Arts

Learning from a musical master

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

One of the greatest living composers, New Yorker Steve Reich established his career in outlier fashion, rejecting the path of his forebears. VCA and Melbourne Conservatorium students had an opportunity to learn directly from an acknowledged genius recently. By VCA almunus Marcus Teague.

Living in public with bipolar

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

“It was a blessed relief, after all this time, to finally know what was going on.” By Katherine Smith

The art of complex systems

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

A Victorian College of the Arts Masters graduate in Fine Art and a University of Melbourne astrophysicist have come together to design an interactive drawing experiment enacting complex systems. By Rebecca Scott

In praise of human empathy

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

Former MTC Artistic Director Simon Phillips received an honorary doctorate from the University in May, and delivered the graduation address to a new generation of artistic hopefuls. This is an edited extract of that speech.

No place for the imagination

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

Katherine Smith speaks with Geraldine Cook - head of the School of Performing Arts at the VCA - about the blurry line between performance and exploitation of girls’ bodies.

Olympic performance

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

Art and culture, politics and diplomacy are as much a part of the Olympic Games as sport. By Ryan Sheales.

Exploring the dark side of Australian folk music

Volume 8 Number 5 May 14 - June 9 2012

Katherine Smith spoke with VCA alumna Jenny M Thomas about her musical life and latest recording, Bush Gothic.

May musicals at the residential colleges

Volume 8 Number 5 May 14 - June 9 2012

Kit Stewart previews musical theatre productions by students from the University’s residential colleges.

Celebrating twenty years of choral conducting

Volume 8 Number 5 May 14 - June 9 2012

The Melbourne University Choral Society is celebrating Andrew Wailes’ 20th year as conductor with a program of performances including Haydn’s The Creation. By Zoe Nikakis.

Using museums to combat racism

Volume 8 Number 5 May 14 - June 9 2012

With racism continuing to pose significant challenges for young Australians, a group of Melbourne researchers is working with Museum Victoria to shed light on the problem and increase acceptance of diversity in schools. By Gabrielle Murphy.

Revealing the mind’s complexity through art

Volume 8 Number 4 April 9 - May 13 2012

After a 60-year struggle to find a rightful place for works of art created by people with experience of mental illness or trauma, the Cunningham Dax Collection has found a permanent home at the University of Melbourne’s new Kenneth Myer Building in Royal Parade. Gabrielle Murphy reports.