Category Archives: The everyday and the surreal

Barber Shops in Melbourne

Preface   One of the areas that my Master of Architecture history/theory course, Popular Architecture and Design, which I teach at the University of Melbourne, looks at is “everyday architecture”. In previous years the students who did this course have … Continue reading

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Hoon, Tiang, Thiaw and their Dad

My wife, Tiang (who I call Ping), found the negative of this photo in some things she had stored at my parents’ house. It shows the three Khoo sisters and their father at Central Padang in Kuching in the 1960s. … Continue reading

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Darwin 2014

Last week I spent two days in Darwin to attend the opera I was involved with at the Darwin Festival. It was one of the most incomprehensible things I’ve ever seen! Never mind. It was enjoyable all the same. William … Continue reading

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Derham’s first grandchild — Amazing!

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Hopalepidopter almost takes Darwin

Danius Kesminas recently asked me to write a libretto—in the form of a story board for a comic book—for the fourth part of a science fiction/surreal/punk opera, to be performed by the Lepidopters (Punkasila et al) at the Darwin Festival … Continue reading

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SUNDAY AGE article by John Elder

Derham talking to Radio New Zealand’s Jim Mora about Hopalong Cassidy’s Australian tour in 1954.

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Derham’s Run for Moreland Council

The final election results for the three councillors from the City of Moreland’s South Ward are: FORSTER, Martin 1512 9.83% RATNAM, Samantha 3579 23.27% HOPPER, Meghan 2580 16.78% FARRELLY, Liam Shaun 985 6.41% GROVES, Derham 1314 8.54% CARMODY, Michael 1315 … Continue reading

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Launderettes in Melbourne

Last year (2011) the students who did my Popular Architecture and Design course at the University of Melbourne examined kebab shops in Melbourne. This year they looked at another similarly “invisible” and seemingly banal building type — launderettes (the English … Continue reading

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Mail Art Project

This envelope is being mailed from one student to another in my Popular Architecture and Design class. Each person has to add something to the envelope before sending it onto the next. Following is a photographic record of the “layers” … Continue reading

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OUT OF THE ORDINARY: POPULAR ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

My latest book titled, Out of the Ordinary: Popular Art, Architecture and Design, is due to be published in September this year by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The book’s blurb by Andrew Chrystall: Out of the Ordinary is one part unembellished … Continue reading

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