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Wobble Magazine is guide to Canberra, Australia's creative scene. Founded in 2010 Wobble now distributes 5000, 36 page magazines every 2 months

Transcript of Wobble #05

  • WOBBLEDesign // Art // Architecture // Culture


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  • 2Content* wobble oo5

    * summer 11

    EventsJemist; Yacht RockWobble Community

    Illustrated. Furnished. Projected.Played.Wobble Collective

    Feature Canberra Labwww.canberralab.com

    Editorial* Wobble

    DirectorJennifer [email protected]

    Publisher Wobble Collective

    Design & Layout Christiane Nowak

    JournalistLaurie Meyers

    Wobble VenuesKnightsbridge PenthouseThe Front

    SupportersAprils Caravan2before10Dymocks Canberra

    [email protected]

    Want to get involved? Wed love to hear from you [email protected]

    Thanks,The Wobble Team


    Artists & DesignersAsha Tsimeriswww.ashatsimeris.com

    Alex Lewiswww.wobble.cc

    Chris Hardywww.chrishardy.com.au

    Polka Lukawww.polkaluka.com.au

    Konrad Lenzwww.wobble.cc

    Kate Traviswww.wobble.cc

    ProfileDymocks Canberra

    New LocationMoan & Green Grout


    Cover image: Kate Travis 08LED photo print 386x510mm$180

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    EResident DJ: JemistCanberras slightly cranky, mood-setter and chief rocker Jemist, dishes out an array of hip hop, funk and nasty classics on a regular basis.Always a sweaty and unbridled night of fun for our unassuming little cocktail bar. Jemist can be seen at Knightbridge Saturday Dec 3rd and Friday Dec 23rd. Get in early, and leave late.

    Check out one of Wobbles favo-urite DJs at: www.soundcloud.com/jemistwww.facebook.com/jemist

    Events* Knightsbridge

    * The Front

    Wobble oo4 at Knightsbridge

    We hope you are enjoying the new Wobble magazine look and feel. We celebrated the new mag, in the style youve all be-come accustom to, at our home Knightsbridge Penthouse. Keep up to date with our publications and join us for Wobble events every 2 months in 2012.

    Keep an eye out for the changes as KB gets a facelift.

    Wobble launch at The Front

    The Front reopened its gallery in style. Sunday October 30 saw Aprils move back into the cara-van and a flashy collection of art push into the caf-bar. DJ Ashley Feraude and saxophonist Dan Bray played the venues first art show this year.

    Keep an eye out for Polka Lukas contemporary resin jewellery collection at The Front this sum-mer and the next Wobble instal-lation in early 2012.

    If youve been thinking of exhibi-ting, nows the time. Give Paul a call on 6249 8453, [email protected]


    Yacht RockSat Dec 24th 3pm free entryKnightsbridge Penthouses an-nual 70s inspired Christmas Eve event.Wear your best Fleetwood Mac flowery dress, your Farrah Faw-cett hair, trim your John Oates moustache, and come kick back with your Pimms No. 1 and a cu-cumber sandwich. To check out the Yacht Rock mythos, search for JD Ryznars pivotal Yacht Rock series on Youtube.

    photo by Cole Bennetts

  • 4What Wobble was born for.

    We pulled off a fully collaborative event. Illustration, video art, mu-sic and furniture.

    A balmy Sunday evening in No-vember at The Front bar in Lyne-ham, Danny Wilson on the decks with his partner in crime Britt Ni-chols pushing video through to 5 screens and a projector, the illus-tration of Asha Tsimeris growing out of the light.

    Illustrated.Furnished.Projected.Played.* The Front

    A fine crowd enjoying a few drinks and participating in the performance colouring-in sessi-on, how long have we all waited for an excuse to get out the tex-tas?

    Asha approached us having re-ceived a Young Artist Start-up Grant from ArtsACT, we took an enthusiastic offer from the VJ-DJ team and started to plot for the ultimate mixed media event.

    You had to be there. pasta plant ink and watercolour 210x290mm $155

  • 5 moon and giraffe ink and watercolour 210x290mm $155

    Jennifer Edmunds ash stool $180

  • 6Canberra Lab* Design Blog

    A new online space for Canberra design, culture, city spaces and architecture has just been born.

    Canberralab.com was conceived by a group of young architects driven by a desire to create a space for the local design indus-try and the broader community.

    The Lab reaches out to designers from a range of disciplines, as-king questions about design, but also about sustainability, where Canberra is heading as a city and what the community wants from its urban environment.

    The idea was born from a conver-sation between local architects Ronan Moss and Sophie Cle-ment, two of the blog contribu-tors.

    Sophie and I met at a party we had a few drinks and were talking about Canberra, we deci-ded that what we needed to do was get out there and try to start something up Ronan said. The main idea was to try and set up a conversation with designers in Canberra.

    Launched on 8 December, Can-berralab.com is an online maga-zine, published every two months rich with interviews, multimedia, humour, culture and colour.

  • 7www.canberralab.com

    Having just moved back to Can-berra after a stint out of town, Ronan was frustrated by the fact that on the surface Canberra can look stagnant. But its not, at least not anymore.

    The pair rallied a group of like-minded souls to drive the pro-ject. Together theyve spent the last four months gathering con-tent, recording interviews and bringing the first edition of Can-berra Lab into being.

    The core contributors, James Park, Gerard OConnell, Sarah Herbert and Nugroho Utomo, all work in architecture, with diffe-rent areas of interest.

    Primarily its about architecture, but its talking about the city more broadly than just the buil-dings, Sophie said.

    The blog will also touch on urban design and creative happenings within the urban framework. Each edition will find a range of com-ments, questions and thought provoking interviews.

    One section is called A3, its a multimedia component with in-terviews of architects who we feel are contributing to the city, Ronan said.

    Other regular sections include street critique, in which Canber-rans are asked for their opinions on local buildings. And pin up, a section to showcase the work of

    university students.

    If its all sounding a little serious, the smash it section provides vi-deos of frazzled students finding ways to destroy the architectural models theyve slaved over all year.

    The hope is that once the site is up and running, locals with thoughts and opinions on the city and its design will pipe up and get involved. You can also look forward to seeing their urban themed con-tributions to Wobble Magazine every 2 months.

    Laurie Meyers

  • 8Moan & Green Grout

    Moan and Green Gout

    Moan is the newest addition to the extraordinary arthouse that is New Acton these days. The tiny espresso bar opened its doors in October.

    * Espresso Bar

  • 9The project of Industrial Designer Myles Chandler and Graphic De-signer David Alcorn whos label Moan originally produced cus-tom bikes: singlespeeds, fixed gear, townies and handmade clothing.

    Myles and Dave linked up with New Actons Nectar and Jona-thon Efkarpidis and put together a truly different little venue.

    There is an alley that runs bet-ween the ground floor terraces of The Apartments and through the back of the heritage listed but slightly charred Diamant ho-tel. The windows of the espres-so bar look out through the alley onto Marcus Clarke St. An unu-sual urban space that will, in the coming months, open onto the Nishi apartments and a refurbis-hed Parlour bar.

    The name Moan comes from the Slovenian to be strong and is pronounced Mochun thanks to the grapheme on the C.

    19 Marcus Clarke St New Acton. Open 7am - 6pm Mon to Sat 9-3pm Sunday.

    Moan & Green Grout

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    Density* Canberra Lab

    * Gerard OConnell

    Half a thought on densityChattanooga, not Paris.

    I love the ABS and I have some stats for you:358 571 people were living in Canberra in 2010. Our suburbs covered 2350 km2, with a population density of 153 persons per km2.

    Our footprint of 2350km2 is com-parable to other cities around the world.

    It seems we are in good com-pany. However, reconsider the same cities in regards to their population density and we have a different story.

    The population density of Paris is 3,550 people per km2, Moscow hosts 4,900/km2 and Kyoto 6,400/km2. All have a footprint of a comparable size to Canber-ra (less than 2,800km2).

    Thats right. Our population is 23 times less dense than Paris, and 32 times less dense than Moscow.

    Scarier still, is if we assemble a list of those cities with similar population densities to our own. They include the great American cities of:Barnstable Town (290/km2), Massachusetts, USA; Chattanooga (485/km2), Ten-nessee, USA; and Hickory(512/km2), North Carolina, USA. Even then, we are barely making the grade. Granted that Canberra is a unique city, a National Capital, open spaces, a good place for raising a family, access to cul-tural amenity etc... these argu-ments are well understood.

    Less widely known, (and more difficult to quantify) are the eco-nomic, social and environmental consequences of such a unique urban form.

    In contrast to popular thinking, city dwellers have a smaller car-bon footprint than suburbanites -The average resident of Man-hattan consumes petrol at the same rate as a 1920s American and Hong Kong is one of the most energy efficient and least automobile dependent cities in the world.Now Im not about to go all Jane Jacobs on you, but what we do know, is that great cities depend and thrive upon diversity of buil-ding stock, diversity o