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Ampersand Magazine presents Future Human #1
Gimcrack Journalism: Outsourcing, axing and the fragmentation of the newsroom.
Surry Hills Library
July 21, 2011, 8.30 pm
Peter Atkinson (Pagemasters)
Peter Smith (Financial Times)
Elmo Keep (Hungry Beast)
At the end of May this year, Fairfax sacked 82 sub-editors and production managers in favour of outsourcing to global editorial assembly line Pagemasters. In the US, top-flight investigative journalists are deserting newspapers and forming their own not-for-profit newsrooms. What will happen to quality reporting when the newsroom is finally dismantled? And do media graduates stand a chance of finding interesting work in this rapidly evolving economy, or are they doomed to blogging and streaming inane feuilleton?
Ampersand Magazine is very excited to present the first event of a new talks series, Future Human.
A hugely popular event from London, Future Human reinvents the intellectual salon for a new age of radical change and innovation as four selected guest speakers and experts address a unique topic.
Ampersand has joined up with our pal Dan Stacey, co-founder of the London event, and together have plans to make the night ongoing and monthly here in Sydney.
‘A blend of intimacy, anarchy and intellectual nourishment… the salon has arrived in the 21st century’ – The Sunday Times
PLEASE BOOK AHEAD BY PHONING HERE: 02 8374 6230
The Chinese Government’s crackdown on artists creating work deemed too controversial or critical are experiencing further heat from police.
In late June, Ampersand contributor Guo Jian spoke to both the New York Times and CNN about the situation in Beijing and how his art threatens the regime.
New York Times article
June 22, 2011
CNN newsreport (video)
June 26, 2011
Thanks to Nici at Blackbird Corner for sending us this. What a beautiful shop you have.
Alice Gage and Pip Smith of Penguin Plays Rough at the EWF small press fair.
The Emerging Writers’ Festival was a bit of a treat last weekend – a great chance for a tremendous amount of geeks to converge and talk about fonts and paper thickness.
After the indie publishing workshop at the Wheeler Centre on Saturday, which we re-named ‘Are you an idiot? You want to start a magazine? Presented by Ampersand Magazine and dogs wearing clothes’ (which no doubt proved invaluable to the publishing-aspirant attendees, example slide below) we hosted a small press social drinking event and had some great chats with folks from Vignette Press, Visible Ink (RMIT Journal) and our friend Pip Smith from Penguin Plays Rough.
On Sunday Penguin Plays Rough and Ampersand had to endure each others’ company for another 5 hours WHICH WAS A PLEASURE. The whole day was a pleasure, actually, if not a bit chilly. We made lots of new friends, including Death of a Scenester, a great lit-zine and Lachlann Carter from Pigeons who is doing amazing stuff with kids and literature. Artist Tai Snaith came to say hello as did Telia Nevile and Tom Doig who were a part of the 48 Hour Play Generator performances (which only some of us could go to because some of us had to be on the bloody stall).
Anyway it was a fantastic nerd convention and great fun! Thank you Emerging Writers’ Festival and Lisa Dempster and the city of Melbourne!
Ampersand editor Alice Gage heads south to Melbourne this weekend to get involved in the excellent Emerging Writers’ Festival.
Saturday 4th June, 12.30-2.30 – Workshop: The Process, with Alice Gage of Ampersand Magazine
The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Join us for a chat about independent publishing.
Sunday 5th June, 12.00 onwards – Page Parlour
The Atrium @ Federation Square
Featuring more than 40 stalls with a vast variety of indie books, literary journals, posters, hand-crafted story books, zournals, zines and much, much more!
Come, sit, read, walk and immerse yourself in some of the best independent, underground, obscure and locally produced publications. Get in before everyone else does and find your new ‘favourite’ as we showcase a wealth of undiscovered talent in our 2011 Page Parlour.
Should be great fun. Come down and say hi.
Ampersand on the counter of Readings Lygon Street next to Vanity Fair, The Monthly and The New York Review of Books… well stone the bloody crows.
Having overcome stretched deadlines, sleepless nights, international printing, strings of public holidays, a five week journey across the stormy Phillipine, Arafura and Coral Seas, wharf strikes and Australian customs, Issue 3 – The Fade, is finally here.
It is an absolute beauty, perhaps our best, and is available now for the buying!
With the winners of Capture The Fade and an introduction by judge Bill Henson, an incredible illustrated ‘Sixteen Straws’ by Emily Hunt and The Drones, a tour of Glenrowan’s animatronic museum Ned Kelly’s Last Stand by Eddie Sharp, a missive to the missing by the New Statesman‘s Alyssa McDonald, painting by Guo Jian and Adam Hill plus SPOD, Nick Sun, Claudia O’Doherty, Courtney Collins, Rita Kalnejais, Darren Hanlon, Laura Jean, Maeve Higgins, Craig Schuftan, and even more.
It’s as bumper as all get out and it looks so beautiful.
This is what we did on Thursday night: Charlie Garber read Nick Sun’s piece from the issue. Then a man resembling a Disney prince and his assistant – a Na’vi wearing a glowing spider suit and white runners – hosted trivia. Then we played an epic round of the Box Game. Mister Music, a moustachioed DJ in a sparkling bowler hat, kept the soundtrack right. Don’t be fooled, this was no average night at Palms Retirement Home.
Many thanks to all the wonderful people of Serial Space for having us, to Charlie, Gus, Tyson and Nick, and to everyone that came along and got involved, even the ones that were so competitive that they transcended their physical shortcomings to stay in the game. You weirdos.
Pictures by Lucy Parakhina and Tarra Hunchak.