IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
The last good demo I went to was Save Live Music. All the Pollies turned out onto the steps of Parliament to see what all the racket was about. Now each new Premier (they turn them over pretty quick) meets with the assorted Stakeholders. The Venue owners, Music Promoters and Developers that build the crap buildings that they sell to the rich dudes that close down the live music venues because of all the racket. They meet and try to make everyone at the table happy.
All this has nothing to do with art. Except when a gallery puts on a show that celebrates activism, public protest and free speech in the practice of Australian artists. Brunswick’s Counihan Gallery is named after Noel Counihan. Counihan was a Social Realist. Noel was such an effective artist he once incited a riot on Sydney Road. Council’s don’t name Public Art Galleries after social agitators till after they’ve carked it.
On the eve of the Federal Election we considered a scenario where Tony Abbott was an Art Curator. Instead of calling his show IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST he could call his show –
In the Interest of all my rich old white buddies who went to the good Private schools and believe God died to save us from our sins (and have pretty daughters and a wife that has just dropped 20kg). Natalie Thomas
IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST runs till 6th October