Our new five dollar note: so bad it’s good or just bad?

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Oliver Watts

The basic art for the new Australian five dollar note, to be released in September, is creating controversy.

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A particularly contemporary approach to art, fashion, and music is the mash-up. So easy is it to collage, stitch, and appropriate a variety of digital media, that it has given rise to a new aesthetic: what we call the tumblr look.

About the author

Watts was born in Sydney, Australia. He studied Arts and Law, gaining Honours, at Sydney University.

In 2010, he received a PhD in Art History and Theory, the title of his thesis being ‘Images on the Limit of Law: Sovereignty, Modernism and the Effigy.’