Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cairns Artful-e: Issue 09

A Collation of Opportunities Sent Almost Every Week from the good folks at Cairns Regional Council: Cultural Services & Facilities Branch Cairns Festival HQ and Community Partnerships Team










EDITION NINE: Pondering the Visible Cities
Electronic Alert for a Growing List of Creative People in and around Cairns
(611 of you, and expanding slowly for the holidays)


Civic Works and Faraway Gifts
A Story about the rudiments of modern-day public art


In the early 1960s, the City of Chicago began planning a new city hall. Mayor Daley gathered his planners and architects, looked at designs for a grand new plaza, and then asked each of his advisors to name the world's most famous artist. Daley demanded that art be an important part of the development of the public space. Everyone in the room replied with one name: Picasso. Lead architect William Hartmann was dispatched to the South of France to meet the eighty year old Picasso, who had never been commissioned to create a monumental sculpture before. To everyone's delight, the artist was keen. In 1965, a 42-inch steel model was sent to Chicago, and several foundations agreed to fund the $300,000 costs. The 50-foot high sculpture, weighing 162 tons, was fabricated by the American Bridge Division of US Steel. It was to become the city's new front door. 

But when Chicago's Picasso was finally unveiled in 1967, the art work was met with silence, then ridicule, scorn, and bewilderment. Some thought it looked like a baboon, a dog, or even a viking ship. Debate raged over whether it should remain, and a city councilman suggested the Picasso be deported and replaced with a sculpture of a well-known baseball player. Mayor Daley summed up his stance at the unveiling: "We dedicate this celebrated work this morning with the belief that what is strange to us today will be familiar tomorrow." 

And he was right. Within a few years, the Chicago Picasso became a gathering place at the heart of the city, a favourite lunch spot, a site for school children to draw and ponder modern art. It became a symbol of the reborn Windy City, a harbinger of an ambitious new public art program, and possibly the most famous outdoor sculpture in America. William Hartmann, the architect who started it all, was paid the final compliment upon handing Picasso the $100,000 cheque that had been promised as the artist's fee. "No," said Picasso, handing back the piece of paper with a wave of his hand, "The sculpture is my gift to the people of Chicago. It belongs to them now."   

Picasso died in 1973, and soon after Mayor Daley and members of the City Council met to formally pay tribute to the famous artist. Their resolution read: "Pablo Picasso became a permanent part of Chicago, forever tied to the city he-admired but never saw, in a country he never visited, on August 15, 1967. It was on that day that the Picasso sculpture in the Civic Center Plaza was unveiled . . . it has become a part of Chicago, and so has its creator Picasso."  


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09.00
HOT, COLD, HAPPY CHRISTMAS
Warmest, and coldest wishes for a joyous holiday season and a wonderful New Year...


09.01
EXECUTIVE GIG
Arts NexusFar North Queensland’s leading arts and cultural development agency, seeks an experienced professional to lead the development, growth and delivery of core arts and cultural programs and services to artists, cultural developers and communities. The Executive Officer information pack, including selection criteria and position description can be downloaded from the Arts Nexus website. Applications should be posted by 7 January to: The President, Arts Nexus, PO Box 4995, Cairns QLD 4870 and marked Private and Confidential; queries and applications may also me emailed to:
To learn more about Arts Nexus (and to become a member and supporter) visit the website


09.02
OLD ART, NEW ART
Will this Tasmanian effort become the coolest arts institution in Australia? It's a gamble, but the major cultural facility gests off to an interesting start in a few weeks, when the mystery of the old and new is unleashed at Mona. The answer, by the way, is yes...
and


09.03
MONA OWNS A BOLTANSKI
Gamblers actually betting on the life of France's most famous conceptual artist. Another indication that something extraordinary is happening around the creative roulette wheel in Tasmania...

The devil never loses...


09.04
DJUMBUNJI PRESS SEEKS EDITIONING PRINTMAKERLooking for a full-time position as an Editioning Printmaker Djumbunji Press, the KickArts Fine Art Printmaking Studio, wants you! Programming responsibilities include remote delivery workshops in Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities, in house educational workshops, artists in residency and community open access. The Editioning Printmaker will need a minimum of three years’ experience in fine art printmaking and editioning and be able to work across a variety of print media. Learn more about how to take over this key creative role here


09.05
BRISBANE'S INNOVATIVE CBD BLITZ
Sure, it was stolen from Melbourne's Laneways Commissions, but Brisbane has its own urban intervention blitz going on. The 2011 incarnation of Inhabit Fiesta is now calling for expressions of innovation, creativity, activation, and accessibility...


09.06
CHANGING LANES IN CAIRNS
Get thinking about site-specific installations for lanes and side streets in Cairns...


09.07
THE KEY TO TROPFEST 2011Join in the fun and tradition of Tropfest by submitting a film into the world's largest short film festival, but hurry! From beginner film-maker to seasoned professional, Tropfest is open to anyone eager to tell a story through film. The 2011 Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) is 'Key'. To be eligible for competition, submissions must include the TSI somewhere: featured in the film in any way - big or small. Learn more, but hurry...


09.08
YAQ STARBURST REGIONAL MENTORING PROGRAM
The Youth Arts Queensland Program for young, regional creatives opens on January 10. The project seeks young people with an interest in anything from art, music, performance, writing and film to creative events management, curation, community arts management, andzines. Those wanting to take creativity to the next level, gain advice and support for a creative project, should apply for the $2,000 award (which will help a new artistic idea become reality). Check this website for forms and guidelines...


09.09
SOUNDS GOOD
What are the most important sonic influences in the Far North? Seaman Dan? Roz Papalardo? Funky Love Tank? Cicadas, geckoes, and lorikeets? A wet season downpour? Waves lapping up against Trinity Inlet?  


09.00
WORLDLY LIBRARY
A curious collection of the world's cultural elements appears online... 


09.10
GET A GEEK: AUSTRALIA COUNCIL CAN HELP
Australia Council has a new pilot program to support technically confident artists (or artistically confident technicians) who want to assist arts organisations with digital methods and mediaParticipating artists are matched and placed with successful host applicants for a period of up to 12 months. The creative geeks receive a salary of up to $50,000 depending on the placement and negotiations with the host organisation. Deadline is January 17, so think up an application over the holidays, adn learn more about this emerging geek squad here...


09.11
A YEAR OF ARTS NEWS
ArtsHub takes a look back at the major stories, happenings and people who made arts news on the national scene over the past 12 months...


09.12
POP-UP CREATIVE MOB
Arts organizations are pondering the flash mob phenomenon, harnessing the social media juggernaut, and shedding an outdated edifice complex...


09.13
LETTING SPACES
Auckland Arts Festival commissioning contemporary artists to take over vacant shop-fronts, addresses recession with floral blooms.
and


09.14
DANCE IT UP
Australian Ballet predicts a healthy bottom line, maybe...


09.15
HARD YAKKA
ArtsHub makes a list of the best Australian creative organizations to work for, be part of, make culture with...


09.16
FONDLING THE BOTERO
Plump and shining figures communicating a certain sensuality in the Time Warner Centre lobby. New Yorkers are showing their appreciation... 


09.17
ARTS ADVOCATES
And then ArtsHub makes a roster of the country's leading creative figures, visionaries, and chiefs...


09.18
CALVINO'S INVISIBLE CITIES
CITIES & MEMORY 1
Leaving there and proceeding for three days towards the east, you reach Diomira, a city with sixty silver domes, bronze statues of all the gods, streets paved with lead, a crystal theatre, a golden cock that crows each morning on a tower. All these beauties will already be familiar to the visitor, who has seen them also in other cities. But the special quality of this city for the man who arrives there on a September evening, when the days are growing shorter and the multicolored lamps are lighted all at once at the doors of the food stalls and from a terrace a woman's voice cries ooh!, is that he feels envy towards those who now believe they have once before lived an evening identical to this and who think they were happy, that time.


09.19
SHOW ME THE MONEY
Sydney's cultural infrastructure has a half billion reasons to be thankful...


09.20
MELBOURNE BEFORE ROB ADAMS
A quick look at the man behind Melbourne's Postcode 3000, and the inner-city revival over the past three decades...  


09.21
SHOW ME A COOL BUILDING
Frank Ghery shows off his first-ever Australian building, of undulating sandstone, and a $150 million price tag...


09.22
OF LION KING AND SPIDER MEN
Julie Taymor's massive comic book stage show delayed until February. Broadway awaits. Has the fat lady already sung?


09.23
LOOKING BACK
Walking down Shield Street in 1931...

  
09.24
FUNDING STUFF
Cairns Regional Council announces grants for Tourism Development, Economic Development, buying ads, wedding and romance packages, and the Far North Queensland Innovation Hub Scoping Study. Learn more here...

  
09.00
OUT OF THE GULAG
Peter Weir's new film, The Way Back, is a study in human endurance, the power of freedom, and historical myth-making. How real can it be...


09.25
LITERARY GOOGLE 
The story of the search engine's 500 billion word storehouse of human knowledge...


09.26
LOOKING BACK
Lake Street as small town boulevard, circa 1965...


09.27
HELPING A CULTURAL FACILITY HAPPEN
Have ideas for a possible new Cultural Precinct? Maybe you think it should have 100 studio spaces for local artists? or soundproof music rehearsal rooms? or workshop spaces for kids and beginners? or a world class concert hall and museum facility? Perhaps you want to suggest that it include a creative industries campus for university students? or an aquarium where the tanks also house sculptures byAustralia's greatest artists? Maybe you think this creative place should have a kids playground, creatively inspired and designed by local children and built by parents and civic leaders? Maybe you crave a giant outdoor movie screen and free movies there every weekend? How would you make its plaza a vibrant gathering place? 

and read the comprehensive feasibility study here


09.28
BREAKING AN EGG 
40 years ago the State of New York was asking itself the same questions. The capital, Albany, got a civic plaza that rivals any in the world, and what is perhaps the most unique and distinct performing arts centre ever, The Egg...  


09.29
UKULELE MANIA IN MELBOURNE
Melbourne expands its celebration of the humble ukulele


09.30
CHANGES IN MELBOURNE
Vivia Hickman steps down as GM of Melbourne Arts Festival...

  
09.31
CALVINO'S INVISIBLE CITIES
CITIES & EYES 3
After a seven days' march through woodland, the traveller directed towards Baucis cannot see the city and yet he has arrived. The slender stilts that rise from the ground at a great distance from one another and are lost above the clouds support the city. You climb them with ladders. On the ground the inhabitants rarely show themselves: having already everything they need up there, they prefer not to come down. Nothing of the city touches the earth except those long flamingo legs on which it rests and, when the days are sunny, a pierced, angular shadow that falls on the foliage. There are three hypotheses about the inhabitants of Baucis: that they hate the earth; that they respect it so much they avoid all contact; that they love it as it was before they existed and with spyglasses and telescopes aimed downwards they never tire of examining it, leaf by leaf, stone by stone, ant by ant, contemplating with fascination their own absence.


09.32
A NOVEL FOOD-FOR-FINES IDEA
Pay off your library fines by donating food for the needy? Where do I drop off the trolley...

  
09.33
CIAF TEAM-BUILDING
Meet the new folks behind the 2011 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair...


09.34
LOOKING BACK
Go back in time and check out this view over the Esplanade, circa 1971...

  
09.35
GET INTO THE HIVE
Adelaide Film Festival breaks ground on a group residency that should be buzzing with cross pollination...


09.36
FUNDING NEEDS
If you’re a visual artist, actor, musician, writer, heritage worker and you have an idea for an arts project that needs funding to get off the ground – the Council's RADF managers need you to help build a case! Every year, Cairns Regional Council makes a bid to the Queensland Government (through Arts Queensland) to partner with our local community to support professional and emerging artists through the Regional Arts Development Fund. To build a really strong case for funding, they need an indication of the kinds of projects that are being planned for the 2011/12. Even if your ideas are still germinating, they want to hear about them.

Creative movers and shakers should send in a brief summary of arts projects that might gain future RADF support.  For more information on how to couch your ideas, contact t.goldingclarke@cairns.qld.gov.au by the end of January 2011.


09.37
CALVINO'S INVISIBLE CITIES
CITIES & THE DEAD 4
What makes Argia different from other cities is that it has earth instead of air. The streets are completely filled with dirt, clay packs the rooms to the ceiling, on every stair another stairway is set in negative, over the roofs of the houses hang layers of rocky terrain like skies with clouds. We do not know if the inhabitants can move about in the city, widening the worm tunnels and the crevices where roots twist: the dampness destroys people's bodies and they have scant strength; everyone is better off remaining still, prone; anyway, it is dark. From up here, nothing of Argia can be seen; some say, 'It's down below there,' and we can only believe them. The place is deserted. At night, putting your ear to the ground, you can sometimes hear a door slam.

  
09.38
CAIRNS RADF GRANT WINNERS
An album of original Queensland songs, Cairns Museum, a series of musical workshops and an exhibition of tropical art works, and Clink Theatre are amongst the 18 projects supported by over $115,000 from the Cairns Regional Arts Development Fund grants for 2010. Click here to see who is in the money, and what they will do with the newfound dosh...


09.39
LOOKING BACK
The face of City Place was once very different, and the bands played on...

  
09.40
EDGE OF BLUNT
December has been big in the far North. After 2 months, 80+ artists came together to reveal thier new portraits of other local artists in the annual tradition know as the Blunt Edge of Portraiture. Guided by Dominic Johns and Roland Nancarrow, this effort indicates not only the wealth of talent resident in the far North, but the range of mediums, ideas, and forms of visual communications. Giant pillows, large assemblage, video pizza, a postcard series...

Click below to see the dozens and dozens of locally produced and freshly minted portraits that make up the 2010 Blunt Edge. Or view the actual goodness of the 2010 Blunt Edge of Portraiture: Circa 1907 Gallery in City Place, next to the Festival HQ, or Crate59 at Billy's Coffee in Sheridan Street..

 
09.41
BAD BAD FILMS 
Summing up a year in bad cinema...

and then Billy Bob Thornton chimes in


09.42
THANK YOU SIR
Ian Potter Foundation offers another source of charitable funding for the arts, innovation, and community goodness.


09.43
POETIC DEVELOPMENT
Meet Australian Poetry, a new organization emerging from the union of two existing literary concerns...
  

09.44
CALVINO'S INVISIBLE CITIES
HIDDEN CITIES 1
In Olinda, if you go out with a magnifying glass and hunt carefully, you may find somewhere a point no bigger than the head of a pin which, if you look at it slightly enlarged, reveals within itself the roofs, the antennas, the skylights, the gardens, the pools, the streamers across the streets, the kiosks in the squares, the horse-racing track. That point does not remain there: a year later you will find it the size of half a lemon, then as large as a mushroom, then a soup plate. And then it becomes a full-size city, enclosed within the earlier city: a new city that forces its way ahead in the earlier city and presses its way toward the outside. 

Olinda is certainly not the only city that grows in concentric circles, like tree trunks which each year add one more ring. But in other cities there remains, in the center, the old narrow girlde of the walls from which the withered spires rise, the towers, the tiled roofs, the domes, while the new quarters sprawl around them like a loosened belt. Not Olinda: the old walls expand bearing the old quarters with them, enlarged but maintaining their proportions an a broader horizon at the edges of the city; they surround the slightly newer quarters, which also grew up on the margins and became thinner to make room for still more recent ones pressing from inside; and so, on and on, to the heart of the city, a totally new Olinda which, in its reduced dimensions retains the features and the flow of lymph of the first Olinda and of all the Olindas that have blossomed one from the other; and within this innermost circle there are always blossoming--though it is hard to discern them--the next Olinda and those that will grow after it. 


09.45
STRANDED
Strand Ephemera is a dynamic 11 day festival of contemporary art and installation. Presented along the length of the Strand, Townsville's famous beachfront, the festival is complemented by a dynamic program of events, workshops, guided tours, and performances. Propose your installation before 14 February, but read the guidelines first...


09.46
GO LOW FI
Brisbane conference ponders the way forward with a digital strategy for the arts...

   
09.47
FILM YOUR ADVENTUROUS NATURE
The second annual Cairns Adventure Film Festival is Australasia's only adventure and extreme sports film competition. The films showcase the talent and wild side of local film makers and adventure sports people, and many feature beautiful and raw natural locations in the far North. The action thus far has been intense, and this will be made clear at the main show night on Saturday 28 May 2011 at AJ Hackett in Cairns in a night of great fast-paced adventure films and live action.

The call for entries is now open: if you have an adventure or extreme sports film, submit it!www.caff.net.au/competition


09.48
SCUMDOGS OF THE UNIVERSE
The most horrific and exciting rock and roll band in the universe, GWAR, celebrate their 25 year reign of fake blood and foam guts...


09.49
CINEMATIC WEEKEND
End Credits keeps the indie and foreign film goodness coming to Cairns...


09.50
O TANNENBAUM. O MINIMALISM
Artist Georgia Sadotti is commissioned to design the Tate Museum Christmas Tree. He places a nine meter spruce adorned only with a bullwhip at its base. Promises a live action performance to complete the installation on the Feast of Epiphany. This will involve the whip and a woman Sadotti knows as "Fanny from Marseilles."


09.51
UNDER THE BRISBANE FESTIVAL RADAR
Calling for new works, collaborations, and adventurous performance-based projects for Brisbane Festival's Under the Radar series...


09.52
TALKIN' ABOUT FRINGE
Open source, edgy, risk-taking, non-traditional and free-form. Is fringe festival arts presenting the new mainstream... 


09.53
FLICKERFEST TIME
May the Shorts be with You in 2011, and 100 interesting small films, and some of the best story-telling in the land...


09.54
STARTING WITH ART
ArtStart grants for graduate and final year artists open for applications in January. Click here to go to the Australia Council website to learn how you could be $10,000 richer...


09.55
JELLY GIANTS
Italian artist, unaware of a more famous Cairns collection of sculptures, installs giant jelly babies at London's Marble Arch


09.56
RANDOM ACTS OF SCULPTURE
Mysterious public art work appears in front of Colorado museum. People take pictures and talk about its meaning, and historical import...


09.57
LET THE SUNSHINE IN
Another generous funding source supporting worthwhile projects across Australia...
  

09.58
MERRY CHRISTMAS CHARLIE
Don't let all that commercialism ruin your holiday...


09.59
CALVINO'S INVISIBLE CITIES
THIN CITIES 5
If you choose to believe me, good. Now I will tell how Octavia, the spiderweb city, is made. There is a precipice between two steep mountains: the city is over the void, bound to the two crests with ropes and chains and catwalks. You walk on the little wooden ties, careful not to set your foot in the open spaces, or you cling to the hempen strands. Below there is nothing for hundreds and hundreds of feet: a few clouds glide past; farther down you can glimpse the chasm's bed. This is the foundation of the city: a net which serves as passage and as support. All the rest, instead of rising up, is hung below: rope-ladders, hammocks, houses made like sacks, clothes-hangers, terraces like gondolas, skins of water, gas jets, spits, baskets on strings, dumb-waiters, showers, trapezes and rings for children's games, cable-cars, chandeliers, pots with trailing plants. Suspended over the abyss, the life of Octavia's inhabitants is lessuncertain than in other cities. They know the net will last only so long


09.60
BEYOND THE FIRST CRAWL
The idea of a regular art walk, with local cultural institutions and creative businesses working together, got off ot a good in December. Thanks to all the venues and organisations who jumped on board, and to those who are now keen to expand the next Cairns Creative Crawl. Plans are being made for an after-work Crawl on February 11, and then every few months after, leading up to a massive urban odyssey around the start of the 2011 Cairns Festival in August. If you are a business, organization, or a creative practitioner of any kind, and you might like to be part of the next Cairns Creative Crawl (in any way, shape, or form), please reply to this message and join in our collaboration in urban activation.    


09.61
CRAFTING A BETTER FESTIVAL
Bold projects wanted. Cairns Festival is calling for suggestions and ideas. Click below, and share your thoughts, wild ideas, bold projects, and suggestions for what makes a meaningful and interesting annual creative celebration...


09.62
UK LIVE/WORK OPPORTUNITY
Acme Studios seeks Cairns and Far North artists for International Residency Programme... 
And expands its Associate Artist Programme...


09.63
ACME IN CAIRNS CULTURAL PRECINCT?
What if the Cairns visionaries figured out a way to put 100 artist studios, a few dozen live/work spaces, and international residency programs at the yet-to-exist Cultural Precinct complex? You might get something like this...  
or maybe something like any of these non-profit creative live/work developments...


09.64
ENRICH INDIVIDUAL AND CIVIC LIFE
It pays to read this far into the Cairns Artful-e. Why? Because the Sidney Myer Fund has a January 11 deadline for expressions of interest, Arts and Humanities grants...

 
 
09.65
YALANJU COUNTRY
Four artists from Wujal Wujal tell stories about their culture on canvas, artefacts, and pottery. The result is the striking "Where Rainforest Meets the Sea: Yalanji Country, now on view at UMI Arts, 335 Sheridan Street. Click here to learn more... 


09.66
VIBRANT CITY
Look at all the live music and stuff coming up at the Esplanade and City Place. Drumming workshops, market days, Suave Swing, Junior See Poy Trio, lantern making, rock and roll dance...not to mention the busking. Who said the CBD lacked a vibrant core?


09.67
CBD REVIVALIST
Meet Caroline Stalker, urban planner from Architectus Brisbane, and the consultant working on a master plan for the Cairns CBD. She'll be asking for your input in February, but you can send her your thoughts, ideas, and urban impressions at any time here...

 
09.68
YOUR NEWS OR EVENT HERE
Reply to this message if you have information or opportunities to list in the next edition of Cairns Artful-e...

 
09.69
CAIRNS INPUT NEEDED
Always wanted to have a say, or three or four says, in the future of your community. Here's a website that asks many questions, and lets you answer them all.  Community Plan, Cultural Precinct, Flying Cars and Monorails: tell 'em what you have on your mind. Click, think, type...


09.70
LOS ANGELES MOCA BUCKLES
Whitewashing the trendy underground types and blaming it on context...


09.71
CAIRNS ARTFUL-E ARCHIVES
If you missed last week's edition, or want to delve into the archives for a special tidbit of information, find past versions stored here (and there are some good links on the left as well)


09.72
CONTACT CAIRNS ARTFUL-E
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This issue of Cairns Artful-e is a melting pot of creative opportunities, links, happenings, ideas, and flights of fancy. This newfangled cyber-telegraph transmission began in late 2010 as a no-cost information conduit, powered by the community-minded folks at Cairns Regional Council's Cultural Services & Facilities branch. The readership is building, and much more information wants to be free. Some of these items, will spark the imagination. Other bits might lack the luster you require. Please let us know if you don't want to get this regular email transmission. Pester us if you are receiving it more than once at a time. Send us events and opportunities to mentioned. Forward some or all of this to a friend. Cairns Artful-e is our earnest attempt to be helpful, and spread the news. Join us in giving thanks for so many of the creative things around us...for these new islands of inspiration and the people who possess a special magic...



09.73
ENDNOTE
HIDDEN CITIES 2
In Raissa, life is not happy. People wring their hands as they walk in the streets, curse the crying children, lean on the railings over the river and press their fists to their temples. In the morning you wake from one bad dream and another begins. At the workbenches where, every moment, you hit your finger with a hammer or prick it with a needle, or over the columns of figures all awry in the ledgers of merchants and bankers, or at the rows of empty glasses on the zinc counters of the wineshops, the bent heads at least conceal the general grim gaze. Inside the houses it is worse, and you do not have to enter to learn this: in the summer the windows resound with quarrels and broken dishes. 

And yet, in Raissa, at every moment there is a child in a window who laughs seeing a dog that has jumped on a shed to bite into a piece of polenta dropped by a stonemason who has shouted from the top of the scaffolding. 'Darling, let me dip into it,' to a young serving-maid who holds up a dish of ragout under the pergola, happy to serve it to the umbrella-maker who is celebrating a successful transaction, a white lace parasol bought to display at the races by a great lady in love with an officer who has smiled at her taking the last jump, happy man, and still happier his horse, flying over the obstacles, seeing a francolin flying in the sky, happy bird freed from its cage by a painter happy at having painted it feather by feather, speckled with red and yellow in the illumination of that page in the volume where the philosopher says: 'Also in Raissa, city of sadness, there runs an invisible thread that binds one living being to another for a moment, then unravels, then is stretched again between moving points as it draws new and rapid patterns so that at every second the unhappy city contains a happy city unaware of its own existence.