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artRiot opening!

Posted in Activism, Anarchism, awol monk, Climate change, Culture, Feminism, Festivals, Folk music, Grafitti, lililth half dressed, Music, photos, political music, politics, radical art, Street art, Sydney, sydney fringe with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2010 by Desert Rat Shorty

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Thanks to all who came to the opening of our artRiot exhibition and supporting radical art in Sydney.

Thanks to to Jagath Dheerasekara for the photos.

artRiot: art for radical social change

Posted in Activism, Anarchism, Culture, Feminism, Music, Newtown, Party, political music, radical art, Street art, sydney fringe with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2010 by Desert Rat Shorty

The Lurkers are part of the artRiot collective, which is curating a multi-disciplinary exhibition and performance as part of the Sydney Fringe (10-26 Sept 2010). 

We’re currently on the hunt for radical artists whose creativity is changing the world. Submissions are now open!

We are seeking art from Sydney-based artists that can change people’s lives and help to create radical social change for a better future.

Expressions of interest are now open for an interactive, multidisciplinary exhibition upstairs at the Annandale Hotel as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.

artRiot is looking for radical works: the exhibition is not targeted at working families and it’s not a feel-good campaign.  It’s about meaningful art that is honest, uncompromising and dangerous in a way that dares audiences to believe in a radically different world.  Any art form is fair game: music, fashion, sculpture, photography, fashion, crafting, graffiti, tattooing, painting, poetry or any other form of creative expression.

We know that art can change the world – from Peter Dombrovski’s pivotal photograph of the Franklin River to the music at the heart of the struggle against the apartheid in South Africa. We’re asking contemporary Sydney artists to show how their art is creating radical social change.

Round one expressions of interest close May 31st.  The exhibition will run at the Tap Gallery in Darlinghurst from the 20th September to the 3rd October.  Submit your ideas here:  

For more information check the website or email contact [AT] artriot 

Please forward to friends, comrades and conspirators.

Reclaim the lanes!

Posted in Activism, Anarchism, Culture, Enmore, Newtown, Party, Sydney with tags , , , , , , , on February 14, 2010 by Desert Rat Shorty

Let’s have more dancing in the streets more often

Reclaim the lanes Enmore Rd

I can't think of a better way to reduce car traffic on Enmore Rd

Lurker Nick reclaiming the lanes

Lurker Nick before getting covered in mud

Somewhere in the back streets of Enmore

Somewhere in the back streets of Enmore

What’s the difference between Sydney and Berlin?

Posted in Activism, Berlin, Culture, Grafitti, Newtown, Street art, Sydney with tags , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2010 by Desert Rat Shorty

Magnificent street art covers almost every surface in Berlin

image by nomsaleena

Meanwhile… City of Sydney Council has a 24 hour graffiti response team hell bent on destroying culture and community

Image from SMH

Berlin is coated in a paper mache veneer of artistic, political and music posters advertising gypsy-punk-soul-rap-fusion

Image by Bastien!

City of Sydney ‘generously’ provides a single pillar per suburb for the community to put posters on (sorry about the crap photo… )

The result?  Berlin has a well deserved reputation as a beating heart of art and culture.  Sydney is becoming more sterile by the day as all signs of grassroots community are systematically removed, from garage sale signs, to street art and political posters.