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1050.6(c) against Showtime by Scott Carthy

6 May

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Director Scott Carthy has created this 7 minute gem documenting New York City’s renowned subway car performers. The subculture itself is in danger of extinction thanks to a trebling of arrests in a move to clean up the city. 1050.6(c) is the section of the New York Transit code that states panhandling and performing on trains is prohibited. There have been 256 convictions under the code since mid-March. Carthy spent two days befriending and documenting these subway performers, experiencing first-hand the perspective of both performer and audience – unexpectedly witnessing the remarkable cultural resonance they have in crafting the character of New York City. For me, this is street culture in its purest, most unadulterated form. We live in a fast culture where street movements no longer get to go unnoticed and grow organically. Rather, due largely to the internet and social media, they are unearthed and co-opted in a heartbeat by brands who try to sell them back to us. Watching Carthy’s documentary you see true hustle. Watch it now before Nike slap a swoosh on it and try to sell you sneakers.

If you like what you see, you can back Carthy’s Kickstarter campaign to make a full-length documentary.

I, Flaneur

2 Dec

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Canberra feels like it’s on a creative cusp at the moment. There is a sense that the city’s street credentials are tilting toward blowing up in a truly massive way and that it is finally ready to step out from the twin shadows of Sydney and Melbourne. Canberra has the three C’s covered: coffee, clothes and creative. I like to think of the three C’s as the triumvirate of indicators that provide a superficial- yet valuable – insight to a city’s buzz. Actually, there’s a good book on the correlation between coffee houses and the level of creativity in a culture. But, I digress. One of the creatives helping to re-energise the Canberra scene is Jessica Cochrane. You may have seen some of her work here. Well, girlfriend has a Tumblr now which chronicles the fashion flavour on Canberra streets, as well as showcasing some of her other side projects. Think of Jessica’s Tumblr as a van with candy…go on. You know you want to see what’s inside.

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