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April 2021
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Counterflows: Melbourne – Flinders keepers



The Make It Up Club

So I’ve got behind with this reporting malarkey. It’s been a busy old time here in Melbourne. One thing a day is the way of it because of the heat. The heat, the heat! What was that film with John Mills crawling across the desert looking for water (and lager in the advert)? Well last night (Thursday) the temperature reached 42 degrees, oven baked, I’d say. And in the off-licence who did I bang into? Oren Ambarchi of course, although he doesn’t live here now. In fact he doesn’t live anywhere as he informed me. Great to catch up with him and Crys Cole. They are playing at INLAND which I will be going to on Sunday and Monday http://rohandrape.net/ut/inland/?m=19.1 a whole load of people will playing: Julia Reidy, James Rushford, Rohan Drape, Lori Goldston and others… and of course Judith Hamann who I also met in my first foray into town. She was playing at the legendary Make It Up Club in upstairs in Bar Open.

Tuesday night and thanks to Maddie kindly buying me a Myki (the equivalent of an Oyster Card) I jump on the number 11 tram and head down down to Brunswick Street. The Make It Up Club has been running in Bar Open for 21 years and they are celebrating this landmark. Judith Hamann is performing with Carolyn Connors and guest drummer Nat Grant. It’s an exquisite and mischievous set.

Wednesday I go down to meet up with Joel Stern at the Liquid Architect’s offices and meet some of the team and talk about Counterflows, collaborating and all things positive about doing things. What Joel says about moving away from the festival model is really interesting and pertinent for Counterflows. We also talk about Chris Mann who has just died and also Antony Riddell, There is lots to chat about so we decide we’ll meet again next week.

Thursday it is painting and off to the National Gallery of Victoria. I’m keen to see the indigenous collection

It doesn’t disappoint. Amazing stuff. Of course this is a major topic culturally and socially. The whole idea of what is going on with developments of proper recognition for the indigenous people of Australia. It’s a huge and important area for everyone to engage in. For now I have started reading The History of Tasmania by Henry Reynolds and Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe. I’m also reading a wonderful issue of Un. Magazine edited by Neika Lehman & Maddee Clark. Their opening editorial  about the use and misuse of the word decolonisation is brilliant. All this is at least a start anyway.

Now back to the heat and more ice please….