Langlands & Bell: the artists storming Silicon Valley's fortresses

By Oliver Wainwright

With their eerily pristine models of Apple and Facebook’s offices, Turner-nominated artist duo Langlands & Bell expose the ‘fantasy of total control’ that is Silicon Valley architecture

Eerie white forms appear to float off the walls of a gallery on Pall Mall, hovering in front of lurid blocks of colour like the preserved cadavers of some alien race displayed in a future museum of natural history. There are amoebic creatures with bulbous appendages, others with angular faceted shells; some seem to stare out with cyclopean eyes or gaping circular mouths.

Westminster’s gilded avenue of gentlemen’s clubs, where kings and earls once strode, is an appropriate place for what turns out to be a display of our modern-day vessels of power. These bleached bodies are the headquarters buildings of the world’s biggest technology companies, as seen through the detached, deadpan eyes of artist duo Langlands & Bell.

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Bernardi and Family First political marriage more about social values than economics 

By Josh Taylor

Cory Bernardi has Family First’s social policies but not its big government and censorship inclinations.

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Dutton and department have exhausted all trust

By Crikey

On Dutton’s dishonesty Meredith Williams writes: Re. “Just trust us on Manus facts, says secrecy-obsessed govt” (Monday) Mr Dutton’s latest attack on the ABC over its reporting of recent violence on Manus Island is simply more of the same truth-avoidance, distortion of reality and abrogation of responsibility. Dutton asks — why take the word of the ABC over […]

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Immigration can’t even protect our borders — time for an inquiry 

By Bernard Keane

A long series of independent reports has confirmed that the Department of Immigration is the most incompetent agency in the Commonwealth. A major intervention is needed.

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Geoff Gallop: Australia needs a national corruption watchdog

By Crikey

The failure of the federal government to establish a corruption commission leaves a serious gap in Australia’s governance arrangements and undermines confidence in the system, writes former premier of WA Geoff Gallop.

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Off Ya Tree subsidiary’s offensive Easter ad unsurprisingly deemed offensive

By Emily Watkins

Who would have thought an ad depicting a graphic crucifixion (on Easter) would have breached advertising standards?

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ABC’s official apology to Peter Dutton for Manus Island reporting 

By Crikey

The ABC has promised that “subsequent reports will make sure to give equal weight to the accounts of discredited PNG ministers as well as the accounts of discredited Australian ministers”.

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Mayne: sport is owned by the people, and John Coates should remember that 

By Stephen Mayne

If Olympic athletes, federal politicians or even the local hockey club president want to go along and observe how Australia’s future Olympic leadership is being decided, they should be free to do so.

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