I’VE KNOWN Not Quite Art Writer/Presenter Marcus Westbury since the early days of establishing the Pod (now Octopod) community space and Newcastle Fringe Festival (now the massively successful This is Not Art festival). We were part of a crew of inspired university students and dropouts all bent on social change and creating culture.

Marcus was a young visionary who, with the establishment of both the Octopod and This Is Not Art, has helped to uplift the corroding Newcastle landscape. And though now based in Melbourne Marcus still regularly travels to Newcastle lobbying for his newest pet project. “Renew Newcastle” is looking at getting tax breaks for landlords who rent out empty shopfronts to artists at discount rates. Anyone who’s been to Newcastle in the last 20 years will witnessed the sad ghost town like parts of the city that resulted from the development of big suburban malls.

This is the second series of Not Quite Art and this series delves into the bedrooms of some of Australia’s most exciting new media art geeks. Watching the series is like attending great festivals and art shows and having intimate cups of tea with the artists all from the comfort of your own lounge room. Although for this viewer the shaky camera work seemed overdone and distracting the subject matter and great Australian soundtrack kept me watching.

The first episode is particularly pertinent to Tasmanian artists and culture watchers as it emphasises that distance and isolation is no longer an inhibiter for getting great work into the public domain. Not Quite Art is starting on ABC 1 on Tuesday 14th at 10 pm and will run for three weeks.


Heidi Douglas

 

Heidi Douglas

This is the second series of Not Quite Art and this series delves into the bedrooms of some of Australia’s most exciting new media art geeks. Watching the series is like attending great festivals and art shows and having intimate cups of tea with the artists all from the comfort of your own lounge room. The first episode is particularly pertinent to Tasmanian artists and culture watchers as it emphasises that distance and isolation is no longer an inhibiter for getting great work into the public domain. Not Quite Art started on ABC 1 on Tuesday 14th at 10 pm and will run for three weeks.