On a 120-mile trek from Los Angeles Airport to the heart of Hollywood, the notorious writer, cultural provocateur and obsessive walker, Will Self interrogates the meaning of walking in a globalised, industrialised world.
This program states that from 1947 into the 1960s, US intelligence was able to use UFO paranoia strategically to cover up secret weapons testing.
A documentary following renowned filmmaker and UFO researcher James Fox (Out Of The Blue) on his mission to break through government secrecy and uncover the startling truth behind UFO sightings.
Comedian Hannah Gadsby has been called many things, but never domestic. This 'domestically-challenged' winner of the Director's Choice Award at the 2010 Melbourne Comedy Festival steps outside of her comfort zone and into the kitchen to explore the work of contemporary artists who have been inspired by themes of domesticity.
Artscape: Landscape of the Wynne transports you into the studios of four very different contemporary Australian painters - Geoff Dyer, Graham Fransella, Ben McKeown and Kate Shaw. Watch as they each try to win the oldest and most prestigious gong given for Australian landscape painting - the Wynne Prize.
Since winning the 2008 Archibald Prize, Del Kathryn Barton has been one of the most rapidly rising stars in the Australian contemporary art world. Barton's richly colourful and hallucinogenic works offer a complex, often disorienting meditation upon the nature of reality. Barton is a woman on a crusade, to express herself as honestly as she can in her work - a strange and magical world of fecund landscapes populated by hermaphrodites and animal familiars.
This captivating documentary explores the mystery and conspiracy behind the biggest UFO sighting in Australian history. On 6 April 1966, in the Melbourne suburb of Westall, about 200 students, staff and local residents watched as a strange object appeared overhead, landed briefly nearby, then took to the sky and vanished. The event took about twenty minutes. Despite the evidence that something had happened, the Westall principal called a special assembly at which he told students and staff that they had not seen a flying saucer - in fact, they hadn't seen anything at all. And they were not to talk about it to anybody. More than forty years later, Shane Ryan is stirring up the past. Not a witness of the event, but motivated by a deep sense of injustice at how the students were treated, he's tracking down former students and staff as well as searching for the authorities that presided over the day.
Photography Hijacked, a documentary by Jack Pam (son of Max Pam), is an exploration into the process, technique and outcomes of the work of 12 unique photographers from Australia and America. The film explores the concept that individuality of process is what underwrites and makes possible all interesting artwork.
Penny Byrne is a double agent. A prim and properly trained porcelain conservator one day and a subversive political ceramicist the next. At first glance her artworks are perfectly transformed figurines. But on closer inspection what appear to be innocent statuettes from a bygone era are actually dark and humorous political artworks - little blue boys with attitude, courting couples in camouflage gear and milk maids with machine guns.
Spanning a career of almost 20 years, artist Lisa Roet has made the plight of chimpanzees the subject of her life's work. Her passionate investigation of primates has seen her producing artworks in mediums as diverse as sculpture, photography, video art, stained glass, screen printing, drawing and painting.
Since winning the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2002, Ben Quilty's rise as one of Australia's leading young contemporary artists, is nothing short of phenomenal. Today, at only 36, he has a retrospective survey of his work touring. Quilty's signature is paintings so thickly laden with luscious applications of paint that they literally ooze. Despite his success, it seems Quilty has never quite exorcised the hoon in him. His abstract interpretations of the booze-fuelled world of Australia's suburban bloke's culture have won him many fans.
Vibrant, articulate and passionate, Inge King is one of Australia's foremost sculptors. Her work has always been on a grand scale. Her public sculptures invite exploration - to walk through, slide down, sit on or just canoodle around.
Salt is the story of award-winning and internationally renowned photo-artist, Murray Fredericks, on his annual solo pilgrimage to the heart of Lake Eyre in the remote north corner of South Australia. It tells of the personal journey of the artist, the creative process and the landscape itself.
A compass. A pentagram. An all-seeing eye. Symbols, secrets, codes. For the last 300 years, one group has found itself as a fascinating subject of the conspiracy theorists: The Freemasons. But why? Are the Masons a secret society bent on world domination as some might suggest? Or are they just a fraternity who happen to have secrets? Why has this seemingly harmless gentleman's club been accused of everything from starting the French Revolution, to covering up the Jack the Ripper murders?
Presented by arts blogger and commentator Andrew Frost, The Art Life at the Asia Pacific Triennial is a journey into a colossal, must-see exhibition - The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT'6).
Insightful, entertaining, and a little tongue in cheek, The Living Artist is the story of what happens when a lucrative arts prize is offered in a small community, the same community from which the money will also be raised. And what happens when the artists all know each other and the judges know all the artists - how can the process be fair, balanced and focused?
A number of Aboriginal artists from the East Kimberley show their work and talk about their lives.
The human love affair with stuff is deep, abiding and life-long. This week Wendy spends time at a baby shower and visits pre-schools, shopping centres, teenagers' bedrooms and a boarding school to try to find the answer to the question: are we hard-wired to accumulate, or is it something we learn?
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