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Street Canvas Co.

The Street Canvas Co. is a collective of visual artists interested in working with City Councils and local owners to create legal public spaces for street art projects, whether they be murals, sculptures or performances. We believe the modern city street is a canvas for the public imagination to be heard, and wish to create venues for it’s artisans and painters to express themselves through. We hope to achieve this by working with both local governments and private owners of walls, sidewalks, disused billboards and other potential canvasses and opening them up to art projects involving local community.

Community Development
Public art reflects a vibrant cultural ecology where local citizens and tourists alike can appreciate a cities creative imagination simply by walking down the street of catching a train.

Empty canvasses are everywhere. Underneath highways, by the river, in back alleyways of the city, on busses and trams, on the pavement, on electric boxes and abandoned billboards. All of the city is a maze of flat planes and primed canvas. The question is how do we negotiate with the larger community - which we are apart of – to gain access to spaces legally?

Millions of dollars are spent on public art projects around the city every year, but very little of it is for painting murals, a time honored tradition older than the frescos of Michelangelo.

In terms of community development, the chance for young and emerging artists to make their mark on the public canvas of the street builds a relationship of belonging that is often absent in the modern urban culture.

Naomi Robson Xmas Reel

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Naomi Robson, darling of Channel 7's Today Tonight has recently resigned as the host of that show after a year of spectacular gaf's. From unsuccesfully trying to sneak in to West Papua to report on the terrible and ongoing genocide by the cannibals in the hills (as opposed to the Indonesian military rule), and accidentally wearing kakhi the week Steve Irwin died, it has not been a good year for Naomi.

Police Brutality video by Combat Wombat

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'Police Brutality' is the second video clip from Combat Wombat's album Unsound System. Based on illustrations by vocalist MC Izzy, the video was created by Dragonfly Animation. It also features indymedia footage from Pine Gap and Beverly Uranium Mine protests. Check out Combat Wombat's previous video's on Undergrowth Qwest and Tunin' Technology. Visit Combat Wombat's website website for more about the band.

Undergrowth #7 - NOMADOLOGY - Melbourne Book Launch - Thurs 23rd Nov - St Jeromes, Melb CBD



"Here we go, kids.

Breathe in a lungful of petrol fumes and take flight, high on fossil fuels.

Scatter now, travel is cheap - but it won't be forever.

What if we are the last airborne generation?"

Undergrowth & presents the Melbourne launch of the Undergrowth #7 - Nomadology at St Jeromes on Thursday 23rd November, with the support of Uber Lingua.

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In The Light Of Reason

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In The Light Of ReasonWriting as a religious ritual. From the Heart yet in the light of Reason. by Levin Daitschenko

The Dreamspheres Project

Presented by the Melbourne Environmental Arts Festival Collective Dreamspheres will be a living breathing geodesic dome city filled artist’s installations, sound scapes, animation sets and sculptural works. It will be a land mark event of the Sustainable Living Festival , Feburary 16-19 2007.

'Gumtree' by Spoonbill + Aphid

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From the Undergrowth archives: VJ King Aphid's anarchic video clip to Spoonbill's glitch ode to the Australiana classic 'Gumtree'

Video: Aphid (aka Jonno Chong)

WW III for Dummies> by Ralf

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The need for a comprehensive peoples movement against the warmongers has now moved beyond just the scope of ones own personal moral issues with the “War On Terror” and is fast becoming a desperately needed countering force if civilization itself is to survive. It appears that we are indeed dealing with madmen in the White House who are willing to risk the veneer of democracy, the entire economy and possibly whole countries – including those of their allies as they pursue their hegemonic goals and push the world to the brink -- and beyond – of World War III. With global warfare at perhaps the most pivotal moment in all of modern history, one must ask why the average person either doesn’t care or doesn’t have a clue. In a 21st century where the media plays a vital role in social engineering, many people may find it hard – or overwhelming -- to join the dots. Here then, is a regularly updated primer of current global conflicts, the political machinations behind them and speculation on where it’s all going that I call – World War III for Dummies…

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The Man Who Never Sleeps: Part II - Chaz's Manuscript - chapter 5

eyeless p2 7 Visiting the human world became a regular pastime. I ventured there approximately once every two months. It was a danger sport to me, like rock climbing or bunji jumping to you humans; and I was getting a taste for it. At first I went only with Spaper, but eventually I ventured there alone. I explored the city, or I would dally with our group of human friends. Spaper and I constantly sought out new experiences worthy of our enthusiasm. We went to concerts of many kinds – orchestras, folk concerts, punk rock, hip-hop, disc jockeys, opera and ballet. We went to see movies, football matches, boxing matches and races of all sorts…until we needed to be involved in the action.

"The Secret" Revealed! > by Ralf

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The Secret revealed! Of Snake Oil and Other Charmers

by Ralf

I had an interesting, if somewhat drunken, Earthdance. Given that it is the global party and day for peace, I spent the day picking peoples brains to further my understanding of why the resistance to war in this country is not growing with what has been going on. In some way I finally found an answer. In several separate conversations with people they urged me to watch "The Secret" to cast more light on things. In fact they were all saying the same thing. That to resist something will only give it more power and all used "The Secret" as an example of a cogent explanation to this theory. Luckily I had recently been given a copy of "The Secret" that I had not yet watched so it was obviously something the Universe was putting in my way. I have since watched it and am glad that people finally urged me into checking this out. I had no idea that things were getting so bad.

I guess I better start with a positive, as it wouldn't be right to bring anyone down with negative vibes. These guys are definitely getting craftier we have to tip our hats to them on that level. I have long wondered how long it would take for the establishment to get a serious handle on what we have been up to and start fighting fire with fire. Obviously this particular movie has a struck a chord with a number of people from the psychedelic world here in Melbourne. Indeed this makes sense since it draws heavily on the emergent spiritual theory that seems to be growing out of the Psychedelic and Quantum Physics worlds about the nature of reality and ones ability to control it and manifest it with ones thoughts. This idea is obviously becoming more and more of a driving force assisting in the decision making of people from our culture.

And as The Secret is one of the newest and freshest manifestos, in the tradition of What The Bleep Do We Know etc, about where such an insight can lead us in the way we live our lives it makes sense that it seems to be influential at the moment. Indeed it is actually produced and made by a team of people FROM Melbourne so another reason why it must resonate so solidly with people from this city. This theory and greater enlightenment that is growing is of course very exciting and I certainly understand and believe much of the framework and basis behind it. My own deep psychedelic sojourns have allowed similar teachings to be downloaded. However once receiving this enlightenment one must be cautious about where the logic steps then take us as to how we apply that in the practical physical world. And once 'THEY' work out we are onto this they will inevitably use it against us. And so they have with the production of this twisted abomination;The Secret.

Obviously the central 'truths' behind "The Secret" are in some way correct. As they have to be in order to coat the blue pill they are feeding us in it in a believable framework. The more believable the less likely we will notice the atrocious mind control going on in this pithy piece of propaganda. The whole premise behind the movie seems to have been to resubvert the Psychedelic enlightenment back into blatant consumerist, capitalistic, individualistic culture. They have certainly hit on one of the Ancient Laws of Attraction all right. That of Fool And His Money Are Soon Parted. Almost all of the premises are presented to show how to use these skills and techniques in order to amass more wealth for ONESELF personally and to make ONES own life a heaven at the expense of all else. The American Dream in a nutshell really.

That was really where this movie started to rankle me. A quote on the shows own website states; "Previous to what Rhonda had thought, she discovered there were people out there alive who were aware of this information. Actually, there were lots of them, and they were some of the world's greatest living scientists, philosophers, and authors. In every part of the world, different fragments of The Secret were being offered, to anyone that would listen. All that was needed was to pull all of the pieces together... Well it appears that every part of the world includes one Australian businessman and a veritable army of Americans. Amazing that the whole worlds knowledgeable people now happen to reside only in America. Or maybe it's just that as, by the movies own admittance, "The Secret" has been passed down in a direct lineage from the Babylonians (surely that was a clue guys Babylonians warmongering psycho's remember?) it was bound to be concentrated in the seat of world power. Or maybe they uncovered it recently in Iraq. After the helicopter assault camp, Camp Alpha, had been established at the site of ancient Babylon in 2003 and they had finished ethnically cleansing any of the pesky sand niggers in the area they uncovered it and returned it to all of us lucky westerners as a spoil of war.


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