Don't know your biennale from a triennale? Can't tell your old media from your new? Are notions leaving you baffled? The A-Z of Contemporary Art is a bluffer's guide to the often-impenetrable world of contemporary art, from artists, art works and galleries to new media, forms and theories.
In the final episode, comedian Andrew Maxwell takes five British creationists to the West Coast of America, to try to convince them that evolution is true and their ideas are, well, crackers.
The 9/11 attacks were one of the biggest terrorist atrocities of the 21st century. This horrific event has generated a multitude of outlandish conspiracy theories. Comedian Andrew Maxwell believes the findings of the official US Government investigation that laid responsibility for the attacks on Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. In order to change their minds by confronting them with the facts, he takes five young Brits who believe in different elements of these conspiracy theories on a road trip from New York to Washington.
Are we alone in the universe? Or have we been visited by aliens? If the answer to the last question is 'yes', have the world's governments been covering up this incredible 'truth'? UK comedian Andrew Maxwell is a logical guy and he's going to tackle these big questions on an American road trip, travelling from Los Angeles to Area 51.
In this new four-part series, UK comedian Andrew Maxwell takes conspiracy theorists on a road trip to confront the truth about their beliefs. In episode 1, Andrew examines the 7/7 London bombings.
Pia Interlandi is a unique kind of fashion designer - she makes beautiful shrouds; garments to be buried in. Soul tells the story of Pia's evolution from student and designer of 'Garments for the Grave' to practitioner, as she creates her first shroud for a client.
Stomach takes a look into the life of 26-year-old Melbourne sideshow artist and sword swallower Aerial Manx, exploring how he is pushing the art form to its absolute limits.
Anatomy is a multi-award winning series of documentaries which explore themes of identity and the human body in the creative process. Brain is an intimate and moving documentary that follows the inspiring story of artist and poet, Jamie Daddo and his relationship with his identical twin brother, TV presenter Andrew Daddo.
ABC1's compelling Australian documentary series Artscape returns in 2013 with APT7. The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) marks the 20th anniversary of the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art's APT series. Featuring the work of 75 artists from 27 countries across the region, this extraordinary celebration of contemporary art from the Asia Pacific is unique in the world.
In the world of music, art, film and theatre, the 20th century manifests a collection of extraordinary figures that continue to leave their impression and contribution. This series of three strands bring the artists, the filmmakers and the characters who remain as powerful today as when they first appeared; whether painter Salvador Dali, singer-songwriter John Lennon or playwright Harold Pinter, each have changed the way we looked at the world.
The Mayans predicted World War I, Hitler and the Spanish conquest of Central America. They foresaw the coming of Christianity and the Spanish Conquest of Central America. Written over 800 years ago, the Mayan prophecies predicted the World War I, the rise of Hitler, and the December 2006 tsunami that devastated South-East Asia. On December 21, 2012, the Mayans predict that a natural disaster of untold proportions will destroy the Earth and wipe out all mankind. As December 21, 2012 approaches, the Mayan prophecies are gaining world-wide attention.
In May 2012, Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), led a band of musicians, surfers and cinematographers to the rugged surf coast and tough desert landscape of Ningaloo Reef in northern Western Australia. Their task - to create a new performance piece for the ACO called The Reef.
Jenny Sages' portraits have been exhibited 20 times in the Archibald Prize. This year her self-portrait 'After Jack', painted after the death of her husband, was both runner-up in the Archibald and winner of the People's Choice Award.
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For 60 years, Australian photographer Jeff Carter traversed this country in search of stories. He wrote books and articles for the magazines of the time like People and Pix. And he never travelled without a camera. From the outset, Carter was drawn to document and celebrate the lives of working folk in the bush. From charcoal cutters and kangaroo shooters to dog trappers and drovers, his archive of wonderful images records a way of life that in many ways no longer exists.
Critics discuss the challenges Patrick White faced getting his controversial play The Ham Funeral performed in the 1960s.
The first Australian citizen to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, Patrick White endured a life where it seemed his work was criticised more than it was praised. At one point White was described as 'Australia's most unreadable novelist'. Today he is regarded by many as one of the leading Australian authors of the 20th century.
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