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A hopeful ecofeminist ecology in Mad Max: Fury Road

Studying culture at the University of Technology Sydney gave me a chance to explore this iconic Australian dystopia film with regard to some of my favourite topics: environmentalism and feminism. If you don’t mind the academic language, hopefully, you find it as fascinating as I did! Applying an ecofeminist critique to contemporary science-fiction texts can…

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Academia meets journalism: my internship with The Conversation

It’s bad timing that as I begin my career, journalists are some of the least trusted but most widely read professionals. Conversely, academics are some of the most trusted yet least understood. Australian news publication, The Conversation, confronts this problem – as I’ve experienced interning with them for the last two weeks in Melbourne. As…

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Who Gives a Crap about Toilet Paper?

The complex system of toilet paper production and consumption is not something most people consider, but it has a monumental impact on our health, wellbeing and environment. The average toilet paper roll uses half a kilo of wood and 140 litres of water (Statista, 2018). What’s more, each Australian uses 88 rolls of toilet paper…

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Fireworks over Zoom: Goodbye 2021

Connection was not what I expected to feel as I sat alone this year New Year’s Eve in covid close contact isolation. But, as I live-streamed Sydney’s fireworks from my laptop, I did feel connected. The pillowy booms through my speakers were echoed by the sounds of fireworks exploding over the beach near me, and…

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Cultural Identity in Films of the Indigenous Pacific

Amid rising prominence of the Indigenous-focused Fourth Cinema, the people of Aotearoa and Pasifika have become influential contributors, creating films that not only provide critical perspectives on their postcolonial identities, but also celebrate their cultures and differences. This depth is evident in the film Vai (2019), which was collaboratively directed by nine Pasifika women, and Taika Waititi’s Hunt…

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Dada News

How much faith do you have in facts? This experimental video artwork, Dada News, invites audiences to question modern news media. The work is bookended by a man in front of a screen – a pastiche of Nam June Paik’s TV Buddha, engaging similar questions about enlightenment in a modern age of technology and media…

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Women, Warfare and Whispers in the Wind

Babak Anvari’s Under the Shadow (2016) Babak Anvari’s debut feature film Under the Shadow (2016) is a spine-chilling allegory of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War, which powerfully adds nuance to the ways women are represented on global screens. Anvari initially faced resistance when he pitched this Farsi-language script, set in Tehran during the War of the…

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‘Gov 2.0’ on the Rise: How this Beachside Community is Adjusting

Coogee local, Delia Harrington, used to complain to herself when she noticed an overflowing bin at the beach. Now, she reaches for her phone and opens an app.  “It’s an empowering idea – just snapping a photo, sending it through to Randwick Council, and getting a notification when it’s solved.” Delia’s local Council is becoming…

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Homage to the Hall of Mirrors

Eve Cogan’s iterative experimentation with media arts, exploring modern news media. Homage to Hugo Ball’s Dada Manifesto (and his daughter Rosa Menkman) This video experimentation draws from Dadaist Hugo Ball and the glitch artist Rosa Menkman, who works in his legacy. I have “hacked” renowned online news organisations to change their authors and intersperse the…

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Hong Kong’s Post-Colonial Identity through Cinema

Almost everyone has enjoyed a kung fu movie, and the films of Bruce Lee are often considered classics, but studying global cinema has made me realise there are more to these thrilling actions than meets the eye. Films can give rich insight into places and identities, and I really enjoyed discovering this through a close…

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