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By jane

On 17, Jul 2015 | In | By jane

Bearings: Positioning Ourselves in Time and Space via Small Treasures

‘You can read people from what’s in their bathrooms’, my friend said with an enigmatic grin, returning from mine to a dinner table of chattering friends, leaving his conclusions unspoken. Hmm. Squeaky bath ducks, art, plants and tropical shells—did I come across as Pollyanna-ish? Or did the toothpaste tube squeezed from the reckless middle rather than from the obsessive-compulsive bottom balance me by exposing my shadow side? Did I care?

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By jane

On 17, Jul 2015 | In | By jane

The Lightness and Darkness of Being a Good Detective:
A Spacetime Adventure In Sweetland

When I was ten years old I wrote my first epic saga. It was full of all the good things: girl detectives, handsome knights, underground caverns and shiny spaceships. Set on the moon sometime far in the future (the year 2010), two crime-solving sisters and a dashing scientist-knight named Sir George went on a dangerous quest to save a baby dinosaur.

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By jane

Tribute to the late, great, ‘fully fantastic’ Amit Saigal

It’s been more than 3 years since Amit Saigal, ‘founder’ of the Indian Contemporary Music Scene passed away. To commemorate his recent birthday, and to introduce him to those who did not have the chance to meet the great man, this month Mojo Junction is publishing a video and tribute made at the time of his passing. Read more…

By jane

On 31, May 2015 | In | By jane

My Peace River: Canada’s most endangered river

The Peace is British Columbia’s most endangered river due to the threat of the Site C dam, an $8.8 billion dollar project approved to flood 57,000 acres of First Nations and heritage agricultural land. I grew up on the banks of the Peace River, my family has homesteaded and farmed in this valley. We have gardened, hunted and lived on this land for generations. First Nations people have done the same for a lot longer. It is my hope that this valley will continue to provide habitat for the countless species who live here, that this class one agricultural land will continue to grow food, and that the families who work this land will not be displaced due to flooding. If the Site C dam goes ahead, all this culture, history and potential will be lost forever.

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By jane

On 31, May 2015 | In | By jane

Photo Journal. Burma: A Mystical Land

On a Golden Triangle trek in northern Thailand when I was nineteen, I came to a bridge reaching over a river. Our guide said, ‘Over the bridge is Burma but we aren’t allowed to go there’. Burma has fascinated me ever since then. Perhaps it was not being allowed in—I’ve never liked being told ‘no’—or perhaps it was the mystery of a secret land. Read more…

By jane

Cooks’ Journeys: Everyday Alchemy

It began with a duck egg—cold, smooth, a bewitching blue—pressed into my six-year-old palm by my mother’s friend, who suggested I use it to bake my first cake.

Until then, my kitchen deeds were confined to laying the table, sawing bread into wonky slices, drying dishes, and slipping under the spare arm of my aproned mother—the undisputed kitchen queen—for a quick squeeze while she peeped under the rattling lids of steaming saucepans, or pulled out the griller tray to turn sizzling, popping lamb chops.

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By jane

On 01, Apr 2015 | In | By jane

Is Schrödinger’s cat really dead AND alive? An Interview with Quantum Physicist Eric Cavalcanti

Is Schrödinger’s cat really dead and alive? This century-old experiment that queries the meaning of the wave function, the central object of quantum mechanics, remains a mystery. Is there one true story, or is human belief in a definitive observer-independent reality an illusion? Here we speak with Dr. Eric Cavalcanti about a recent experiment so illuminating that the discoveries were documented in the New York Times. 

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By jane

On 27, Mar 2015 | In | By jane

From Tulsi Ghat: A Photo-Journal from India

The river saw something in the sky that the sky couldn’t see in itself. The subtle chaos of sunrise is an emotional and temporal palette, playing itself out in the teased-angora facade of cirrus clouds high overhead. ‘Lavender, amber, mandarin!’—the sky declares one moment, then just as surely—‘amethyst, apricot and burnt orange!’ the next. It is simpler for the river, more elemental, ‘Red, blue and yellow’ it says, uneasy as it is with ambiguity.       Read more…

By jane

On 27, Mar 2015 | In | By jane

The Stories of the Street are Mine: Brooklyn NYC

Street art is a reflection of the people of a place. We bring you, back-dropped by often-anonymous art, the stories of the people we found inhabiting the street gallery back alleys of Brooklyn in the wee hours of a snow-capped winter morning.

 

Cosmos Montoya 

Biggie Small’s struggles in the 80s have become a symbol for seekers. Street art is that expression of the soul that becomes one with the neighborhood, it represents us, offers a visual moment that can take you far from where you are, inspire or challenge your thoughts. Good pieces represent us; speak of our sense of pride in our neighborhood. I am in conversation with the art I find on the streets, we push the area for betterment, talk about the flow that the culture always faces in a given time and place, share time and space.

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By jane

On 31, Jan 2015 | In | By jane

Elk & Me: An Interview with Ava Roubin and Pete Coles

So, as you’ve probably noticed from our content, this month of February, that we are focussing on love in its many forms. To explore the balance and complexity of alignment with a partner’s life’s work, we spent an afternoon with inspirational couple Ava Roubin and Pete Coles at Elk & Me Therapies and Dispensary, a multi-modality clinic in Thornbury (Melbourne), Australia.   Read more…

By jane

On 31, Jan 2015 | In | By jane

5 Most Romantic Aussie Love Scenes Of All Time

Here at Mojo Junction we’re feeling a little amorous, what with Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away. And what better way to celebrate love on the silver screen than to compile a little list of our favourite love scenes from Australian films. Some say we do things a little differently Down Under—you be the judge as you enjoy this collection of classic romantic Aussie moments. Read more…

By jane

On 31, Jan 2015 | In | By jane

Always Was, Always Will Be Aboriginal Land: Survival Day

Another Australia Day has come and gone. The continued insistence of the government in retaining this as the chosen day of national celebration—in light of what it represents to our first nations people is baffling. It’s time to start calling this day for what it is—Invasion Day or Survival Day. It marks the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia, occurring on 26 January 1788. This day marks the beginning of a continued mass cultural genocide upon First Nations People.

On February 9th 2015, the Sovereign Union (A First Nations Alliance) and their supporters gathered in Canberra at Parliament House. Day 1 of the ‘sit-in’ has gained world attention, and marks the delivery of the document ‘The Aboriginal Sovereign Manifesto of Demands’ to Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion. This document is available to read here: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/aboriginal-sovereign-manifesto-demands

The Australian government’s lack of respect for the world’s oldest living culture is an atrocity. For healing and growth to occur, a continuous focus on reconciliation is essential. To stay informed about the current business of the Sovereign Union, visit http://nationalunitygovernment.org/ for regular updates.

 

Video published on YouTube by NITV Jan 26, 2015

Words by Aurora Jane

By jane

On 31, Jan 2015 | In | By jane

The Macro Micro Mirror: Photography by Mirabai

There’s evidence of microcosm versus macrocosm in every aspect of life, if we observe the detail of the mirror. Here we feature the beautiful work of Byron Bay born photographer and film-maker Mirabai Nicholson-McKellar, as she explores the intricate up-close world of the sub-tropical forest and beach between Byron Bay and Lennox Heads, Australia. We also took some time with the artist to get an insight into her creative process. Read more…

By jane

On 31, Jan 2015 | In | By jane

In Celebration of Love: The Photography of Nina Claire

In celebration of love, and of Valentine’s Day this month, we feature the work of Sydney photographer Nina Claire. Nina is a truly inspirational artist. She has taken the often too-structured world of wedding and couple photography to new heights of creative possibility. The effect is palpable. Here, we speak with Nina about her craft:

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By jane

On 30, Nov 2014 | In | By jane

The Best of the Worst-Best Christmas Songs Ever Recorded

December’s here, and the star-spangled, glitter-baubled and gift-wrapped spirit of seasonal cheer is well and truly upon us. Shopping malls are dripping with tinsel and ringing with classic Christmas tunes. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—even here in Australia. We might not have the snow, but by jingle bells we’ve got the barbies warming up, the pudding in the bag and the beers on ice. I’m a sucker for a little seasonal soundtrack to get me in the mood at Christmas time. So I thought I’d dig around for some classics to share with you.

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By jane

On 30, Nov 2014 | In | By jane

Seasonal Migrations for Celebration. And for Love

Last week, an atlas close to the length and weight of a newborn baby came into my hands. I leafed through its maps, my fingers tracing the blue lines of rivers veining the earth, and my mouth forming the syllables of far-flung places—Belogorsk, Kristiansund and Zanzibar. Thousands of named lines—tracks, paths, roads and highways—hatch every land. Along with places of habitation, gathering places with their origins in prehistory—like Stonehenge, and Allahabad on the Ganges (site of the world’s largest religious gathering)—are marked with circles. I began thinking about the peoples of mountains, hills and plateaux, of plains, deserts, forests and jungles, and of rivers, lakes and seas. I thought about the how and why of human movement around the earth. Of the significance in each hemisphere of winter and summer solstices and of autumn and spring equinoxes—so often times of travel and gathering for ceremonies and celebrations, and of natural migration for creatures of the non-human world. Read more…

By jane

On 30, Nov 2014 | In | By jane

5 Minutes With Dale Dickins, Director of ‘The Bitcoin Doco’

This month, Mojo Junction was lucky enough to share 5 minutes with Dale Dickins, Melbourne based director of ‘The Bitcoin Doco’

 

1) Why did you get into Bitcoin?

I was immediately fascinated with the words open source, cryptography, global, internet money, in one sentence. I sensed a game changer when WikiLeaks started to accept Bitcoin during their bank embargo. It was fascinating to discover there was an alternative to our traditional banking system. The more research I did, the more I wanted to participate.

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By jane

On 30, Sep 2014 | In | By jane


Photography: Creative Acts of Remembrance and Belonging

The soft bodies of humans are brief. Our heartbeats, our breaths, are measured in decades, not in millennia. Everything is impermanent. Even mountains disappear under time’s scythe.

Through photographs we create the illusion and comfort of a kind of permanence. For families and friends, photographs are a shared visual language of belonging. They preserve what we hold dear against future loss and connect us when we’re apart. They extend memory beyond what we hold in our minds, capturing and exteriorising treasured and vanished moments for ourselves and for eyes beyond the present generation—the creamy cheek of a drowsing infant, the snowy softness of a grandmother’s hair, the delight of a child unwrapping a birthday present, a beloved family house now long gone.

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By jane

On 30, Sep 2014 | In | By jane

Animation: The Making of Digby Spesh

Hey friends! I’m going to tell you a bit about my other world. It’s a bit of a fantasy world. I thought I’d be an old man before I’d revisit this place again, but I heard a rap tap tapping. I could feel it. Like the tapping of a dog’s tail against a table leg as her human idol approaches the sliding door.

Turns out I never left. Apparently I’d been making updates to my fantasy world while I was away. This very real, but ‘fantastic’ world I speak of is the place I go to when I sculpt clay and its oily compadres. In fact, I only have to touch clay and something happens to my whole being. Give it a squeeze or two and I’m gone! The bystander is often left with a Tim not dissimilar to the ABC’s test pattern. Read more…

By jane

On 31, Jul 2014 | In | By jane

Cover Story: A Style Language.

Belted, buttoned, buckled and zipped—post-modern dressing leaps far beyond seasonal practicalities, status, traditional cultural identities, modesty, age, and gender distinction. Our obedience to old rules has given way to freer choice. Personal dressing has become daily kaleidoscopic displays of a dyed, woven, knitted and sewn visual language—a complex self-expressive communication project that among other things, is part masquerade, part new-tribe identity marking, part art, and part closing the gap between who we feel we are and who we want to become.

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