Kickboxing, dinge etc

Today a patient presented after participating in a 'no-rules' kickboxing match. Apparently the bouts go for 9 minutes- the winner taking home $15 000 and the loser a measly $5000. In this chap's case I don't think the $5000 will begin to cover his rehabilitation costs. But who even knew this type of match happened here in Melbourne?? It sounds like dog-fighting or cock-fighting.

Last weekend Jason and I went to see Sifter's Dinge, a Melbourne Festival show (Goebbels) with a fantastic mechanical set and no actors. I suppose it's an audio-visual installation, but presented as a discrete performance- unlike the looped installations more commonly found in galleries. It was enthralling. There were four pianos that played themselves with mechanised arms, a steam-engine type contraption and spooky constructed trees. At the start two 'stage hands' come on to shake some sand into enormous containers. Then they turn on taps of three large watertanks allowing the water to fill the containers. I found this part of the performance absorbing, quite calming. It reminded me of the TV channel at the Royal Children's Hospital that broadcasted a live feed of the hospital building site. Some of the patients' parents watched it *all the time*- spending hours watching a bulldozer dig a hole. Engaging with a mechanical process in an aesthetic way.

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