Archive for May 26, 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.

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#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
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