Jeremy Baker

Ramses exhibition at the Australian Museum

Wonderful visit to the Lego Brickman Jurassic Exhibition at Tākina with the grandkids.

The Diva, The Deity, The Drag Queen … the Divine Miss Polly Filla - exquisite. #diva #deity #divine #drag #pollyfilla

A drag queen in a swirling zebra pattern dress in sultry lighting on stage at S&Ms bar in Wellington A man looks directly at a drag queen who looks directly at us. A study in obsession. Polly and Jeremy

A little art in Auckland #tāmaki #tāmakimakaurau #toiotāmaki #aucklandartgallery #tate #light #sammackay

Pōneke - a collage #tepapa #toiartgallery #stjohnsbar #goldings #pōneke #sun #autumn #sammckay

Poneke collage - sunny waterfront St Johns bar, art gallery, Goldings bar

Incredible collection at the Sydney Modern art gallery. #art #modernart #gallery #sydney

Selection of art from the Sydney Modern gallery

Morning reading after a fantastic first night of @sydneyworldpride - with a couple of books from @littleblackgallery and @boysfineart #mōrena #sydney #worldpride #mardigras #books #art #photography

Photography books - “Rite” by Michael Søndergaard and “Uncensored” by AdeY

Photography books - “Rite” by Michael Søndergaard and “Uncensored” by AdeY

Wonderful World Pride Exhibition by @thelittleblackgallery 📷 #photography #art #exhibition #northsydney #sydney #mardigras

collage of photography exhibition of gay snd queer art

AIR exhibit at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. 🖼️ #Family #Art #Exhibit #Brisbane #QLD

Two people standing in a room of thousands of black paper butterfliesThree people looking at an installation of thousands of feathers, shells and other natural objects that form an ellipsis reminiscent of a murmuration of birds

Apartment renovations story

Today’s Pōneke / Wellington newspaper has a story about the recent renovations to the apartment that my partner and I have lived in for 22 years:

Guests love trying to find the way in to the secret room of this New York loft-style apartment in central Wellington

Many thanks to Kylie Klein-Nixon for the story, and to Andrew & Lynnette Scott (designers & project managers, Design in Residence), Liz Mark (design consultant), Phil Maxey (builder), and Reilly Joinery for making it a reality!

Also thanks to Oliver Cain for the wonderful piece, "Jeremy + Bill", which features in the story.

Wide angle shot of a loft-style apartment with wooden floors and steel beams. A richly patterned rug in the foreground. Two men on a couch, one higher than the other. Art, dining furniture and many designer lights fill the background.

Photo: Monique Ford / Stuff.

Andrew Bayer Live at ABGT500 Los Angeles

Andrew Bayer's live set at Above & Beyond's Group Therapy 500 at the Banc of California Stadium is now available to stream and view.

This was one of the top sets of the weekend; we were also lucky enough to see Andrew live in a much smaller venue at the Academy LA the night before, where he also played a great set.

Youtube Video

Apple Music 

Spotify

Album cover - Andrew Bayer - ABGT500 Live from Lost Angeles

The Ness of Brodgar

The Ness of Brodgar Excavation continues to uncover fascinating information about Neolithic Orkney:

At its zenith, in the main phase that we are currently exploring (dating from c 3100BC), the Ness was dominated by huge freestanding buildings flanked by a pair massive stone walls.

The best book on the Ness at present is The Ness of Brodgar: As It Stands (Orcadian, 2020)

I am very keen to visit this and other sites in Orkney at some point!

An aerial view of the complex of structures uncovered in Trench P on the Ness.

Long term trends fascinate me; fads don’t. It’s working out which is which that is the problem. #mbnov

Rufus Du Sol

Went to the Rüfüs Du Sol concert in Tāmaki Makaurau last night. It was pure joy and wonderment.

A concert crowd seemingly stretching to the horizon, under a blizzard of white paper confetti

The crowd at the Vector Arena seemingly stretching to infinity under a blizzard of white confetti.

Man dancing in swirling white paper confetti

Sam surrounded by confetti.

Two women smiling and dancing

Rusty and Melissa - who we met at the show - enjoying the vibe.

My sister at the concert!

Turns out my sister was at the same concert - neither of us knew till we saw each other in the crowd!

Singer thanking the crowd at the emd of the show

 Rüfüs Du Sol member and singer Tyrone Lindqvist thanking the crowd.

I absolutely love following along as the ongoing excavations at the Ness of Brodgar reveal new insights into this fascinating Neolithic site in the Orkney islands.

The latest update shares new findings about Structure Twenty-Seven and the ‘exquisite’ stonework involved.

She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400–2000 BC

This exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York from October 2022 to February 2023 looks fascinating! Wish I could spare the time to go and see it. 

The exhibition covers the first known author by name in history - Enheduanna, the high priestess of the temple of the moon god in the city of Ur. She was the daughter of the Akkadian king Sargon (ca. 2344-2279 BC). Her poetry reflected her deep devotion to the goddess of sexual love and warfare—Inanna in Sumerian, Ishtar in Akkadian. 

She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400–2000 BC

Viking Textiles Show Women Had Tremendous Power

Exciting article that details new findings on the archeology of textiles in the Viking era, and the implications for the wealth and power of women in that culture and period.

Viking Textiles Show Women Had Tremendous Power - Scientific American

I’ve been playing a bunch of Canadian songs on repeat today. I made a playlist for Bill which he seems to like.

Apple Music Playlist

Spotify Playlist

This is so wonderful…

literature-clock.jenevoldsen.com

@Miraz - I think I might need to learn how to embed things!!

Plants and rocks at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Pōneke.

lush trees and bushes Tī Kouka flowercarved rockcarving on rock

The ancient art of barrel making, the work of a ‘Cooper’, has always fascinated me. One of many crafts we once relied on, but is now a rare and marginal skill. #mbnov #crafts

Captivated and transported by Red Leap’s interpretation of Janet Frame’s “Owls Do Cry” this afternoon. It is now 65 years since the book was published; this performance gave it fresh relevance.

#writer #book #modernist #novel #autobiography #JanetFrame #Aotearoa #OwlsDoCry

Programme for theatre performance.

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind;
The thief doth fear each bush an officer. ”

Shakespeare (Henry VI, Part III)

#mbnov

“I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.”

Maya Angelou (New York Times, 2013) #mbnov

Insight cannot be taken back. You cannot return to the moment you were in before.” Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall: A Novel, 2009) #mbnov