SOCIAL COMPLIANCE AND THE AFTER PARTY
Publishing arty magazines is the new collage. Everyone and their dog is giving it a crack. Not to be putting down a good collage or a good art mag. It’s the popularity, the fashionability of a medium that makes one nervous. But I’ll hold all value judgements back till I’ve at least had Higher Arc Issue#3 in my eager hands. It launched Thursday night at Murray White Room with an exhibition of works by contributors. I haven’t seen that neither, but have until 6th July to get my fat ass there.
What I did see was the Higher Arc After Party at The Carlton Club, and those who attended had partaken of quite a few celebratory Peroni. The party had a couple of bands, apology’s for not knowing their names, especially the band where the singer stood on his head and kept singing. This encouraged the After Party to get to the point where social compliance levels dissolve and an investigation into mayhem can ensue. It’s called the Mona Effect, and is easily identifiable from features including black walls, moody lighting, crushed velvet, anarchy and other feelings reminiscent of the fall of the Roman Empire.
Murray White reminisced about Art Basel Hong Kong. On his stand they sat, hour after hour, admiring an amazing installation of garlands of ephemera opposite, one with a massive six figure price tag. At Fairs end, the work hadn’t found a buyer but had found the bin. He’s got the pictures.
Higher Arc is presently seeking submissions for Issue #4, to be launched in late 2013. Higher Arc can be purchased online, and is also available from Readings Bookstore, Carlton.