Posts by Craig Ranapia

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  • Speaker: Public art is no place for committees,

    “Our objection isn’t to the t-shirt per se, our objection is ratepayer money being used for what is, at best, an item with little cultural or historic value.”

    “In matters of taste there is a higher onus on publicly funded bodies to avoid funding matters of a highly dubious nature. One can argue that restrictions on freedom of speech and blasphemy are unjustified, while also acknowledging that higher standards should apply to what public money is used to promote.”

    Let's add museography to the very long list of subjects Mr. Williams is woefully under-qualified to talk about without adult supervision. I don't know if he has ever visited the Jüdisches Museum in Berlin or London's Imperial War Museum, but I have. Both institutions -- which enjoy substantial public financial support -- contain material that should be profoundly offensive and distressing to anyone who isn't a moral cretin. Because that's what they're bloody supposed to do. I'm very glad Mr Williams lives in some rainbow lollypop fantasy world where everything is nice and generally inoffensive, but I don't. And no cultural institution with any standards whatsoever should either.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12155 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Public art is no place for committees, in reply to steven crawford,

    It’s interesting that Henry Moore is used as an example of the artists interest in the spatial relationship to his/her artwork, or Pablo Picaso. These are not famous for building sculpture in context with there placement. They built stand alone artwork.

    If that was submitted to me in an art history class, I'm afraid it would come back with a LOT of big red question marks in the margins. Henry Moore's entire sculptural practice was intimately concerned with their relationship to their situation, and most of his highest profile work was commissioned (and not always without tension and controversy). He also often sold work at a fraction of its market value to public institutions and local authorities because, as a committed socialist, he viewed public art as also having a social function. (Which is why in 2012, the Henry Moore Foundation protested the London Borough of Tower Hamlets plans to sell a piece he'd sold to the then-London County Council on the understanding it would always be on public display.)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12155 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story,

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    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12155 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story,

    Found it… It was in response to a tweet by Craig about the London Shard.

    When we were in London, we were staying at Greenwich so spent a fair amount of time waiting for trains at London Bridge – with the then incomplete Shard louring over a gigantic, gridlocked building site next door. Forget castration anxiety, it was the first time a building made me feel mildly claustrophobic. (I’d still like to know what Zombie Feud would make of Murdoch’s British newspapers and publishing interests all moving their editorial offices to the so-called ’Baby Shard’.)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12155 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stella and the Fun Palaces,

    I've never met Stella, and probably never will but she's one of the smartest, most insightful and generally hilarious people I've ever come across. (She knows life is far too serious not to laugh at it all, a lot. Basic wisdom too many never get.) This, folks, is why the internet doesn't suck harder than a black hole, no matter how hard it tries to prove otherwise.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12155 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story,

    Another 6ha has just been opened up for development around the forthcoming Crown Lynn Park. It seems pretty good to me. Where do you think new housing should be built?

    It's also worth pointing out that housing in close proximity to public transport is not only desirable, but required, for a lot more people in Auckland than you might think. High-density housing is preferable to the many exclusionary assumptions in the idea that Auckland can just keep sprawling ad infinitum, with public transport and services lagging far behind

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  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story,

    And a couple more from the lane.

    Well, yes – I'll upload a couple of pix when the broadband is flowing rather than dribbling, but you really do have to work hard to get an outrage-stroking money shot, so to speak. God knows I tried. If anyone has a good picture of Transit Cloud lit up at night, I’m sure we’d all love to see it. At the very least, I suspect it’s more visually appealing (and less intrusive for nearby residents) than than a mass of klieg lights.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12155 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story,

    Test. So to speak...

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12155 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Review: Citizenfour,

    There’s also no hint in the film of the pressure Greenwald placed on The Guardian to go quickly, or of his unseemly spat with another journalist Snowden had contacted, the Washington Post’s Barton Gellman.

    And that annoys me. Because there are perfectly legitimate if complex issues that can, and should, be raised there. When you’re prone to bagging the Mainstream Media as bloody-handed court stenographers of the Surveillance State, surely you should be rushing to ask such questions not avoiding them?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12155 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sex with the office lights on:…,

    …has the makings of a winning tourism advertisement targeting those planning a trip to the 1970s

    Oh, you mean the 1970's where The Truth maliciously "outed" Marilyn Waring, who could have been legally fired for being a lesbian if she wasn't an MP or charged with a crime if she was a man? I know it's terribly chic to act as if privacy has gone the way of men wearing hats in public but some history lessons could be useful in reminding people why it matters. Hell, if that's not your bag update your current general knowledge on people whose lives are literally put at risk by doxing and a particularly unlovely practice called "Swatting".

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12155 posts Report Reply

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