At the tail end of this year’s Adelaide Festival, Fringe and other Mad March cultural events, spare a thought for the miracle of numbers and the banality of metrics.
Modern society has become addicted to ratings and league tables. But a new scorecard, which aims to give ‘good art’ a numerical ranking, is utterly wrong-headed.
The grunge classic Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh’s in-yer-face, anti-fairy tale – is currently a stage show touring nationally and out in cinemas as a long-awaited film sequel.
A Chief Artist representing Australia’s cultural sector could be a real asset in a political policy process over-supplied with buzzwords, hobby-horses and half-knowledge, writes Julian Meyrick.
What are the roots of antagonism between the arts and sciences? Professor Julian Meyrick revisits the ‘two cultures debate’ – and the men at its centre – ahead of a free lecture tonight exploring the oceanic divide between the two domains.