Directed by Christopher Ian Smith, New Town Utopia is a documentary about the British town of Basildon, Essex. Basildon was created in the years following World War II, to accommodate the overspill of Greater London’s population. Since that time, residents have faced adversity and experienced the force of austerity measures.
New Town Utopia is a journey of memory, place and performance, guided by the artists, musicians and poets of Basildon, celebrating the creative spirits of the people who live there. A related anthology exploring the British new town experiment through poetry, essays and other contributions is also available from the New Town Utopiawebsite.
[Main image: ‘Why’, by Clive Wakeford. Courtesy of DADo]
Onigiri is a staple found everywhere in Japan: from the aisles of convenience stores to fancy food halls. This week, the wonderful Julia Busuttil Nishimura shares two quick recipes for home made onigiri with mustard greens and umeboshi, and mushroom onigiri (scroll down for more), for a rice-filled belly on the go
As a number of Melbourne's prominent gay venues started to close down, Sam Cremean felt a sense of loss. This prompted him to investigate what was happening to gay neighbourhoods internationally. He discovered that these important spaces were slowly disappearing from cities around the world
Where European architecture starts with the exterior shape of the building, Asian buildings are imagined from the inside out. Curators of the acclaimed Indonesia Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2018, Ary Indra and David Setiadi, elucidate how 'emptiness' is sculpted in Indonesian architecture, one remarkable building at a time