Thursday, September 30, 2010

No Make-Up Week

I'm quite aware of my own self esteem issues. I have worn makeup almost every day since I was about 15. I don't cake it on, or enjoy an overly made up look- I like to give the illusion of natural (perhaps I kid myself) but it's part of my daily routine. I have very pale skin still repairing itself from years of acne problems so I give it some help with the most natural makeup I can find. I am now discovering, thanks to SKIN DEEP that there are still some very very nasty chemicals in my "natural" supposedly "organic" products.

I decided this year to wean my body off as many chemical based products as possible. I only use natural soap for my face and body, the most organic shampoo and conditioner I can find (still searching for the best one) and often forgo conditioner for apple cider vinegar (ohhhh soooo shinnyyy!). I have weaned my skin off moisturiser and found I mustn't have ever needed it in the first place. I would never consider using a medicinal skin cleanser for my blemishes ever again after a traumatic discovery that years of using pHisohex as an adolescent was actually causing not healing many of my skin problems. I am still recovering.

I believe I am addicted to covering up my natural skin and I want to do something about it. I want to love my real face that I understand most of my friends might not have ever seen.

No Make-Up Week.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

forage friendly cities

Artist as Family's artwork for MCA's In The Balance; Art for a Changing World. A living, growing, transforming "installation"- a food forest designed with permaculture principles (located outside St Michaels Anglican Church, Surry Hills). I'll say a bit more about it later, but I wanted to upload some pictures that show just how artful the experience of gardening is- well I hope it evokes that sense anyway. We certainly had a very pleasant time going from MCA in house exhibition (which will need to be revisited 4 or 5 times I think), over to The Food Forest then over to the C.O.F.A permaculture patch to spruce things up a bit.

 We= Me, Alex and El. (photos by us all)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

she spends some time...

A girl after my own heart, Ruby immerses herself in circular shapes. Spots and dots really are quite meditative symbols, especially when so tangible.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Overnight, very 

Whitely, discreetly, 

Very quietly ...

Our toes, our noses 
Take hold on the loam, 
Acquire the air. 

Nobody sees us, 
Stops us, betrays us; 
The small grains make room. 

Soft fists insist on 
Heaving the needles, 
The leafy bedding, 

Even the paving. 
Our hammers, our rams, 
Earless and eyeless, 

Perfectly voiceless, 
Widen the crannies, 
Shoulder through holes. We 

Diet on water, 
On crumbs of shadow, 
Bland-mannered, asking 

Little or nothing. 
So many of us! 
So many of us! 

We are shelves, we are 
Tables, we are meek, 
We are edible, 

Nudgers and shovers 
In spite of ourselves. 
Our kind multiplies: 

We shall by morning 
Inherit the earth. 
Our foot's in the door.

                                                              Sylvia Plath

photo: alexander papasavvas at bouddi national park

Thursday, September 23, 2010

a shrill chuckle

punk monk jamming sister jane @ a shrill chuckle of irrepressible delight (sydney fringe festival '10) 22/9/10.

sister jane on tunes. kate and alex on art projectors. clare on management/photos/video (to come).

Monday, September 20, 2010

Making Rainbows GREENER

I've been thinking a lot lately about sustainable art practice; how to still use all the pretty, interesting and workable materials out there but considering how to minimise (if not eliminate...which is difficult when not actually intending to make an ecologically themed artwork) the affect it has on the environment. I've managed to come to a lot of decisions in my personal life but haven't yet established my own rules and limits in terms of art. How can I justify the use and wastage of artworks?

The first practice I/we (the punk monk team) need to tackle is the Liquid Light Show. Liquid Light is the act of using oil, detergent/gel and coloured dyes (we currently use food dye) to make patterns that move and mutate in glass. These are put on top of overhead projectors and beamed onto spaces. Therefore, energy from electricity is needed, chemicals from the liquids which are bought and then disposed of afterwards, use of cleaning products (sprays and cloths) and large amounts of water for mixing and cleaning are used. Then there is the fact that, where we would usually walk/ride/skate to an event, with our overhead projectors and gear we must use someones vehicle to get to and from the venue.

The very easiest change can be applied to the cleaning up method. Alex and I attended a workshop a few months ago with The Watershed learning how to make our own environmentally safe cleaning products using basic and inexpensive ingredients like bicarb, vinegar, eucalyptus oil and pure soap and then using re-use spray bottles from ex- cleaning products packaging or from re-use centres like Reverse Garbage. Perhaps some microfibre cloths that do not get damaged by intensive use and dyes rather than using disposable chux/paper towel could be the next step here....

If anyone has any ideas/suggestions on what kind of dyes are of minimal effect and inexpensive or if anyone is some kind of solar power Whizz Kid and can help us work towards solar powered overheads...then WOW. The key word, inexpensive, is unfortunately important- we simply cannot afford to BUY our way into sustainability.

Baby steps.

Above is a video by a group The Joshua Light Show that we are inspired by in our liquid light experiments. We have been doing Liquid light projection art for art shows, music gigs and other events for about a year since our second Punk Monk hosted event called ALGAE RHYTHM. ALGAE RHYTHM 0.02: PSYCHOCHEMICAL curated by monks Alex and Kate which turned the then Punk Monk warehouse into an oozing rainbow cranium of melding patterns, forms and textures created by the old school overhead projectors and their wizard controllers. The night was full of mural painting, science experiments, psychedelic music and light play and we haven't looked back since.

The photo above is of Kate mixing colour at Know Your Mushrooms (Ron Mann) screening and party, an event for Possible Worlds Film Festival where we celebrated fungi, films and all forms of fun! Snapped by our good friend and brilliant photographer Susie Stavert.

(Don't forget to catch us on Wednesday @ The Annandale for a jam with psychedelic rockers Sister Jane)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A shrill Chuckle of Irrepressible Delight

Here are some shots (from here) of some liquid light projections we did with Sister Jane from a show last year at the now, closed Hopetoun Hotel (rest it's soul). Alex isn't drinking food dye and detergent here, but is creating bubbles in the design- just one technique in a practice of infinite possibilities. We'll be exploring some more on Wednesday, in what will be our third jam with Sister Jane.

In a recent interview with Alternative Media Group SJ drummer Joe Driver described us as a troupe of art-school freak-child light designers. This tickled us pink! Fellow vibe merchants Sister Jane are just what you need on a Wednesday night to shake that mid week stress out your hair. Their psychedelic jives inherit a sense of freedom that'll force your feet to groove- we'll provide the rainbow explosion happening in your head as projections around the room.

A Shrill Chuckle of Irrepressible Delight:
Wed @ The Annandale Hotel (support live music venues), opening at 7.30pm.

Join Brian Campeau, Fag Panic, Bud Petal and Sister Jane (+ Punk Monk projection art) with Jay Katz MCing and Djing.

A mere $10. Part of Sydney Fringe Fest.

Zingiest, Tastiest, Kickin' Fresh Lemonade! Pow!

Alex made lemonade today. Fresh lemons from the lemon tree, fresh mint from the garden and sweeeet sweeet sugar. Look forward to more of these in the summer time!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

More, more!

We've been putting together no- dig vegetable gardens for the last couple of months and sowing seeds for spring and summer. This is part of our (Alex's and my) attempt to become more sustainable and also a strategy for stress relief as we use gardening as a form of communication with nature and meditation for the soul (necessary in semi-city/suburban life). We are planting a variety of edibles that we commonly buy-

leaf vegetables incl. lettuces, spinach's, silverbeets, cabbages
tomatoes of many varieties
herbs such as mint, parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary, chives and basil
peas and beans incl. an experiment with soy beans
onions and some garlic

We are also dabbling with magical herbs for teas, skin treatment and flavourings such as Valerian, calendula, chamomile, nasturtium, coneflowers/echinacea, astragalus, catnip, mugwort and hyssop. This is for what we will call, our pharmaceutical garden.

We're also propagating "weeds" and special plants that improve the soil and can also be eaten for their high nutrient content such as nettles (for nettle tea), dandelion (eat the leaves and make tea and returns nutrients to the soil), chickweed and native warrigal greens.

We have two beds (thanks to our landlords who are allowing us use of two disused gardens in their front yard) and a lot of pots, polytrays salvaged from street dumping and containers in our part of the yard.

Today, as we prepared the second bed, G (kindy aged boy) and O (his littler sister) emerged with their parents P and T (who are also our landlords and live in the house our granny flat is attached to) for a family working bee cutting the grass and trimming the edges. We hijacked the kiddies, in perfect gardening attire of gumboots and bucket hats and watering cans in hand, to help us put the garden together and show them what we were doing.

They demanded "more, more" even after we had planted all the seeds allocated for that day and watered all the layers in the second no dig. This is funny, Alex and I often look at the garden together proclaiming "more plants! more plants!" O wanted to know WHY, we were planting seeds and told me she "wuved begetables" especially pumpkin and potato. I told her hopefully we'll plant some potato in some hessian sacks sometime but there was no room for pumpkin in our garden! G said he hated peas when he was a baby but loved them now, which is lucky because we have the whole back fence ready for climbing peas and beans. He said that if anyone stepped on the baby plants, we should "smack them!" but I don't think it'll come to that.

After resorting to forcing them to leave because we simply had no jobs left for them late in the aftermoon, everything was very well watered in all sectors of the garden, all seeds sowed and the bed polished with pea straw was ready to sit a while before being planted into, they asked if they could come back next week and help us. O's favourite things to say "can i help wu? pwease?" and "come on, a widdle more, a widdle more" dwindling as she is shuffled back into her house and G, who is very manly for a kindy boy, already lamenting the time Alex picked him up so he could reach to water the back of the garden and how strong both he and Alex are.

What perfect and entertaining garden hands!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Gaia Retouched

Behind the scenes of Gaia Retouched: A little teaser
Stills: Alexander Papasavvas

The ubiquitous cult of consumerism wreaks havoc on our natural universe. In the obsessive pursuit of mineral wealth, unsustainable & systematic human sabotage threatens to disrupt our very existence whilst faceless corporates pay lip service to the eco concept at the cost of balance. A world of diminishing returns. The Gaia Principle dictates the interconnectedness of everything. Life & death are a cycle. Even for planets. Does our expediation of this fit a much larger picture ultimately eradicating the human race from existence? Is there life after Earth? Or Earth after us.

You can see Gaia Retouched at artRiot Saturday 18th sept and next Saturday 25th Sept from 12-2pm as part of Sydney Fringe Festival. We will be there if you'd like to have a chat.The rest of the exhibition is open Wed- Sun 11am-3pm- you can see our experiment of oil purified by hair (or whats left of it) and our ECO tm moss art satire.

Whilst your there, gorge on the gingerbread prison, eat sunflower seeds and get educated, witness micro bats and goliath beetles super tech'd soldiers and marvel the wall art pieces of comic, photographic and mosaic beauty. If not to only sneak a peak at the upstairs of the Annandale Hotel- a Twin Peaks set of red drapes and checkered tiles!(** enter through the restaurant around the side to avoid confusion..)

Get in contact:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

kino loves object.

S is for Spots from Lilith Edana on Vimeo.

One week ago was Kino #39 a special Kino Loves Object event, held at Object Gallery. It was a design themed Kino, corresponding with an exhibition @ Object dealing with typography, motion, art and design and in a building extremely interesting itself, design wise- big shiny white walls, a ship like beam filled roof and a sort of circular shaped floor. Pulling an eclectic crowd, not unusual for Kino, except this time, a little closer to Oxford Street and a little more artsy (held in an art gallery afterall!), there were definitely some new faces and hopefully Kino recruits.

The lovely Rosie, treated us to some pre-ep songs, ever graceful and almost cinematically capturing. An onslaught of design themed films screened on the night to our delight.

Above you can see our (Alexander Ps and mine) contribution to Alphabetography, a collective challenge where filmmakers choose a letter each and make a 10 second clip representing the letter and a corresponding word using motion and typography. Resulting in an A- Z of letter inspired stop motions, animations and creative films made collaboratively in the Kino spirit! Obviously we chose S is for Spots...

Alex and I brought along KSZ#3, the kino sydney official rag, hand sprayed front covers and filled with juicy bits and pieces from Kino-ites for Kino-ites.

You can see two of Victoria Waghorn's pieces (who deserves a special mention for helping us put this one together on a rather tight schedule) ConFiction: the cat with two bowls and Is Jack Feldstein ET? on her blog. Dan Simmonds also reviewed Kino Sydney's new official beer Beard and Brau: Golden Paw on his charming blog for your free readership.

Otherwise you missed out on the top secret recipe for Ang's buttermenthol cookies (tried and tested at Kino, and Ohhh myyy lordddyy!!!) new feature: Sprocket love with romance tips such as: "If she's not in the mood for lovemaking, simply weep. This shows her you are a sensitive man and ready for your love", Puzzles, Plots and Funk- a code to crack and artwork by Liam O'shea, Snoodie's Wacky World of Wills and Burke (returning feature:For the Love of VHS) and the ever hilarious The Owls Are Not What They Seem- Laura Palmer's Psychic Insights (which if you are good little boys and girls will be making an appearance in blogworld because it was a little hard to see in the final print). Plus reviews, upcoming events, kino news and hilarious tidbits.

Kino Sydney Zine (KSZ) is by Kino-ites for Kino-ites so if you'd like to submit anything at all Kino or otherwise related that you'd like to share with your pals please let us know. We'd love to hear from you on how we could improve the zine. We are considering making an online issue/blog but are very time poor- if anyone would like to come forward to help us in compiling the zine online or offline we'd greatly appreciate it (we aren't professional designers/editors etc and need all the help we can get!).

Watch out for issue #4! and submit now!

The next Kino will be KABARET! Get on the boat!


Stepping aside from all this artRiot rioting, I'd like to reflect on a gig we did, not long back, called WORMWOOD. It's not just a gig, it's a bit of a project for us, a canvas for experimentation and getting to know some awesome musical, visual and creative artists and thinkers. Our first Wormwood, actually #3, had us with three old school projectors- one behind the bands, one highlighting the mysterious staircase and an "apprentice" projector outside under the sprinkles open for the audience to dip their toes in the magic.

This is great for Punk Monks Vic, Clare and Jay who unlike the very talented alchemists Kate and Alex are just beginning our relationship with the overhead projector. I can conclude that it is very very messy, something will always get broken and that surprisingly less dye = brighter colour! If you want an acid trip sans acid then spend a night mixing oil, detergent and food dye in glass containers on top of a brightly burning light box and shine it onto a wall somewhere.

Ongoing monthly, we'll play with how we may extend the projections using ideas of shadow, audience + other performers interaction and playing with different surfaces for blasting with colour. Perhaps we'll introduce some video. If you were there and you have some ideas/feedback- welcome. Otherwise join us for the next one.

The very exciting lineup includes:


Lucas George (Whipped Cream Chargers)
Simo Soo

Punk Monk Propaganda

Mersey Sound Collective

Creon - have faith! get your head shaved/cut by Creon!

Turn your bluetooth on! We'll be sending "Fortune Cookies" out on the night!

Join the
Wormwood group and ATTEND the event on FB. And hey guys: ITS FREE. Just bring some change to buy some absinthe and get that nice dreamy buzz going- not that you won't have enough help from all the sensory stimulation on the night.