May 10, 2013
“Money culture recognises no currency but its own. Whatever is not money, whatever is not making money, is useless to it. The entire efforts of our government as directed through our society are efforts towards making more and more money. This favours the survival of the dullest. This favours those who prefer to live in a notional reality where goods are worth more than time and where things are more important than ideas.
For the artist, any artist, poet, painter, musician, time in plenty and an abundance of ideas are the necessary basics of creativity. By dreaming and idleness and then by intense self-discipline does the artist live. The artist cannot perform between 9 and 6, five days a week, or if she sometimes does, she cannot guarantee to do so. Money culture hates that. It must know what it is getting, when it is getting it, and how much it will cost. The most tyrannical of patrons never demanded from their protegées what the market now demands of artists; if you can’t sell your work regularly and quickly, you can either starve or do something else. The time that art needs, which may not be a long time, but which has to be its own time, is anathema to a money culture. Money confuses time with itself. That is part of its unreality.”
— Jeanette Winterson, ‘Imagination and Reality’, Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery, Vintage, London, 1996, pp.138-139.
March 14, 2013
I had a brilliant time last Thursday at the launch of The Sleepers Almanac No. 8 at Trades Hall in Melbourne. In the Almanac is a long short story of mine called ‘Two’ — I wrote a little bit about in my last blog post. The directors of Sleepers Publishing, Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn: Sam Twyford-Moore, writer and […]
January 2, 2013
I hope the year has started brilliantly for all of you. UK writer Samantha Memi has asked me to interview myself about my next big thing, which is a long short story due out in March. 1. WHAT IS THE TITLE OF THE STORY? Two. 2. WHERE DO YOU GET THE IDEAS FOR YOUR STORIES? […]
December 16, 2012
This is a short story by Eric Yoshiaki Dando, first published by Sleepers Publishing in 2006 and reproduced here with Eric’s kind permission. A Shortage of Santas A friend of a friend is recruiting Santas for shopping centres and says that they are having trouble finding them. The money is slightly better than my labouring job. […]
December 15, 2012
The assets sale for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby film adaptation was held in Matraville on Wednesday. I didn’t have my usual camera with me, so I took these shots with my smartphone while skipping around the warehouse looking at all the curiosities. The beautiful old chair on the left is now part of my growing collection […]
November 24, 2012
Samantha Memi‘s chapbook, Kate Moss & Other Heroines, has just been published by Black Scat Books as part of its Absurdist Texts & Documents series. The chapbook includes Samantha’s short story ‘Bouffant’, which has previously appeared on this blog, and other gems like ‘Kate Moss versus the Millipede’. Samantha sent me a surprise gift from the UK, […]
November 13, 2012
Eronnie Samuels and Alan Harris are visual artists who work in the same creative warehouse as I do. (You might recall I blogged last year about Eronnie’s 2011 Sun Studios exhibition.) To celebrate the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, the two artists teamed up for a joint exhibition, which opened on 3 November at […]
April 22, 2013
A little film I made a while back about staying creative as an adult.
It was shot with a Digital Harinezumi 2.