I still haven’t replied to your email where you apologised if you did something wrong. I know you know what you did wrong. I heard Radiohead’s “Exit Music (For A Film)” on shuffle on my iPod this morning and now I want to reply to you,
“Once, in high school, I met a girl who liked very strange music. She was in art school and lived in the city. She gave me a record, and when I went back to my room in the suburbs and put it on, it sounded like a garbage truck backing up over a giant bag full of aluminium bagpipes and dead robots. I played it over and over, until the music finally made glorious sense to me. Listening now to “White Light/White Heat” by the Velvet Underground, I can’t remember what it was like to be the person who couldn’t hear that music…”—Matthew Zapruder (via poetbabble)
Sydney Airport bikie feud killing: 'don't outlaw gangs'
The State Government will be making a “desperate mistake” if it moves to break up bikie gangs in NSW, an expert on outlaw motorcycle club culture says.
Premier Nathan Rees is meeting with police chiefs to discuss a crackdown on gangs after a man was bashed to death during a brawl between rival bikie groups at Sydney’s Domestic Airport yesterday.
Options understood to be on the table include banning members from meeting and giving police greater powers to confiscate groups’ assets in a bid to “attack the heart of these gangs”.
Opposition leader Barry O’Farrell has also called for legislation similar to new laws in South Australia, where it is illegal to be a member of or associate with outlawed clubs.
But Monash University research fellow Arthur Veno says most gangs perform an invaluable social service by keeping some of the most disturbed and unstable members of society in check through rigid internal structures.
"The rules are odious and clear, the punishment immediate and the actions are done by your peers," said Dr Veno, the author of The Brotherhoods: Inside The Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs.
"If you eliminated the clubs you’d displace the problem to mental health services. Where are these guys going to go if their group is gone? "They’re going to be wild, loose cannons and it scares the living heck out of me."
Today I met George Nuku for the first time. “Moko,” he said, “is a way of facing death, it’s a way of living in the present. I want to be here and now. Not somewhere else. Also when I’m sculpting. I want to be in front of the material I’m sculpting. Finally, the material will also be in front of me and will start speaking to me.
In my country fellow artists don’t understand why I want to work with new materials like polystyrene. They would like me to continue working with wood or stone. I think my ancesters sculpted trees because they were living in a world filled with trees. I’m living in a world filled with polystyrene. I cannot pretend it’s not there. I have to develop a spirtual relationship with my surroundings, just as my ancestors did. In this sense, my moko stands for my attempts to honor the past, but to live in the present.”
(Yesterday George Nuku saw some dried, tatooed heads of his ancestors exhibited in a museum in Brussels. How did he feel about this?)
"A lot of people think the heads should return to our country. I don’t. Originally, they were made to be moved. We live in a pretty rough country. Moving the body of a killed friend is almost impossible. So we cut off the heads of our friends and family members to bring them home. They were easily recognisable because of the moko, of course. Actually, the moko looks better when you’re dead and when your head is dried.
But I think the heads should be exhibited in a more respectful manner. Now they are looked down upon. They are exhibited too low. I would like to make cabinets for them, so they can be hidden most of the time and be looked at in a more respectful way.