Ralph Meyers gets the Belvoir gig


Ralph Meyers and Neil Armfield (source: Sydney Morning Herald).

Score 1 for the younger generation, but 0 for gender diversity: designer Ralph Meyers has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of  Sydney’s Company B Belvoir contemporary theatre company.

The appointment marks a trend gathering pace in Australian and international theatre, as designers come to new prominence in leadership roles. In Melbourne, for example, designer Anna Tregloan has gone from strength to strength as a theatrical producer and director, while in Europe designer Romeo Castelluci’s visually sumptuous interpretations of Dante are making him the darling of the international festival circuit.

On the other hand, the appointment will do nothing to appease those, like Brisbane theatre blogger Katherine Lyall-Watson, who are calling for far more gender equity on and behind Australian stages.

Meyers describes his role as akin to a festival director, which I find interesting:

”As an artistic associate at Belvoir, I have come to realise that the role of artistic director is akin to running a festival. You assemble teams, curate programs and inspire artists.”

Elsewhere: Read the official announcement from company B Belvoir.

Creative destruction in the games industry

Necessary Force screen shot ... the demo couldn't save Midway in the UK

Necessary Force screen shot ... the demo couldn't save Midway in the UK

At The Guardian, Keith Stuart has a full and detailed description of the death throes of the Newcastle, UK studio of games company Midway.

… it all panned out like a typical studio closure. Often there are a few days, maybe even weeks, of confusion and uncertainty. Then the CEO arrives with awkward platitudes. Then the administrators roll in. Before this, the process of moving on will already have begun for the staff. It’s a tight community in the UK; news spreads fast via closed industry forums and business contacts. Everyone knows someone at another studio. CVs fly out via email to other publishers or to the many recruitment agencies specialising in the games industry.

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Williams and Currid’s “2 Cities, 5 Industries”

CORRECTION: In the initial version of this post, I wrongly confused Sarah Williams and Ezliabeth Currid’s paper “2 Cities, 5 Industries” with their “Geography of Buzz” paper. Thanks to Elaine for pointing out my error.

With that in mind, this post is about Williams and Currid’s new paper “Two Cities, Five Industries: Similarities and Differences Within and Between Cultural Industries in New York and Los Angeles” is marked “Do Not Cite Without the Permission of the Authors”, but as it is online and as Sarah Williams was interviewed by the New York Times today, I think it’s worth a look.

Currid and Williams drill down literally to street level to examine diaggregated data about the cultural industries in New York and Los Angeles. In doing so, they are able to generate a far more fine-grained analysis of cultural industries location and co-location that previous analyses: Continue reading