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An online magazine 2013-16. Artists on artists. Music, food, travel, art and culture. Now a tribute to our late editor Susie Surtees (2/6/53-22/7/18)

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By jane

Beau’s All Natural Brewing: Crafting beer. Inspiring community.

This month we are excited to feature an interest piece on a great Canadian family business. Beau’s organic beer leads the way in sustainability, from both an environmental and community perspective. Beau’s brewery HQ is situated in country Ontario, Canada. It’s where they make their delicious organic beer, and hold an annual ‘Oktoberfest’ beer and music festival. I was lucky enough to speak with Jennifer Beauchesne and learn more about how the beer, with the sweetest label designs in the biz, has become so popular.

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By jane

On 27, Sep 2015 | In | By jane

Cleaning Products: A Quiet Revolution

I’ve always had the heart of a quiet revolutionary. Women like Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, and Virginia Woolf have inspired and delighted me. I felt like there was too much inside me to hold it all in neatly. I was messy and wild and sat on buses cross-legged with both feet on the seats.

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By jane

On 27, Sep 2015 | In | By jane

Spirit Way of Painting: Jeremy ‘Mudjai’ Devitt in Profile

Mudjai sits in his Gunya* painted head to toe in traditional ochre. His head is dressed with white egret, wood duck and wedge-tailed eagle feathers that drape from either side of a red, black and yellow headband. In his hands is a pair of wooden Bilma**, the first instrument in the world played by humans. For now his hands are still as his resonant voice rings out to a captivated audience. Mudjai is a storyteller. Whether it’s in his traditional dance performance, his oral accounts or his world-renowned paintings, Mudjai is always sharing stories and his message is one of unity in diversity.

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By jane

On 27, Sep 2015 | In | By jane

5 Must-Visit Places in New Orleans

New Orleans, the big easy, Crescent city, the birthplace of jazz, R & B, funk, rock and soul. If you are a lover of music, food, and sweet humid air, put New Orleans at the top of your bucket list NOW. Teeming with the sights, sounds and smells of celebration, in NOLA you can wander between beautiful neighborhoods rich with cultural history.

We arrived after dark on Friday night at our Treme apartment, ditched our bags, hit up the local corner store for a couple of ‘travelers’ (Aussie for beer while on the move) and headed down Governor Nichols toward the French Quarter. It was a cool 90 degrees, the sky rumbled with anticipatory thunder, flames burned in glass lanterns. So began our time in this beautiful city. A city so inspiring that years would not unveil its secrets, but for a start, we present you with five must-visit places in New Orleans.

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By jane

Figs. A biography of seduction.

She’s dark. The colour of bruised midnight. She’s swelled and ripened over three seasons and blushes crimson at her sweet summit—that meeting place for lines tracing up from her full-hipped beauty. Now, in low-angled autumn light under cool leafy canopies, she and her sisters wait in deep purple crowds.  Read more…

By jane

From Scotland to Ireland via the generosity of strangers

On the 19th of June 2015 I flew into Edinburgh. I had no real plans or things I desperately wanted to see or do in Scotland, I just had a good feeling about the country. Whether it was because of the accent, the kilts, the monsters in the lakes, all I knew is that I wanted to explore the place.

A friend I’d connected with last year, through music in Slovenia, sent me a message asking about my European travel plans. I mentioned Scotland, and he instantly sent me a Facebook link to a friend in Edinburgh. I messaged the friend, mentioning my flight into Edinburgh in a few days. He wrote back, and suddenly I’d lined up a two-night stay.

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By jane

On 17, Jul 2015 | In | By jane

Sleepover Club: Second-wave Feminist Art Practices

Introducing Sleepover Club. It’s a non-hierarchical initiative, combined with collective creativity and reclaimed second wave feminist art practice. In partnership with Brunswick Street Gallery (BSG) and The Push, Sleepover Club Initiative will launch August 15th in Melbourne, followed by an opening exhibition September 18th – October 1st at BSG in Fitzroy.

Sleepover Club aims to engage with broader conversations about feminism and encourage collaboration as well as solidarity amongst artists. The exhibition provides a catalyst for transcultural feminist solidarity, bringing together a group of female artists whose work will create conversation and ask questions.

We caught up with Jennifer Allyson, who will be exhibiting at Sleepover Club and providing a talk about feminism.

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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

On 17, Jul 2015 | In | By jane

Venue Review: Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul

Songs in the Key of Motown: Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul,  4 July 2015

As if the Thai restaurant dinner next door wasn’t gratifying enough, I knew little about the exuberant feast that lay ahead. Served on an extravagant gold-embossed platter, Songs in the Key Of Motown at Anita’s Theatre in Thirroul was a dessert worth waiting for. Not surprising when you consider the iconic venue itself and its rich and romantic history. Anita’s Theatre stands almost defiantly in the centre of town in the small seaside village of Thirroul, NSW. Originally the old King’s Picture Theatre, it was heroically re-opened in 2007 by John Comelli, who lavishly refurbished and re-named it, in honour of his late beloved wife, Anita. Read more…

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

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

When the Wild Calls: A Primordial Adventure In Sweetland

In Jack London’s classic novel ‘The Call of the Wild’, an unsuspecting St. Bernard named Buck is stolen from his comfortable California home and thrust into the unforgiving Yukon wilderness. Forced to work as a sled dog during the Klondike gold rush of ‘97, Buck had to fight both the other dogs and the harshness of the elements in order to survive. Eventually he reverted entirely back to his wild state—a ghost wolf wandering the dark and snowy woods forever. Read more…

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…