Category: travel

  • The revivalist narrative will not die.

    I keep coming across white organisations telling a ‘history’ of lindy hop that gives ‘the revival’ pride of place. ie white people claiming the modern lindy hop world as their own altruistic work. So the term ‘revival’ is problematic because it implies that lindy hop was dead (replaced by rock and roll and/or bebop) before […]

  • they are not shocked

    They are no ‘outraged’ because they are not ‘shocked’. There is nothing shocking about racist violence perpetrated by police because it is normalised. It is seen as legitimate violence. It is this legitimate violence that was not only used to steal the country and assert white dominance but also maintain it through the oppression of […]

  • Bunya pines and murri knowledge

    There are a bunch of bunya pines in Ashfield park, and a huge one up on Charlotte Street. The pine cones are epic huge. HUGE. And edible. They only grow wild in Gubbi Gubbi, Waka Waka, and Yuggera country, places which have been called South East Queensland since invasion. A story about Bunya Dreaming festival. […]

  • Landrights in Western Australia and the Yindjibarndi people

    Some very good news. The High Court has upheld the Yindjibarndi people’s native title rights to their land. Fortescue Metals Group applied to appeal these rights, and got a big ‘nope’ from the High Court. The Yindjibarndi people live in what has been called Western Australia since invasion, but has been black country for 40 […]

  • Things to take to Herrang

    Each year I forget something. So I’m going to write a list of stuff. Most of my stuff also has to travel to places like Seoul and other cities before it gets to Herrang, so it has to be multi-use. I’m usually in Herrang for two weeks, and I assume I’ll be staying somewhere where […]

  • Why do I go back to Herrang each year?

    Why do I go back to Herrang? I’m going to assume that you know what Herrang dance camp is, and that you have some passing familiarity with concerns about the enterprise. People who know me are surprised that I keep returning to an event that seems to break all my personal and professional rules. Why […]

  • Eat Your Jazz: Herräng’s ‘no’ list and the advantages of limitations

    The now-infamous ‘Herräng no list’ came up in my interview with Ryan for his podcast. I’m not sure how it developed, but this ‘no list’ was a complement to the ‘yes list’, which sadly gets a lot less attention. These lists were playlists on spotify developed as a general guide to the type of music […]

  • Being a woman in a gallery enjoying art

    I remember once reading a blog post or art review where a reviewer tells the story of two young women (teenagers?) experiencing a gallery. They were basically running and laughing and trying to do the poses of the statues, and just generally having a very good time. The reviewer made a very good point about […]

  • the Yarts

    The Average Person Spends 27 Seconds Looking at a Work of Art. Now, 166 Museums Are Joining Forces to Ask You to Slow Down Museums in Australia, Canada, the UK, the US, and elsewhere are holding special events for Slow Art Day on April 6. …. Founded in 2009 by Phil Terry, the CEO of […]

  • Going to Seoul to lindy hop

    Hello! Do you love travelling and lindy hopping? Seoul is the city for you. Here’s a note: I don’t know everything about Seoul or lindy hopping in Seoul; you should double check my observations with a local. I’m also assuming that because you’re reading this post, you can read and speak english. That’s my only […]