Nick Cave, the Sydney Opera House’s Spirit Animal

NICK CAVE, THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE’S SPIRIT CREATURE. (Photo of Nick soundchecking in the Concert Hall in 2013. I found this on Pinterest without a photographer’s credit, sadly.) . . My book is available at editionsballard.etsy.com . . One of the strongest threads running through the book is how the Sydney Opera House has become … Continue reading Nick Cave, the Sydney Opera House’s Spirit Animal

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The Sydney Opera House is a Living Thing

What’s different about my book is that it considers how the Sydney Opera House is brought to life. As the economics of publishing has pushed architecture books towards the profession, with the life, the “program” outside their scope, I describe performances and food culture that could only happen at the Opera House. The resident Australian … Continue reading The Sydney Opera House is a Living Thing

DISCOVERING TERRA NAOMI AND A NEW DIMENSION OF DISCOVERY

I’m discovering a whole new dimension of discovery. I don’t need much inducement to follow a lead on Bandcamp or Instagram. I have a lot of respect for what I find there. I keep becoming more convinced that music merchandise is the where the most exciting industrial design is. And that merchandise can precede the … Continue reading DISCOVERING TERRA NAOMI AND A NEW DIMENSION OF DISCOVERY

Truly rare Reg Mombassa Fanzine

HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE & TRULY RARE REG MOMBASSA FANZINE. This very limited edition of my Sydney Opera House book (editionsballard.etsy.com) contains a whole section that will never be repeated, a unique appreciation of the art & music of Reg Mombassa intertwined. The next edition will be an altogether more ordinary thing. No concrete-seeming hard covers, no … Continue reading Truly rare Reg Mombassa Fanzine

Solange and modern architecture

The notion that a building might be programmed or “played” with the dexterity of an instrument, with both its culture and architectural characteristics being finely tuned to an artist’s work, without any physical alterations being necessary, has been apparent in the most challenging and memorable performances staged during Vivid LIVE over the last decade. There … Continue reading Solange and modern architecture