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RealTime in real time: change is on the way. In coming weeks we'll launch a new website with special features including commissioned and critiqued video and audio works. As a prelude, we present the first of our commissioned video essays, Cameraperson to person, in which Conor Bateman deploys video to appreciate the workings of Kirsten Johnson's significantly inventive film. It's a joy for us at RealTime to be able to present and respond to art with a greater range of means while sustaining the power of the word at a time when criticism is seriously embattled, giving way to a deluge of likes, stars and tweeted one-liners. The image above is from a percussion work by Australian composer Kate Neal, Never Tilt Your Chair, an exemplar of art's capacity to endlessly invent and mutate, fusing the everyday, theatre and high precision playing from three skilled musicians. Keith & Virginia
VIDEO ESSAY: CAMERAPERSON TO PERSON    Memoir? Collage? Experimental documentary? In the first of RealTime's video essays, Conor Bateman brilliantly reveals how Kirsten Johnson has shaped Cameraperson from films she shot for leading documentarians.
THE SIMPSONS WILL SAVE US       After the apocalypse, survivors without electricity and only their memories mine the lode of the TV series for cultural survival, writes Ben Brooker in an incisive review that reveals the deeply engaging play's even greater referential reach.
SMALL FILMS IN A BIG SCREEN WORLD        Luke Goodsell asks Richard Sowada what the American Essentials festival of indie US films he's curated tells us about film audiences, filmmaker aspirations and lessons for Australian directors.
THE LOOP           Read why the ABC's Seven Types of Ambiguity doesn't work; see how Escape from New York predicted Trump's America; and ponder art's response at Adelaide's Samstag to relentless human assault on the oceans.
Leading percussionists Louise Devenish, Leah Scholes and Vanessa Tomlinson combine to realise theatrical scores by Kate Neal and Mauricio Kagel with virtuoso playing and a highly tuned sense of comedy.
Tina Kaufman reflects on previous attempts to establish a cinémathèque in Sydney, a stop gap and a much-needed new proposal for a city with an underdeveloped screen culture.
Jim Jarmusch's latest, Paterson, with Adam Driver is a thoughtful film of intense stillness, a portrait of a working class New Jersey and an ode to the art of the everyday.
RealTime will be reporting from Stranger With My Face international film festival of women's genre cinema in Hobart this week. Stay in touch with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for our on-the-ground updates and live streams.
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