Tag: 01 – 2012

Shaky Foundations

Shaky Foundations

by / 05/03/12 / No Comments

 SOME TIME AGO I WAS AT A PARTY HAVING ONE OF THOSE PSEUDO-INTELLECTUAL DISCUSSIONS THAT PEOPLE OF AN UNDERGRADUATE AGE ARE APT TO DO; PERHAPS IN ORDER TO JUSTIFY THEIR DEGREES IN CRITICAL THINKING.  The topic, vaguely, was something to do with the way depictions of feminine beauty are controlled and manipulated by the mass [...]

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Dude Looks Like a Lady

Dude Looks Like a Lady

by / 04/03/12 / 1 Comment

Jean Paul Gaultier had his muse close his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011 show. Amidst an opera singer’s undulating voice and a backdrop of soft lavender light, a bride appeared. Dressed in skin-tight ruffled tulle with a feather headdress, she briefly paused before sauntering down the catwalk. The audience immediately applauded. Hourglass in figure, poised in [...]

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Natural Beauty

Natural Beauty

by / 04/03/12 / No Comments

Do you think Maths is Sexy? What if I said a+b is to a, as a is to b? That float your boat? No? Perhaps you should read on. In our relentless search for ways of measuring things throughout history, its no wonder many smart people have tried to measure beauty. Beauty is in the [...]

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Stephen Joyce Hammered

Stephen Joyce Hammered

by / 04/03/12 / No Comments

Students at the University of Auckland took a hammer to an ice sculpture of Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce last Wednesday in an effort to draw attention to rising course fees. The Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) provided the frozen likeness of the Minister, and invited the student who came forward with the highest fees [...]

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Philosoraptor Considers Art

Philosoraptor Considers Art

by / 04/03/12 / No Comments

Society spends a tremendous amount of time in engaging with art. We sit in front of screens with tubs of junk food basking in the glow of fictions. We slobber some paint across a canvas or go to galleries to observe others’ slobbered offerings. We put on our hipster chinos and head down to groove [...]

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Partisan Hacks

Partisan Hacks

by / 04/03/12 / No Comments

Salient asked, “What is the role of government in making public spaces beautiful?” The Hacks respond… Nz First – Amy hodgkinson The government should be encouraging local government to beautify & maintain public spaces that everybody can enjoy. NZF would empower regions to develop local initiatives for their public spaces, which meet local needs and utilises local talents. There [...]

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Campaign Renewed

Campaign Renewed

by / 04/03/12 / No Comments

Victoria students are among those targeted by a new nationwide campaign aimed at spreading the message that everyone has a responsibility to notice and prevent sexual violence. Originally developed to coincide with the Rugby World Cup, the Who Are You? campaign has been renewed throughout late February and early March to coincide with university Orientation [...]

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What’s On: Visual Arts

What’s On: Visual Arts

by / 04/03/12 / No Comments

TOI PONEKE GALLERY: Pam Brabants and Douglas Crane both investigate the minutiae of the worlds around them and frame them in bizarre and interesting ways. The Amazing BraPants by Brabants utilizes pencil drawings, comic book stylings and even needlework to narrate a fictional world, while Crane’s Tutti Time focuses on found object sculpture to plunge [...]

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A Question of Soul

A Question of Soul

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Mayer Hawthorne is not a name that screams of Detroit or of neo-soul music, but on a rainy Wellington Wednesday evening he got up on stage and made it clear that a bespectacled white boy in a cardigan can indeed jump. If you’re not familiar with the name you are by no means alone. While [...]

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I Was Wandering

I Was Wandering

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I was wandering around Wellington on a drizzly night last October. I walked to the waterfront where the Occupy protesters had started camping that day. There, a man had two poles joined by a piece of string. He dipped the string into a bucket of detergent and proceeded to make the largest yet least round [...]

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