Is Chinese modern art the greatest movement since Cubism? That's the opinion of many western experts stunned by the quality of work in China today and the pace at which it has emerged on the world scene since the end of Mao.
We're all fascinated by mysteries and strange phenomena. But is the unexplained really unexplainable? In this 10-part series, science fiction legend William Shatner investigates all that is weird in the world and attempts to find a logical, scientific explanation. From paranormal phenomena to weird and wonderful creatures, from medical oddities to mysterious disappearances, from bizarre natural disasters to mystical monster attacks, this absorbing series covers it all.
We're all fascinated by mysteries and strange phenomena. But is the unexplained really unexplainable? In this new 10-part series, science fiction legend William Shatner investigates all that is weird in the world and attempts to find a logical, scientific explanation. From paranormal phenomena to weird and wonderful creatures, from medical oddities to mysterious disappearances, from bizarre natural disasters to mystical monster attacks, this absorbing series covers it all.
Voices in the Dark documents Christina Henri's epic project Roses from the Heart, involving the creation of 25,566 embroidered bonnets, one for every convict woman transported to Australia from Great Britain in the 1800s. Henri's project asks us to consider the true legacy female convicts, sentenced for crimes of poverty and condemned by society as whores and wretches, have made to the societies we live in today.
From the demons that possess peoples bodies to the demons inside peoples minds, Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Anthony Head goes on a journey to investigate the truth behind demons.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Anthony Head steps outside his character and travels to Romania to investigate for himself the origins and factual truths behind vampires.
In Conversation with Virginia Trioli features revealing in-depth interviews with major icons of the arts. This week is the turn of visual artists Gilbert and George. Gilbert and George are two quintessentially English contemporary artists renowned for their distinctive, highly formal appearance and manner. Discussions about their frequently taboo imagery featuring nudity, and depictions of sexual acts, not to mention faeces, urine and semen, makes this interview with Virginia Trioli an unusual one in terms of its subject matter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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