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.
In Indonesia, the tobacco industry is virtually unregulated. Over two-thirds of all men are smokers and it's commonplace for children as young as six to take up the habit. Investigating this phenomenon in Malang, VICE visits a clinic that promises cures to a plethora of modern ailments through tobacco and smoking. Heroin is the most addictive drug on earth, and some people will do anything to kick the habit. Enter Ibogaine, a drug made out of the African iboga root, whose intense, hallucinogenic properties make it a Type-A felony drug. But many swear it's the most effective way to kick heroin addiction, especially when combined with a ritual that involves face paint and chanting.
Three years after the Tohoku earthquake in Japan, citizens and the international community are left wondering if Japan really does have the situation in Fukushima under control. Then, Ryan Duffy talks with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who are struggling with mental illness, addiction, and PTSD, often over-prescribed narcotics and other pharmaceuticals that bring their own sets of problems.
Adam sets out to uncover the awful truth behind the unreliable methods commonly used to build evidence in criminal cases. He explains why polygraph machines are pseudoscientific hokum, demonstrates why our memories can't be trusted, and exposes how flawed forensic sciences like fingerprinting, hair strand matches and bite mark analysis often send innocent people to jail.
Since the US occupation of Afghanistan, heroin production in the region has skyrocketed, making the country the number-one producer in the world by a large margin. Suroosh Alvi takes a rare look inside neighbouring Iran to meet the suffering heroin addicts, and to see how the country is coping with the illegal drug trade. With the polar ice caps shrinking due to global warming, new trade routes are being exposed, along with billions of dollars' worth of natural-resource reserves. This is prime real estate and the five nations bordering the Arctic are readying themselves to fight for it. David Choe heads north to witness NATO forces participating in the largest polar military exercise in history. The problem is that there's one non-NATO country that already considers itself rightful owner of the region: Russia.
Anatomy: Eye is the first of three short films telling unusual and compelling stories which explore how sexuality and the body work together as driving forces in the creative process. All stories told touch upon a wide range of human experience and emotion and venture well beyond the boundaries of traditional arts documentaries. The three films, Eye, Mind and Face, showcase the work of four of Australia's talented new generation of filmmakers.
Artscape: Anatomy: Face is the final in a series of short films telling unusual and compelling stories which explore how sexuality and the body work together as driving forces in the creative process. Directed by Adele Wilkes, one of Australia's talented new filmmakers Face is a kaleidoscopic documentary a singular portrait made up of many faces which delves into the private and public worlds of everyday human sexuality. The focus is on the people involved in Beautiful Agony, an ever expanding collaborative art project that collates self portraiture video recordings of orgasm faces.
NERVE is a film about London-based Australian photographer, Paul Knight, and his ambitious project, Proposition. Knight has built his artistic career on pushing the boundaries of sexual representation.
Over the past few years, Australia's 'war on drugs' has turned its attention largely to ice. We talk to ice users, both past and present, to find out what the attraction to this drug is all about. #YouCantAskThat.
The thought provoking series returns to give marginalised and misunderstood Australians a voice. In this episode, we gain an unprecedented insight into the minds of people who have attempted suicide and survived.
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.
Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper, he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.