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Johannes Stoetter

Johannes Stoetter

This Is Not A Parrot

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Len Brown’s Secret “Gifts and Inducements” Register?

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

The tipline is hot with news of a committee in Len Brown’s Auckland Council running a “register of gifts and inducements”.

It’s for a committee that spends over $10 million a year of ratepayers’ money, mainly on liberal elite luvvies in  the arts like opera and plays and string quartets. The sort of stuff David Farrar would get free tickets to.  Read more »

Theatre ends 50 years of bludging

What bludgers like Brian Rudman don’t understand is that theatres are at least four generations of technology behind the times. Radios, Movies, TV and the Internet have all superseded theatre and theatre is not sustainable without dirty great big handouts.

Wellington’s longest running professional theatre, Downstage, will close its doors for good at the end of the week after a decision by Creative New Zealand to stop funding it next year.

The theatre had presented shows for 50 years.

The board had not taken the decision lightly, said Downstage Theatre Trust chairman Allan Freeth.  Read more »

Arts bludger comes clean

UK arts bludger Mark Ravenhill comes clean on excesses of arts subsidies. His observations apply just as easily to the culture scene in New Zealand, especially under Helen Clark.

One of Britain’s leading playwrights has said funding cuts could be “a good thing” for the arts because artists would be less “safe and well behaved”.

Mark Ravenhill said he was against cuts but that the performing arts had been compromised by a “cosy” relationship with funders over the past 15 years.

He said artists “weren’t telling the truth” about the world often enough when public funding was more plentiful.  Read more »

No matter where in the world, Arts ratbags are always on the bludge

It doesn’t matter where, New Zealand, Australia, or the the UK the entitlement mentality of arts bludgers never ceases.

The bonus of this attempted bludge is that it will never be tried here, Winston Peters knows when he is bought and who bought him.

The ÂŁ1.7bn Brits spend with online gambling companies every year should be taxed to support the arts, Lord Puttnam has argued.

The film producer and Labour peer said the UK is in “desperate need” of cultural skills and talent, and taking advantage of the boom in placing bets via the internet could aid the industry.

“We will need to find new ways to help support the arts,” Lord Puttnam wrote in the Yorkshire Post.  Read more »

How can the wops afford this?

Don’t say I never do arts posts…but I am wondering how the wops can afford this, they are flat broke and will probably go on the bludge expecting us to pay for their expensive art exhibition.

A Dunedin artist has been invited to show his work at one of the world’s most prestigious art exhibitions.

Dunedin School of Art senior sculpture lecturer Scott Eady will travel to Italy in May to install his work “Personal Structures” at the Venice Biennale 2013.

“It was very unexpected and, of course, very exciting news. I am a little overwhelmed,” Mr Eady said yesterday.  Read more »

Discovery Channel Employs well known Arts, Travel and Fitness Blogger David Farrar

David’s so excited, the Discovery Channel have employed the much slimmer and fitter David Farrar as its new travel blogger.

Here’s a preview of his new show!

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Chris Finlayson is the perfect Arts Minister

Chris Finalyson is perhaps the best Arts Minister one could find in the world. He loathes pretentious art.

The Parliamentary Art Collection, value $12 million, includes an artwork in shagpile that can only be described as a piece of its time.

That time is 1981 – the year of the underarm bowling scandal, the Springbok Tour, and the first hints of the trend that shoulder pads and big hair will become. The piece, Variation in Apricot, is considered ‘textile art’. It reportedly feels like touching a dirty dog.

Arts Minister Chris Finlayson’s immediate reaction is sotto voce: “S***, that’s awful.”

Then he gets closer and sees the plaque that says it was donated by the National Party caucus wives in 1981 – when Robert Muldoon was the Prime Minister.

“Oh my God,” he says, shamefaced at slighting the taste of such a group of women. He slams into reverse and hunts for a more diplomatic adjective than ‘awful.’

“It certainly is a unique contribution to the art collection in Parliament.

I couldn’t think of better lighting for it. It has been very carefully thought through.”

It is in a dark corridor of Parliament, in an area where no members of the public and few MPs would go.

There are other insults:  Read more »

The kind of play David Farrar should review

Most of the plays our pinko mate gets free tickets in exchange for coverage on his arts, fitness and travel blog, Kiwiblog, are totally gay.

Hopefully this year he will go to a play that isn’t gay like Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche.


What Is the Story of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
In 1956, the widows of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein meet in a renovated community center for their annual breakfast, where the prize-winning quiche will be declared in a much-anticipated ceremony. The sudden threat of an atomic bomb forces the women in this idyllic American town to begin sharing their deepest secrets, which lead to some not-so-shocking confessions from the society’s leaders.

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Headline of the Day

Awesome headline from the Telegraph:

Damian Thompson gets right into the liberal elite subsidised arts bludgers:

To put it another way, people who hold down non-jobs – or work in the arts at a time of crippling deficits – are royally screwed by the drying up of subsidies. They also have problems making sense of chaos. Zizek mocks the Guardian/BBC lobby’s attempts to interpret the Tottenham riots, “trying desperately to translate the protests back into their familiar language”, whereas in fact the only “programme” espoused by the rioters involved free trainers.

These are harrowing times for a bien pensant elite who once gorged themselves at public expense (when someone mentions the Blair years, I think of smarmy “executives” in Alan Yentob stubble slavering over canapés). Now they are showing their panic in different ways – by presenting clumsily biased reports on the Today programme, by throwing hissy fits on the letters page of the Guardian and, as we saw this week, by supporting moves to strangle the conservative newspapers that mock their piggy ways.

The evisceration of this culture is necessary for capitalism to thrive. Let the P45s rain down on White City and Whitehall alike. That’s my view, anyway; Slavoj Zizek thinks capitalism and liberalism should fall together, which is why he exalts “sacred” violence for its own sake. He’s a Communist who appears to believe that private property is theft. So I hope he won’t mind that I downloaded one of his books from the internet without propping up the system by paying for it.