Do you like the arts? Do you like drinking? Do you think the arts should be more about who you're with than how much you're paying? If your answer to these is a resounding yes (well, at least the first two), this is the group for you. We've focused on visual art as our main events, but there are plenty of cheap shows, movies, live music acts, festivals etc in the inner Sydney area. Let's consume it all with a hint of alcohol.
Jason's current favourite quote about art, by Susan Sontag in Against Interpretation and other essays:
"Interpretation takes the sensory experience of the work of art for granted, and proceeds from there… Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life — its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness — conjoin to dull our sensory faculties. And it is in the light of the condition of our senses, our capacities (rather than those of another age), that the task of the critic must be assessed. What is important now is to recover our senses. We must learn to see more, to hear more, to feel more."
This is a random variety show. This time featuring:
- Penny Greenhalgh from The Check Out / Hungry Beast / Gruen;
- Leroy Lee creates folk music using his guitar;
- Phil Spencer a writer;
- Oliver Twist left Rwanda during the genocide. He now talks about cultures and politics.
We will meet at a bar around before going in.
Anyone can be an event host! If there's something cool you have your eye on, just let me know and you'll be made an event host. Or feel free to just make suggestions in the comments below.
Events that have gone really well in the past: Big arts events like Vivid, Chippendale Art Festival, MCA Artbar, Art after Hours at the AGNSW, Newtown festival, Archibald prize, Art school exhibitions, small art gallery openings (strobed.com.au is great), Artbank, low-key burlesque, photography exhibitions, occasional random drinks, Sydney Writers Festival, White Rabbit, Art Month, Sculptures by the Sea, pub/art gallery crawls.
Just start in a social area like a quiet pub or park and let people know where the group is. And, be welcoming to all comers!
For some guidelines about the group, check out this page: http://www.meetup.com/Art-and-alcohol/pages/Guidelines_for_events/