Join Diana Smith from artist collective Brown Council as she invites a range of self-confessed cinephiles including Todd McMillan, Angus Truskett, Dara Gill, Zoe Coombs Marr, Kate Jinx and Sebastian Goldspink to explore the influence of screen culture on our daily lives. Explore personal cinematic obsessions in three multimedia presentations and then join the speakers on the Sculpture Terrace afterwards. For lovers of irreverent and intellectual musings on pop culture.
Thursday 20 December Sebastian Goldspink and Kate Jinx
Sebastian Goldspink – The Brunette
Natasha Fatale. It all started with her. Natasha was the off-sider of Boris Badenov from the cartoon television series Rocky and Bullwinkle. As a child Goldspink developed as an obsession with her.
Enamoured with not only the way she looked but her enjoyment of the dark side, her love of villainy for villainys’ sake, the femme fatale ideal was encapsulated in her last name. She was the gate way drug that led to a life time of brunette femme fatale dependence.
The first step that any addict can take to beat an addiction is to admit that they have a problem.
This lecture will demonstrate how deep seated this problem is.
Sebastian Goldspink is a Sydney based curator and art administrator. In October 2011, he opened the art space ALASKA Projects in the basement of the Kings Cross Car Park. He lectures in writing for art and design at CoFA and sits on the advisory board of the Supported Studios Network for Accessible Arts. He is also the producer of Art Month Sydney.
Kate Jinx – Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board
As every mortal knows, adolescence is hard, awkward and mostly unattractive. When Jinx realised she could scam the dimwit girls at high school by ‘interpreting’ their dreams for a couple of Jolt Colas and a packet of Warheads, she knew she could find solace in sorcery. Given that there weren’t too many witch sisters where Jinx grew up, she had to turn to movies where girls burned sacred offerings as well as their bras.
While Jinx was busy harnessing her powers of sarcasm, door slamming and eye-rolling, the teen witches on screen were beaching whales, floating on tip-toes (The Craft); turning their BFFs into feisty rappers, gaining popularity (Teen Witch); wearing chokers, talking to cats (Sabrina); coming out (Buffy) and committing murder by majick (Midnight Offerings, The Uncanny). Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board examines the strength and chaos of the teen witch trope in these and other films with both raised (evil) eyebrow and broomstick.
Host of FBi Radio’s film program Too Much, Kate Jinx is an artist and writer with no magic power of her own, aside from an unwavering and somewhat embarrassing commitment to talking about obsessive interests such as evil cats and weird witches in public, in costume at places like AGNSW, Craft Victoria and Performance Space.
$8/$6 MCA Members and Concessions
(booking fees will apply)
over 18s only
Image courtesy and © Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, photograph Catherine McElhone