Issue #4 of SHIFT features a highly-anticipated interview with Noam Chomsky, subversive examination of our current global cultural mythology, and my humble review of the Hunger Games. 

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]If you’re reading SHIFT, chances are you’re up to speed with what’s wrong in the world and are doing your bit to make a difference. As an outside-the-box thinker you raise your eyebrows at the dominant global culture, you are prepared to ask hard questions, and you are open to pushing the boundaries.

In this issue of SHIFT we plumb the depths of our dominant global culture, examining it from various angles and exploring the worldviews and stories that underpin it. Some of the most prominent myths and narratives of our culture are unpacked while alternatives are entertained and practical applications are sketched out. Warning: calls to action and tips on culture-jamming may disarm the inner armchair critic – we’re on a journey beyond the comfort zone!

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What does a war zone look like from space?

From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted two images captured Wednesday as the station passed over Israel and Gaza. “My saddest photo yet.”

Tove Lo - ‘Stay High/Habits’ (Hippie Sabotage remix)


Poetic suicide - Museum of Contemporary Art.


Get up. Get up, you can do it. I promise you will get better at it. It won’t feel like it at the start. I’m just asking you to try. You don’t have to be good at it and you aren’t expected to go anywhere in particular. Just get up, though. For if you don’t I will never get to meet you and I’m waiting here. 

I could be anywhere waiting for you and if you don’t get up you’ll miss me. In the smell of coffee and the sounds of stainless steel spoons on cheap ceramic saucers. The rhythmic ticking of the crossing signal and a piece of polystyrene foam being pushed along by the wind across the nature strip. 

I could be at the movies in those seats that no one takes and the books at the store that haven’t had their spines cracked yet. I’m waiting for you, but its ok if its not today. I know It’s hard so lets start small.

Come get me in your favourite jumper. You know the one you pretend is only for the house, but you sneak out to the shops in it all the time. I love you in that jumper. 

Maybe tomorrow you’ll come get me on the train going somewhere for the millionth time. Put your headphones in, we don’t have to speak. We can talk later in the dark when all those thoughts you’ve been having have grown into trees and we can be foresters. 

Come get me the next day. I’m in the break room at work in the unstained surface behind those notices that have been pinned up for years. I can see that you’re counting down the minutes and those minutes like it when you look at them. I’m in the clocks pushing the hands for you. 

So get up, please, darling. For I miss you already and every moment you aren’t here I find it harder and harder to move. The weight of the world is getting to be unbearable, but if I know that you are coming I will wear it.

For as long as it takes. I will wait in the days. 


Photographer: Alec Dawson

Model: Miss Lucien


Photographer: Alec Dawson / Model: Miss Lucien

I just texted my friend a personal realisation: 
Once you feel as though we’re in touch the source of your pain, especially after you’ve hit rock bottom, you’re on the path to desensitising yourself to it. Last year I cried several times a week for months on end, and eventually I didn’t have the energy left to cry frequently anymore. Eventually it took less energy to get out of bed than to sleep in feeling sorry for myself, so in a way, it’s impossible to stay broken, because at some point, your body will want to start fighting back in survival mode. 

Where’s the logic in blindly assuming things about people you’ve never bothered to clarity issues with directly? I’ve learnt that if people are wrong about you or spreading nasty rumours, that’s their problem/baggage and you’re better off moving on and finding more genuine friends. Remember that if you’re ever upset with someone, you’re reacting against your own biased, inflexible perception of them. Your opinion of someone doesn’t taint, diminish or define who they really are.

"I hate the fact you always feel like you have to be going somewhere, like the end destination is to be finished, or to be happy. But the truth is a lot of us are completely lost, and we don’t know, and that is also a state of mind, to not know who you are and where you’re going."

—Lykke Li (via wordsthat-speak)

Lykke Li | Gunshot

Student activism talk @ Verge Gallery