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08 hotness code we serve up the latest offers, places, people and gadgets making waves around town. you never know what we’ll find. 11 profiler brisbane city council has announced inhabit fiesta, a three week long art and music celebration of the city’s laneways. discover where to go and more importantly, why you should be there. 12 fashion christine schmidt doctors a challenge in swimwear design and history, we unravel the finders keepers spectacular 04

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stop turning everything she touches into gold, we go gaga and beyond art, listen to an sos distress call and talk to alyssa gunnis as she learns to get her just desserts . 22 press play the latest music and movie releases with chats to the cat empire, gyroscope, and the animal that is ben mendelsohn, along with not to be missed shows and exhibitions for the month ahead. 29 travel streefitti - once vilified, street art now carries a vast amount of cultural cache. jessica allen travels the globe to gives us the lowdown on the best. 31 snapped have you made it into our socials from quiet riot @ x and y, those usual suspects @ electric playground,

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BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL HAS ANNOUNCED INHABIT FIESTA, a three week long art and music celebration of the city’s laneways, running from June10 – 27 in the city’s laneways. Neighbourhood Planning Chairman, Amanda Cooper said that the Spencer Lane public art and Inhabit Fiesta were part of Council Vibrant Laneways and Inhabit projects... “The Inhabit Fiesta will feature a variety of Brisbane’s best live performances, events and installations, which will be free for everyone to attend. City workers, students and visitors can attend live music shows and circus performances in Burnett Lane, cabaret in Island Court off Elizabeth Street and an urban jungle created in Eagle Lane to name a few. Emerging artists and events will transform Alleyway 109 behind Metro Arts, and Spencer Lane will also host exciting events. The Fiesta is designed to celebrate laneways and re-introduce these spaces to the broader community in a way that is creative, fun and entertaining.” Perhaps the most anticipated events are the ones that will see Brisbane’s indie record labels join forces to celebrate the sound of the city. The very proud DIY music scene is being supported and celebrated through a unique initiative that promotes the city’s booming independent record labels – SOUNDSLIKEBRISBANE. Believed to be a world first, soundslikebrisbane (SLB) is bringing together the city’s indie labels under the one banner - already 13 local independent labels are represented with more to join the fold soon. That first batch includes prominent local labels: Plus One Records, Mere Noise, Dew Process, Turkeyneck, Room 40, Someone Good, Pinnacles Music, SUGARRUSH, Lofly, El Nino El Nino, Red Tape Entertainment, Starving Kids, and


Valve Records. Covering every genre from hip-hop and jazz, to garage rock, country and pop – the labels define the creative melting pot that Brisbane has become. Together these labels work with dozens of artists, promoting close to 100 releases each year. Project coordinator Craig Spann said Brisbane’s indie labels were also opening up global networks by representing Brisbane artists overseas, and releasing some of the world’s most exciting new music in Australia. “There’s no doubting that right now Brisbane’s indie labels are the engine room of the local music scene and the contribution they make should be celebrated and supported,” he explains. “Despite the fact these labels are often a one or two-person operation, they are ensuring the Brisbane builds on its reputation as one of the world’s most exciting music cities. More than a collective marketing initiative, the long term initiative will develop and deliver a range of projects aimed at not just supporting current indie labels, but ensuring a new wave of labels emerges to continue supporting the city’s music scene and artists.” The focal point of the new project is the SOUNDSLIKEBRISBANE.COM website which features label and artist profiles and a range of exclusive content to be rolled out over the coming months. The site will be promoted to music fans and the music industry – both in Australia and abroad – as a one-stop location for those looking for Brisbane’s most exciting artists and labels. The launch of SLB will be celebrated with a very special free all-ages event to be staged in Brisbane’s CBD on Friday June 18. More than 10 local acts from the SLB labels rosters will hit two stages housed in CBD laneways Burnett


Lane and Island Crt (off Elizabeth St). The line-up will showcase the diversity of Brisbane labels and feature sets from: Blowhard, Texas Tea, Carry Nation, Fushia, Halfway, My Fiction, Nova Scotia, The Rational Academy, and The Optimen. Other fabulous and fantastical events include MARMALADE SKIES, an explosion of colour, texture and text suspended sky-high between walls of office high-rises in the heart of Brisbane city, collectively conceived by local artists Matt Malone, Alice Lang, Zoe Hughes and Dhana Merritt. Date? Friday 11 June – Friday 25 June. Time? 24 hours, for the duration of the Fiesta. Where? Gresham Lane, off Creek St, Brisbane CBD. SIDESHOW ALLEY is run in association with Strut & Fret. The circus comes to town for one night only when Burnett Lane transforms into a carnival cavalcade. Stroll though this wonderland, go up against the strongman, cheer on the contortionist and be dazzled by the gravity defying aerial ballerinas and other astonishing feats of fancy. Date? Friday 25 June. Time? 6pm – 10pm Where? Burnett Lane. EN ROUTE is a pedestrian-based live art event with participants guided by an iPod and their mobile phone, they become part traveller, witness and voyeur as en route invites them on a journey, inward and outward, through the thoroughfares and back-alleys of the city. Date? Thursday 10 – Saturday 26 June. Time? Wed – Fri 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm at 10am, 1pm. Where? Throughout Brisbane CBD. Bookings for this one are essential, via BACKBONE.ORG.AU. So there you have it. Just a taste of what to expect from this exciting addition to the Brisbane festival circuit. Get involved and help make this a success!! More details online now at OURBRISBANE.COM/INHABIT.


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FAMOUS AUSTRALIAN SWIMWEAR DESIGNERS FROM ANNA & BOY TO ZIMMERMANN have reinterpreted the one-piece bathing suit for the contemporary swimwear exhibition WOOLLEN MERMAIDS now on show at the Queensland Museum on Brisbane's South Bank. Woollen Mermaids was developed by Queensland University of Technology's doctor of fashion Christine Schmidt, of QUT's Creative Industries Faculty, who invited several key cossie designers to produce a one-piece out of a fine wool-Lycra mix in classic black. Woollen Mermaids is part of the travelling exhibition, EXPOSED: THE STORY OF SWIMWEAR, developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum. For her PhD study, Dr Schmidt researched the evolution of the heavy, hot, saggy, neckto-knee bathing suits worn at the start of the 20th century into the sleek, Lycra, bodyhugging or barely-there array of beach wear we have today. "The concept for Woollen Mermaids was to look to the past and design for the future by embodying a contemporary aesthetic with the active glamour inspired by Australia's original 'mermaid', water ballet pioneer Annette Kellerman," Dr Schmidt said. "Kellerman was an iconoclast because she championed athleticism and swimming for women, unhampered by swathes of sodden wool, way back in the early 1900s." Pioneering swimwear designers Paula Stafford, Brian Rochford and Speedo's designer

from 1961 to 91, Gloria Smythe, as well as today's international leaders Zimmermann, Seafolly, Tigerlily, Hotel Bondi Swim and aussieBum, have all designed a one-piece for Woollen Mermaids. Dr Schmidt said Australia's contribution to swimwear internationally over the years had been considerable because we were much less conservative than the US market. "While not as body-baring as the Brazilians, Australian designers brought new developments in swimwear, threading function with fashion-forward designs. Speedo started in 1928 a few years after the American label Jantzen - the company's main competitor. Speedo made its mark when Australia's Olympic swimmers competed in their Racer-Back swimsuits at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and the company has never looked back. "Other Australian labels followed in the 1930s and 40s producing fantastic swimwear including Black Lance and Scamp. "Australia's Paula Stafford was designing and selling bikinis on Queensland's Gold Coast from as early 1946, the same year Louis Reard was credited with inventing the bikini in Paris." In those days the Gold Coast beach inspectors battled the trend introduced by Stafford and demanded women cover and demanded women cover up or be sent off the


the beaches. “A woman wearing a Paula Stafford outfit was ordered off the beach in 1952 for being immodest. Paula turned it into a PR stunt and got five girls to wear them at Surfers Paradise and so the Gold Coast became the bikini mecca. Stafford is remembered as one of the first and best bikini designer/manufacturers in Australia. She continued to expand her business and promote the bikini in Sydney and Melbourne and later successfully exported to the UK and Asia,” says Dr Schmidt. But it wasn't until the 1960s that Americans finally climbed into their itsy bitsy teeny weenies. By that time Brian Rochford was already working with lightweight Lycra for fashion swimwear that skimmed the body and was free of heavy padding, and Speedo continued their research into performance textiles and design for the competitive swimmer. Dr Schmidt asked QUT's second-year fashion students to design swimwear for the exhibition using the same fabric. At first she met resistance. "They asked 'but will we get to do some real fashion?' I explained that Australia has a global reputation for fashionforward swimwear and that designers had the potential to get a foot in the door of overseas markets by focusing on swimwear design. The students produced some innovative and inventive designs which will be on show at the Exposed! After Dark special event at the gallery on June 18,” Dr Schmidt said. WOOLLEN MERMAIDS AND EXPOSED: THE STORY OF SWIMWEAR runs until August at the Queensland Museum. SOUTHBANK.QM.QLD.GOV.AU for more details.

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THE BIANNUAL FINDERS KEEPERS MARKETS WILL RETURN to Brisbane’s Old Museum on Saturday June 26th and Sunday June 27th from 11am. Following its debut in Brisbane last year, the market will once again host a vibrant range of emerging designers and artists from Brisbane and around Australia. Market goers can expect to find only exclusive, one off designs from an array of stallholders featuring handmade fashion, accessories, arts, crafts, homewares, toys and more. Co-directors Sarah Thornton and Brooke Johnston have announced the first round of designers, which include a mix of local and interstate talent, which have been hand selected from over 300 applications. Expect to see an eclectic mix of designers who produce exceptional work at a very high standard. We only have room here to highlight a handful, including.... MOTHER MARIA Women’s clothing with a vintage eco edge using cotton, silk and vintage fabrics. Inspired by silhouettes of times gone by and the beauty of nature. PIPPIJOE Limited edition hand screen-printed fabrics, cushions, light shades and other crafty things made using organic hemp and cotton. Inspired by nature and designed for crafty chicks. BELLES & WHISELLES Fun and innovative paper collection that includes cards, invites, wrapping paper and prints. Designed for anyone who loves Australian made products. GINNY & JUDE Romantic headpieces, knitted accessories, jewellery and handcrafted brooches inspired by French and Italian theatre. The market will feature a garden café with winter themed food and drinks available for purchase while shopping; there will also be spectacular line-up of local independent musicians in an outdoor stage area. Entry is totally free so get on down early! Visit THEFINDERSKEEPERS.COM and get your shopping list ready before arrival.

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she’s a triumph TOVAH COTTLE. HAVEN’T HEARD THE NAME? WELL, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING! This young fashion designer has cleaned up every award going of late. With an unprecedented 1st AND 3rd placing at Doomben’s Fashions on the Field and a triumphant victory (bad pun) at the Australian, Triumph Inspiration Awards. We spoke with Tovah about finishing her studies, her loves and her continuing plans for world fashion domination. Where and what do you study? I am studying fashion design at Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, I am in my final year now finishing up in June. How did you decide to choose this course? I always have had an interest in fashion and design, I wanted to choose a course that gave me a wide range of skills. A good friend of mine was also a past MSIT teacher and highly recommended it. How does it feel to be the hottest new designer going? You seem to be winning every comp you enter. It is so motivating and exciting to be receiving such positive feedback, I put so much into what i do, this is my passion and i wouldn't want to be doing anything else. What are your tips when entering design comps? With the competitions, not just thinking about how the garments look but the whole picture, the accessories, make up, hair and of course the model, it all adds to the final look. I am a perfectionist so I like to make sure all those aspects are perfect for the garment. Who is your design hero and why? I dont just have one fashion hero there are so many talented people in the fashion industry. I love designers such as Gareth Pugh and Ann Demeulemeester, Heider Ackermann. I love structured fashion that is a little moody. Fabrication is also very important to me, the use of interesting fabrics and manipulations. What is your plan for world fashion domination? Firstly, I am hoping to further my studies. I am really interested in architecture and industrial design in relation to fashion. So hoping to travel overseas possibly to Belgium or London where courses incorporate industrial design into the fashion degrees. Eventually starting my own label Tovah in Australia. I love creating avant garde garments so as part of my commercial collection I would still have a few avant garde garments incorporated into it for show. Hopefully

expanding my knowledge in design will give me the ability to give Australia something different and exciting. What is the one thing you can't live without? I cant live with out the support of my family and friends. Everyone has been so supportive, I work long hours and everyone has been there to help in anyway they can, putting up with my unpredictable schedule . What will you miss most about being a student? I will miss MSIT a lot when I finish. The teachers are amazing, so passionate about what they do, and I guess being surrounded by so many creative people all the time, seeing how different people interpret things differently. What word do you totally overuse? AMAZING, I am fascinated by so much I always say amazing. What is it about fashion design that excites you most? I love the different processes I go through to get to a finished garment. I love the combination of being creative and then the mathematical side of pattern making. I start with an inspiration moodboard, then an illustration of the design, pattern make it, sew a toile, make adjustment then sew the final piece. Of course nothing is more rewarding than putting a garment on a women that makes her feel beautiful and confident. That is my aim. You have just won ANOTHER award and have to give an acceptance speech. How would it go? I have actually just won the Triumph inspiration awards in Sydney recently. So I am off to London to represent Australia for the world finals. The people I would have to thank for support would be Chris Twine from MSIT for being such an amazing teacher, my mother for helping me out with my son, my partner Warren for putting up with my long hours and stress and my son for being so proud and patient of his mum. LEFT: TOVAH COTTLE (CENTRE) WITH HER 1ST & 3RD PLACED WINNING DESIGNS FROM DOOMBEN’S FASHIONS ON THE FIELD. RIGHT: TOVAH’S WINNING DESIGN AT THE AUSTRALIAN TRIUMPH INSPIRATION AWARDS.

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AECOM IS INVITING AUSTRALIAN STUDENTS TO ENTER ITS URBAN SOS: TRANSFORMATIONS COMPETITION, with US $20,000 in prize money available for integrated design responses to sites in select global cities. Sounds complicated doesn’t it? Do not fear fellow entrants, you will be fine... just read on. The competition is open to students in the fields of architecture, urban and regional planning, urban design, landscape architecture, economics, environmental science, engineering, and related disciplines. The comp gives students all over the world the opportunity for real engagement with issues facing built, natural and social environments. At stake is a trip to the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, (November 3-5) where five semi-finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a jury of industry, academic and AECOM professionals. The Urban SOS program continues a long tradition of dialogue between the student community and AECOM practitioners. Last year over 1,000 entrants from 239 colleges and universities in 64 countries participated. Sabrina Kleinenhammans of MIT won the 2009 Urban SOS: Distressed Cities, Creative Responses competition by exploring a preemptive land holding strategy for an agricultural and recreational green space network in Mumbai, India. The submission period is open until July 31with Semi-finalists announced September 15, and the winners announced on November 5. Visit AECOM.COM/URBANSOS for complete submission requirements.


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ARE YOU A BUDDING PLAYWRIGHT AGED 15 – 30 LIVING IN QUEENSLAND? Are you interested in developing your skills as a playwright? Then start writing and get in your entry to the 2010 Young Playwright's Program held annually by Queensland Theatre Company (QTC). Entries close 25 June 2010 and winners get to see their words onstage at the Brisbane Writers Festival in September. The annual QTC Young Playwright's Program puts emerging writers to work with experienced directors, dramaturges and actors for three months and culminates in a professional reading of their play. Each writer will have access to a range of Company resources including dramaturges, directors, actors, library facilities and studio space. For the first time in the program’s history the readings will be a part of the 2010 Brisbane Writers Festival, and participants are invited to speak about the experience at a panel event at the festival. Anna McGahan, a participant in the 2009 Young Playwright's Program says, “The Program expanded all of my previous ideas about theatre and playwriting. The support I received has been invaluable to my development as a writer, and the three month process was intensive, stimulating and enjoyable. No matter what level your writing is at, the program and people involved in it have so much to offer.” Applications for the 2010 Young Playwrights Program close 25 June 2010 and finalists will be announced in July. For further information and an entry form visit QTC’s website at QLDTHEATRECO.COM.AU or contact their Youth & Education Department on 07 3010 7606.

CLUB COUTURE: COME OUT AND PLAY is Brisbane’s first fashion design competition to look at how future clubbers and partygoers will dress in the year 2050. The first stage of the competition calls for concept sketches of a futuristic couture occasion piece, then 10 finalists will be invited to produce their outfit for a runway show on July 22 with models supplied by Tamblyn Models. The competition is the brainchild of Hollie Paterson, long-time Brisbane nightclub owner and part-owner of the Valley’s newest boutique party destination, Electric Playground. “In times gone by, generations have been defined by their party wear,” said Hollie. “Mini skirts, fluoro, mesh – club fashion trends have come, gone, been revived and reinvented. Who knows what the future may bring? Well, hopefully some of Queensland’s up and coming fashion designers do. Our new club is all about looking to the future – we’re really excited to see what Queensland’s fashion design students and anyone with a flair for design can come up with and hope to use the winning design as inspiration for our new front-of-house and wait-staff uniforms.” There are more than $1,250 worth of fantastic prizes up for grabs including a Spotlight spending spree, a portfolio photo shoot with Nick Art and Photography and the opportunity for the winner to display his or her design in the shopfront window display of a Fortitude Valley fashion boutique. It’s free to enter and open to design students and wannabe designers over the age of 18. Stage One entries close on June 29. For more information please visit ELECTRICPLAYGROUND.COM.AU.

A COMPETITION BETWEEN STUDENTS AT GRIFFITH’S RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES has seen them shed 80,000kg from their carbon emissions in 10 weeks. If these reductions continued for a year, this is the equivalent of taking 100 cars off the road! Griffith was the first Australian university to take on the Campus Carbon Challenge – aimed at reducing CO2 emissions in its residential colleges. In Semester 1, 2010, more than 850 students from Griffith University’s three residential colleges at Nathan and Mt Gravatt campuses took part in the competition, which involved eating less meat, using a composter to reduce green waste, sorting waste for recycling, and taking short showers, among other things. Their prize is 15 new bicycles for all the college residents to hire out and use. Griffith University Campus Life director Nicola CollierJackson said the challenge was supported by the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) through their Low Carbon Diet program. “During the 10 weeks, 15 events were held across the colleges with an environmental theme or message such as Clean Up Australia Day, Campus Carbon Challenge pledges and Earth hour,” Ms Collier-Jackson said. “This challenge would not have been possible if not for the hard work of the Eco Teams from each college, comprised of Auditors and Eco Champs, who took weekly meter readings, organised and promoted events and kept their college informed. I congratulate all of the students for their fantastic efforts in reducing carbon emissions.”

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SIXTEEN YEAR OLD ALYSSA GUNNIS FROM KALLANGUR IS FAST TRACKING A DREAM by studying Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) at Brisbane North Institute of TAFE (BNIT). “Ever since I got into cooking at school I’ve been interested in desserts, and I quickly knew what I wanted to do with my life,” Alyssa said. “Within 10 years from now I will be a pastry chef in my own prestige bakery. And I believe the best and quickest way to get there is via BNIT.” Alyssa’s family were supportive of her choice to leave school because of her clear plan and determination. “It takes one semester to complete the Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations),” Alyssa said. “Then I’ll spend a semester completing the Certificate III in Hospitality, and then I will have the prerequisites required to enrol in a specialised patisserie course.” “My bakery will probably be called ‘Eggshells’, because when I crack eggs I get eggshells in the bowl – hopefully I’ll learn how to stop doing that, though.” Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) teaches students to undertake a range of operational activities within the hospitality industry, and can lead to further study, employment as a cook or a career in professional cookery. BNIT is currently accepting mid-year enrolments for a variety of exciting vocational and education and training programs from creative industries, hospitality and community services, to marine science and horticulture. For more information visit BN.TAFE.QLD.GOV.AU or call 131 248.

BE THE FIRST TO VIEW AND BUY WORKS FROM QUEENSLAND’S BUDDING ARTISTS as Southbank Institute of Technology’s Diploma of Visual Arts graduates exhibit their final semester works this month. Featured artists include Eufalia Cristina Pas de Almedia, Em Trigg, Therese Flynn-Clarke, Jacqueline Nunn, Kym Frame, Siv Sister, Jacqueline Edwardson, Christiaan Moes, Gregory Jessup, Margaret Anderson, Tobias, Roase Raikos, Laura Bailey, Sean Jackson, and Sam Butel. Tobias, who specialises in Graffiti art/Painting says of his work (pictured above), “My work and life revolves around art, identity and place. Graffiti is a way of speaking in society from a viewpoint that sits outside consumer culture. These works reflect upon my thoughts about privilege and position from within cultural context.” Jacqueline Barbara Nunn who works in ceramics says, “My works are about identity and relationships with people and the environment around me - the layers of connections which develop. Inspiration comes from outings with my son. I often capture interesting and quirky images with my camera which I use as references to help produce work. Most of my works are quite small in scale and contain a lot of repetition and detail. I work with clay, paint and mixed media.” Director Jan Manton from the Jan Manton Gallery will officially open the exhibition on June 9, Ground Floor of E Block at Southbank Institute’s Ernest St campus, South Brisbane from 6pm. The exhibition will run from 9 to 12 June and is open from 10am to 4pm daily.



GET HIM TO THE GREEK is the story of the rocker we came to love in ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’. This time around you will love him a little more. Russell Brand is Aldous Snow, a rocker set on self-destruction following a separation from his true love and a failed album. Increasing his drug use and consistent drinking becomes a problem for intern Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) who has been given the task to get the rocker to his comeback concert at the Greek theatre. It won’t be the biggest movie of the year, but this film should definitely be on your must see list that you can rock out to. JUNE 17 SHREK FOREVER AFTER After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws’ kingdom, what’s an ogre to do? Well, if you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. Whats happened to this ogre’s roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s


done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love. JUNE 17 KARATE KID 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying, and the feeling is mutual, but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts the karate kid on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life. JULY 1 I AM LOVE Tilda Swinton unleashes her diva and Italian cinema gets a powerful new voice in this operatic melodrama. Recalling Luchino Visconti’s classic The Leopard, this stars Swinton as Emma, a Russian-born woman who has married above herself into a wealthy Milanese family. Falling out of love with her stern husband, Emma embarks on a mad fling with an immigrant chef

her son’s befriended. Inevitably, her privileged world unravels... Though it drags a little, this stately film never descends into formula, using John Adams’ score to great effect and boldly utilising the flourishes of ’70s Italian genre cinema (zooms, handheld camera) to create something original, refreshing and really very moving. JUNE 24

passing of their childhood basketball coach. With their wives (Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph) and kids in tow, they spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend together at the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesn’t mean growing up. JUNE 24

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE Bella Swan is reunited with the love of her life (and vampire), Edward Cullen. Her life is back to the way it was before the Cullens left, except for one major thing. Before Edward left, Bella had not considered Jacob Black (werewolf ) her best friend, and she is in vain trying to make Edward and Jacob make peace and be friends. She is torn between the love she feels for Edward and the strong friendship between her and Jacob. Can she make them see reason, and can they be good to each other to keep from hurting Bella? And there are new dangers lurking around the corners; Seattle is stalked by mass murderers beyond humanity. Who’s behind this, and what connection does it have with Bella? JULY 1

TOY STORY 3 The creators of the beloved “Toy Story” films reopen the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in this third installment. Lee Unkrich directs this highly anticipated film, and Michael Arndt, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine” brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings. JUNE 24

GROWN UPS Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and David Spade, is a comedy about five friends and former teammates who reunite years later to honor the

THE A-TEAM follows the exciting and daring exploits of a colourful team of former Special Forces soldiers who were set up for a crime they did not commit. Going rogue, they utilize their unique talents to try and clear their names and find the true culprit. Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), mixed martial arts champ Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, and ‘District 9’ sensation Sharlto Copley, are The A-Team. 80’s TV remakes are sooo twenty-o-five! June 10

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males in the family and I asked how it affected him playing the character of Pope, who is inclined to violent reactions and throughout the story descends into more intense thralls of madness. “For the time I was doing it, I felt like he felt a bit...actors do their work from the first time they pick the script up and it comes to an end when you have done the scene. But in these kind of circumstances, what you’ve done a while back is dropping into people’s vision. You get this long delayed reaction. Because of the nature of the film and that character, it’s hard to remember a lot of it.” Following on from this I asked if there were any ways in particular that he had prepared for this role and we had an intense discussion about the media’s fascination with that way that actors work. Ben was of the opinion that revealing methods for preparation doesn’t matter “it’s got nothing to do with anything. What’s important is the scenes and the impact that they have and don’t have...we find the way to make the scenes work themselves.” My final question for Ben was an observation on the film. As I was watching it, I’m not sure if it was a result of the setting, the themes or the mood, but I felt a sense that it was telling a subverted version of the Ned Kelly story. He replied that he’d been thinking the same thing that morning, and saw it that “the Americans feel that the genre is theirs. They’re wrong. If we are echoing that, it’s a decent echo. I love sharing the variety of interpretations around this film. The touchstones. The fact that it’s tinging off different and interesting and relevant ones”. Animal Kingdom was released in cinemas on June 3rd and you can see more by visiting ANIMALKINGDOMTHEFILM.COM.AU.

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WE GAVE THE BRAVE BELINDA MOORE, THE TASK OF INTERVIEWING BEN MENDELSOHN ON THE NATURE OF THE FILM RECEIVING RAVE REVIEWS FROM CRITICS GALORE...ANIMAL KINGDOM. David Michôd’s film Animal Kingdom has been met with much anticipation from those who have followed Michôd’s extensive career in short film. Michôd’s first feature film, it is a reflection on the milieu of contemporary Melbourne and the unique crime culture of the city. Michôd’s film stands out from the catalogue of work in this area due to various directorial decisions; including wanting to show the gritty suburban side of Melbourne instead of its iconic representations, and also his choice to create a fictitious tale as opposed to mirroring reality. I caught up with one of the lead actors of the film, Ben Mendelsohn who plays the eldest son of the family Pope, to get some insight into the film and how it was shaped. Since the film was Michôd’s first full length production, I was interested to have Mendelsohn’s opinion on Michôd’s style and future, as someone who had worked so closely with him in the production of the film. I asked him about him this experience and he said “it can be answered in one kind of word: it was great. David’s got a real take on people, and he’s got an emerging and distinctive style in filmmaking. He’s surrounded himself with some really good technical people”. The comment in the conversation that struck me most vividly was his analogy for the set: “I remember it would shift wildly... sometimes it would be really full on and other times really calm. The set had enormous mood swings...I remember the fights”. I found this context interesting due to the constant tension in the film between the



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THE CHAIRS Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece is a brilliant balance of the intimate and the epic, has a cast of hundreds (OK, most of them are invisible), is highly physical (think Marx Brothers frenzy), and its climax is one of the greatest in modern theatre. In Martin Crimp’s sparkling translation it’s sharper and shinier than ever. Theatre legends Jennifer Flowers and Eugene Gilfedder star, directed by Brian Lucas, the Brisbane director and choreographer with an international reputation for creating breathtaking works of physical theatre, dance and visual illusion. Now playing LABOITE.COM.AU WORLD PRESS PHOTO The 53rd annual World Press Photo exhibition profiles the globe’s top press photographers and showcases the world’s best press photos of 2009. The contest is the leading international competition in press photography. This year the competition received 101,960 entries from 5,847 professional photographers from 128 countries. The international jury awarded prizes across ten theme categories to 62 photographers. The prestigious World Press Photo of the Year was awarded to Italian freelance photographer, Pietro Masturzo for his picture of women shouting in protest from a rooftop in Tehran, on 24 June 2009. The winning photograph is part of a


story depicting the nights following the contested presidential elections in Iran. Now showing free. BRISBANEPOWERHOUSE. ORG.

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ROCK THE BALLET Direct from New York comes Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet starring the Bad Boys of Dance. It is a fusion of classic Ballet technique blended with the excitement of musical theatre, hip hop, ballet, tap, contemporary, gymnastics and more. It features a stellar soundtrack including some of the biggest hits from U2, Michael Jackson, Prince, Queen, Coldplay and Lenny Kravitz. Set against a backdrop of video projected scenery, the show is exciting, fun,fleshy, raunchy, powerful, and brilliantly entertaining. ROCKTHEBALLET.COM.AU JUNE 22-24

FAME is a classic of cinema, television and musical theatre. The movie, released in 1980, won an Academy Award and swept the world. The Musical ran for a decade on London’s West End and has been seen by over 10 million worldwide. It follows the story of a diverse group of students at New York’s celebrated High School of the Performing Arts who inspired a generation. Audience members will no doubt remember Queensland born; Talia Fowler’s name. The So You Think You Can Dance 2009 winner stars in the role of the classically trained ballerina, Iris Kelly. Don’t miss this gritty urban drama, complete with dynamic dance, sensational singing and awash with passion! From JUNE19. QPAC.COM.AU

BRISBANE CABARET FESTIVAL returns from JUNE 16-26 for 9 sensational evenings packed with sublime serenades, edgy interpretations, musical magic, quirky characters and a little bit of ridiculousness to lighten the load. Transformed into an intimate cabaret venue, replete with clothed tables, subdued lighting and a fine wine bar, the Cremorne Theatre at QPAC plays host to an eclectic mix of contemporary cabaret moments with beautiful songbird Ursula Yovich performing the sumptuous Magpie Blues, and Denise Scott filling the space with laughter

FAT PIG When Tom meets Helen in a crowded restaurant, their chance encounter soon develops into a full-blown romance. Helen is beautiful, smart, funny and just a little on the large size. But to Tom’s self-obsessed work buddies, she’s just plain gross. As office gossip about their relationship turns increasingly malicious, peer pressure leads to question whether his love for

Helen outweighs the shallow stereotypes of his workmates. Playing until JUNE 26. QLDTHEATRECO.COM.AU HYMNE A PIAF As part of the Cabaret Festival, diva Caroline Nin is a classic femme fatale - sexy, infectious, and so very French. Her intimate solo performances have transfixed audiences worldwide, and she is set to melt hearts in Brisbane with Hymne A Piaf, playing for one night only. This is a tribute to legendary singer Edith Piaf - a mesmerising musical trip into the tragic and joyful world of France’s most famous chanteuse. Here Nin charms and charges with smoky, sensual and sensitive interpretations of classic anthems, including ‘Hymne à l’amour’, ‘Padam’, and ‘La vie en Rose’. This is pure cabaret at its finest - erotic, poetic and simply delicious. Friday JUNE 18. JWCOCA.COM THE PROMISED LAND: THE ART OF LAWRENCE DAWS A major retrospective of paintings and sketches by Queensland’s Lawrence Daws is now on display at QUT’s Art Museum. The Promised Land: The Art of Lawrence Daws features over 50 paintings and sketches from some of the nation’s leading public and private collections. The exhibition honours an extraordinary career that spans nearly seventy years. Showing until June 27. ARTMUSEUM.QUT.EDU.AU


“when you get here, make sure you’re wearing something comfortable”

BRISBANE DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER DUO, DANIEL SANTANGELI AND GENEVIEVE TRACE, have spent three years preparing their latest work Room 328 for its first public viewing; although the word ‘viewing’ should be used loosely. As soon as an audience member steps into this world a performer takes their hand, marking the beginning of a completely immersive experience. Santangeli and Trace are like an episode of Batman and Robin watched in fast-forward. Kicking off their working relationship in QUT’s Creative Industries degree they now fight the good fight for performance to be edgier, more visceral and permanently in close proximity to its audience. Performed by an ensemble of physical-theatre and circus trained performers who are not afraid to touch their audience, Room 328 promises to be just that. Pushing the boundaries of social commentary and artistic form, Room 328 is Santangeli and Trace’s response to current social rhetoric around alcohol-fuelled violence and Brisbane’s stringent drinking laws (lockout included). “Rather than shake our finger and tell people what we think about this issue,” Santangeli comments, “We wanted to put the audience into the centre of this experience. When you walk into this show, it’s like entering a nightclub. You don’t sit down, you are surrounded by performers, and sometimes you can’t even see your hand held out in front of you.” Room 328 specifically centres itself on the male experience of this issue. In essence it is only lost men who occupy the performance space – the type of lost men who throw the first punch, wear ties and take pills. It is uncertain how long these men have inhabited this room but long enough for time not to matter anymore. All that matters is shooting Jäger, partying and fighting. That said, Santangeli warns, “Audiences should not be fooled by a one-dimensional reading of these masculine figures. The hybrid collective of creatives engaged on this project provide a dynamic and interactive performance context to explore the social phenomena of getting drunk to feel any emotion at all”. Joining the dynamic duo are Expressions Dance Company’s choreographer-in-development Liesel Zink, bass guitarist and keyboard player Mike Willmett from local indie band My Fiction, and local interior designer Elise Terranova. Standing out amongst the seven physical theatre performers is Melbourne based Skye Gellmann. Gellmann brings to Room 328 seven years of circus training and experience from a national and international tour with his company Scattered Tacs. As a fringe artist, Gellmann has consistently polarised audiences with his contemporary interpretation of circus. For the performers, Room 328 is a nerve-racking production to be part of as each night’s audience is completely different to next, making each show an unexpected venture. The intimate nature of this work means there can only be twentyseven audience members per show. Trace concludes with two pieces of advice, “Book in quick and when you get here, make sure you’re wearing something comfortable”. The season kicks off on July 6 until the 10th. Visit METROARTS. COM.AU and get your ticket before they get snapped up!



GLEE THE MUSIC VOL 3 Showstoppers I’m noticing a pattern here. It’s my 2nd month in this music reviewer gig and I have my 2nd Glee disc to review. What can I tell you - we do love it a bit on the tragic side here in the Unisex mag offices. This disc is 20 tracks ripped straight from your favourite episodes of the remainder of Season 1 of the hit tv show. The thing I like about this show is that while it does have that geek factor to it, it has made it cool again to love the arts and I’m all for that. This album really does have a little something for everyone with covers of Aerosmith, Lady Gaga, The Beatles, U2 and even some 80’s gold with “Safety Dance”. There’s also a version of “I dreamed a dream” just in case you decided the Susan Boyle version just wasn’t enough for you. Okay, so there’s no one like that out there! There are appearances from Neil Patrick Harris and Broadway icon Kristen Chenoweth to offset that and it’s as classy as you’d expect from those two veteran performers. This disc has a lot more slow stripped back moments so it’s not something you’ll be able blast continuously at a party. But once again you’re going to find tracks you like on this even if only to remind you of some great moments from the show. CYPRESS HILL Rise Up Cypress Hill have always been one of those rarities in hip hop who always have something valid to say and aren’t just style


over substance. With this new album these Latin American hip hop heroes do not disappoint as it’s just 15 songs of pure street poetry. The rap rock fusion you’ve come to expect is here in spades with contributions from Rage Against The Machine and System of a Down’s Daron Malakian. Right from the lead notes you get the feeling that Cypress have crafted yet another modern masterpiece and I’d argue one of their best albums yet. Of course there are a handful of songs in the middle of the album that all celebrate getting baked on reefer. But it wouldn’t be Cypress Hill if they didn’t. From the lyrics to the short skits from Cheech & Chong, you realise that Cypress still love to blaze a doobie. Not that I encourage that sort of behaviour of course. The real surprise though is “Armada Latina” with light Spanish vocals from Marc Anthony. I was dreading this song when I saw his name on it but it’s one of highlights of the album and the soon to be released single. These vatos be loco and I hope they never change. TONI BRAXTON Pulse In a career that has seen its share of high and lows, Toni Braxton has explored a number of musical avenues. Debuting as a sophisticated R&B chanteuse with a jazzy edge, she transformed into a pop balladeer within her first few years of success. The Grammy-winning singer finds a nice balance between her adult-oriented fare and youthful leanings on Pulse. The bulk of


material is set at a slow to midtempo pace, with several uptempo workouts peppered in for good measure. Most notable upfront is the perky pop-dance confection “Make My Heart,” which has the feistiness of a Christina Aguilera jam and the melodic appeal of a latter-day Destiny’s Child club record. What Braxton has over those ladies, however, is the gift of vocal straightforwardness. Ballad-wise, Pulse’s standout moments come toward the end of the set. It may not be up to the minute in production style, but its focus is on music first - not the trend of the moment. In an age where “get it now” means more than emotional depth, it’s reassuring that Braxton and Atlantic Records have taken the high road. MIDNIGHT YOUTH The Brave Don’t Run I wasn’t sure what to expect from this young NZ outfit by the striking and somewhat twisted cover art. What I got was a fantastically crafted slice of pop rock brilliance that I had to give a 2nd spin right after the 1st finished. There are so many elements that seem familiar while at the same time, there’s no other act that I could compare them too without the next song seeming to contradict that assessment. This is just one of those bands who manage to take those elements we all love in pop rock and then reinvent it in such a way that it all sounds fresh and new again. Which I think in itself speaks volumes of the talent this band possess. This album ended being my clear

favourite of the bunch in this month’s review batch very quickly. I’d definitely recommend this album as something you should spend your hard earned on this month. Keep your eyes peeled on the gig circuit when this band decides to start touring as this disc should make a stellar crossover to a live environment. In their native NZ they are already making huge waves as a must see live band so watch for great things to come from this act who should continue to get even better. EUROVISION SONG CONTEST Oslo 2010 Who sang that really catchy number that won the contest this year? What was the name of that artist who wore the sparkly hot pants? Wonder no more dear readers, here is the album that answers all those questions you had about Eurovision 2010 but were laughing too hard to ask. Relive the magic of those crazy nights in May as you work your way through 39 songs of poorly written and badly executed euro pop. But the bad songs aren’t why we all love a bit of Eurovision goodness. This album is all about reminding us of the kitsch, the high camp and the pure entertainment value. It’s all here in spades for you, even the ones that didn’t make the final. Although I think the most fun part of listening to these 39 songs is trying to pick which generic pop tune will be massacred a year from now by an insipid soapie starlet looking to release a single to prove she’s more than just a bad actress.

JANELLE MONAE Arch Android If you consider yourself a fan of music, buy this album! If you are losing hope in the world outside your window - feeling insane as if you are the only individual left under the sun - buy this album! This album speaks volumes musically, lyrically, instrumentally and spiritually. To say that ArchAndroid is a good achievement as a debut album is a huge understatement as it is an amazing achievement. Written on paper, this CD shouldn’t work, as it just sounds way too ambitious. From the conceptual plot to the multitude of genres (psychobilly, glam, hip-hop, jazz, funk, afro-beat, and film music to name a few) to the numerous big named guest artists, it feels like a mess and just too big for one person, but if her EP proved anything it proved one thing, she IS that ambitious and has the guts to attempt it. And she doesn’t just succeed, she excels. Monae pleads us to join her in a state of Nirvana on “Say You’ll Go”, but the thing is the listener already finds themselves there as soon as the album begins. When is the last time you honestly heard an album that sounds more cinematic than the majority of movies currently in theaters? Janelle Monae is an artist. By buying this, you are not only supporting an artist, you are supporting a movement. Great music exists, so let’s make it popular. Start a revolution, because this is a Cold War and hardly anyone knows just what exactly they should be fighting for. There is a subtle oppression, there is a lack of free thought and individuality. Love is not a fantasy and Janelle Monae conveys this with all her heart. Please, please please support the progression of culture and buy this album. ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!

“harry would be russell crowe, ryan has to be bernard from black books, ollie is johnny depp, jumps can be prince and will... will farrell”

empire strikes back

B.O.B The Adventures of Bobby Ray Before I even got my copy of this album to review all I heard about was how B.o.B. was the saviour of hip hop. So needless to say I was looking forward to this one. What I ended up with was 12 tracks of very safe and formulaic pop. Don’t get me wrong, I think that this album will be a massive chart success and there are more than a handful of songs with fantastic top 40 potential. There are some great collaborative efforts on here with Weezer, Eminem and even Hayley of Paramore. The tempo does pick up as it goes along but as I mentioned earlier you’re not going to get anything new or groundbreaking here. B.o.B started his career with so much promise and this talented youngster from Atlanta put such a great personal twist on his music. This album for me failed to deliver on the promise his talent made. If you want something light for a Saturday night party before you hit the club then this album will definitely set a groove. But if you’re looking for something that will impress or music you haven’t heard done before, then you might want to spend your cash elsewhere this month. CHEMICAL BROTHERS Further After 16 years in the game, the Chemical Brothers know their way around a crowd-pleasing anthem. Their knack for knowing exactly when to drop the beat is electrifying. Never ones to hold back, on Further they aim for ever-bigger sounds – pounding stadium techno that is at its best in a venue with belting acoustics. There’s an electro stutter vibe; feelgood summer vocals enliven the single Swoon; and finally comes a metamorphosis into actual stadium rock on Wonders of the Deep. But primarily, this is about crescendos and breaks. It is effective, if not particularly fresh – it is evident at times that the Chemical Brothers are playing catchup with the sounds of younger dance acts. Each track comes with a bespoke digital film and is a-n audacious example of the duo’s continued boundary-pushing, or a gimmick to disguise the diminishing returns that are the inevitable fate of all dance acts? The answer is somewhere in between. The Chemical Brothers might insist they’re looking forward, but their fans are finding their greatest thrills in looking back.

THE CAT EMPIRE HAVE SOLD MORE TICKETS INTERNATIONALLY THAN ANY OTHER CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN BAND... We didn’t know that. If you have seen the guys live, this will probably come as no surprise. We will admit that for quite some time we’ve written off The Cat Empire as a bit of a novelty act. Their upcoming album CINEMA is where they prove us wrong and we happily take our medicine. The new disc from this renowned live act is a step in a very positive direction. No longer are the novelty songs that seemed to come from a band having far too much fun to take themselves seriously. In its place are well written pop rock hook lines. We found the tracks to be far more stripped back and that is by no means a bad thing. For the most part, the reason we could never embrace this band was that their music was a little too busy for our liking, with too much squeezed in. That’s no longer the case and we think the lads have really done themselves a favour with this new direction. We can’t wait to see just how this album will be carried over on stage by this live powerhouse. Before we do, lead-singer Felix Reibl spoke with us recently about the new album. Cinema was written for the first time collectively. What did that mean for you guys? It didn’t really make that much difference. We have been together for a long time, and having all the guys imput on Cinema just gave ME less to do. We all come from different backgrounds and have

difference influences, so this album will be a surprise to many. Everything about you guys gets bigger and better. What can we expect when you play Brisbane’s riverstage? Everything we do is about performing live. It’s gonna be huge...expect a show that comes out firing and just doesn’t stop. We are very proud of what we are performing, so hopefully that will come across and you guys can just enjoy a Cat Empire bonanza. Who would play the band in the Cat Empire Movie? Harry would be Russell Crowe, Ryan has to be Bernard from Black Books, Ollie is Johnny Depp, Jumps can be Prince and Will...Will Farrell. And what would be their theme songs? Harry’s would be ‘Everything I do, I do it for you’. Ryan’s, ‘Guns in the Sky’. Ollie has to be to ‘Frankenstein’. Jumps is anything by James Brown and Will’s song would be ‘Teenage Wasteland’. If Cinema could be the soundtrack to a movie, what would it be? It is actually a soundtrack… the movie is yet to be made. CINEMA is out JUNE 25, prior to the start of their national tour, which heads to the Coolangatta Hotel on AUGUST 27 and Brisbane Riverstage on AUGUST 28. For all the deets, jump onto THECATEMPIRE.COM.


scoping out success “any accolade beyond that is ... like a school certificate really, it’s just a pat on the back”

SO WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT GYROSCOPE? SAMANTHA KANE HIT THE PHONES FOR A ONE-ON-ONE CHAT WITH DANIEL SANDERS TO SCOPE OUT THEIR SUCCESS. Rock ‘n’ roll is as Aussie as meat pies. Sure, we don’t own it as such, but that doesn’t mean we’re not damn good at it. We’ve bred Acca Dacca, Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil and now, the latest wave of Aussie rockers are making headway in the local scene. Leading the charge are Perth rock veterans Gyroscope who, with the release of their fourth album, are dominating the airwaves. Cohesion is set to be a big one for the boys but lead singer, Daniel Sanders, just wants to keep the kids happy. Forming as a band in 1997 as teenagers, Gyroscope’s rise to fame is a far cry from the get-rich-quick mentality of today’s Youtube users. “We were all passionate about music ... going to gigs, going to the Big Day Out, going to local Jebediah shows and not knowing a thing about any of it, but knowing we wanted to do what these cats were doing,” says Sanders. With every second person posting videos of themselves online, and a healthy number of those scoring record deals or guest spots on television shows, Sanders finds it hard not to get frustrated. “It’s an annoying factor with local, original music all throughout the world,” he says. “I know everyone’s got to get their 15 minutes, but hopefully they’ll be the ones that bite the dust and burn out and then we can keep hold, keep true and always be there.” But Gyroscope’s not just competing with the Justin Bieber’s of the world. The Australian music industry is experiencing an explosion of new talent, not least of all within the Perth scene. “When you get pitched a question like ‘what’s happening at the moment with the Perth scene?’ to us it’s like well, it’s always been happening,” Sanders says. “It’s just more open now ... people are appreciating it a bit more and I think that’s all it needed, it just needed a buzz.” From where Gyroscope sits, the thriving music hub of Perth is still as laid back as ever. “Everyone helps each other out; everyone catches up for a beer and lends gear when we can. It’s really healthy and I don’t think there’s much like that in Australia that I’ve seen or come across,” says Sanders. Despite advocating the spirit of ‘all for one and one for all’, Gyroscope’s national success has made them a shining star amongst


Perth’s finest. Their career skyrocketed after 2008’s Breed Obsession debuted at number one on the ARIA Album Chart and now, the question is whether new album Cohesion will reach the same heights. But Sanders says the band feels no pressure to surpass their previous efforts. “Each time we write a new song we try to come up with something different, and that’s all Cohesion is - just a bringing together of a bunch of songs. Any accolade beyond that is ... like a school certificate really, it’s just a pat on the back.” This cool, calm and collected demeanour may stem from working with legendary producer, Gil Norton. Known best for his work with Pixies and Foo Fighters, Norton injected over two decades of hard work and know how into Gyroscope’s latest record. “We chased him down like there was no tomorrow,” Sanders says. “We had about six producers in mind and he was number one above everyone ... leaps above everyone.” And the hard work paid off. The boys were able to take their new sound in a “rockier” direction. “We see ourselves as a grunge band at heart,” Sanders says. “We thought if we’re going to look at that position and perspective, we’re going to go with the best. And Norton is, in our eyes, the best.” Speaking of new directions, the video clip for new single “Baby I’m Getting Better” sees the boys experiment with a technique known as live stop motion. “It was a really good experience,” Sanders says. “It [live stop motion] was something we’d seen previously through Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ and more recently with The White Stripes. It was good, it wasn’t one of those ‘stuck in a warehouse, here we go’ sort of thing.” And it won’t be long before the full force of “Baby I’m Getting Better” and the rest of Cohesion’s offerings can be experienced live. Gyroscope hit the road this month, kicking off their national tour in W.A. Early gigging partners and old mates After The Fall, as well as up and comers The Vasco Era, will join them in what’s sure to be a true delight for dedicated fans. And there’s no doubt about it, Gyroscope are all about the fans. “We’re touring just to bring it on for the kids,” Sanders says. “With the new album out they’ve had time to read some lyrics and get their heads around it, so hopefully they can come and celebrate the fact that we’re chucking this puppy out there and have some fun.” For tour dates head to GYROSCOPE.COM.AU and to listen to their latest tracks, visit MYSPACE.COM/GYROSCOPE.

streefitti ONCE VILIFIED, STREET ART NOW CARRIES A VAST AMOUNT OF CULTURAL CACHE. JESSICA ALLEN GIVES US THE LOWDOWN. Gone are the days when spray paint on a wall signified blight; today you’re as likely to find a wheatpaste or woodblock inside a gallery as outside. Pieces by renowned artists like Banksy and Swoon fetch thousands of dollars and are collected by rock stars, actors, and museums. Street art has always been cool, but in the twenty-first century it’s become an art. Nevertheless, the best place to see street art remains the street. Around the world, street artists express emotion, give voice to the marginalized or downtrodden, protest, or simply create beauty. They use a variety of tools, including yarn, stickers, magazines, found objects, tiles, LED or laser displays, and brooms, as in the case of “reverse graffiti,” in which a dirty area is cleaned such that the removal of dust or detritus forms an image. Most of the time, street artists don’t have permission to put their work up in public spaces. The following cities are noted for their art and artists. Spying a poster or tiny mosaic is a reward for anyone who begins to really interact with his or her environment. So walk down those alleys and peer behind those signs; you never know what you might see. The here-today-gone-tomorrow emphemerality of the pieces is part of their charm.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK No place in the world is as closely associated with graffiti as New York City, and no place on this list has such a vibrant, diverse scene. If you had to choose one city to visit in order to learn about street art, New York should be it. The splashy throw-ups (bubble letters) of the 1960s and 1970s have given way to wheatpastes (drawings, usually made elsewhere, pasted to walls), stencils (paint sprayed over a template that’s been carved or cut to form letters or shapes), clay imprinted into pavement, and every other medium imaginable. From Shepard Fairey’s Obey Giant stickers to Neck Face’s deliberately awkward tags to Banksy’s fake pet store in the West Village to Swoon’s lovely life-size portraits of people, every street artist worth his or her aerosol has worked in the five boroughs. Neighborhoods with an active art gallery scene generally have a correspondingly active street art scene, especially the Lower East Side and Chelsea (in Manhattan), and DUMBO, Williamsburg, and Bushwick (in Brooklyn). 5 Pointz, a warehouse given over to street artists across the street from MoMA’s P.S. 1 in Long Island City, Queens, calls itself “graffiti Mecca.” TrustoCorp hangs custom-made street signs with cheeky aphorisms like “it’s okay to play with

yourself,” and an unnamed artist covers the city with enigmatic BNE stickers, his commentary on living in a world saturated with advertising. Gaia pastes plaintive animals and people, spooky, semi-realistic likenesses. Murals by Tats Cru, among others, decorate the Bronx, and mash-ups of ads and art by Poster Boy often show up in subway stations. What unifies the city’s various pieces is their sense of possibility: if you can make art here, you can make it anywhere. BERLIN, GERMANY Like New York, Berlin has a thriving established art scene. Not surprisingly, Berlin’s street art culture is equally alive. Artists from all over come to show their stuff, particularly in what was once communist East Berlin. Neighborhoods like Mitte and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg are full of examples new and old. Berliner Strassenkultur, as it’s called, embraces graffiti (very loosely defined as the writer’s name, or tag, done quickly with markers or spray paint). Alternative ways of saying “I was here” include multihued murals by Los Angeles–crew CBS and gigantic monsters by Blu, an Italian artist. During their visits, the Brooklyn– based artists who make up Faile deposited stenciled signatures, along with ferocious barking dogs, detailed codes of arms, and the word “vanity.” Of course, signing extends to the locals. El Bocho leaves behind a cutout paper doll known as Little Lucy, in addition to tape art (exactly what it sounds like). A single fist, the signature of local artist Kripoe, appears throughout the city, most spectacularly on a sign in the middle of the River Spree. And both XOOOOX and Alias incorporate their names into posters and stencils. Even as street art has become more technically savvy, for many artists, it’s still all about the name recognition.

LONDON, ENGLAND Antigraffiti laws notwithstanding, a receptive public has helped the London scene flourish. In 2008, the Tate Modern held an exhibition of work by six international artists. Beloved pieces, including satirical stencils by Banksy, are regularly protected by official means (such as sheets of plastic) and unofficial ones (agreements among artists). So a recent feud between Banksy, a prolific artist with profitable gallery deals and a movie that debuted at Sundance, and King Robbo, who helped create the street art scene in the 1980s, has sparked a lot of emotion. The Times has compared their rivalry to that which existed between Picasso and Matisse. In 1985, King Robbo painted a mural in Regent’s Canal, which Banksy covered with a worker putting up wallpaper in late 2009. Robbo then came out of retirement to alter the image such that it appeared as if the Banksy stencil was painting the older artist’s moniker. In early

April, the image was altered again, a play on the word “king.” But, as this photo shows, the fight continues. Among the best neighborhoods for seeing street art, creatively combative or otherwise, are Shoreditch and Camden, in London’s East End. Ben Slow paints thoughtful, slightly romanticized images of women, including a mother and child in Brick Lane. Slinkachu leaves tiny, easy-to-miss-or-crush figurines on the ground. Adam Neate has scattered quickly executed portraits on cardboard around the city, free for the taking. Elaborate, often unsigned stencils in black that provide a wry or ironic commentary show that, despite intense criticism, Banksy remains a pervasive influence.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA Starting around the millennium, the laneways of Melbourne underwent a change—from nondescript alleys between streets to destinations in their own right. The architecture stayed the same, but the decorations had altered, radically. Almost overnight, an impressive urban art scene erupted. A few years later, the city hosted a stencil festival, now an annual event, cementing Melbourne as a hub for this particular form. An ever-changing mix of posters, paint, paste-ups, stencils, and stickers covers Hosier Lane, in the city center (above). In addition to the CBD (Melbourne’s Central Business District), nearby suburbs, including Northcote, Brunswick, and Fitzroy, also boast distinctive displays. An oft-repeated Vexta stencil features two skeletons kissing; it’s appeared in pink and black as well as neon green and red. She also does diving figures, with feathers instead of hands. Ha-Ha, whom Vexta has cited as an influence, frequently stencils robots, using paint rollers. Miso’s stickers and posters have graphical elements like repeating swirls or realistic figures; she often collaborates with Ghostpatrol, and his nostalgic images of small, fat-faced people or anthropomorphic animals contrast with her stylized work. In general, a lot of pieces are political or self-referential, reminding viewers that street art is a valid means of expression and, as one slogan explains, “blank walls are criminal.” PARIS, FRANCE It might be uncool to say, but street art in Paris can be very charming. A wheatpaste of a sultry lady looms over a garden. Figures kiss or dance. Small, bright mosaics by Jérôme Gulon dot street corners. Invader’s tile art portrays characters from video games, such as Space Invaders; he makes art with Rubik’s Cubes (called Rubikcubism) as well. M. Chat’s yellow feline began in Orléans, then moved to Paris, where it bestows its silly grin from many locations, especially high up the sides of buildings. Some pieces, including several in the 19th and 20th Arrondissements, can be very pointed, documenting the difficulties faced by the indigent or immigrants. Stencils by Jef Aérosol show children and women huddled and cold, with bright red arrows alongside to flag the attention of passerby. His work, like most sardonic stencils, owes a debt to Blek le Rat, especially his scampering rats and homeless people from the early 1980s. Fafi’s caricatures of hypersexual girls present another type of politics. JR creates ginormous pastes from his photographs of people; the image below was pasted to the Pont Saint-Louis, part

of his Women Are Heroes series, in 2009. Rue Ordener, in the 18th Arrondissement, sometimes features art that’s both pretty and political. Roughly translated, the quote to the right, from writer Georges Duhamel, means “each civilization has trash it deserves.” SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL Known as “Sampa,” South America’s most populous city features lots of very big, collaborative murals, as in a large wall with pieces by Nunca, Vlok, Nina, and Os Gêmeos. Artists come to São Paulo to both play and display. Paris-based C215 has put up several solemn portraits. In 2008, Eric Maréchal (also known as urbanhearts) began pasting other artists’ work as he traveled around the world; as part of his Street Art Without Borders project, recently he put up lots of pastes here, including edgy skeletons and women in pinup poses by German artist Mittenimwald. In terms of local artists, the influence of pichação, a type of graffiti that uses single colors and cryptic writing, appears in the drippy, fractal-like pieces by Zezão and long loopy lines of Bárbara Goy. Titi Freak’s stencils often combine hues and patterns. Urso Morto captures cartoony teddy bears in death throes. Perhaps paradoxically, one of the best districts for urban art, Pinheiros is also one of the city’s wealthiest. Praça Rooselvelt (sometimes called Crackolandia) has a rotating display of murals, posters, and stencils. (Above right) Riotous color covers almost every inch of Beco do Batman (Batman’s Alley) in Vila Madalena, probably the city’s most-tagged area.

TEHRAN, IRAN Widely considered the founder of Iranian street art, A1one infuses his work in stencils and stickers with a political slant. He directly engages with such issues as the influence of the West (he parodies ads for Western companies) and a burgeoning revolutionary spirit (some figures hold AK-47s). In a nod to Banksy’s tagging figures, the artist above writes, “Painting is not crime.” omgh makes wire people (thinking, tagging, sitting, and so on) and leaves them around the city. He also does throw-ups in Persian and stickers. Stencils of growing plants by R4sh contrast sharply with the concrete walls on which they’re located. A1one’s “Evolution” shows an ape morphing into a human morphing into a soldier. Many pieces by unnamed artists get taken down before they can be documented, so the best locations aren’t widely publicized. Getting caught “vandalizing” public property carries stiff penalties throughout the world, which makes the street art in Tehran all the more impressive: it shows a fierce need for selfexpression, regardless of potential consequences.


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