on judgement and understanding

I’m reading [and re-reading!] Bernard Schlink’s Guilt about the past at the moment. It’s seriously good. If you’ve read or seen The Reader, this is an exploration of the theoretical underpinnings to the novel. He writes about the intricacies of forgiveness, reconciliation and justice within the context of the Holocaust. The following quote has been…

there probably isn’t a happy ending – but that won’t stop us starting

I’ve been working over this last week to get ready for NCYC, a national youth convention organised by the Uniting Church, and few other things happening in the women’s prison and in the basement during the next 6 weeks. We’re curating a sacred space for 1400 people next Wednesday evening at NCYC – an extraordinarily…

basement spaces – a strategy [and an invitation]

I think i’ve mentioned before that we’re rethinking our approach to basement spaces over the next year [if you’re new to the blog, we use the basement carpark at my office in Melbourne’s city centre, and curate sacred spaces and art installations in the space]. Previously we’ve created spaces around the different church seasons, but…

next year’s trip ii

Unlike the hand forgeries which preceded lithography, photography, film and audio recording, [Walter] Benjamin argues that the nineteenth and twentieth centuries placed art in an era of mechanical reproduction, which necessarily changes our perception of art itself. In particular, Benjamin argues that the “aura” of an original, “the essence of all that is transmissible from…