EXPO 88 Parades

EXPO 88 Parades

The Fryer Library at Queensland University are now the custodian and owner of the 1986-2004 Mike Mullins Archive.

This archive includes the Expo 88 Parades collection which was the source for the opening exhibition at the new Museum of Brisbane in 2013, Light Fantastic: Expo 88 Parades Rewired.

The 1986-2004 Mike Mullins archive is a fantastic collection which has many unique references:

~ Expo 88 Parades: Australia's first fully professional parades and the only professionally produced electrical parade that has ever been realised outside of the Disney Corporation;

~ Expo 92 which was in Seville, Spain;

~ Expo 96 which was planned for Budapest but cancelled a couple of years before the scheduled opening;

~ the Icon Events archives which includes the first three 'An Evening With Australia's Living National Treasure' (National Trust NSW), News Club (Sydney 2000 Olympics); 1991 Victorian Schools Spectacular, 2001 National Carol By Candlelights and many other significant events.

A visit to the Fryer Library will give you unrestricted access to this vast archive.

https://web.library.uq.edu.au/locations-hours/fryer-library

  

 

that's fantastic!

that's fantastic!

We are proud to announce that there have been an estimated 100,000 downloads of the archive since the site was originally established in 2010. It is great to see the archive being used by students, researchers and lecturers. 

Hugh Wayland VAULT

Hugh Wayland VAULT

The Hugh Wayland VAULT has been temporarily removed whilst Hugh sorts of some copyright issues.

2 November 2016 | GrandOne appears for the first time

2 November 2016 | GrandOne appears for the first time

A new No-One character was introduced during a three week residency at the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, Sydney University in October 2016. 

10 Questions about the Australian theatrical avant-garde

10 Questions about the Australian theatrical avant-garde

10 questions about the Australian Theatrical Avant-garde: a 2-day symposium at the Dept. Theatre and Performance Studies, Sydney University, 3-4 November, 2016

Q1. Is the work 'avant-garde' appropriate in the Australian theatrical context?

Q2. What forms did the avant-garde take in Australian theatre?

Q3 Was there an identifiable Australian theatrical avant-garde?

Q4. What practices might be understood as having constituted this avant-garde?

Q5. What were the influences at work?

Q6. What documentation exists of these practices?

Q7. What happened to the Australian theatrical avant-garde?

Q8. What became of the New Form Lobby group?

Q9. What was the relationship of the avant-garde impulse to other forms of practice?

Q10. How has the Australian theatrical avant-garde been treated by historians, theorists, academics, practitioners?

 

 

I Am No-One - a new Mike Mullins performance

I Am No-One - a new Mike Mullins performance

A new No-One performance was presented at Sydney University. It was the first appearance of No-One since March 1985.

Medal of the Order of Australia

Medal of the Order of Australia

On Australia Day 1981 I was arrested during a performance called The Lone Anzac (see Archive/ Live Acts). It was a piece that explored Australian identity and raised issues concerning an Australian Republic. In 2016, on the same day, I was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for my services to the performing arts. These awards are given every year and I'm delighted to have been recognized for my contribution to the arts by my peers.

It is far too rare that people who have committed their lives to seeking new and innovative work in the performing arts in Australia are acknowledged. Usually, these awards are reserved for mainstream theatre and entertainment identities. So, for this reason, I see this as a shared award and I salute all artists who have the courage to venture into the known and to push boundaries into unknown territories.

Sadly, 35 years after the arrest of Lone Anzac, Australia is still not a republic. This reflects a total national insecurity about who we are as a people and a nation. Our identity is based in simplistic jingoism (Oi! Oi! Oi!), questionable mythology about the past and advertising industry constructs (C'mon Aussies C'mon).    

It is only when we have a comprehensive constitutional recognition of the indigenous people, a fully constituted Republic of Australia, an Australian-born head of state and a uniquely Australian national flag that we can start to think of ourselves as a distinctive people and a sovereign nation. 

 

    

Welcome to the new website

Welcome to the new website

Establishing a new website is bound to have some flaws that will require corrections. If you have any problem, please let us know so we can rectify it.

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Notes From The Archivist | The Temptation of Self-Censorship

 

Cataloging and digitalizing an archive is an enormous task that requires both time and money. One of the first things that you have to confront when you’re working on your own archives is self-censorship. When you are looking at a document that was created some decades ago it is very tempting to destroy anything that you consider to be either ‘unimportant’ or ‘embarrassing’.

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Notes from The Archivist | Cleaning Slides

Some slides in my archive have deteriorated to the point of being totally unrecognisable (see image below)

 

However, most are in reasonable conditions and unlike the slide above, many are restorable.

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