Western media over the last 20 years has slowly given birth to an ugly and unwieldy child now known as Celebrity Culture.
With pushy stage parents such as, Politics and Finance, it was only a matter of time before this child grew up harboring a need to justify itself.
Celebrity Culture, lets call him CC, has followed a long and winding road to enlightenment, searching his soul in areas such as spiritualism, the arts, benevolent work and the media. It therefore seems only right that CC would at some point begin to compile sacred texts on all he has learnt.
With a fervor that has not been witnessed in Western culture before — who knows, maybe anywhere — the masses have embraced their new god. Daily reading our picture bibles, be it in magazines, on television, on-line or on the radio, we seek a new way to live our lives.
With supportive parents, CC is able to write new chapters on what we need to be happy. Lessons on how we should look to be happy and most importantly how we should love to be happy.
These texts are now more important to us than our families, our peace, our character and above all, each other.
CC has taught us important life lessons such as, globalization trumps community, religious teachings are more important than curing disease and that a slow genocide far out-pays human rights.
So please, welcome to the circus.
Image above: Paul Ferman, Cosmo 2007
Paul Ferman, Financial
Paul Ferman, Good
Paul Ferman, Ralph
GALLERY 2 Über Tales
In Über Tales Nana Ohnesorge has developed a dialogue concerning the iconic and its significance to collective memory and identity. Collage-like elements are translated into a single painted surface or transformed into cohesive sculptures, appropriating aspects of Romanticism, Surrealism and Pop Art.
The bold approach to colour and subject matter is directed at the underlying psychological and philosophical symbolism of fairy tales. The investigation into the history, tradition and significance of fairy tales is further loaded with personal references, which are placed within the broader context of the history and culture of her native German background.
Of particular relevance is the fairy tale’s trait of simultaneously communicating overt, covert, childlike and deadly serious meanings. Über Tales examines how fairy tales’ aim to entertain, their mythic portrayals of our humanity and inhumanity in a universal language, and their sense of the fantastic in the context of a contemporary discourse.
Revisiting sites associated with significant childhood experiences during her recent residencies in Paris and Germany, Nana has added new work to Über Tales, which commenced last year during her BFA Honours studies at the National Art School, Sydney.
Image above, Nana Ohnesorge, Beauty and the Beast, 2006
Nana Ohnesorge, Little Red Riding Hood
Nana Ohnesorge, Childhood Memory
Nana Ohnesorge, InstallationView
Nana Ohnesorge, InstallationView
I want my pants ripped off by someone wild
Who am I???
While originally planning a career as a schoolteacher after completing my Arts degree in 1972, I applied, on an impulse, for a journalism cadetship with The West Australian instead.
Since then I have thrived on that impulsive decision. Within the first ten years of my career, I?ve carved out a reputation in print, television and radio, including two years at the London Bureau working for the Murdoch group's Australian papers.
My entrance into television was unexpected. Whilst covering a story for The Australian, an ABC Television reporter interviewed me for a Four Corners program. When the head office executives saw the interview, they were so impressed they offered me the Perth compere's position for ABC Television's then new program Nationwide.
Soon I moved to Sydney to host the NSW edition of the program and established myself as one of the most respected and popular personalities on national television. I then worked for a time on commercial radio with 2UE and on commercial television, co-presenting Channel 10's main news bulletin, before returning to the ABC in 1990.
I played a major role in ABC TV's coverage of the Gulf War. During this period I was awarded two Penguin Awards and a United Nations Media Peace Prize.
In 1992 I began presenting Life Matters, a new ABC Radio National program which set out to cover the full gamut of social issues in everyday life. In 1998, I also became host of ABC TV's Compass program, which looks at issues of spirituality, philosophy and belief every Sunday evening. After 11 years with Life Matters, I moved to Saturday mornings to host a program focusing on international politics, Australia's role on the world stage, and business.
In 2000 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for social and cultural reporting. In 2003, I was recognised with an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the community and media