09 AM | 07 Jun

Help Quinny get out of town

*Geraldine Quinn’s 2007 Edinburgh Fundraiser* *Saturday June 30 @ 8pm* *Toff in Town (level 2, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne)* *Featuring* Harley Breen (Comedy Channel) Adam Richard (Fox FM) Michael Chamberlin (skitHOUSE) Josh Earl (FHM: Fantastic Haired Male) The Bedroom Philosopher (Triple JJJ/Laughapolooza) Alison Bice (2007 Moosehead Recipient) Tommy Dassalo (4 stars from The Age in MICF 2007) Wes Snelling (Green Room Award Nominee) Anyone For Tennis (2007 Raw Comedy Finalists).

*All tickets are $12 *(+ booking fee), all proceeds go to Quinny’s UK campaign. Tickets on sale now from Metropolis Books, Polyester Records and The Corner Hotel box office on 03 9427 9198 & online at https://www.cornerhotel.com/?gig=1183125600&venue=TF – Tickets also available at the door.

06 PM | 06 Jun

Full Code Press

On Saturday 18 August 2007, teams from Australia and New Zealand will compete to build a fully-operational website for a non-profit organisation in 24 hours.

The competition is called Full Code Press <http://www.fullcodepress.com/> , and the Australian side is being organised by WIPA (Web Industry Professionals Association: www.wipa.org.au <http://www.wipa.org.au> ) <http://www.wipa.org.au/>.

WIPA is currently looking for not-for-profit organisations to apply to have a new website created for their organisation as part of this competition. If you know of a small- to medium-sized organisation that needs a new website (up to 50 pages), please encourage them to apply at http://www.fullcodepress.com/register-organisation/.

Entries close 29th June.

04 PM | 06 Jun

Suicides in Japan

Japan’s agriculture minister hanged himself Monday amid allegations of bid-rigging and padding government expenses. The following day, an executive allegedly linked to one of the scams leapt to his death. In 2005, 32,552 people killed themselves in Japan—one of the highest suicide rates among industrialized nations. Why are there so many suicides in Japan? There’s no single factor, but experts point to a combination of economic woes, poor mental-health resources, lack of religious prohibition, and cultural acceptance of the practice.*


04 PM | 06 Jun

Technics and Time

Bernard Stiegler is one of the foremost philosophers writing on technology and culture. His major book Technics and Time investigates the essence of technical objects. In Echographies of Television, Stiegler and Jacques Derrida discuss the growth of teletechnologies and their implications for law, privacy and citizenship. Discussion chaired by Charlie Gere (Birkbeck College, author of Digital Culture).


04 PM | 06 Jun

A queer long weekend

!! Camp Betty Cinema !!

Friday 8 June 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

At Forepaw, 275 High St, Northcote, Melbourne

Queer film is not just about re-interpreting straight storylines to accommodate ‘gay’ characters – it’s an excuse to play with more than gender and sexuality… super 8, chroma key, sci-fi storylines about aliens and androgynous bisexual nymphomaniac fashion models and remaking Soviet propaganda into a transgender revolution are all examples in our film programme of howqueer film can play with you, and cinema too.

Come for queer shorts, a performance by Gaylourdes invoking the film theory spectre of vagina dentata in song and dance, 2 minutes of infamy for queer film makers and a screening of the cult 80s sci-fi movie Liquid Sky.

MAGGOTS AND MEN (Trailer) by Oakie Treadwell (5 minutes) In the style of a Soviet Propaganda film Maggots and Men recounts the tragic events of the Kronstadt Uprising (Russia, 1921). This history is combined with fictionalized inter-personal relationships between the sailors.

PHINEAS SLIPPED by Oakie Treadwell (15 minutes) A boy’s school class and their teacher discuss romance in literature. Each boy has his own interpretation on this. The film is one of the first genderqueer version of schoolboy fantasies, played by genny boys, trans boys and butches.

A GIRL NAMED KAI by Kai Ling Xue (8 minutes) An autobiographical vignette in three chapters about Kai Ling’s relationships, self discoveries, passions, secrets and dreams. Using digitally-edited Super 8 and 16mm, this experimental short is a journey from the highs of love to the lows of loss, delicately threaded together with original music.

SUPERHERO by Salote Tawale (4 minutes) A satirical take on the superhero genre. Multiplicities of identity are explored – you can be the hero and the victim in the same moment, play more than one gender/archetype in a story.

INTERMISSION w/ two minutes of filmic infamy and performance by Gaylourdes

LIQUID SKY by Slava Tsukerman (1 hour 52 minutes) Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model. The aliens soon find the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm preferable to heroin, and the model’s casual sex partners begin to disappear. This increasingly bizarre scenario is observed by a lonely woman in the building across the street, a German scientist who is following the aliens, and an equally androgynous, drug-addicted male model. This is a mostly fun movie but does contain scenes that may disturb some viewers.

!! Camp Betty !! a weekend of radical sex and politics queen’s birthday weekend 7 – 11 June ’07 http://www.campbetty.net