nicholas nicola etchings


THE UNIVERSE is on loan from the artist. Nicholas Nicola.

january 28 2016 to february 28 2016 

(an extended 'preview period' starts from jan 6)

opening evening: monday february 8 6pm-7.45pm.

leichhardt library. the forum. norton st. leichhardt. sydney. 

(links to the three part exhibition online catalogue below & scroll further down to exhibition catalogue pdf files).

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Welcome to the web page which simply provides three links to the online catalogue for the exhibition THE UNIVERSE is on loan from the artist. The etchings of the printmaker Nicholas Nicola. Leichhardt Library. Sydney. 28th January to 28th February 2016.  *

STOP PRESS: due to the availability of the gallery space its been decided to put the exhibition into place in a  'preview period' before the already stated official exhibition time from the 6th January. 2016.

*One may also wish to briefly scroll down this webpage to the three PDF files of the online catalogue which it should be possible to even download.   

Keep scrolling to the end of the webpage to view various video links etcetera that will be continually added, in relation to the subject matter of the catalogue & it is hoped all the various links in the catalogue will be listed on this webpage as well which is an organic 'work-in-progress'.

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PART II - LINK TWO TO THE APPENDIX & ETCHING     

                  PROCESS:

http://issuu.com/nicholasnicola/docs/the_universe_is_on_loan_from_the_ar_827fef12c3c7f6


PART III - LINK THREE TO THE ESSAYS & CATALOGUE

                   LIST:

http://issuu.com/nicholasnicola/docs/nov_24_the_universe_is_on_loan_from

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 "The universe is wider than our views of it." - Henry David Thoreau  

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 THE UNIVERSE is on loan from the artist

The etchings of the printmaker Nicholas Nicola. 


ARTIST STATEMENT

 As a late bloomer’ Nicholas Nicola’s recent etchings display an interest in the Australian bush. Knowing he is portraying a landscape once fully occupied by the ‘first Australians’ Nicholas is aware he is appreciating this ancient continent as if ‘looking through a glass darkly’. Yet it is hoped one can still gain some inkling of the cosmological/spiritual/physical link that is mythically seen between an infinite sky and finite land (which in Aboriginal culture is seen as ‘mother’). A meditation of the eternal can therefore be considered, for all living things on earth die but life also continually regenerates. Thus human creativity can continue to serve the foremost role of heightening human consciousness. Nicholas’s prints – many of which are in a 6”X4” format - often combine the etching techniques of drypoint, sugarlift & aquatint.

 

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Two quotes about the land by prominent Aboriginals which reflects an attitude that it is seen as the nurturer & giver of life:

‘Many people don’t know how to think themselves into the country, the land. They find it hard to think with the land. We Aboriginal people find it hard to think without the land.’

                                                                                                       - Patrick Dodson.

 ‘The land is something that is always ours; it doesn’t matter what nature or politics do to change it. Land is the Mother Earth to Aboriginal people. We believe the land is all life. We are part of the land and the land is part of us. It cannot be separated by anything or anybody.’

                      - Galarrwuy Yunupingu  (Chairman of the Northern Lands Council). 

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The artist is on Twitter:    @nicolasnicola22    email: nic_nicola50@hotmail.com   he is not on facebook and it is assumed the above facebook icon can be interactive for those who are & apologies if this is not the case. All the best.     ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

MAGNIFYING/ENLARGING THE ONLINE CATALOGUE PAGES: Please look below the catalogue pages to sight the      - _____________ +      line by which the dot can be moved along towards the plus sign to enlarge the pages in order to have a better read of them. I hope this device will prove helpful.

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OTHER FUNCTIONS: You may like to have a look at these icons that help to improve the reading experience; simply click on them to consider their functions. The first is a search function; the second on the left allows for a row of pages to appear along the bottom; the next icon allows for a better way to read individual pages while the last icon with the two arrows allows for a full screen view so as to better read a page. Anyhow you can experiment and play around with yourself. It is also possible to flip right back to the beginning or to the very end by a lower arrow on either side of the online catalogue which are towards the bottom of both sides of the online catalogue. The left arrow which takes one back to the beginning of the catalogue is displayed in the second image below. All the best. NN. 


Arrows on either side of the online catalogue which go straight to the beginning or to the end of the catalogue. The arrow on display on the left is to go straight back to the start.

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(*It is due to technical limits that the online catalogue has been sectioned into three volumes. However, as stated in the introduction of the catalogue itself  in Part I it may be preferred to simply view the main galleries without the 'extras' which are offered in Parts II & III. it also bemuses the artist that the online catalogue has finally ben uploaded on November 24 - somewhat coincidentally - as it was on this date many years ago there was the very memorable exhibition opening at the Apostrophes Cafe at Surry Hills in 2005. It is also Toulouse Lautrec's birthday while on November 28 it is William Blake's birthday. (However, it should be disclosed there has been a little, minor reworking of Part I a few days later after reviewing this document but the changes have been few and far in between). While February 2016 is a hundred years since DADA literally sprung to life - like the goddess Athena emerging from the head of Zeus - at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. All the best. NN). 

P.S. There is thought of an additional catalogue section of the actual images that will be selected for the physical exhibition which will come into existence during or after the exhibition but which the link shall be on this webpage

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It should be noted that the artist believes in a non linear open universe which is ever growing and regrowing without limit and thus there shall possibly be added visual and literary paraphernalia as well as links that can be deemed to be associated with the themes of this exhibition and the online catalogue including links already in the online catalogue but which maybe can be made more accessible by also placing them on this webpage along possibly with catalogue associated PDFs that can be downloaded. Furthermore, it should also be mentioned again that it is due to technical issues that the online catalogue exists in three volumes in cyberspace. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Best regards. NN.

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PDF FILES of each volume of the online catalogue.  It maybe preferred to open as well as utilise these files for an easier, more convenient read or perusal of the catalogue. 

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QR Code which can be read with a QR reader such as on a smartphone app ( you may wish to download one) and is a link to the online MAIN GALLERIES. Such a code will hopefully be made available at the exhibition as well as any physical material.

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 original 'home made' paper flyer.

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100 YEARS OF DADA


'I declare that Tristan Tzara found the word DADA on 8 February 1916 at 6 in the morning....'

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ERRATA -  there have been some technical errors during the upload of the files and below are the screenshots of two pages from PART II which have two blue dotted lines going across the page where there are web links to videos. The screenshots are intended to give one a clear view of how these pages are meant to appear. The pages in the online catalogue are still adequate to read but it has proven to be very difficult to re-organise these two pages thus this alternative viewing of them. Thank you for your understanding and patience. NN.

By the way one may also notice that some pages in the catalogue are 'cropped' by narrow white borders. This 'feature' is unplanned and has occurred during the uploading process as these white edges & strips are not on the original word or pdf files. 

Also some links have mysteriously not converted properly and although it should be possible for those who are most curious to copy & paste them into one's web search browser at some stage will hopefully add them to this webpage in working form. Apart from this somewhat minor 'cyber teething' problems one hopes the online catalogue is still a pleasing enriching & informative experience.  

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A KALEIDOSCOPE OF INFINITE HUMAN CREATIVITY FOLLOWS:

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 TO GO TO A FULL SCREEN the video's Youtube icon has to be pressed to go to the Youtube webpage from which the full screen option can then be accessed. Many videos will be a strip going down the middle of the full screen due to the manner of filming when the smartphone was in a vertical position. I hope this does not diminish anyone's joyful viewing experience. Some videos are full screen due to being filmed on a proper digital camera.


ALSO A GENERAL LANGUAGE FOREWARNING. As this is a public website it should be mentioned that in a handful of the many song videos the occasional 'strong word' is used which may offend some viewers, although nothing really worse than what can now be sighted on Australian television; yet parental guidance is also recommended). However, with that said all videos/images on show are ultimately intended/meant to be splendidly edifying to the human condition & to contribute to the social discourse. Thank you for your understanding & patience. All the best. 

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MOTHER EARTH FATHER SKY. The Australian Landscape & Coastal etchings of Nicholas Nicola set to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata accompanied with quotes from philosophers & writers such as Marcus Aurelius, Henry Thoreau, William Blake, Marcel Proust to Jack Kerouac.   


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Other VIDEOS are on the website many of which are experimental and some involve cooks river dealing with light and water as well as other videos. See both links below which may need to be masked by the cursor to click on or copy & paste into a web search. Below the links are some examples of these experimental videos...

http://nicholasnicolaetchings.synthasite.com/youtube.php


http://nicholasnicolaetchings.synthasite.com/videos.php

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Ancient Spirits. Cooks River. 

MORNING LIGHT (Cooks River). 

Pillar of Light (Cooks River). 

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AMATA Central Australia. Initially showing Central Australian terrain filmed while flying over in a Cessna. This video link is also in the Appendix of the online catalogue. Super 8 film professionally converted to a DVD (thus the logo intro at the beginning).

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ABORIGINAL ASTRONOMY 

http://emudreaming.com

Click (or as more likely if clicking doesn't prove useful: cut & paste into your web search box) on the above link to consider Aboriginal society's cosmological relationship to the stars which was quite sophisticated.  

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 The following video shows an Aboriginal Astronomical Dreamtime story which is specifically aimed for children to view but certainly a good intro for anybody interested in Aboriginal Astronomy - along with the listed Emu Dreaming website above.  James Miller-Wilson also remarks on Aboriginal Astronomy in the BBC World radio documentary on Aboriginal Astronomy. James 'Cuz ' Wilson-Miller at Ica's Backyard has done much to maintain Aboriginal heritage & knowledge such as also being involved with Boomalli Art  & in a documentary about the shell workers of La Perouse which has been viewed on public television. Whilst below is a small video from the Australian Museum about two shell workers who have made the Sydney Opera House & the Sydney Harbour Bridge from shells. It is one way of maintaining traditional skills that would otherwise be lost. 

 

ABORIGINAL ASTRONOMY. BBC WORLD DISCOVERY RADIO.  https://youtu.be/Dk39CwOmmgs

 James Miller-WIlson Dreamtime Astronomy.     https://youtu.be/ScthJuMZrQM 

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Aboriginal singer/songwriter DOUGIE YOUNG. THE LAND WHERE THE CROW FLIES BACKWARDS. 

 

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Neil Murray singing about the Myall Creek Massacre and talking of the present day reconciliation process between both indigenous & white descendants. Outside the Maritime Museum. Saturday. May 31. 2014.

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DOLLAR DREAMING: Ben Genocchio on the world of Aboriginal Art. 

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I heard Bobby Sykes driving in my car - Bek-Jean Stewart. The artist hopes he has not misquoted the singer but this song was written in lieu of doing an academic essay assuming it was just as a legitimate approach to deal with the issue of Aboriginal dispossession which is still very much an ongoing injustice. Definitely very beautiful, haunting and engaging song and very worthy of our consideration...

(Language Warning: there is some strong language towards the end of the song).

BEK-JEAN STEWART's website:  http://www.bekjeanstewart.com



In any case here is Bek-Jean Stewart talking about the origins of 'I heard Bobby Sykes driving in my car' as well as poignantly singing the song in Ica's Backyard in this very, very amateur video version by the artist filmed on a smartphone. 

[PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A WEBPAGE WITH VIDEO CLIPS SUCH AS THIS ONE THAT IS DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO HAVE PERFORMED IN ICA'S BACKYARD: ICA'S BACKYARD].

(Language warning: some strong language towards the end of the video clip). 

[ALSO NOTE THAT IN SOME STRANGE TECHNOLOGICAL TWIST SOMEHOW THE VIDEO CLIP HAS UPLOADED TWICE SO THE VIDEO REPEATS AFTER ITS END. THE SINGING IS ACTUALLY ONLY APPROXIMATELY 7 MINUTES LONG. HOWEVER, ONE SUPPOSES ONE CAN LISTEN TO THE SONG AGAIN WITHOUT RETURNING TO THE START].

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Winking Possum... 


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BAND AT THE BLOCK SINGING 'PERFECT' (after an intro song that is brief...) ANZAC DAY 2013. REDFERN.  AFTER THE BLACK ANZACS MEMORIAL MARCH. 

(This link is also in the online catalogue in the Appendix).

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COLOURED DIGGERS ANZAC DAY MARCH REDFERN SYDNEY APRIL 25 2015.

 

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 BLACK ANZACS Anzac Day March 2013 Redfern Sydney.

BLACK ANZACS. WREATH LAYING SERVICE.  REDFERN PARK. ANZAC DAY. 2013.

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FOR Leichhardt: an image of musicians playing Naples music.  (Sydney).



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Dante with scarf. The Forum. Leichhardt. 

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LITHUANIAN SINGING. Baltic Film Festival. Estonian House. Surry Hills. Sydney. November. 2015. 

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FLAMENCO DANCING IN THE CULTURAL SPACE KNOWN AS ICA'S BACKYARD. 

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MODERN DANCERS WITH SHOPPING TROLLEYS OUTSIDE CUSTOMS HOUSE. CIRCULAR QUAY. SYDNEY.

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 FOUND OBJECT: THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS) OVER SYDNEY GOING BY TWO OTHER FOUND OBJECTS KNOWN AS PLANETS CALLED VENUS & JUPITER.

ON THE QUESTION OF TIME - consider the AMAZING BRAINSPACE of Tim & Debbie & the Politics of Time. 

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PAUL KELLY singing TO HER DOOR at the FREEDOM RIDE CONCERT March 20 2015 Sydney University Lawn.

It should be mentioned that these videos - along with others - are not exactly of the highest quality but are mainly on view for social, archival and historical reasons rather than for aesthetic ones. Much like an ancient fresco can be appreciated today, even though the wall may be cracked with big pieces missing, such amateur video can also be of similar cultural & social value, if for nothing else at least providing a historical record.  All the best.  

Language Warning: there is some strong language in this video.


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PAUL KELLY & TROY CASSAR-DALY BAND AT THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FREEDOM RIDE CONCERT. SYDNEY UNIVERSITY. MARCH 20. 2015.  

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ARCHIE ROACH singing John Pat. NITV.  

John Pat was a 16 year old Aboriginal male killed by five police officers who claimed they did so in 'self-defence' at Roeburne police station on 28 September 1983. W.A. This Aboriginal Death in Custody helped lead to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. There are many links about John Pat (including Wikipedia & Deaths In Custody Watch Committee) and included here is one remembering John Pat thirty years after his death SBS news report.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/09/30/remembering-john-pat

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 LITSUS  by DADANG CHRISTANTO

A performance art piece by DADANG CHRISTANTO (Indonesia) to bring to public attention the Indonesian massacres of 1965/66 in which it was estimated that up to 500,000 so called communists were murdered.  This performance art piece was part of the 48HR INCIDENT  happening at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Haymarket.  Held from 6PM Fri May 29. 2015 to 6PM.  Sun. May 31. 2015.

http://www.4a.com.au/48hr-incident-2/

Dadang Christanto’s piece was the last ‘incident’ on Sunday night.  Here are several links dealing with the tragic events of 1965/66:

WIKIPEDIA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_killings_of_1965%E2%80%9366

INSIDE INDONESIA

http://www.insideindonesia.org/the-killings-of-1965-66

THE CONVERSATION

http://theconversation.com/breaking-the-silence-around-the-1965-indonesian-genocide-32280

GUARDIAN

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/30/it-is-50-years-since-the-indonesian-genocide-of-1965-but-we-cannot-look-away


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DEMONSTRATION FOR 43 DISAPPEARED MEXICAN AYOTZINAPA STUDENTS. OUTSIDE CUSTOMS HOUSE. CIRCULAR QUAY. SYDNEY. 

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 People's Climate March Samba! (for Tuvalu).Sunday. November 29. 2015. Sydney.

An ABC NEWS article on TUVALU in relation to the Paris Climate talks. December 2015.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-05/tuvalu-pm-criticises-demand-for-evidence-of-climate-change-claim/7004090

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Bolivians for the Environment. People's Climate March. Sydney. November 29. 2015. 

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'GREED'.  Destroying the planet. (People's Climate March. Nov. 29. 2015. 

                                                       Sydney). 

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MATINA'S ANGEL. (Matina Moutzouris of Apostrophes' Cafe Surry Hills fame). THE MAKERS. 107 PROJECTS. REDFERN. APRIL 8. 2015 

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CHANDELIER USING RECYCLED PLASTIC DRINKING BOTTLES. BERKELOUWS BOOKSHOP. LEICHHARDT. SYDNEY. 

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CULTURAL SPACE: an improptu garage sale in the park across the road from Broadway Sydney with people literally selling items from suitcases. 

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CULTURAL SPACE: Ancient Greek Hoplites parading at the Nicholson Museum Lego Acropolis opening. This video link is also in the Appendix of the online catalogue. 

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CULTURAL SPACE: CULTURE AT WORK. 6-8 Scott Street. Pyrmont. Sydney. info@cultureatwork.com.au

www.cultureatwork.com.au


Exhibition at Culture at Work ART+NATURE+SCIENCE. An exhibition of artists working with scientists & experts. 28 Nov-6 Dec. 2015.  

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POWER PLANT - Installation Art at the Chinese Gardens. Festival of Sydney. January. 2011. 

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ANITA LARKIN'S THE BREATH BETWEEN US  @ UTS GALLERY

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LATITUDE 37 BAROUE.  (This link is in the Appendix but does not seem to work).

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YAGOONA BRASS BAND PLAYING JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR BEFORE FREE CYPRUS WREATH LAYING SERVICE & RALLY.  MARTIN PLACE. SYDNEY.

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#FREECYPRUS  - a basic introductory article:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_invasion_of_Cyprus

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WREATH FOR REFUGEES. 

http://nicholasnicolaetchings.synthasite.com/videos.php


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On the general issue of human rights one may wish to also consider the case of the Australian Jock Palfreeman who has been sentenced in Bulgaria for twenty years in a Sofia gaol for a street killing he still adamantly states he did not commit. While in gaol he has creatively spent time attempting to improve the rights and conditions for prisoners which has come at further cost to himself. 

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/360/the-hair-of-the-dog/4336182

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ITHICA by C.P.CAVAFY as read by Sean Connery with music by Vangelis.  (Odysseus as refugee...).


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ZEUS. At the risk of being somewhat overly self-indulgent I include this video with the background to it being that I noticed that on a Saturday visit to Glebe a regular Sapphos Bookshop Poetry Night was to be on Tuesday October 6 and it was to be a tribute to Alan Ginsberg's HOWL with the likes of Reg Mombassa reading out poems. I have read ZEUS out many times, (most notably at a recent local OXJAM party event, people seem to much like this poem so always happy to read it out). Every October 6 I spare a thought of how I went and saw the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt at the Hermitage in 1998 (one of my favourite paintings and which I spent long time travelling to finally get to see it) and so decided to go an read out ZEUS in the open section.  I should add this reading is a little subdued compared to the more feisty reading I have made on other occasions. Thanks to KV for filming the reading. P.S. by some quirk of uploading this video repeats itself and is actually just 3 minutes or so long....



St. Petersburg. Russia. October 6. 1998. The Hermitage is in the background. 

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GREEK ORTHODOX EASTER. Good Friday & Resurrection Sunday (on the stroke of midnight Saturday night). Symbolising light overcoming the darkness. 

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FOUND OBJECT:  BOTTLE POLTERGEIST. 

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PETERSHAM BOWLING CLUB.  [Sydney].   

http://www.thepbc.org.au

Talking of cultural spaces Petersham Bowling Club is an interesting place as it does not rely on pokies to make an income and this has encouraged this venue to be more creative hosting anything from children parties to film nights to African music afternoons to band nights. (That, at least, is what the artist has been too...). Below is some of the music that has been put on there. The Whitetop Mountaineers were also at the Petersham Bowling Club but as yet due to no available footage in lieu is Martha Spencer providing an example of flatfooting thanks to youtube.

  

 

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WHEELS OF FATE (Tempe. Sydney).  

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DADA: Hans Richter - Early Abstract & Experimental Films . 1925. 

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The artist is on Twitter: @nicolasnicola22   email: nic_nicola50@hotmail.com   he is not on facebook and it is presumed the above facebook handle will be interactive for those who are, apologies if this is not the case. 

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