I wanted to write another entry on Sydney, but it was hot – hot beyond anything I have ever experienced, hot like sitting in the performance of Alfredo Jaar’s Inferno where the follicles on the top of my head were frizzled by the electric elements overhead. If this is what global warming is going to be like, I don’t recommend it. I walked down from the Art Gallery of New South Wales – the temple in the park – to the Museum of Contemporary Art – the warehouse on the harbour. It was a big mistake. I was wiped out and spent the afternoon watching Cornelia Parker’s film of Noam Chomsky talking about vested corporate interests unable to handle anything beyond the Chief Executive’s next pay check with gloomy fascination.
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Hah! It is slightly cooler up here in beautiful downtown Armidale, but the whole summer has been a shocker. I hope you are not too disappointed with Sydney – it has become a mess of civic planning in my opinion. Still, it is our metropole as has much to offer.
No, I love it as a city, just sorry it was so hot ! Charles
If you make a pilgrimage to your g/grandfather, it will also be hot in that fascinating place. The inhabitants have a wonderful view! But I guess you know that. (and apologies for not proof reading my previous post).
Do you mean his tomb by Bondi beach ? I wasn’t able to go this time. Charles
After reading about your experience, I thought you might be interest in this from the Climate Psychology Alliance. It puts into context Michael Pinsky’s Pollution Pods at the UN climate summit; a brilliant example of how art can help us connect with difficult truths – this time on a global scale. https://www.climatepsychologyalliance.org/news/newsletters/396-cpa-newsletter-october-2019-climate-crisis-digest
Thank you. Artists do seem to be doing really a lot to raise public consciousness of it as an issue. Charles
We are in Perth WA at the moment where it is 39 today. I read your posts on MONA with interest because we live across the road from the entrance. The son of a close friend of mine went to Uni with David Walsh where they both worked on mathematical systems for gambling. David made millions and wanted to give something back to Tasmania. My friend’s son hasn’t done quite as well! It’s certainly helped to put Tasmania on the map for art enthusiasts.
I wish I’d known ! I didn’t have quite long enough there, but really enjoyed it. Quite a remarkable place. Charles