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... in all circumstances we are by ourselves - alone we ache to reach out and touch - whether hug or fist is irrelevant - beaten and bloodied bare knuckle warriors hug like lovers at the final bell - i love you man

This course is a chance to think. To discover and generate links. Between the philosophy of one discipline and the philosophy of another. You get to build a bridge. Which at some point you will have to walk. This is where philosophical dreaming becomes doing

i tell them they are free to fail but none believe me - that our degrees don’t matter - and our phds don’t matter - just heart and awareness - of the vast cosmic sea - and the realisation that our jobs are no different - this is not about us

Edition #12 of So Fi Zine is out now. Well it was out ages ago actually - December last year - but I am not the most regular poster of information. This issue features 22 new creative works of sociological fiction, poetry and visual art

the ancient biological sphere of all human thought and experience / encircling the earth / wrangled / rounded up / digitised then disconnected / from its source / consciousness concentrated / and collected / confiscated by clouds

My daughter scribbles on my lecture notes. Which lie scattered around the house. This was her latest. She has a point. And any academic lamenting poor attendance and engagement in their lectures should consider it one of the biggest reasons why

I can’t hang out here | For I believe in Carr | “We skate anxiously” for many reasons and this is one of them | And I believe in Dawesar | And others | That this is “in direct competition with the present moment”

People interest me. What they have seen. How they see. Their acute moments. The long arc of their life. Their story. But I don’t often know their story. Or get a chance to hear it. And I never will. So I crouch down and shoot a pic on the fly

it is a way in. to an eternal conversation. with an unknown destination but a strong sense there ultimately be some fundamental common ground. this is science for the seekers. and because of it we know there are almost eight billion points of departure - of entry. but perhaps only one enlightened way out

This was a book cover re-design. For the hell of it. The book is, 'You Are Not A Gadget' by virtual reality / computer science / net pioneer Jaron Lanier. He strongly refutes we follow the path that technology is currently leading us down. These are some of my unedited design notes

In our minds. It was the plate for the exile print + piece of writing. "Etched in our minds" was the first note i ever wrote down on printmaking. And i never knew printmakers destroyed their plates after they had finished

in a world filled with people shouting ⎮ often ⎮ look at me ⎮ the ability to craft and deliver an honest and authentic and altruistic story ⎮ that is not only truly heard ⎮ but has lasting positive impact ⎮ is crucial

I was lucky enough to spend time at Byron Art School this year studying printmaking with Travis Patterson. Amazing place. Amazing teacher. Amazing technique. Printmaking is super slow. Messy. Intimate. Complex. Inefficient. You could spend days in here, not get anything done, and walk out a better person for it.

I was playing with collage in PS and this was one of those ones where I just went too far. I was throwing images randomly on top of each other and blending layers with zero thought. Close to zero technique and skill. I don't know how many images are embedded in this. Too many

I was asked recently what we should be trying to chase in our graduates. And I paraphrased and built on Andrzej Klesyk's line when I answered, "we are looking for honest, courageous independent thinkers who can deal with the unknown". I shared my desire with a cohort of students today. As I believe

I did a super short observational drawing workshop with Belle Bassin in Mullum early this year. She's epic. I like this sketch because of the constraints she put me under and the paradoxical relief and freedom I felt. 5 minutes. Non-dominant hand. Draw the cardboard boxes. Stop thinking

The latest edition of So Fi Zine is out now. So Fi is an indie publication for sociological fiction, poetry, visual art, and other creative work. Edition #8 was released on December 30, 2020 and was inspired by Ruha Benjamin’s radical experiments with speculative fiction. This edition brings you 22 sociological short stories, poetry,

A series of images I captured whilst it was raining. Shot from inside the car. With the wipers turned off. Different locations. Some in the city. Some down around the Northern New South Wales coastline. Just a spur of the moment thing that kicked off back in February 2020 during weeks of relentless rain.

Was checking on the wheatpasting trial of an older version of the 'free to fail' poster and this is what I found. Originally pasted up on the 8th November 2020, 6.17pm. I went back yesterday afternoon (13th December 5.15PM) to check it out and recapture it. All weathered about a month or so later

I sent this to students recently. "Very rarely - in my experience - do your best ideas come from you just sitting down and writing - it is born from constraint(s). Like some of these seemingly weird tasks we have been playing with. A constraint imposed on you by"

Heaviest (and by far the coolest) university logo I have ever seen. It's like some sort of post-apocalyptic symbol. And probably not far off. Result of a relocation and merger between three Chinese universities after the anti-Japanese War broke out in 1937. Yunnan Normal University, Kunming China. Late June, 2015.

One day I will run some odd stock / material through the printer and it will jam it good. But today is not that day. My preferred method is to set the printer up with whatever weird material you want it to print on / hit print / and look away

In the parable ‘The Madman’ Frederich Nietzsche suggested that, “god is dead” , “we have killed him” and then asks, “must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of [the murder]”. Phil Aitken says we didn’t have it in us. Harari said the same. Instead we “built a reliance on the machine

sometimes i wonder / what i am actually doing here / like how did i get this position  / this role  / this right  / this responsibility / hey check me out / all propped up here / the / supposed sage on stage / If that's what this is / all embodied knowledge / and advice  / and correct path through life

That letter A has been designed then cut by laser into a steel hydrant booster box. And degraded by time. That letter is one of many that form languages. Constructed to record / express our experience. Typography endows that language with a durable visual form. But our durability has always been in question.

This is the image - in full - that I used in the circuit breaker poster and it is also sitting behind the 'darkside' triangle / moon. I shot this on Ann Street in Brisbane. I can see Julian Assange in there but have yet to work out who the main figure is

People suffer deeply when time is divided up / into rigid segments / mathematical management / focussed on efficiency / and productivity / and this relentless chase for constant growth and hey really it is / just a chase for more /// profit

It is just a really small section of an image running through the inside a three simple shapes (one you can barely see) and printed onto canvas paper. And there was something about the result and the process I went through to get there that captivated me

There is this epic idea that you have used inspiration well when you can hold up all your inspiration next to your work and be comfortable saying to someone, "hey this is what I created and this is what inspired me". If you are not comfortable doing that then your work is too close

The line, "there is no movement right now" is designer Chris Ashworth. So too is the technique I am playing with. I was creating a background that I later put into Indesign and embedded type over the top. The technique is super raw and the line from Chris is actually a call to action

It touches everything you care about ⎮ So I want you to take a stand here. This is a constantly and rapidly evolving relationship that has defined our past, defines our present, and will forever define our future.  It touches everything you care about.  From the personal through public policy.  From the professional all the way to broad speaking philosophy.  And

I’m asked to explain. The inexplicable. And to make something tangible. From methods that in reality are abstract. If a student stands up on behalf of the group and says, “what you did here will stay with us for life” is that not tangible. Enough. For you

I find tension really easy to spot but astonishingly hard to recreate in my own artistic work. I asked a graphic design teacher if it is supposed to feel uncomfortable. He said, "like a rubber band is about to snap". Which is a cool explanation. Visceral

I often look down at the piece of paper I have been using to mix and trial colours and test different approaches - and go "Wow that is a better and more artistic piece of work than the thing I am trying to create". It is confronting. But also super uplifting.