This important CSPAN coverage of the domestic drone debate [in the US] is of vital importance to people everywhere because of the lack of legal precedent with these technologies. In the University of Surrey workshop I participated in I supported discussion which acknowledged this issue using 5 paintings which
Mark Levine states the case for punk band/performance artists - Pussy Riot - better than anyone. I really appreciate that he has put this arguement into this particular article on Al Jazeera.
"I'm not afraid of machines," [Ray Bradbury] told Writer's Digest in 1976 . "I don't think the robots are taking over. I think the men who play with toys have taken over. And if we don't take the toys out of
I am very interested in this whole debate around transhumanism. Aljazeera's The Stream ran a brief introductory overview which makes a lot of my previous links more accessible, although they have placed them all within this whole sphere of transhumanism (watch the video below). I'm not
I am attaching links to 2 completely different ways of listening to the American domestic discussion on the use of UAVs (drones) in precision strikes (targeted killings). This is because they are a contrast which expresses the embattled conscience within the American psyche that is not highlighted in progressive commentary
I really cannot add anything to Mark Levine's Aljazeera coverage of the current trend of violence and murder in Iraq directed against young people who like and express the emo sub-culture and music. It is a strongly anti-gay campaign as Levine says in this article, orchestrated by criminal values -
I have written about the solar flare activity as part of the narrative of my new paintings. Below is the information release from NASA about 2 large solar flares that will hit Earth on the morning of 8 March (US time). Below is
An extraordinary interview by an Australian abroad who is rarely discussed or featured in the Australian media and, I would venture to say, is rarely thought of by Australians. The Rolling Stone interview of Julian Assange is important, and can be read online
I want to share this remarkable album. I haven't been following the heavy metal scene myself for some years, but was really impressed by this book and CD project of heavy metal Islam by Mark Levine. That cross-cultural nature of art and music
In the last 2 days I was told of the death of Jennifer Anderson (Miro) of The Nuns, from cancer at the end of December 2011 at the age of 54. I'm devastated, as with great gusto and positivity about her inclusion in my new series of paintings she collaborated to help
The sub-text question in this painting is: "Does Petraeus dream of electric sheep?". But for every intelligent being, it is still, "What is this thing called love?"
The two recognizable figures are David H Petraeus and Jennifer Miro (of The Nuns). Obviously the head of the CIA doesn't collaborate in artistic explorations
I want to post the release of the 22,000 word report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and analysis by highly regarded legal blog Opinio Juris about this report in its post , Chesney on Attacking Mourners and Rescuers with Drones,
Mark Twain once said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." That's race relations in Australia today. I admire the simple, straightforward call by Dr Charlie Teo for Australia to address racism on Australia Day. As an Asian-Australian I deeply sympathise with Dr Teo's speech.
I noted this new coronal mass ejection as part of what will become a normal and disruptive occurance over the next 11 years. I have featured this in my painting The Emaculate Contraptio n because I think they will have an enormous affect on our environment.
Within the last 72 hours, soldier's cheered the closing of the gates and the end of the Iraq War which has destroyed more than the lives of nearly 4,840 soldiers (4,500 American) plus a conservatively reported 100,000 Iraqi lives.
It destroyed our trust in our capacity to overcome our nature.
The painting I am working on is one of those 'gateway' images that set a tone for the following paintings. I am immersed in an usual combination of music to get into it. Combining 70s punks and disco in the laboratory
The Sun, the helios , its affect on Earth is a particular area of study called heliophysics . And NASA have quite a bit of this research on it's education websites. Solar flares have become an area of my interest lately. It is
OK, so I never knew Einstein, but I can't imagine he would object to being challenged. He'd probably relish it. As Don Howard, a lecturer on Einstein at Notre Dame University said on NPR, "this is the glory of science" (Experiments are allowed, even encouraged, to challenge pillars of science).
I often use the term 'gateway image"to describe a painting which is a bridge between one series and the next. Most of the time it is not that clean, because you travel a road and the landscape changes along the way. So there are not really any breaks
“A Jewish visionary will see visions of the seven heavens because his religious imagination is stocked with these particular symbols. Buddhists see various images of Buddha and Bodhisattvas; Christians visualise the Virgin Mary. It is a mistake for the visionary to see
The contemporary trend for global conflict is the dehumanisation of warfare and, in particular, extrajurisdictional killings by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones). Recently The Washington Post reported on the Aspen Security Conference, where CBS News and 60 Minutes Correspondent
It is a real change in era when great painters like Leonora Carrington and now, Indian painter Maqbool Fida Hussain, pass out of the present and into the past. his death at 95, so close to Carrington's, underscores this vacuum. As much a victim of right-wing Hindu religious extremism as
The truly great painter, lady and surrealist Leonora Carrington died this week aged 94. She remains my most inspired vision of the world that I seek in all my paintings. Her journey as an artist, the way of it, the sense of it, and the world of her paintings, remain
Whoever thought we would ever feel nostalgic about the Nuremburg Trials ? Well, times change don't they? They get foggy. Violent. When I heard about the shot that killed Bin Laden, this song came to mind from my teen years. I thought about what being human
Lumet died aged 86 on April 9, 2011 in his residence in Manhattan, New York from lymphoma. His 1976 film Network remains for me the most precient, prophetic film of the time. How close have we come in today's information saturated environment to lead
I've updated this entry because people thought I was dumping the broader themes (I'm not) but some paintings are smaller chapters. Only during an exhibition do I really understand how it fits in. This one is less Judy and more dark matter, God and Pentagon's black budget. It's a
[image: Juan Antonio de Frías y Escalante. Inmaculada Concepción] I had to share this because it is so fascinating and strange and I'm using the ideas in my paintings.
I discovered the concept of the digital offspring of researchers at Michigan State University who "live" in a computer and
Quick Note: Some very disturbing new Australian legislation has passed in the state of New South Wales (NSW) that targets and holds artists responsible for the terrible crime of child pornography. This legislation doesn't regulate the
My painting And Starring Benyamin Netanyahu as Norman Maine uses the main characters from the 1950s musical A Star is Born as metaphor for the current relationship between America (Esther) and Israel (Norman). It was very much a personal
"Oh Barack, Don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars." Chick Flick: Acrylic, screenprint on 16 x 20" canvas.
This is a continuation of my using Broadway and Hollywood metaphors, in examining the US/Israeli/Palestinian relationships. 'Chick Flick' explores
This is the updated image for the review in Brontë Blog for a painting which got into the head of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and discovered some quantum shenanigans going on. Thanks guys. And this is also the Kate Bush Song that played up in the