Michelle Engelsman speaks out

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Few days ago I watched Olympian Michelle Engelsman speak out against the Internet firewall in China. The event was organised by Amnesty International and took place over two days. There was no media present to report on the event and if you follow the news there was not a single mention of it.

I thought to myself if it has any sense since its exposure is very local and practically invisible.

Concurrently there was huge media outcry over the Internet limitations access in Beijing. Today, to my surprise, I have noticed the Chinese government went good on its promise of unrestricted Internet access. This extraordinary move was communicated to the journalist reporting on the Olympic Games by China’s president, Hu Jintao.

Artistic bummer

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Another artistic controversy fizzes out as the Classification Board classifies the photograph of Olympia Nelson on the cover of of Art Monthly magazine. The board decided the magazine is not suitable for children and rated it M (for mature audiences).

I really wonder what part of public this so called “public outcry” comes from. An average person, even if they are not into art has seen countless paintings of naked bodies. There are naked sculptures all around the world, just like the one of the young boy pictured here from a National Trust owned Everglades garden in Leura. These paintings and sculptures do not come with any ratings and yet they are commonly accepted, more to the point they are admired.

So, what suddenly makes contemporary art any different from the art created prior to current generation?