

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‘…The Government says this Budget is just the beginning. And it is. The beginning of extreme policies with an extreme impact on the Australian people. This is just the beginning, turning Australia into a place most of us won’t recognise – a colder, meaner, narrower place. Losing our sense of fairness and our sense of community. I believe in a different Australia. An Australia where your destiny is not pre-determined by your parents’ wealth or your postcode.

A fair and prosperous nation populated by a creative and productive people…

The Government forgot you in its Budget – and it forgot what makes our country great.

It forgot opportunity. It forgot reward for effort. It forgot the fair go.

Well, Labor hasn’t forgotten. We still believe in fairness.

We still believe in an Australia that includes everyone, that helps everyone, that lets everyone be their best, that leaves no-one behind.  

This is the Australia that the Prime Minister has forgotten. And it is the Australia that Labor will always fight for…’

‘…the Abbott government’s first budget is in a category of its own. The nation is reeling as people come to terms with the extent to which the Prime Minister has shafted and lied to people and lead those who believed in him like lambs to the slaughter. Before the recent Western Australian Senate election I said at the Press Club that people were frightened by the Prime Minister because they didn’t know what he would do next or who he really is, what he really believes in. But now the real nature of the chameleon has been revealed…

…It is breathtaking to watch the Prime Minister and his cigar-smoking Treasurer, together with their hand-picked commissioners of audit, aided and abetted by the Murdoch press, try to con the community into believing that everyone has a moral obligation to share the burden of a confected crisis, arguing that the burden is being shared fairly whilst making absolutely sure that the full weight is carried by those who have no power to fight back-the young, the sick, pensioners, students and those least able to shoulder it, not to mention the natural environment and future generations. If you are privileged, the Liberals will protect that privilege; if you are already struggling, they will stamp you down and make your life harder. Prime Minister Abbott, your heroes, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, would have been proud of you.’

Chrsitine Milne is Leader of the Australian Greens ::: click here for more on this story :::

Sam Wainwright, Socialist Alliance councillor for the City of Fremantle, via Green Left Weekly:

“This mob were always going to introduce a budget like this. The question is — how seriously are we going to fight it? The Victorian Trades Hall has called a mass meeting and demonstration, which is a good start. This has to happen in every town and city. This is the time for some serious resistance, not a token demo and then, ‘That’s it. We’ve done all we can.’

“If the government is intent on taking us down the path of austerity like we’ve seen in Europe, then we need to build a movement of resistance like that in Spain and France, where millions of people have mobilised against austerity.

“I think the Greens are wrong to support an increase in a regressive tax like the fuel levy, as it hurts the poorest while doing little for the environment. At the same time, they have announced they will oppose the deficit levy on high income earners. While this is a temporary and inadequate measure, it is still a more progressive tax.

“When you read that the top 75 earners in Australia paid no tax, you start to see where the revenue crisis really lies. We need to remove regressive taxes (especially the GST) and increase the top marginal rate and company tax.

“If the Greens are serious about resisting these attacks, they should commit to blocking the budget in the Senate, as should the ALP.

“Unless we can push the government back now, the budget won’t be the end of the pain. Worker’s rights and entitlements, including penalty rates are next. A full-bench decision by Fair Work Australia on May 14 means that hospitality workers will have their penalty rates cut by 25% now. Following a review of the Fair Work Act amendments due out in June this year, and the Productivity Commission inquiry, due to report to the government in April next year, further attacks on workers and penalty rates are a certainty.

Budget day may well have been the best day of Hockey’s life, but it’s up to us to make sure the feeling doesn’t last.”

::: click here for ‘The movement to stop the war on the poor’ @ Green Left Weekly :::


Australia’s deafening silence on series of Murdoch-Abbott meetings…

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