MISCELLANY 29.08.15August 29th, 2015
Critical writing in New Zealand is being further expelled from the mainstream media as it continues on its woeful trajectory into tabloid tactics in attempts to stay financially viable. This is worrying as it may suggest the public at large would rather pay for celebrity gossip and light entertainment instead of real, important news. Still, there are encouraging signs that critical and constructive thought in this country is far from dwindling, it may just be a little harder for most people to find…
THE HOROEKA READING GRANT
Horoeka / Lancewood
The Horoeka Reading Grant was established in 2015 by New Zealand’s reluctant intellectual ambassador and Booker-Prize winning author, Eleanor Catton, in order to encourage young and emerging writers to read extensively on a topic of their choice before writing an essay to share what they have learnt. Great idea!
Congratulations to recent recipient, Wellington-based pseudonym, Richard Meros, of Lawrence & Gibson publishing who read “recent texts on post-scarcity economics and a selection of philosophical works on abundance and gifts.”
The result is an essay on lack, abundance and NZ excess entitled ‘New Bourgeoizealand’:
“…any project that makes specific demands against government needs to be augmented by a concurrent increase in optimistic alternatives. A similar compact exists in Gramsci’s saying “I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will”. Where Gramsci locates optimism in his own being – his will – the heart of this essay will focus on a similar optimism but one located in the material abundance of the world.”
Read the essay in full here > horoekareading.com/new-bourgeoizealand-by-richard-meros/
DITA DE BONI SIGNS OFF IN STYLE
Dita De Boni
Siting budget restraints, the New Zealand Herald has ‘discontinued’ the opinion column of one of their last remaining voices of dissent, Dita De Boni, who signed off this week with her final scathing piece: “Government contempt too overwhelming to ignore”.
“People have asked me over the years why my columns have become more strident in tone; more “biased against” the Government. The answer’s that the examples of contempt for the public, hypocrisy, and flat-out bulls***tery have become too overwhelming to ignore.”
Read the full article here > www.nzherald.co.nz/dita-de-boni/news/
We wish her good luck and hope her passionate and insightful voice will emerge unencumbered once again!
NZIFF 2015!!! DOCUMENTARIES:July 25th, 2015
It’s a wondrous time of year for intensive knowledge gathering and world-illuminating mind expansion - the New Zealand International Film Festival is in town!
Once again there are too many great looking films for most of us to catch them all, but to help narrow down the list here are the initial recommendations of one keen documentary enthusiast: (& they’re selling out so it may pay to >>book quick!<<)
THE LOOK OF SILENCE
This is the companion film to ‘The Act of Killing’ and rounds out a pair of truly world-changing documentaries of the highest artistic calibre and political potency. They relate to the anti-communist ‘purge’ in Indonesia in the 60s which killed upwards of 500,000 people and whose perpetrators remain in power today.
This is a must see, including Q&A with the director, Joshua Oppenheimer, who can also be heard discussing the films in this recent RNZ interview:
BELIEF: THE POSSESSION OF JANET MOSES
“This impressive doco disperses the fog of shame and sensationalism to shed light on the tragedy that made international headlines in 2007 when a young Wainuiomata woman died during a mākutu lifting.” >MORE INFO<
THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER
“A Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life by revealing it, amid growing clouds of revolution and war.” > MORE INFO <
THE PRICE OF PEACE
“There’s an enlightening and moving portrait of Tūhoe activist, artist and kaumātua Tame Iti at the heart of Kim Webby’s film about the trial of the ‘Urewera Four’ and its aftermath. She outlines the perils of surveillance in her account of the trial, in which Iti and three others were accused of plotting terrorist activities” > MORE INFO <
“A sports doc for people who don’t give a damn about sports” - and produced by Werner Herzog, so you know it’s good. > MORE INFO <
SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF
Scientology exposed! This is gold. > MORE INFO <
“A gripping, nuanced look at two different responses to the ongoing violence and death strewn by the vicious drug cartels plaguing both sides of the Mexican/American border” - Tim Grierson, Paste > MORE INFO <
A recent interview with the director, Matthew Heineman:
This list will grow…
LAND OF THE LONG WHITE STAINJuly 21st, 2015
The Lumiere Reader have released an online music-documentary featuring Seth Frightening, Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing, Shab Orchestra and I.E.Crazy as they tour the country. A “contemplative ode to a brood of genre-bending Auckland musicians”. Stream here & get further insights below:
“While the songs themselves are the heroes of the story, behind-the-scenes footage permits a glimpse into the processes and world-views of a group of fiercely creative individuals whose work falls outside the ever-constrictive paradigms of popular music in New Zealand.” - Claire Duncan, writer & director.
Zac Arnold of RNZ’s Music 101 spoke with Claire to discuss the difficulties of capturing the essence of live performance and what it means to be a musician on the margins:
Also, keep your eye out for more in Lumiere’s web-series covering pockets of New Zealand’s underground print and cinema scenes > http://video.lumiere.net.nz
AN INTERVIEW WITH WOMB ON UTRJuly 21st, 2015
Charlotte Forrester / Womb
“It’s like the womb is the most sacred, safe place. It is warm, it is floating. Then the womb is also totally sexual, and red, and passionate. And finally, in some ways it is raw and frightening, this eerie zone of amniotic fluid, and then you’re pushed out, bloody, into the world.”
END OF THE ALPHABET RECORDS ON RNZ // BRUCE RUSSELL DOCOJuly 20th, 2015
Cover for FANZ, Live at the Pyramid Club
The New Zealand-based noise label End of the Alphabet Records hit the ground running with their release of the Nofi Rainbow Vol.1 compilation featuring NZ sound-art legends the likes of Bruce Russell, Peter Wright, Campbell Kneale and Antony Milton amongst a host of up & comers late last year. Since then they’ve had a prolific release schedule that’s showing no signs of slowing.
Label founder, Noel Meek, and artists Antony Milton & Fergus Nelson Moores (Mischancerie) spoke with Craig Hayes of the trusty Radio New Zealand about their impetus & ideas around sound. Stream it here:
Related content - an insider’s documentary on Bruce Russell of The Dead C, by his daughter, Olive:
MAGNET! BARGAIN STUDIOS FOR MELBOURNE MUSOSJuly 16th, 2015
SC co-founder and legendary dude, Matt Faisandier (The Convoy/Akaname/Ornithologist), has officially launched an incredible studio/rehearsal space on the site of an old mushroom farm in North Coburg, Melbourne! It goes by the name, Magnet.
Taking inspiration from the not-for-profit Lentil as Anything restaurants, this month they are trialing a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ model from 11am-5pm Fridays. Seriously, that means you can pay whatever you like to mess around in a nice room with a P.A!! So if you’re in need of a space in Melbourne, don’t wait > BOOK ONLINE HERE!
ALL SEEING HAND, SETH FRIGHTENING, LADY LAZER LIGHT TOUR!July 16th, 2015
Poster by Toby Morris, aka XTOTL
“We need no Noah to know the floods are coming. There is no divine intervention required, the angels are silent yet the prophecy is happening. As blue ice transforms to surging mud we are told this is our chance to diversify. The ice breaker cuts through ten thousand years leaving new routes to nowhere. As the waters rise we toast progress with this new saline to intensify our madness. We need no Noah, we all need to shout. There is no ark. This is our rain dance.”
SONOROUS CIRCLE FEATURED ON RADIO NZ!July 1st, 2015
Thanks to Samuel Flynn Scott and the lovely folks at Radio New Zealand’s Music 101 for putting this together and broadcasting it to the nation! Featuring interviews with Womb, Paperghost and I.Ryoko. Stream below.
Charlotte Forrester, aka Womb
“Record labels are machines of hype, or at least they used to be. Some labels seem to exist for more esoteric reasons. Bring the right music together under the same label and strange alchemy can happen. Samuel Scott certainly found that to be the case at Sonorous Circle.”
Want more? Check out Music 101 for their amazing range of new music insights!
SCR031: WOMB (SELF-TITLED)May 20th, 2015
Hey-hooray! Today the dream-folk songstress, Charlotte Forrester, brings us her debut, self-titled, solo release as Womb! Five stunning tracks that speak for themselves… Stream below or pay-as-you-like to download. Pretty t-shirts to follow!