Friday, January 29, 2010

The culture of the arts world

My name's Matt Hayden, and I'm a writer and (very occasional) performer in Sydney, Australia. I have spent a lot of time in the Aussie arts world over the last couple of decades. I've been an actor, standup and character comedian, and freelance writer. I started blogging in 2002, and have since written several blogs (and have several still running). Some were rant blogs, others were parodic or character based. They were all more or less humorous in tone.

I have seen a lot of the arts world from the inside, and am fascinated by how it works. There are many unwritten laws, conventions and rituals in play. If you go along with these, success is pretty much assured. But if you flout them, you'll always be on the outer. While a lot of these strange characteristics may be unique to Australia's arts culture, a lot of them are international.

I find this subject so fascinating that I have decided to write this blog to analyze stories and happenings related the arts world. I won't limit its scope to any one category of the arts but will write about many including visual art, sculpture, film, theatre, comedy, music and television. As I do, I'll always try to be mindful of the culture at play, and how it makes artists create the work they do.

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