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Paper Radio. Stories, tall and true, from Australia and New Zealand.

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Paper Radio. Stories, tall and true, from Australia and New Zealand.

    Changes Again

    Changes Again

    When we talk about the difference between hearing and listening, or between looking and seeing, what is that actual difference? Is it about recognising, and matching something with what you already know, or starting clean and building a picture?

    Is it possible to move from recognition to reimagining?

    Meet Roger. He lives his life surrounded by a beguiling sprawl of shapes and patterns; an assemblage of repetitions and broken pieces. For this story, he explores the internal resonances of these objects – with the help of contact microphones and various agitators. How does Roger’s unseen world resonate with us?

     

    • 11 min
    Transcenmentalism

    Transcenmentalism

    In some modern societies, the economy has achieved the status of a living, breathing human being. Often it is afforded greater protection and rights than the communities it is supposed to support. Although all-knowing and all-powerful, the economy still struggles, fails and sometimes, even ‘hurts’. To some, these conditions make it even more holy.

    As our society’s most powerful contemporary deity, don’t we owe it to the economy to not only sacrifice our time, our loyalty and our children’s future, but our very spirit? This guided economic meditation will harness your conscious experience, allowing you to finally become one with the most supreme being of our times.

    • 8 min
    Have We Met?

    Have We Met?

    What do actor Brad Pitt, neuroscientist Oliver Sacks and science commentator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki have in common? Let’s just say: you might not know it if you saw it. Sonja Dechian looks into what’s really in the eye, or the mind, of the beholder.

    • 13 min
    The Big Prawn

    The Big Prawn

    By some estimates, there are as many as 150 ‘big things’ strewn across Australia. There’s the Big Banana, the Big Merino and even the Big Magic Mushroom. In this story, Ballina’s Big Prawn casts a long shadow over the imagination of a young girl, as she hits the road in search of the mythical crustacean of her childhood.

    • 7 min
    A Shortage of Santas

    A Shortage of Santas

    Surviving a trip to the shopping centre at Christmas time is enough to test the patience of a saint. Imagine, then, the annual suffering of your local Santa Claus. Take a trip behind the tinsel to hear a true account of what it takes to be a gifted man in red. There’s much more to the jolly man than a ho ho ho and a snow-white beard.

    • 16 min
    The Art of Art

    The Art of Art

    Forget minimalism. There’s a new kid on the block: hypotheticalism.

    Grounded in complex ideas and elegant concepts, it’s a movement that’s challenging the way we think about visual art and what, exactly, constitutes an artwork. But is it more style than substance?

    The second part of this special feature focuses on two leading local exponents of hypotheticalism – Anna Barclay and Damien Lee. Barclay talks to us about her contentious sculpture, ‘The Role of Sight in the Age of its Metaphysical Reproducibility’, while Lee details his reappropriation of colonial imagery for ‘Untended Meadow’.

     

    • 7 min

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