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#31 – Ella Donald on the internet; angles vs. ideas


Writer Ella Donald chats with House Conspiracy's Jonathan O'Brien about real life and the internet and how they're becoming more and more the same thing.
Ella Donald is an arts and popular culture journalist and critic from Brisbane. Her work regularly appears in the UK-based film magazine Little White Lies in both print and online editions, and also can be seen in publications like The Guardian, Vanity Fair, SBS, Junkee, Brisbane Times, Kill Your Darlings, and Screen Education. She’s been writing professionally since she was 15, editing and co-owning the popular website, which was profiled by various outlets including Tumblr and received worldwide press and recognition from publications including Elle and fashion houses like Kate Spade. With backgrounds in film and television, dance, theatre, photography, and music, she has written extensively on these topics, as well as covering celebrity, popular and youth culture, social and cultural issues, technology, and fashion from both an industry and audience perspective. In 2016, she participated in the Melbourne International Film Festival Critics Campus. She is available for all your trivia team needs (for a fee, of course).
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#30 – Rachael Wellisch: 'I thought we were going to talk about art!'


House Conspiracy's Jonathan O'Brien chats with Rachael Wellisch about living in Dubai and how the history of indigo is an illuminating touchstone for New Materialism.

Rachael Wellisch’s practice is positioned within a conceptual framework that considers humans and culture in relation to physical matter. The process of indigo dying is integral to Wellisch’s work, in which she transforms matter to objects of cultural significance. Wellisch completed Honours at the Queensland College of Art. In 2016 Wellisch received the St Andrews War Memorial Hospital Art Award.

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#29 – Joseph Burgess: 'Koalas are f***ed'


House Conspiracy's Jonathan O'Brien chats with Joseph Burgess about the life of an artist on the road.

The works of Joseph Burgess concern palaeontology, the destruction of sacred sites and identity . Combining stop motion animation and time based video art with an anthroposophical sentiment The Australian Mega Fauna project aims to celebrate Australia’s natural history and the oldest culture on the planet.

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Introducing: Love Letters to F***bois Presents: #1 – The Politics of Sleeping With Younger Men


This week we bring you a cross-broadcast and introduction to a new show: Love Letters to F***bois Presents, hosted by Melina Wightman and Lia Stark, available everywhere except iTunes (though soon to be iTunes). You can also check them out here:

In this letter, the ladies discuss their love of the ;’Mrs Robison’ character in dating. They look at the pros and cons of dating someone who thinks dial-up is just a way to booty-call someone. 

#28 – Craig Garrett: 'The creative process can't be compartmentalised'


House Conspiracy's Jonathan O'Brien chats with local writer and community radio hero Craig Garrett about juggling projects, having discipline, and the dangers (or lack of dangers) posed by modern technology.

Craig Garrett is a Brisbane-based radio and sound producer, creative writer and journalist. He’s produced documentaries for the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) and 4ZZZ; he’s produced soundscape recordings for festivals; and his work is available on Soundcloud and via 4ZZZ & ZED DIGITAL (Brisbane), 3CR (Melbourne), 2SER (Sydney) and nationally via the Community Radio Network: CRN.

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#27 – The SUI Ensemble: 'We always respond to what the audience gives us'

House Conspiracy's Jonathan O'Brien chats with Sampson Smith and Dan Gough of The SUI Ensemble about interactivity, working with an ever-changing team of collaborators, and the shock factor of their work.

The SUI Ensemble have been making provocative theatre work in Brisbane for the last 3 years. Comprised of 8ish resident members, the group work has debuted several performances in non-conventional spaces across Brisbane. Since their landmark work The Suicide Show, which toured interstate in 2015 to last year’s Anywhere Award Winning work Awful Big Adventure, SUI have strived to put audiences first.

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#26 – Adam Anderson: 'Categories were invented to control and keep an eye on people'

House Conspiracy's Jonathan O'Brien chats with Adam Anderson about identity, performance, Instagram, and taking the middle path.

Currently undertaking a PhD in Griffith University, Adam’s practice incorporates masquerade performance, video, animation, projection, sound, drawing, photography and wearable art. His work intersects an eclectic array of cultural, social, religious and gendered icons through an immersive and charged ritualistic methodology which explores the ontological premise of identity.

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#25 – Tess Mehonoshen: 'Conservation is futile'

House Conspiracy's Jonathan O'Brien sits down with Tess Mehonoshen to discuss decay, writing papers, documentation, and the new necessity of incorporating digital with analogue.

Tess Mehonoshen examines the contemporary phenomena of transient living and the ensuing disconnection that occurs with loss of place. Seeking to mimic and disrupt the separation between urban/rural through material ambiguity, categorisations of ‘place’ are questioned. The sculptures remain in a continual state of decay, eroding and disintegrating upon contact.

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