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J.E.Thomas (2017), “Life is a raft…”
Plato once advised us to view life as a raft to which we cling as it transports us down the river. This painting is based around George Caleb Bingham’s “Fur Traders on the Missouri”. However, in this work the cat on the raft becomes the Ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet, both avenger and protector of the Eye of Ra, life itself.

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Sidney Nolan’s landscapes of the Victorian bush and countryside inspired these eight panel paintings. They encapsulate how a psychology of cultivated farmlands that are separated from the terrifying wilderness simply by a fence, but also manifest the tremendous chance at freedom that emanates from that wilderness.

“See that there he pointed. That is called the Crosscut Saw and that one is Mount Speculation and yonder is Mount Buggery and that other is Mount Despair did you know that?

No Harry.

You will and you’ll be sorry.”

Peter Carey, ‘The True History of the Kelly Gang’

Source: ALL IS NUMBER: Irrational numbers and the existence of God

‘Resistance’, J.E. Thomas, (2003)

 

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Indigenous disadvantage[1] in Australia began with dispossession and displacement. Disadvantage through discrimination, intergenerational poverty and the loss of autonomy through government policies has entrenched it. Renting a home, gaining employment, getting service are all times when Indigenous people are often racially profiled and discriminated against. Such disadvantage increases the likelihood of further disadvantage. When a home environment is poor there is less chance to study or be encouraged, making learning difficult. This is exacerbated further through poor nutrition and hearing loss through ear infections. Poverty lowers self-esteem, increasing the chances of illness, death and the likelihood of arrest and incarceration. All these factors entrench Indigenous disadvantage rather than allowing the opportunity of further education, increased employability and higher income. It is only through listening to Indigenous people, acting upon their recommendations, increasing opportunity for them, and educating the general population to be proud of their nation’s Indigenous heritage will…

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In his submission to the Australian Senate on its 2008 debate on a proposed Bill of Rights, Professor James Allen contends that a bill of rights would be a terrible idea as it would take away power from the legislators in parliament and give it to the judiciary.

Allen’s first argument is that rights are an abstract concept; they are ‘vague’, ‘amorphous’  and ‘emotively appealing’. [1] But what are these rights that Allen refers to? The recommendations of the National Human Rights Consulting Committee state that they are:

  1. To respect the rights of others;
  2. to support parliamentary democracy and the rule of law
  3. to uphold and obey the laws of Australia
  4. to serve on a jury when required
  5. to vote and to ensure to the best of our ability that our vote is informed
  6. to show respect for diversity and the equal worth, dignity and freedom of others
  7. to promote…

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Nicholas Georgouras (2008-2011)

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Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes — men who despise you — enslave you — who regiment your lives — tell you what to do — what to think or what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder.

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men — machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle!

You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the 17th Chapter of St. Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” — not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you!

You, the people have the power — the power to create machines. The…

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                   I am what I desire; and I desire what I gaze upon.

                                             Sigmund Freud (1905)

Power relationships within our societies are image-based (Sturken & Cartwright 2001). Jacques Lacan, the French psychoanalyst, asserted that humans imagine themselves as individuals within the social constructs of Western capitalism (Sturken & Cartwright 2001). An example of this is the advertising campaign known as The Champion Family. The Champions are the hyperreal, simulated family who feature in a set of advertisements directed at shoppers who shop at the various shopping malls owned by the multinational corporation known as AMP (Facebook: The Champion Family 2010). Their images are displayed throughout these shopping malls in the act of consuming products. This essay will focus on this family as it analyses how this advertising campaign affects the target audience through the technologies of visualisation and evaluates it effectiveness as a normalising process of vision.

 The Champion…

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J.E. Thomas, “Lighthouse in a Wheatfield” (2016)