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Have you ever browsed a rack of clothes for under $15 at your local Zara, H&M or Topshop, and thought, ‘What a deal!’. Have you ever stopped on your way to the cashier to look at the tag and see where that piece of clothing was made? The clothes you buy may have been made by Cambodian garment workers who are a crucial part of the fast fashion supply chain. Is there a true human cost to getting a bargain?
The vast volume of video content available on the internet continues to grow every day. I have been caught out many times visiting YouTube to watch just one video, before quickly finding myself in a labyrinth of new content. While there may be plenty to watch online, how many of these videos do we find truly entertaining?
With Zelig-like serendipity I was in Stockholm when #lastnightinsweden went viral. While echoing the melancholic majesty of a classic ABBA song title, the hashtag #lastnightinsweden actually referred to yet another Donald Trump dump of alleged “fake news” on an increasingly exhausted world.
Can experimental art show us what the future will look like? Can art influence and build a more resilient future? These are some of the questions raised by Ars Electronica senior producer and current QUT Creative Industries artistic resident Kristefan Minski.
From February 20 till March 3, the QUT Creative Industries Precinct is the site of a number of public art installations. Passerby's are drawn to the ghostly white material hanging from street lights, the blue sculptures that stand in an oval shape and bamboo structure that has been woven into a crisscross formation.
Spanning more than 20 locations and featuring an extensive line up of artists, the 2017 Brisbane Street Arts Festival (BSAF) has a lot on offer, including workshops, public art installations and more. A particularly exciting aspect of the program is the QUT ReForm: Art in Public Spaces exhibition, which takes place from February 20 to March 3 at the QUT Creative Industries Precinct.