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Nara, where did you go?

So, a few of my good friends have started working on a documentary of Street Art in Western Sydney (see: Deep Corridors) and it got me thinking back to 2007, a time when Oatley had its own playful and mischievous stencil artist. I think their name was ‘nara’, but it’s a little hard to tell.

By the time I was in Year 12, sleeping became more important than the public transport social, so I spent most mornings in the car with my mum (who also attended the same school), hijacking her CD player and car sound system with the sounds of more acceptable punk bands such as Defiance, Ohio. In art class one morning, a friend told me about a big piece of street art on the wall just outside the entrance of Oatley train station. She described it as huge stencil of a person (doing something, that five years of time has caused me to forget) with the words “Bow your head to no one”  scribbled next to it. A few days later, I went down to the train station to take a picture. Unfortunately I had arrived too late. The piece had been painted over, however the outline of the words could still be made out.

Further up the hill, toward Georges River College, just before you get to the one lane bridge that connects Oatley to the rest of the world, there was another piece. This one not so explicitly anti-authoritarian, but more playful and cute, and maybe that’s one of the reasons why it had stayed up for a lot longer.

There was at least one more piece by ‘nara’. It was in Penshurst, along Railway Parade. A few bricks of a wall had been painted gold. On top of these golden bricks were perched the silhouettes of a few birds. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of this piece.

Since finishing school in November 2007, I haven’t been back in Oatley or surrounding areas such as Mortdale and Penshurst. I have no idea if any of these pieces still exist or if more pieces have appeared in the streets since then.

Easter Monday Rally at Villawood

2012 marks 20 years since the introduction of mandatory detention for asylum seekers, so a protest was held at the Villawood Detention Centre in southwest Sydney on Monday. This protest was part of an Easter national convergence, where refugee supporters protested at detention centres around Australia.

The protest met at about 1pm outside Chester Hill train station. Some people held banners, tables of literature were set up and people were chanting.

At about 1:15pm we began marching toward Villawood Detention Centre, down the main street of Chester Hill, through the quiet suburban streets of Chester Hill and Villawood. People stood out the front of their shops and houses, some expressing support, others expressing disapproval but most just having a look at what was going on.

At about 2pm, we reached the outer wall of Villawood Detention Centre. Speeches were made and chants of freedom and آزادی (the Persian equivalent – apparently many of the current detainees are Persian speakers) were exchanged between protesters and detainees on the other side of the fence over 50 metres away.

At about 3pm, the group marched to an entrance on another side of the detention centre.

Not long after, the protest ended. Some people headed off toward Villawood train station while others walked back the way we had marched.

For more information on refugees and asylum seekers in Sydney and the rest of Australia check out: Refugee Action Coalition Sydney.

Showdown Street Fest @ One Utama, PJ – 24/9/2011

Last weekend, there was an all day hip hop “street fest” happening in the car park at One Utama shopping complex. It was sponsored by and based around a local TV show called “Showdown” which seems to be a “So You Think You Can Dance?” for hip hop crews. All day there were various music and dance performances as well as workshops and artwork. Unfortunately I was busy doing top secret NGO stuff earlier in the day, but still managed to make it out there in the evening and get some recordings.

Hunny Madu
4 min 13 sec / 5.8 MB / 192kbps MP3
Hunny Madu is a mix between a pop singer and a rapper, I guess. The first song wasn’t too bad but after the second, I wasn’t really into it that much so I only recorded these two songs.

8 min / 10.9 MB / 192kbps MP3
Remember when I uploaded a recording of Tenderfist and expressed my disappointment at not being able to like them? Their collaborations are so good, but when they’re alone, it’s just… not so good. Arabyrd on the other hand sound good when collaborating with Tenderfist and good when she’s not collaborating with Tenderfist. This time she only performed two songs: Rolex Flex and Byrdkick (remix version) and she started so quickly I missed out on the first few seconds of Rolex Flex. During Byrdkick she invited GBC (one of the crews in the Showdown series) and some others onstage. At one point, I caught myself looking stupid with a giant smile on my face while watching a stage full of people dancing around behind Arabyrd doing whatever Arabyrd does.

There were also some pretty cool artworks being made at the event too by Poodien, Rat and some other guy who’s name I don’t know. Here are some photos of the works by Poodien and the “other guy”:

Fairness Cream

(In a shop on Lebuh Pinang, Pulau Pinang)


Caution: Songkok-wearers crossing

(Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands)

Watch out for Muslims. Run over kafirs.

The Economist censored in Malaysia

The Economist censored

The July 16 2011 issue of The Economist ran an article about the recent Bersih 2.0 rally in Kuala Lumpur. This is how copies of the magazine turned up at the Borders at Times Square (and I assume wherever else it was being sold).

Anyway, they weren’t able to censor the internet so we can read the full article at The Economist website.

[Sorry about the bad quality image. You get the idea.]

Death! Mural

(Pudu Gaol, Jalan Imbi)

From the 2011 Amnesty International Annual Report 2011:

Courts sentenced at least 114 people to “hang by the neck until dead”, according to reports in the state-owned news agency Bernama and other Malaysian media. The authorities did not disclose the number of executions carried out.

More than half of known death sentences were for possession of illegal drugs above certain specified quantities, an offence which carried the mandatory death penalty. Defendants in such cases faced charges of drug trafficking. Under the drug laws, they were presumed guilty unless they could prove their innocence, which contravened international fair trial standards.

Citizens of other ASEAN nations accounted for one in six known death sentences. This included seven from Indonesia, three each from Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand, and two from the Philippines.