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Art on a Twig

There’s an old tradition in parts of rural Australia of the ‘Twig’ or ‘Twiggy’—suddenly deciding, on a whim, to stop by the side of the road, light a camp-fire with some friends and sit around for a chat, or to play music. Now the idea’s being revived, as a series of artist-in-residence events on farms along the Victorian/NSW border.

India: Future Traditions

There’s an idea that’s been percolating for a while in the minds of many people in India. What’s the price of change? Will Indians still recognise their country as it hurtles into a larger arena of influence and economic power? For many Indians, the country’s myriad crafts and artistic traditions are the very things that will help India survive the future with its Indian-ness intact.

Tales of Persia

Over the past few months, Australia’s been the fortunate beneficiary of an exhibition, driven by some quite original scholarship from local curators, and by the deep knowledge and finest treasures from the Bodleian Library in Oxford. And the result has been a rare glimpse into some of the earliest and most beautiful Persian manuscripts—lush works of art and literature.

The Pinjarra Massacre

The story of colonial Australia is as much a story of dispossession as it is of settlement, and dispossession often went hand in hand with terrible brutality. Today we’re looking at a violent incident that occurred in Western Australia 178 years ago, in which 21 Nyoongar people were killed in a raid by mounted troops.

Rama Mani: Art in Extremis

How important is art in times of genocide? Rama Mani, who’s worked in country after country, and across all continents, has seen that art reappears, phoenix-like, after the worst atrocities and inhumanity. Whenever societies are stifled with injustice, and crushed by physical and cultural violence, remarkably the human spirit of creativity refuses to die.

One Pig : One Matthew Herbert

This week the sonic biography of One Pig, from the studio of Matthew Herbert. He’s one of the most prolific composers in the UK, but not in any conventional sense of the word. Because Matthew Herbert has increasingly made his name as the master of music made from the audible world, using ‘found sound’.

Antoni Tàpies

On Creative Instinct this week, a celebration of the work of the late Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies, who sadly died on 6 February 2012 at the age of 88, within days of the first broadcast of this feature. This program is therefore a tribute to his passing.