ART VS SCIENCE EDITION
ISSUE 04, VOLUME 03 JULY 2017 EDITORIAL TEAM Rebecca Marshallsay - Editor in Chief Fruzsina Gál - Editor Monique Hotchin - Editor Zakary Johnson - Editor Angel Nikijuluw - Editor Hayley Payne - Editor PUBLISHER George Lindley-Jones TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS Cover artwork Kirsty Gordon Editorial Mitch Drage - Fruzsina Gál Monique Hotchin - Nathan Isaac Zak Johnson - Maisha Kabir Katherine Lewer - George Lindley-Jones Hope Nakagawa - Angel Nikijuluw Christian Nimri - Elleanor O’Connell Dan Pagotto - Hayley Payne Creative Bren Domingo - Jennifer Evans Maddy Mengel - Mic Smith - Karen Wilson Photographic Rachel Corbu-Miles - Holly Knight Ella McMillan - Christian Nimri DESIGN
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Contents Editorial note
Message from the President
The world’s most weird and wonderful conspiracy theories
The spaceman’s guide to the subgenres of science fiction
A formula for success?
Geek vs nerd
Just wrap it up, dudes
Calculating perfection: Fibonacci and the golden ratio
Science imitating art
Psychology: The best of both worlds
Culture on the Coast?
Morals and the machine
Art and science on film
Snapped on campus
Fashion - The perfect medium
Feature artist - Bren Domingo
Get the hell outta here
With the holidays behind us and the oncoming waves of stress and procrastination ahead for the second trimester of the year, it is time to once again immerse ourselves in all that Griffith has to offer. Whether you’re excited to see your friends again after a long and painful two weeks (who are we kidding, really?! Two weeks are not even enough to forget your timetable), or simply like the predictable routine that comes with being a student, it is great to be back. For most of us, this will be the last trimester of the year, and so with the unlucky exception of those who decide to do the third trimester, there are only fifteen weeks separating us from freedom. Or an overload of work, however you like to look at it. To ease you back into the great if also often challenging life at university, we decided to take a look at the age-old question, the unofficial war, the Original Argument: art vs science. Whether you were pressured into pursuing it (or in the case of arts, let’s
be honest, pressured into not pursuing it) or whether you truly have a side that you identify yourself with more, there is no doubt about the duality between the creative and the logical. Not just in everyday nuances or our degrees, but our lives as a whole. In this edition, we cover it all, front to back. Is psychology a form of art or a field of science? Is there a formula for success? How about the subgenres of science fiction? Does digital photography have precedence over film photography? What will we do when, inevitably, the robot war is upon us? The age-old questions, as we have mentioned. Some of us may be more creative and others more logical, and some may be a combination of the two. What matters most, however, is that we enjoy the ride together, regardless of whether you belong to Camp Art or Camp Science. The Geta Editorial Team
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Hi everyone, I’m not sure how you feel, but I arrived at university expecting the atmosphere promised to me by American Pie ... and the ‘C-word’ rattling around in my head: College. As a proud Australian I believe there are many things we do better than the crumbling American education system. However, there are still things I do admire and am envious of regarding the college experience. The first one is pride in yourself and your university. Pride at a university level is about buying a beer for your classmate who scored the winning try. It is about having a pizza night together knowing that you’ve all scraped through an exam. It is about looking up at your fellow classmates and saying ‘fwarr, he has some serious talent’. Pride is such an integral part of any individual or institution, and it is my personal mission for this year to make you feel proud of your university. Here are some of our plans to achieve this:
Improve sports teams and infrastructure on campus so we can hold events around sports
Facilitate student art installations around campus.
Develop an incubator for student ideas and start-ups.
As well as this, the Guild has been listening to other student concerns, such as food prices and overcrowded study spaces. If you have any other ideas of how you would like to improve your university, please get in touch with a club representative or student board member today! For contact details visit gugcstudentguild.com.au Good luck with your studies and we look forward to hearing from you. George Lindley-Jones Student Guild President
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Contributor spotlight Hayley Payne
For this month’s Contributor spotlight, we sat down with Hope Nakagawa to talk about all things Getamungstit, university and life.
A more recent addition to our writing team, Hope is already making a splash with her incredible writing skills and unique story telling.
What are you currently studying?
What do you get up to in your free time?
I study a Bachelor of Arts, but keep changing my majors. Currently they are creative writing and journalism.
Well, I read and knit all the time. I have recently gotten into fiber arts as a way of owning my femininity. I’m pretty blessed to have the choice without shame to participate in domesticity. Knitting is just overall, such a tangible art, really calming and I probably like that it’s somewhat political.
Tell us a little about why you like to write... I grew up telling everyone I wanted to be a writer. So, as a job title, I think I idealise the flexibility and the influence, but as an activity or past time I am really into the idea of making my voice heard. I feel like I am not a grown up yet, but I know what I want and know what I don’t like, but that keeps getting subverted by the generation above saying: “you’ll change your mind eventually,” or like “you think that way now…” and generally dismissing what I value. Putting pen to paper is a great way of legitimising ideas and feelings.
What is your favourite thing about Geta? It is so rare to find a platform to project a voice that caters for and supports young people. My favourite part of Geta is how intimate it is, how damn relatable it is. I mean, how often do you find something that is consistently familiar?
Where do you see your life after graduation? I’m hoping to pursue a career in getting paid for my opinions. Isn’t that like, the dream? I’d like to do that back in Sydney though.
Is there anything you wished you’d know in your first year? There is very little point in doing a degree, taking a debt, making yourself unhappy for someone else. The people who are important are going to support your happiness anyway, so fucking choose it.
Do you have any arty hobbies or interests?
In this edition of Vox pops we’re gettin’ scientific… or arty… uhhhh, por que nos las dos?
Piper, Bachelor of Psychological Science I make dream catchers!
Bren, Bachelor of Industrial Design Freehand sketching.
Tammy, School Admin Officer HSP Music and painting.
Would you donate your body to science?
Favourite celeb in the art or science world?
James, Bachelor of Social Work Yes, benefit for everyone.
Rachel, Bachelor of Industrial Design Monica Rohan, intricate clothing designs.
Josh, Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics Yes, would be interesting.
Sam, Bachelor of Business â€“ Marketing Will Ferrell, for his comedy.
Manix, Bachelor of Social Work Yes, because I can.
Ben, Bachelor of Accounting Angelina Jolie, for her inspirational speaking. 9
If you could invent one thing, what would it be?
Danica, Bachelor of Hotel Management & Politics Teleportation machine.
Kelseigh, Bachelor of Psych & Business Dog language converter.
Jessica, Bachelor of Social Work An endless wallet.
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THE WORLD’S MOST WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
CONSPIRACY THEORIES Hayley Payne
Not so calming
There are a number of people who believe that the Ancient Egyptians discovered electricity and used the pyramids as giant conductors. Apparently, there are a series of stone patterns on the Dendera Temple which look like modern electrical systems. Some even say that it is likely that the passageways of the pyramids were lit each night via electricity.
There is a long-standing rumour that the popular lip-balm brand, Carmex, is evil. Some claim that the company adds irritants, like fibreglass to tear and dry out your lips, forcing you to buy more lip-balm. While this has been disproven, avid believers of the theory still believe the company is covering up these deceitful antics.
A new type of patriotism
A group called The Mad Revisionist believe that the moon we see in the sky every night is just one big hoax. They claim that it is actually either a projection of some sort, or even a giant balloon. The interesting part is that they don’t quite know who is behind the hoax, but suggest that the good ol’ Illuminati probably have something to do with it.
Back in 1996, a conspiracy theory circulated claiming that the trails left by aircraft were harmful chemicals. The group that started the conspiracy believed that the U.S. Air Force was spraying these chemicals in an attempt to ensure the population continued to support government policies.
The world’s most weird and wonderful conspiracy theories
WHAT WOULD AN EDITION ABOUT ART AND SCIENCE BE WITHOUT SOME CRAZY CONSPIRACY THEORIES THROWN IN THE MIX?
Nazi what now?
One of the country’s most talked about mysteries is the 1967 disappearance of then Prime Minister Harold Holt. While there are several conspiracies surrounding his drowning, one of the most prominent is the belief that he was murdered for opposing American bases being built on Australian soil. This is a really interesting theory and if you ever feel like procrastinating, I urge you to lose yourself into a Wikipedia vortex of discovery.
Before the Second World War, the Nazis led a few expeditions to the Antarctic to scout territory and look at expanding their whaling fleet. So, it is only natural that there are people out there who believe that the Nazis are currently hiding out and regrouping up in the Antarctic. What makes this conspiracy theory even more interesting is the added argument that the Nazis are working with aliens to create a super race of alien-Nazis.
It’s a bit warm eh?
A solar climate
A sinking feeling
Climate change is already a highly debated topic. But there are people who wish to throw a new argument into the mix. Many people believe that climate change is indeed something that happens, but that it has nothing to do with the Earth. Wait what? There are theories out there that our entire solar system is heating up, including Pluto (the planet that was expelled from its planet status and left us all feeling personally victimised by solar system decision makers) which is the farthest from the sun.
Thanks to one of the most successful films of all time, the story of the doomed Titanic has become almost romantic. Unfortunately, for those on the ship, it was anything but. Since the ship sunk, there have been many theories that have arisen about its ‘true’ fate. Probably the strangest is the claim that a historian who was sailing on the ship had stored an Egyptian mummy on the bridge. Supposedly this mummy was cursed, which made the Titanic cursed and resulted in its terrible fate. 13
THE SPACEMAN’S GUIDE TO THE Monique Hotchin
Science fiction (shortened to sci-fi) is often condensed to movies such as Star Wars and TV shows like Doctor Who and Star Trek. Or books about imaginative and far-fetched dystopian futures where technology has overtaken the world. On top of that, the genre is stereotypically attached to adult boys who live in their mother’s basements and attend geek conventions. Putting all the wrong assumptions aside, the genre is rather complex and holds more value
Cyberpunk Born in the early 80s, cyberpunk is an infusion of cybernetics and - you guessed it - punk. The edgy term was coined by author Bruce Bethke and describes a subgenre and a culture. A motto that sums up the subgenre is ‘High tech. Low life’. The motto is spot on as the subgenre is usually set in the near future where technology has advanced immensely (think artificial intelligence) but there is a distinctive social class gap, with most people falling into the lower class. The technology is juxtaposed against a gritty and grim dystopian world where private corporations have more control than the government. The protagonists are antiheroes, outsiders and misfits that have past demons that burden them and subversive natures or attitudes about them. All good cyberpunk stories have hardboiled detectives, femme fatales, highly advanced tech and a big city at night.
than it’s typically given. Science fiction is a multifaceted genre of speculative fiction that explores all things science, space and futuristic. It even includes extra-terrestrial life, parallel universes and time travel. Within the main genre is a whole constellation of subgenres that are fascinating and remarkably creative and forward-thinking. So, behold, here is the spaceman’s guide to the subgenres of science fiction.
the cinematic genre of film noir and many cyberpunk films pay homage to classic noir motifs and techniques. The most iconic cyberpunk film Blade Runner was directly influenced by the classic film genre. James Cameron’s The Terminator is another film influenced by the hybrid of science fiction and film noir. Some notable examples include William Gibson’s Necromancer, Bruce Sterling’s Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology, Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and the film Total Recall.
On a side note, many cyberpunk films are heavily influenced by The spaceman’s guide to the subgenres of science fiction
SUBGENRES OF SCIENCE FICTION Time travel
Marty McFly is the poster boy for time travel, but that’s not really surprising. Like, who didn’t want to travel back in time in a futuristically pimped out car and with a slightly crazy scientist? Time travel has always been an interesting and entertaining subgenre of science fiction and typically involves a time machine, a term coined by author Herbert George Wells. The subgenre is a staple in science fiction and has reached far into pop culture. Though the complexity of time travel can be mind-boggling, especially when parallel universes come into play, it’s no less fascinating. Besides the beloved Back to the Future film franchise, the next iconic time travelling character is the manyfaced Doctor from the decades spanning franchise Doctor Who. While time travel remains (sadly) fictional maybe one day it will become achievable outside the world of science fiction (one can only hope).
The space opera subgenre began in the 1940s when radio soap operas were big and it was labelled as the science fiction equivalent to the popular but watered down and melodramatic genre. Early space opera was described as ‘hacky, outworn, grinding and spaceship yarns’. Through the late 20th century, space opera was redefined over and over and challenged greatly. In the late 90s, the genre was finally regarded and recognised proudly. Space opera now revolves around adventures set in space that usually involve warfare, chivalric romance, interplanetary and interstellar travel and centric heroic plots and tend to have a more optimistic tone.
As the name suggests, this science fiction subgenre is heavily influenced by the themes of classic Western stories and films. Tropes that have transferred over to space Westerns are the exploration of new land or planets, lawless frontiers and space cowboys that use ray guns and ride robotic horses. The subgenre started out popular but received backlash from hack writing or low-quality writing. The subgenre was attacked as some believed it wasn’t ‘true’ science fiction. After the 80s it regained some of its popularity back with the film Westworld and even Star Wars used some Western elements with the characters of Han Solo and Boba Fett. While the subgenre is not as popular as it was once the beloved but short-lived cult classic TV series Firefly rejuvenated the subgenre in 2002.
Some notable examples include the Star Wars franchise, Flash Gordon, The Fifth Element, Battlestar Galactic, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Games series.
Some other notable examples include Donnie Darko, 12 Monkeys, Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife and Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
Some other notable examples are Outland, Cowboys and Aliens, Serenity, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star and The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.
A FORMULA FOR SUCCESS? Hayley Payne To strive for success is something that is drilled into us from the day we are born. Every time we achieve something new in life; whether it be taking our first steps, graduating from high school or getting into university, we have been praised and congratulated on our success. Over the past three years, I have been working on finding the formula for success. Not just success in university, but for life in general. The word success is repeated so much that it has almost become a buzzword. This unattainable standard of life that we are constantly striving towards every day. When most Australianâ€™s picture success, we automatically think of a high paying job, a nice car, big house, and an incredible quality of life. For many, success is the be-all-end-all of life and sometimes it is viewed as the only thing that matters.
For most of the people in our lives, all we ever see of them is their successes. What we often miss out on is the many sleepless nights stressing over a big exam, the hard work and dedication put into an essay or the multiple failed attempts at finding employment before landing their dream job. Before we even start thinking about how to achieve success, take a moment to think about what matters to you. For some, it might still be a big house or shiny new car. But if you take the time to think about it, you might find that success can be found everywhere and at any time. Success for you could mean a new personal best in sport, getting to class on time, or even turning up to class in the first place. Unfortunately, there is no single formula for success. We are all unique, our brains certainly donâ€™t work in the same ways, and we all strive for different outcomes. But luckily, there are a few things that will set you up on the right track. A formula for success?
The first step to finding success in your life is to be able to accept your failures. Often I hear people say “failure is not an option”, but if you’re striving for success than failure is your only option. If you take the first step on a journey believing that you will not accept any failures, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
Celebrate the little things in life. How many times have you achieved something small and dismissed it, but then when a minor bad thing happens you’ve thought about it for weeks? If the answer is many, then it’s time you started celebrating your successes – however small they may seem.
Hard work is the absolute cornerstone of success. There is nothing more irritating than hearing someone complain about failing when you know that haven’t put in the effort. Success doesn’t come easy and it certainly doesn’t come to those who don’t deserve it.
Our failures are what make us grow and learn. Sure, being rejected from a job application, receiving a bad mark or having a Pinterest fail seems like the end of the world at the time. But when you look back you will see how much you have adapted and grown from the experience. You can most definitely take the time to feel crap about failure. Just don’t dwell on it. Instead, take steps to learn from it.
Fix your attitude People often joke that us millennials are the generation of participation awards. That we have grown up with so much praise that we have become entitled. Unfortunately, this is true to some extent. So often university students will get a bad mark on an exam in a class that they never once attended and will blame the lecturer.
The reasoning behind this idea is that when you celebrate your wins, you will be able to find more motivation to continue working hard towards your goals. The next time you experience a small success, treat yourself to something special. Whether that’s a happy dance, a bottle of wine, or an afternoon off. You deserve to enjoy and relish your success.
brain feels like it just can’t go on. These are the moments when you need to carry on. Attitude is everything. Your attitude has the power to challenge your perspective and to even change your life.
It’s time to shake up your attitude towards success. You must know what you want and you have to be willing to keep a positive mindset in your quest to achieve it. There will numerous times when you will want to give up, when your head becomes filled with rage, when your face is wet with tears or your 17
From the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep, you should be giving 110% to absolutely everything you do. If you know that you haven’t been putting in an insane amount of effort and meeting (and exceeding) expectations, then you will won’t be successful. You will never be successful if you don’t have the drive to succeed.
Most importantly, remember that you’re unique. Your journey is not like mine and mine is not like yours. We will all face our own string of failures and success in our lives. To achieve success in your life, stop viewing it as the end goal. Challenge yourself to look beyond society’s definitions and celebrate your everyday achievements and failures. But remember, if you are dedicated, work hard, have passion and the right attitude then nothing can slow you down.
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GEEK VS NERD Elleanor O’Connell A geek is a very special member of society, mainly because every member of society is a geek. Anyone with a passion is a geek. Whether it’s in politics, Lord of the Rings, or American football, if you have a superior knowledge, and invested interest in it, you’re a geek.
Sophie, who always looks insanely stylish with feathers in her hair in your intro to biology class is a closet Roman history geek- she can tell you every Roman ruler dating back 500 years.
Daniel, in your accounting class with the really thick glasses is mentally planning his fantasy football team as he takes his notes.
Ryan who is the reigning pool champion at the Uni Bar collects buttons, with his prized button dating back to 1714.
So, whether you’re on the debating team and have an IQ higher than Bob Marley, or you’re the class clown and ride a vintage longboard because you’re the coolest dude ever, you are a geek. Geek vs nerd
Nerds are a completely different sub-species all together. Often confused for geeks, nerds have an average IQ of 120, and measure their nerdiness by their intelligence.
Dana who plays social badminton and likes classic cars can solve complex calculus equations whilst doing a handstand. She is a nerd.
Lee who lives for vintage 1970s clothes and dreams of owning a fruit shop in Hawaii, read (and corrected incomplete formulas in) A Brief History of Time when he was 4. He is a nerd.
Esta from your photography class has four consecutive body building championship titles under her belt, and also created a working model of Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit (and is currently under the investigation from every nation’s defence unit). She is also a nerd.
Every nerd is a geek, but not every geek is a nerd. We live in a complex society of labels, but at least you’re now a little more enlightened. 21
JUST WRAP IT UP, DUDES Opinion-editorial
Hope Nakagawa Recently, the Hack on Triple J covered a story on stealthing, the social phenomenon associated with gendermotivated violence and interviewed a drop kick called Brendan. Stealthing is a term used when a dude takes off a condom during sex without telling the other person. A Swiss court has upheld it as sexual assault, yet our mate Brendan has contended that it’s not on the basis of his pleasure. The first result that comes up when googling stealthing is an article that epitomises the entire issue by qualifying a douchebag. Its title in response to ‘Brendan’s’ story: “Australian man says taking off a condom is not sexual assault.” Thank you, News.com.au, I’m glad his expertise has been legitimised. So, here is a letter to all you goddamned Brendan’s out there, here’s a lesson on contraception,
here is what Tom Tilley failed to mention to you. Taking off a condom without alerting/asking/discussing the undressing, is removing part of the condition consent was built on. You are then relying on the woman to have a back-up plan in place. Let’s pretend for a hot minute that you have discussed contraception with your bed fellow. The most common form of contraception used here in Australia is the pill. It has been available since the 1960s. Did you know that women have to go to the doctor in order to get a piece of paper that qualifies them to get the pill? Women navigate the uncomfortable questions and nod through a short lecture on pap smears to get a prescription that sees them walk into another notsuper-convenient location to wait for the prescription to be filled. The pill costs anywhere between $8 and $70 dollars for three months of contraceptive use before the
Just wrap it up, dudes
process is repeated. Let’s pretend your bed buddy has access to bulk billing so she is not shelling out a metric shittonne of cash once every three months. Let’s assume you know that your sexual partner has to take this pill at the same time, every damn day. Let’s pretend that you have discussed this. Have you also discussed the side effects of assuming a woman is on the pill so you can remove your condom in ignorant/hopeful bliss that you won’t impregnate her? FYI: Some fun common side effects of the pill include: headaches, breakthrough bleeding, nausea, fluid retention and places us in a higher risk of blood clots. Let’s pretend that you have weighed up all this, let’s pretend you have this knowledge. I can’t imagine you have because there isn’t a single guy I know that knows all this and still thinks a legitimate
Stealthing is a term used when a dude takes off a condom during sex without telling the other person.
response to condoms is “but it feels better without it…?” Oh, but you know about the other forms of contraception, right? You still make it our responsibility, you don’t ask but let’s keep pretending that you do. How about those subdermal implants? The ones where surgery is required and that mimic pregnancy in a woman’s body. This pretend pregnancy can cause “pretend” depression, nausea and all the other side effects of unwanted pregnancy without the baby. IUD’s get inserted into a woman’s uterus with risk of pelvic inflammatory disease and prevents women from wearing tampons in case, (now listen carefully here) IT RIPS THE DEVICE OUT OF THEIR UTERUS. Imagine being blessed with a period, having tax on sanitary items that make sure there isn’t a
morbid Hansel and Gretel trail of blood being left behind, and then being told that the most common sanitary items are unusable so that some dude who finds his tax-free condoms annoying can enjoy himself. If after all this, you’re happy to stealth “because it feels better with no condom on”, you are a dick. And that doesn’t even cover the STI risks. That’s without the unconscionable act of disregarding a woman’s right to consent. That’s without all the other shitty parts, because there’s no part of it that isn’t shitty for the woman you are doing it to. I can’t fathom how easy it is for guys like you to only think about the experience, what’s best for you and your little guy in the moment. How easy is it to make it a woman’s responsibility when it’s her body that’s jeopardised? Apparently, as easy as “I just put one on and if nothing is said I take it off.” 23
----Of course, this doesn’t apply to the men who are happy to have a conversation, whose partner is happy to participate in the risk alongside them. I don’t feel like I should have to say it, but I’m growing accustomed to having to preface shit with “not all men,” before some dude tries to undermine this piece with it. (You’re part of the problem).
CALCULATING PERFECTION: FIBONACCI AND THE GOLDEN RATIO Zak Johnson
One of the most fascinating topics I was exposed to in high school maths (if such a sentence can be written) was the Fibonacci sequence. Essentially, the sequence consists of adding the initial two numbers to form the next, with this process being repeated indefinitely. For instance: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, etc, etc… But, what really makes the sequence interesting is the way in which it emerges constantly in nature. Many plants will have the same amount of petals as a Fibonacci number. The amount of spirals on the head of a sunflower or the base of a pinecone will often ultimately total at a Fibonacci figure. The Fibonacci numbers can also be rearranged to fit a spiral pattern, with this pattern arising out of a series of linked quartercircles emerging from a number of connected squares that feature dimensions that reflect the original sequence (if you’re struggling to wrap your head around this, you’re not alone). Once again, this spiral will pop up repeatedly in nature, with examples including seashells
as well as the structure of the human inner ear. Pretty earie stuff (I’ll let myself out). The golden ratio, another prominent mathematical concept, is frequently linked with Fibonacci, in that it arises where a ratio of any two quantities is equal to the ratio of their sum to the biggest of the two figures. The ratio is represented by the Greek letter Phi (φ) and can often be simplified as 1.61803, which can be approximated as 3/2, 5/3 or 8/5, with all being, as you’ve probably gathered, Fibonacci numbers. And as would be expected, the ratio has been documented as popping up in even the most microscopic natural occurrences, including the proportions of veins in humans and animals as well as those in chemical compounds.
positioning of certain figures and fixtures in regards to each other all displaying the ratio under closer analysis, or the Divine Proportion as it was called in the Renaissance period. Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam prominently uses Phi in its layout, with the fingers of God and Adam touching precisely at the ratio point. It’s been suggested that the ratio is a massive influence on our perception of beauty, with its implementation occurring even with modern innovations such as the shape of Apple products in order to make them more appealing to potential buyers. The continued presence of the ratio (and by extension the Fibonacci sequence) in both nature and works of art certain adds a lot of weight to this argument.
But it doesn’t stop there. The golden ratio has been used in works of architecture and art for centuries, with its proportions apparently resulting in more harmonious outcomes. Some of the most important and well-known pieces of art reflect elements of the ratio. Leonardo da Vinci’s depiction of the Last Supper is a prime example, with the
Calculating perfection: Fibonacci and the golden ratio
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DIGITAL REWIND Katherine Lewer We exist in a world full of instant gratification. A world where the only thing better than snuggling up to your loved one and watching the sun set over crashing waves, is watching hundreds of likes on Instagram roll in from a photo of it. Even though the photo may capture the majestic moment of them ‘unintentionally’ looking over their shoulder, it always seems to fall short of portraying the emotional intimacy of the situation. A single frame sort of intimacy. Photography is a constantly evolving art – like everything really – transitioning with every technological advance. In fact, it’s thanks to science that this art form is almost everywhere throughout society - now just a simple scoop in the pocket and tap of a button away. While this convenience offers numerous advantages, it reaches a point where the motive of capturing a moment becomes slightly out of focus. Where the ease of endlessly taking shots of a scene to ensure ‘at least one good photo’ takes precedence over carefully crafted quality.
At its roots, photography is the means by which a single second of reality becomes a timeless physical snapshot.
At its roots, photography is the means by which a single second of reality becomes a timeless physical snapshot. A deliberate act which expresses the present in a tangible manner. And it’s this very nature that sometimes becomes lost in the current digital age. When you consider the dusty old photo albums depicting your parents’ youth, this becomes more apparent, right? Half of the photos may have a smudged fingertip in the corner, or just some awful poses, but they still somehow seem to tell a very different story than your current iPhone camera roll. It’s that extra element of rawness which sets analogue photography apart. With a one shot per scene mentality, film really offers a new light of acceptance in the outcomes. Sure, sometimes your smile may be slightly skewed or the subject may not be framed with that perfect ‘rule of thirds’, but if that’s your only take, you’re forced to accept the imperfections as nothing less than authenticity. So it’s with this concept of capturing a scene in its naked form that I propose that maybe technology doesn’t always improve everything. That sometimes the art of photography, in its original analogue form, can paint a less routine vision of the world. A vision which accepts every flaw as a new definition of authentic perfection. Or at least, I’d like to think this is the case in the montage of digitally rewound snaps that I present to you.
SCIENCE IMITATING ART Zak Johnson
Since the dawn of the genre, works of speculative and science fiction have highlighted the implications and dangers of technological developments in regards to how they will potentially impact the human race. Though some of these texts will remain distinctly fictional, others have proven to be eerily prophetic. The following are just a few examples of books that display concerning similarities with the current state of the world.
on pleasure-inducing drugs and social conditioning. This existence, built heavily on conformity and mindless hedonism, is challenged by the arrival of John, an outsider who desires a more dignified and spiritual life. Certainly comparisons can be drawn between this world and contemporary attitudes, with an overly-exaggerated emphasis on perfection rearing its head through our heavily filtered social media accounts as well as the obvious material wants we acquire through living in a capitalist society.
Brave New World
George Orwell, 1949
Aldous Huxley, 1932 Huxley’s dystopian vision focuses on a society existing some 500 years after our own, where all negative emotions are suppressed by a nationwide dependency
Nineteen Eighty-Four Required reading for most high school students (and deservedly so), George Orwell’s disturbing look at a totalitarian government that maintains its control over the population through historical Science imitating art
revisionism, Thought Police and the ever-watching gaze of Big Brother has haunted readers for decades. Though it was written
Though some of these texts will remain distinctly fictional, others have proven to be eerily prophetic.
as a reaction against the political changes that were occurring during WWII and the Cold War, Nineteen Eighty-Four has become all the more relevant in recent years, with evident biases in mainstream media as well as instances of government surveillance exposed by figures such as Edward Snowden presenting some harrowing parallels with Orwell’s novel.
enough, Fahrenheit 451 has been faced with numerous censorship campaigns due to some of its language. While we certainly live in the information age today, our pursuit of simplified (and perhaps opinionated) sources for gathering news rather than seeking out legitimate and professional journalistic articles certainly places us in a concerning position, at least by Bradbury’s standards.
Ray Bradbury, 1953
William Gibson, 1984
In this cautionary tale, “firemen” provide a pivotal public service. However, this role involves burning books for their objectionable and political content rather than putting out flames. In the meantime, the general public distract themselves by absorbing mind-numbing television shows. Funnily/insanely
Considered one of the first (and finest) examples of cyberpunk literature, Neuromancer has served as inspiration for an infinite number of sci-fi properties, including The Matrix. It deals with a world drastically altered by the heavy use of cybernetic enhancements and virtual reality by its denizens.
In order to be cured of a crippling condition, down-on-his-luck hacker Chase must successfully execute a daring mission involving cyber-theft and artificial intelligence. The manner in which the individuals in Neuromancer communicate with each other (or fail to do so), as well as heavily depend on the use of technology to survive is obviously clearly reflected in our current reliance on telecommunications devices and the internet in our day to day lives.
PSYCHOLOGY: THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Maisha Kabir Psychology. What is it? A science? An art? The age-old question. The debate on whether psychology is an art or a science has been around for a long time. People are fixed on their beliefs. They pick one side and stick to it. As a psychology student, I’ve always firmly believed that psychology is a science. After two years in the degree, to me, calling it an art would be false advertising. My friend, however, swears it isn’t a science. “It’s an art, you idiot,” she always tells me.
conducting scientific studies on how to treat various disorders and behaviours. I’ve done three statistics courses teaching me how to analyse data found in these studies and experimentations and interpreting published data. Neuropsychology is a science. No one could say otherwise. I know
But the idea got me thinking… Why do I think it is a science? Why does she think it is an art? What is it really? Psychology is most commonly defined as the study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context. On one hand, one major area of psychology focuses on the understanding of the human mind and behaviour using scientific experimentation. On the other hand, another major area of psychology focuses on judgement, intuition and experience. Science is defined as “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment” (according to the Oxford Dictionary). Throughout my degree, we studied the brain – how it works, and the effects it has on development and behaviour. I’ve read countless journal articles
Psychology: The best of both worlds
However, there is another side of psychology that needs to be considered.
Clinical. When people think psychologist, they think about a clinical psychologist. A practitioner and a patient. That’s all I thought as well. I was surprised starting the degree and discovering all the science involved. I had never thought about
Why does it have to be one or the other? Why can’t it be both?
more about biology and science than I thought I would when I started this degree. This is a big aspect of what we are taught.
whether psychology was a science or an art before I started studying it. Putting aside my knowledge, however, I understand why it may be an art as well. Heading back to the Oxford Dictionary, art is defined as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination… producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”. The professional practice of psychology is definitely a form of art. It involves a practitioner analysing the patient’s behaviours and history to determine future behaviours. There is a lot of interpretation and prediction involved in therapy. In diagnosing and treating. If we take the metaphor that humans are a book, clinical psychologists are the readers studying all the details. Interpreting dialogue, behaviours and experiences using judgement and intuition. Trying to understand the meaning and predict the ending. The art of psychology, however, would be difficult to do without the science and the science of psychology would be difficult without the art. It’s the research which helps clinical psychologists develop treatments and better understand what works and what doesn’t. Clinical psychology helps researchers know what to study to improve and understand human behaviour. One can’t work without the other. Psychology remains important regardless of whether it is a science or an art. Why does it have to be one or the other? Why can’t it be both?
CULTURE ON THE COAST? Fruzsi Gál
The Gold Coast has been my home for the past five years, and although a small Hungarian town had occupied that position in my life for sixteen years before that, I love them both equally. Five years are enough to begin thinking about a place as something other than a dot in a geographical position – rather as something familiar, something comforting, something safe. I know the ins
I have heard quite a lot of people – both from and outside of Australia – say that we have no culture. Yet when a friend of mine visited last month, all she did was stare blankly at the mention of acai bowls, espresso martinis, or smashed avocado on toast. She had no idea what or how significant any of these things were, and I’m certain that a big chunk of people visiting Australia are continuously faced with similarly unfamiliar things too. If that isn’t proof of a distinctively collective culture on the coast,
and outs of the coast, the spots to avoid and the spots that are hidden but so worth it. Every U-turn, every parking meter, every speeding camera. Taco Tuesdays at Mexicali, Sunday afternoons on Burleigh Hill, $3 steaks at Waxy’s, or $5 (I know, disgraceful!) drinks at Jupiters. You name it, and I’ll probably know about it.
then I don’t know what is. However, it is easy to identify a place by its culinary wonders, but it is an entirely different thing to dig deeper and to look at, say, the artistic culture of the Gold Coast. For someone with a soft spot for art, music, theatre, and copious amounts of red wine, the coast can definitely seem bleak in this regard. Having come from a city that has more extravagant theatres than decent hospitals, I can thoroughly appreciate even the smallest
Culture on the Coast?
attempt at a more culturally varied landscape. Going to see plays in Europe is an event – an event to dress up for; an event to show off, to seal business deals, to catch up with friends; an event of incredible food and expensive drinks. I don’t for a second want to deny it – it is, like the arts are in most big cities, a class thing. Perhaps that is why the Gold Coast is seemingly behind in the arts. Compared to Melbourne or Sydney, there is a significant difference in what is important.
If there is one thing that we excel at, however, itâ€™s music. Places like Miami Marketta, Liars Bar on Sundays, or The Cambus Wallace are excellent examples of a cultivated musical culture.
Most people living here are proud of a lack of class hierarchy, a lack of class distinctions. Naturally, some people are richer and some people are poorer, but class issues go deeper than that, and it is undeniable that the Gold Coast is rather progressive in this regard. That, or most people are too relaxed to care about insignificant matters as that. It is hard to put too much thought into flaunting what you have with the most beautiful views to look at instead. Is there a lack of an artistic landscape because there is no demand for it perhaps? From what I know, very few people go up to see plays or musicals in Brisbane, and the coast has even less to offer. Unlike Melbourne where on a weekend getaway you are guaranteed to accidentally run into at least three small gallery openings with free entry and cheap booze, or where even rooftop bars have outdoor cinemas playing black and white films, the coast has
very little artistic life. If there is one thing that we excel at, however, itâ€™s music. Places like Miami Marketta, Liars Bar on Sundays, or The Cambus Wallace are excellent examples of a cultivated musical culture. No better proof of that than the ever-growing crowd of amazing Australian musicians and a more than enthusiastic audience. Sure, there is art on the Gold Coast too, and to my very great delight, things seem to be improving. Small theatres are popping up, movies in the park are becoming increasingly more popular, and there are heaps of different art shows and exhibitions with little to no cost. With the Commonwealth Games fast approaching, the cultural landscape of the coast will inevitably experience a boom in arts and in music, and we can only hope that itâ€™ll last afterwards. Until then, I resign myself to the best thing Griffith has to offer arts-wise: Smallroom open mic nights with free pizza and cheap wine.
MORALS AND THE MACHINE Fruzsi Gál
Whenever someone mentions robots, I can’t help but think of Sonny from the movie I, Robot. And also Will Smith (but that’s beside the point). The concept of what an emotionally aware machine might mean to humanity as a whole is becoming an increasingly pressing question; one that we cannot hope to ignore any longer in light of 21st century robotics. Whether it is selfdriving cars or human-looking metal assistants, the question we need to ask ourselves is this: when it comes to ethics, morals, and rightful judgement, will robots ever be able to compete with humans? With the rapid advancement of technology in the last decade, robots and robotics are no longer a dream brought to the pages by Isaac Asimov only. Almost every day a new development is carried through, and we’re at the very exciting – if also rather terrifying –
phase in history when everything is just on the edge, about to tip over. But what follows when that happens? Or has it happened already? At this point in time, you can already purchase automated machines that vacuum, mop up, mow, or in any way clean your house and your lawn. While the advancement of these basic robots will further make life easier (and lazier?), the real debate is in more advanced machines – the ones that are meant to look and act exactly like us. The last decade has seen various attempts at coding and designing these machines, with more or less luck – for example, when left to its own devices on Twitter, a robot named Chatbot Tay that was meant to resemble a teenage girl turned into a racist Nazi in 24 hours. What the experiment proved was that the moral compass of a robot can go only as far as those it mimics. On the other hand, Eugene Goostman was the first robot to ever pass Morals and the machine
the Turing Challenge in 2015, wherein human users had a digital conversation with an unknown entity, then had to guess whether it was another person or a machine. More than half of the users thought Eugene Goostman to be human. It’s incredible what technology can achieve, but the question of whether robots will ever replace humans in matters of moral issues remain. I, for one, have enough trouble as it is talking to machines on the phone. “Please say your reference number after the beep.” “0655278” “So that is: 1083679” Absolutely not. After seven tries, all I can think of is “please let me talk to an actual human being!” Naturally, these advancements will serve humanity as a whole – with robots taking over entire lines of jobs, people will no longer have
to sell their waking time to be able to afford a space on this Earth. However, there may be various stages of disorder before we can reach that – if there are no jobs, then there’s no income, and if the only income there is comes from the production of these machines, then most of the planet’s wealth will end up in a very few pockets. We have an increasingly widening gap between poor and rich as it is, and with robots replacing people in the workforce, this may reach even
Once they’re big enough and powerful enough, will they still be under our control?
more detrimental heights. Not only do the majority of people still rely on automate jobs to sustain themselves and their families, but work scarcity means it is sometimes difficult for them to make even the most basic of ends meet. The real issue here, however, lies in even bigger challenges. Once robots look like us and act like us, will they have the same rights as us? Once they’re big enough and powerful enough, will they still be under our control? Once they possess logical thinking and an access to morals, will they still be biased in one way or another? As humans, we’re on top of the food chain not because we could catch and kill a lion barehanded, but because our intelligence and capacity to use tools (apparently) outweighs any other animal’s. Once robots begin to walk among us, they will be inevitably more powerful, more advanced, and infinitely more intelligent than us. 35
Will we, at one point, not be the most intelligent beings on earth? And if so, why would we want robots in the first place? Just as I, Robot’s Sonny, any machine could be coded in a way that allows for deductive learning while also limiting its actions – it’s all in its software. However, just as the case was with Chatbot Tay, these machines created by humans will always have the same bias and measures of judgement as humans. As long as they’re meant to resemble us, they’ll be limited like us. If we want to allow these machines to make decisions for individual people or humanity as a whole, we need to ensure that their actions don’t contradict basic moral principles of everyday life. Can it be done? Very likely. Will it be done? Possibly. Would that mean an inevitable robot war in the future? Oh, absolutely. All I ask is for Will Smith to hold my hand through it all.
ART AND SCIENCE ON FILM
This collection of films highlights and explores creative and intellectual production, discoveries and journeys taken by notable historical people that have shaped art and science, and curious fictional characters with adventurous hearts. Whether you’re an artsy kid with a profound appreciation for poetry or a science kid that looks to the stars, these films have got you covered.
Midnight in Paris (2011) This Woody Allen film is starstudded with the likes of Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates, and doesn’t disappoint. Midnight in Paris follows aspiring writer, Gil (Wilson) on a holiday in the City of Lights with his wife, Inez (McAdams). While this film inspires wanderlust, it also inspires the sublimity of art as Gil travels back through time to Paris in the 1920s. Lost in time, Gil encounters the greats, including Salvador Dali, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemmingway and Pablo Picasso. This film is deeply satisfying and has that particular Allen flare that sets his films apart from the rest.
Dead Poets Society (1989) Big Eyes (2015)
You might recognise the title from HBO’s latest TV smash with the same name, but the acclaimed and thought-provoking show is based on the hybrid science fiction and western film directed and written by Michael Crichton in the early 70s. The film was so popular that it was given a sequel and a shortlived television in the 80s (and now a brand spanking new TV series). If you know nothing about the original film (or the present TV show), the short version is that it is about a futuristic amusement park (that’s set in the past) that’s inhabited by androids, and explores artificial consciousness.
This film is the epitome of creative production and should be on everyone’s movie bucket list. The film, led by the great Robin Williams, explores the never-ending conflict between realism and romanticism as a new English teacher opens the minds and hearts of a group of boarding school boys (who were being groomed to be lawyers and doctors by their other teachers and parents) to the beauty of poetry, the danger of conformity and the essence of life or rather ‘carpe diem’.
Art and science on film
Like all of Tim Burton’s films, Big Eyes is a creatively bizarre and delightful film that depicts the life of American artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz). Margaret is now famous for her unique and eerie paintings of women and children with unnatural big eyes from the late 1950s and 60s. However, initially her husband took all the credit for the iconic paintings and drawings. Walter’s justification for playing off her art as his was because people didn’t buy “lady art”. The stunning film follows the early relationship of the Keane’s and then continues into the trial for ownership of the famous paintings.
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Christopher Nolan’s epic science opera is visually stunning but the scientific element, and more specifically the physics of wormholes and black holes, can be a little puzzling. Regardless, Interstellar is a futuristic trip that explores deep space as a brave crew of researchers take a oneway journey to find a new planet for the human race. The film has an incredibly talented cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. The film is a delightful and intriguing mix of art-like special effects, cinematography and science.
The spectacular futuristic boxoffice smash spent fifteen years in the making and those years were worth the wait. The brainchild of James Cameron stars Aussie actor Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver. Avatar follows the epic journey of a paraplegic marine, Jake, as he inhabits an avatar body and infiltrates a race of striking blue aliens on Pandora. No surprise Jake grows attached to the indigenous race and battles to save their world from being destroyed by humans.
This wonderful and heart-wrenching film won Eddie Redmayne his golden Oscar back in 2015 and was a pinnacle film for his career, as well as that of his co-star Felicity Jones. The Theory of Everything is a bio-pic about the incredible and powerful relationship between theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane Hawking. The film explores how Stephen’s motor neuron disease affects and changes the couple’s life beyond recognition. The Theory of Everything gives us a raw, real, breathing and brilliant depiction of their shared life together and touches on Stephen’s contribution to science.
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
The film is an immediate sequel to Frankenstein, done in 1931, and is often considered superior to its predecessor. The Bride of Frankenstein is a blend of horror and science fiction and stems from the gothic novel penned in the early 20th century by Mary Shelley. The Bride of Frankenstein is considered a masterpiece as it follows the centric plot of creating Dr Victor Frankenstein’s monster a bride. The surrealist film joins two remarkably different genres (horror and science fiction) in an entertaining and fascinating way that still explores Shelley’s concerns of the advancement of technology and the extreme power it harbours.
Frida is a biographical film that tells the story of surrealist and radical Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, and her turbulent journey through life that she explored and transferred into her notable artwork. Kahlo is portrayed by Salma Hayek and supported by Alfred Molina and Ashley Judd. The film travels through Kahlo’s life, exploring impacting events like how a young Kahlo was injured and the relationship formed with her husband Diego (Molina). Frida is insightful and colourful and offers a great emphasis on one of the world’s greatest female artists.
Kill Your Darlings is a dark and insightful film about obsession and murder. Much like many films in this collection, it’s based on true events. The film revolves around young poet Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) and his rapturous but thunderous (and maybe a tad toxic) relationship with fellow classmate Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). College-goer Ginsberg finds himself caught in a messy love triangle as he competes for Lucien’s affection from an overly infatuated professor (Michael C. Hall). But it’s when the professor is found dead that things get even messier. Kill Your Darlings is a spellbinding film about writers, writing and the dark nature of obsession.
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THE PERFECT MEDIUM Angel Nikijuluw I have always looked at fashion and style as an art. When you see what people wear, they are usually telling you a story about themselves. They are visually presenting what their interests are, what subcultures they belong to, or how they see themselves on the inside; and this is certainly no different from the works of art your favourite artists have created. So, for the art vs. science edition, we found two art students â€“ one studying design, and the other fine arts â€“ and asked them to create an outfit that reflects their work. 43
Green Floral Dress (2017)
Maddy Mengel, Bachelor of Digital Design/Business Green Floral Dress, Digital Design (2017) For this print I gained insight and knowledge from Apajok Bior who has dealt with cultural appropriation first hand and was born into African culture. This highly influenced the outcome and meaning behind the design: â€˜Understanding the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation is vital. When a print or item of a particular culture is appropriated, it can be an exploitative practice the risks the value and essence of who they are and their history.â€™ - Apajok Bior My fabric print, Green Floral Dress touches on the issue of cultural appropriation and expresses detail and meaning behind each element in the design. The print is a tiled layout alternating black and white designs, creating a contrast in colour and a contrast in cultures. In the design itself, each element and person of a different culture is placed below and behind the head of the white model. The positioning of this, is to emphasise the dominance and control Westernersâ€™ have in appropriating a culture.
The perfect medium
Maddy is wearing SES Fashion Lace Flare Midi Skirt: $29.99 Lovisa Gold Leaf Headband: $35.99 Lovisa Emerald Green Earrings: $15.99 Dotti Witchcraft Off the Shoulder Top: $39.95
Karen Wilson, Bachelor of Fine Art Ruminations, Installation and Mixed Media (2017) You are all invited to sit down and take the time and experience a short break from the busyness in your mind. There is no time limit to sitting down and come and go as you are guided. The definition of ruminations is a deep or considered thought about something. These works were produced while in a meditative state and ruminating about the anxiety that gets stored in my body and the process I go through to get it out. I was influenced by an Indigenous womenâ€™s experiential workshop I attended and the parts are installed in a circle representing my womenâ€™s group, we sit is circle to represent that no one is the leader and each personâ€™s place is valued and part of a whole. Each of the pieces make up the entire work and if some are missing the work loses its power. On the morning of installation [Ruminations], a group of women in the class sat in circle and unwrapped each piece and placed it in the circle. The anxiety of the day slipped away as each piece was handled with love and focus was directed back to the present moment.
The perfect medium
Karen is wearing All clothes designed by Charms Real Figured Women Details about the outfit I chose to wear an outfit featuring a kimono style jacket from Charms Real Figured Women. I collaborate with the designer and we travel to Bali to choose the fabrics for the range. All the fabrics are bold vibrant colours and this translates into my art practice which involves meditation and anxiety. I believe that by putting on a bright colour it can lift the mood and change sorrow into joy. The clothes are not restrictive in anyway and, like my artwork, it represents freedom and comfortability. If I am feeling like this then my work reflects it.
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Feature artist – Bren Domingo Fruzsi Gál It’s rare to find someone who is not only incredibly talented at any form of art, but can also successfully incorporate more structural elements within his or her creativity. It’s rare, but not impossible. Bren Domingo is a first-year student at Griffith, and her work is primarily concerned with web, graphic, industrial, and digital design as well as some film and animation. Even more so, her projects convey exceptionally well the balance between art and science – her more creative pieces always show some architectural undertones, if not in production then in content, while her sketches and product designs definitely take an aesthetically pleasing approach. We talked over coffee about art, the importance of balance, and the industry as a whole.
Tell us a bit about your background and how art became a part of your life…. When I was a child, my mother gave me papers, pencils and crayons to fill up my time. Little did I know, that was how my passion for drawing was formed. Once the masterpiece was completed, I would stick them all over our cabinets at home. I love architectural designs. I am more drawn to clean lines and the multiplicity of dimensions – these inspire me to hopefully design and build my own dream house one day. This edition is centred around the age-old contrast between creative and logical, between art and science. Your art form is quite broad and seems to incorporate some architectural designs as well. How do you think the two co-exist in your work?
I suppose my artwork is how I reflect myself as a human. I have very high expectations of myself and I push myself to learn from trials and errors and to strive for the best out of my work. With this mindset, I also ensure that I incorporate both art and science and not just one concept. This helps me create designs that come as surprises, like a set meal with an unexpected bonus. Understanding the industry also helps to set certain requirements, creating a clear direction on who our consumers are and how our design will be of benefit to them. Do you think that people naturally gravitate towards one or the other? Essentially, depths, dimensions, landscaping and proportions involve both art and science that then lead to an economical, convenient and sustainable product. Therefore, from a designer point of view, I
believe any artist will be inclined to create with both backgrounds in mind. You’re studying industrial design, which incorporates both essentially. Would you say that a degree in this takes more of an art centred or a science centred approach? If both, which one would you rather identify with? Balance. I believe that a balance of both is fundamental. Neither can outdo the other. Engineering principles are very much needed in creating designs that will essentially solve the problems experienced by consumers. There is no point in spending time and effort on a product that outshines the rest for its appearance but does not work. For this simple reason, I believe that both art and science need to cohabitate. Is art very structural to you, or do you often lose
yourself in the creativity of it? I won’t deny it – there are times when I’m very frustrated with myself. I tend to come up with a variety of different artworks and often fail to identify myself with what truly represents me as a person and as an artist. My portfolio contains my sudden “inspirations”, and from there, I try to evolve the original piece. Despite – or perhaps because of – my love for structures, I avoid producing imaginary, dreamlike designs Does your cultural background of growing up in the Philippines have a major influence on any part of your work? One of my earliest drawings from childhood was a landscape of a nipa hut, clear blue sky, a river and the sun shining through the mountain top. That particular drawing conveys the message of
maintaining the existing and portraying the modern. My country is still very much filled with greens but at the same time modern structures are built to adjust to today’s market. Our colourful history also shows how diverse our artwork can be. We don’t design for the sake of doing it. We design as it is our passion and our way of communicating with the world. We have a lot of talent in our country, but sadly not many have similar opportunities as I do. Many can’t afford to pursue art further and this inspires me to value what I have even more so I can make myself and my family proud.
I am good at the most, and that’s probably what defines my current portfolio the best as an artist.
In relation to the contemporary, what do you think defines you? What defines your art?
What do you hope to do once you finish your degree?
My art style leans towards doodles, the symmetric, and self-expression. Before I decided to study again, I was mostly working on illustrator designs using a desktop. One of my current subjects in Industrial Design is Introduction to 3D and you may think it is computer based but what the course allows you to do is to draw. Freehand drawing is probably what
I would want to be the manager of my own design firm and then eventually settle down. I might also take the opportunity to help those less privileged within my own ability by sharing my skills and knowledge.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be? I have actually asked a few people about this because if you ask me, I will probably just say typical, boring and a lesbian, but few of my friends and professors said that I’m very organised, hardworking and kind. Although I am quite astonished by their generous words, I do hope that I will continue to be this person in their eyes.
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HOW I BUILT THIS Podcast How I Built This is a podcast about entrepreneurs and innovators, and how they built their empires. The brains behind some of the most successful brands and companies in the world – such as Lonely Planet, AOL, VICE, and Instagram – are just some of the people featured in this series that shares their triumphs and failures during their journey to the top. So, if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or forward thinker, this podcast is definitely for you. npr.org/podcasts/510313/how-i-built-this
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THIS IS WHY I’M BROKE Website Have you ever wondered how much an underground survival shelter will set you back? How about a roll of 22 carat gold toilet paper? Well wonder no further, This Is Why I’m Broke brings to you these, as well as countless other, curiosities and oddities from all corners of the internet. For those of you who aren’t closet millionaires (and can’t afford avocado on toast), there’s still plenty of goods you can get your hands on for under $20, including Nicolas Cage pillowcases and gangsta rap colouring books. If anything, it’s worth a laugh. thisiswhyimbroke.com
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(2017) 141 mins Superhero, Action-adventure Director: Patty Jenkins Zak Johnson that things start to gain a bit more In my last review I wrote that none momentum. of the recent wave of live-action DC movies were able to top an A large part of the film’s success animated film featuring a Legofied is its exploration of the titular Batman. I might have to update superhuman’s fish-out-of-water that statement. Though not being antics, particularly when Diana’s without its flaws, Wonder Woman matriarchal Amazonian upbringing is a major improvement over past begins to clash with the social entries in the Marvel competitor’s realities of WWII-era G02 Europe. Her attempt at cinematic universe repeated rejection of norms and building, and hopefully a sign of rules of etiquette, as well as her the franchise heading in a less Cdour L and more entertaining direction. I N I black and white view of good and C Acomprise a large amount of evil L the film’sLhumour, which certainly Diana (Gal Gadot) lives on the A appears to beN sorely magically protected island of E lacking in other DC entries. Themyscira amid her fellow Amazonians, an exclusively female Of course, this wouldn’t work collective of warriors who appear without a convincing lead to be ripped directly out of Greek performance, and on the whole mythology. When Steve Trevor Gadot does a great job, her Diana (Chris Pine), an American spy/ displaying a mix of unbridled soldier crash-lands just off-shore, determination to end the conflict Diana joins him in returning to in the Western Front alongside London, where she sets out to her obvious naiveté. A good singlehandedly Great War T OendPthe AC I F I C Mcounterpoint that has been enveloping Europe. O T O R forAthisYdepiction is Pine’s Steve,W whose more cynical and realistic view of the world The first act of Wonder Woman is clashes on numerous occasions fairly typical superhero origin/callwith Diana’s. The chemistry to-action fare, with an emphasis between both actors is excellent on protracted context-setting as well, with this much-needed stories and montages of a young human element likewise being Diana training to become a fighter missed (or at least less believable) against the wishes of her mother. in the likes of Man of Steel. It’s when Diana finally leaves Themyscira and its onslaught of overplayed Amazonian accents 57
In what shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, the action sequences are magnificently executed, even though at times it seems like the editor feel asleep while pressing the slo-mo button. And Wonder Woman does suffer the same problem that a lot of its forebears have, namely a bunch of onedimensional, uninteresting villains who are just sort of evil for evil’s G16 sake. But, being an origin story, the focus is planted almost purely on Diana and the learning curve she embarks on. And this proves to be GT1 a good decision ultimately. Functioning as a kind of hybrid of Thor and the first Captain America, Wonder Woman injects the right amount of humour and sentimentality to help place it well above the other entries in the DC cinematic universe. It’s not perfect, but it gives you enough hope to look more optimistically at the dozens of inevitable sequels and spin-offs that’ll be heading your way in the near future. Verdict: How DC got its groove back.
Entertainment One More Light Linkin Park Angel Nikijuluw Did you ever think that you’d hear so many electronic beat drops in the history of a Linkin Park record? Like every other band that have been producing music for over 10 years, Linkin Park have decided to turn from the style that solidified their hardcore fan base, and found solace in an electronic-infused sound that has, quite frankly, never sounded so terrible. Meet One More Light: a 10-track, 35-minute effort filled with overused loops and weak crooning that’s mistaken for actual singing. One More Light opens with ‘Nobody Can Save Me’ – a track that a hybrid of top 40 hooks and 2010 Skrillex – and ends with ‘Sharp
The Search For Everything John Mayer Dan Pagotto Firstly, cards on the table. I am a massive closet Mayer fan. I admit it. But what’s not to like? The dude’s got style, looks, and the talent to declare him one of the best modern day guitarists. But like all of us, John’s not perfect. He seems to have lost himself in the deep, black hole that we call mainstream popular music. The screams of teenage girls (and just quietly, the author) seem to have cemented his place in the top 40. This brings us to The Search For Everything, John’s latest release. Now honestly, I’m not too sure
Edges’ – a short, acoustic guitardriven number that talks about Chester’s mother telling him stuff, or something like that. The only track that even vaguely resembles any of their previous albums is ‘Heavy’, which features electro-pop singer-songwriter, Kiiara. Funnily enough, it also sounds like every generic alternative-rock song ever released as a radio single. Now, don’t misread me as a hater of Linkin Park. I have loved Linkin Park for years, and they have been the soundtrack to many moments in my life. The issue with One More Light is not their evolving musical direction; it’s rather their execution – and with eight albums under their belt now, you would expect just a little bit more finesse. 2014’s The Hunting Party gave hope to see the resurrection of the Hybrid Theory days, which makes One More Light especially disappointing. But
with this one. It’s slow and deeply personal. It’s also extremely groovy. It’s smooth. Yet he also displays aspects of his roots; dirty, gritty, blues-rock. It’s diversity like this that reflects just how good of a musician he really is.
“Yet he also displays aspects of his roots; dirty, gritty, blues-rock.” In saying that, this is definitely not his best. If I had to choose four tracks on this album to convince a first time listener to click that play button, they would have to be: Rsie Amongst these four tracks alone your ears will bear witness to funk, groove, face-melting blues and just a hint of jazz.
in the words of frontman Chester Bennington: “like, move the f*** on!”
“Like, move the f*** on!” This record is forgettable, predictable, and a million miles away from their nu-metal roots. If you’re a fan of Hybrid Theory or even Minutes to Midnight, don’t even bother listening to this.
But if I were to be completely honest – these would probably be the only four tracks I’ll still listen to regularly from this album.
Bottomless Belly Button Dash Shaw Nathan Isaac
I happened upon Bottomless Belly Button by chance in the library. Its cardboard cover and the fact that it was as thick as a Harry Potter novel stuck out like a sore thumb in the graphic novel section. I was intrigued by its odd name and the warning label saying: “NOT for children”, an odd label for a cartoon comic book with a seemingly kid-friendly art style. I opened it and began to read from the beginning and from that moment, I was hooked.
“...from that moment, I was hooked.” Don’t be fooled by its visuals, as Bottomless Belly Button tackles very serious adult themes, issues and emotions in its rollercoaster of a story. The book follows the members of the Loony clan, a family in the middle of a divorce,
His Dark Materials Philip Pullman Mitch Drage
In life there are books that captivate us, that surprise us, that entice us; books that make us feel sadness, joy, fear, even love. A heroic protagonist, fighting against all odds. A star crossed love, doomed never to be. A misunderstood antagonist fighting for what they perceive to be right. A man behind the curtain, a silent assassin. All the very elements that leave us wanting more.
“All the very elements that leave us wanting more.” His Dark Materials is a captivating and mind-meddling tale in three parts, originally published separately as Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. It involves a young girl of twelve named Lyra and her struggle as she tries to save the world from the very thing that is hell-bent on 59
coming together possibly for the last time. The family members are so diverse and believable that I feel like almost anyone will be able to relate to the issues brought up in this book. Issues like substance abuse, cheating, divorce, puberty and getting old. Alongside the story there are little secrets, codes and mysteries that you yourself have to figure out and will not be given the answers for. This makes for an extremely entertaining read and encourages you to pick it up again. Anyone that likes interesting character development, complex issues, mysteries and celebrating the messy lives of humans will definitely love this book and I would recommend it to everyone.
destroying it, its own creator. Set in a time and place different from our own Lyra travels down a path of love, betrayal, friendship and self discovery. A friend of mine only recently introduced me to this book and being an avid reader, I jumped at the chance to tackle a new challenge. And I was glad I did. I could not put it down, with every new twist and turn as surprising and thought-provoking as the next, which has made it high onto my list of favourites. Phillip Pullman’s novel His Dark Materials is a work of intrigue and expresses the elements of a well-written, encapsulating story to the highest degree. I would recommend this novel to anyone for it not only caresses the mind, but speaks to the soul.
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SHADES Jennifer Evans A large part of my creative decision making process stems from my desire for variety. Acceptance of others, particularly their differences, are the aspects that I aspire to pass on in my art. In this work called â€˜Shadesâ€™, I used a variety of techniques to create a series of images which blend traditional drawing with technology - including digital photography, image manipulation and editing. @jenn_artum
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Elleanor O’Connell A geek, not to be confused with a nerd, is someone who has an intense passion for a certain area. For example, yours truly is a shark geek - I even went on a quiz show to talk about sharks when I was fourteen. My brother is a Lego geek – most of the decorations in his apartment are Lego themed (yes, his partner is a very lucky woman…). My boyfriend is an American Football geek who spends a fortune on his kit that he will inevitably break as soon as his season starts (we’re trying to save money, FFS Daniel!) Everyone is a geek about something, whether it is your traditional computer game and comic geek, or your less obvious fashion geek who can tell you every popular footwear trend for the last fifty years. We at Getamungstit love geeks, and this issue celebrates the nerd worlds of science and art. Below is a list of the best geeky activities to do on the Gold Coast. So, go forth my friend and get your geek on.
F1 Racing Simulator Formula 1 geeks unite; it’s time to make your dreams come true. Spend an hour in an authentic simulator that the pros use for training and practice. The experience allows you to submerse yourself in the incredible graphics and precision surround sound that comes with the Race Centre’s F1 simulator. Feel the grinding and shaking that you’d experience on an actual racecourse in a full motion simulator with multiaxis movements. Whether you’re looking to curve through the streets of Monaco, or Suzuca, Japan, Race Centre has you covered for all your geeky racing dreams. Where: Race Centre, Surfers Paradise Cost: Starting at $80 per hour (shop around online for deals)
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Sensory deprivation tank Our bodies do strange things once all outside stimulation has left the building. If you’ve ever wondered what thoughts linger in the deepest corners of your mind, or what it’s like to float through nothingness, then Freedom Float Centre is where you need to go. A float tank is a pod filled with skin temperature water and Epsom salts, which encompasses you in complete darkness and silence. The combination of the salt and water allows your body to float completely, leaving you experiencing sensations like no other. The health benefits gained from the meditative experience, such as reduced
Spy School Who hasn’t dreamed of being a spy? Think back to the days of hide and seek, where your imagination knew no limits, and remember ducking behind sofas, and under beds. Your little heart would rush with the thrill as your imagination ran wild. Before we even knew who James Bond was, we wanted to be like him. Though a little pricier, this activity is well worth the dollars. Learn to dive and leap, stalk and prowl like 007 (or Ethan Hawke if you have no class). Start the three hour experience with a spy briefing, followed by a commando style obstacle course, instruction in unarmed combat, and stealth and firearms handling instruction. The instructor, who has worked with Arnie, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis, spent twenty years as a stunt double, and knows his spy stuff. So go and be the spy you always dreamed of. Where: Stunt Park, Nerang Cost: Costs are based on numbers (minimum 2 people at $299ea, or 4 people $199ea)
anxiety, depression, and sleep issues (the list goes on and on), have been backed by scientist’s worldwide, but that’s not the only reason to give this strange new experience a go. When you’re left with no stimulation or external cues, you lose your sense of body orientation, causing your body to feel as if it’s spinning. Your mind starts creating its own ‘external stimuli’, with visitors often experiencing auditory hallucinations, as well as visual. Ever wanted to feel like Bob Marley in space? Try a float tank. Where: Freedom Float Centre, Burleigh Cost: Single 1 hour session $75
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