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4.1.09

nu-year. kinda like nu-metal, but way cooler.

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god i love a new year. i especially love that 2008 is over and done with. it was a difficult year - incredibly uplifting and challenging and exciting and devastating and somewhat resembling a dog's breakfast.

so, lessons learned and with new resolve gained from a few days of doing sweet fuck all, i'm ready for a year that is going to be solid - new challenges faced with a sense of happy calm strength, as opposed to maniacal laughter.

and while i've made a list of things i'd like to focus on this year, it's kinda personal, so i won't be sharing the whole lot. but here are a couple of things that you may notice will change around the she sees red camp:

top 5 for oh-nein.

new website. finally! i got iweb to talk to my server and my dns hosting to figure out its redirection and voilà - new site! thankfully it's easy to keep updating, so there will be regular changes, updates and documentation of projects, hopefully in a timely fashion.

drawing as a way to support an experimental arts practice. inspired by a workshop at allan's walk, a discussion with nathan gray about it and after the schamozzle of trying to figure out how the hell to make money whilst spending time on an arts practice, i've decided to push myself to find a drawing-based element to my work. i've always done schematics or sketches and this year i'll be working towards something more prolific and sustainable.

swimming. i swim 3 times a week and while it's probably of no consequence to you guys, i've decided to continue swimming this year. when i'm ploughing those laps (ahem, 10 laps of backstroke is hardly ploughing - ed) i often find solutions to all kinds of problems and unexpected inspiration. and when i'm sitting in the sauna afterwards, i always read my art magazines - it's so great (although my artworld subscription ends up in a state of disrepair).

overseas action. i've got a quick reconnaissance trip to london/paris/hamburg planned soon- for both pleasure and lovely catch-ups, as well as a bit of a scoping trip. and this year i'd like to have another exhibition over there and/or start some study in germany. i know that it's a cliche to always be looking elsewhere for cultural validity, but hey, in the words of ms poly styrene, i'm a cliché, i'm a cliché, i'm a cliché

back to reading the newspaper. last year, i got most of my news updates via twitter. sad, i know, but as i mentioned in the comments of this amazing post about the nature of reading the news, it prompted me to seek more info via the bbc, or the age site, in a way that scanning the story in the paper never did. the only problem with that is that i only found out the big stuff, the international stuff. not the general day-to-day workings of my state and country. i feel a bit out of the loop, and so i'm going to cultivate my daily read again.

so, welcome back to this navel-gazing blog again and i hope this year has good things in store for you all.

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5 Comments:

At 04 January, 2009 23:35, Blogger Feltbug said...

Happy New Year Lauren! Looking forward to catching up soon xx

 
At 04 January, 2009 23:39, Blogger Rob @ Cynic said...

Happy new year lovely ... and swim over to HK and/or San Fran and come and see me you lazy bugger :)

 
At 05 January, 2009 00:47, Blogger Age said...

happy nu-year Lauren!

 
At 05 January, 2009 07:29, Blogger lauren said...

same to you miss feltbug - lookin' forward it :).
age - catchy ain't it - heh.
rob - ahem. mr i'm-in-sydney-but-can't find-a-way-to-get-melbourne. if i could swim to HK or San Fran, believe me I would - it'd save me thousands in air travel, at the very least :)

 
At 06 January, 2009 00:17, Blogger Rob @ Cynic said...

I am a shit ... what can I say!

 

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