REBECCA McINTOSH, LOVE TV, artist, citizen journalist, private conversations in public spaces, love, community engagement
Mirka Moira is the Goddess herself embodying the ideals of beauty, love, art and sexiness.
Moira  (born 1928) is a prominent French-born AustralianVisual artist who has contributed significantly to the development of Contemporary Art in Australia. Her mediums include painting, sculpture and mosaics.
She was such a good sport crawling into the confides of my small tent where I interviewed her in a bar called LOOP in Melbourne.
Mirka's interview  revealed to me that certain things are a constant through life within a person, from the day they are born to the day they die. Age does not take away our strengths it just clarifies them.
As Mirka siad "Sex is nature, sex is everything" and I will take it further like Love is a universal experience therefore sex is a universal experience!!

After the interview I had the privilege of being invited to her amazing house/studio /apartment a number of times. It was  a labyrinth of floor to ceiling objects of desire, dolls, cups, books, paintings, her bed, her easel all in one enormous magical room.
We would have cups of tea, or a wine, she taught me how to play canasta with her gorgeous grand daughter Maddie, it was like a romance I would bring her flowers she would tell me secrets. When I was there in her presence there was a timelessness, it was like I would enter a space in which it felt like all the spirits from all the artists that had lived before existed there, in a quite warm yellow light, with laughter and a critical eye and mind.
Mirka showed me that life can be lived large and free when one commits to believing in art, magic and love!!

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I interviewed Rutgher Hauer at the St Kilda Festival opening night 2003.
Rutgher was a special guest at the event and one of my trusty LOVE wranglers convinced him to crawl into my tent at the after party.
He was enormous taking up alot of the tent with his leather jacket and those piercing blue eyes.
As with all LOVE TV interviews I started the conversation with "Are you in love at the moment?" and he replied it's none of your damn business.........which was quite terrifying as where was I to go from there?
But I stuck to my Aphrodite guns or should I say clams  and assured him that it was all in the name of art and in the end he told me all about his marriage of twenty five years and that he would not be who he was today without her!
He also told me my favorite quote "That love will either feed you or eat you" and I think that sums things up really well on the subject of love.
Here is a clip of Rutgher in Bladerunner this is an all time brilliant moment of cinema with Rutgher at his supreme being best!!!

Women want to talk about sex and men are far more interested in talking about romance. I have edited two small films presented bellow to prove this point.

One of my greatest discoveries from all the interviews I have done on love in LOVE TV is that 9 times out of 10 men are more likely to discuss in great detail their love relationship.

Women on the other hand are much more likely to talk about sex during interviews and we are talking details, the mechanics of the parts involved, measurements in centimetres and both auditory and olfactory descriptions where not much is left to the imagination.

I'm sure most women would recall having these conversations with their girl friends irreverent, graphic discussions about sex, almost anatomy lesson filled with laughter!

 The guys on the other hand during the LOVE TV interviews have spent allot of time relating to me tales about the Loves of their lives, how she makes him feel, what it is that he loves about her. Also the pain of love, their heartache worn like a badge of honour relishing in parading their wounded gaping heart.

This goes against our common western world cultural perceptions around gender specific notions of love and sex.

So much of the media diet we feast on leads us to believe that it's women who swoon for romance, and for men sex is the paramount obsession.

But what my findings reveal is the opposite! When it comes to love women are practical and men are romantic!

I think for women love is ultimately about survival, after all they have periods, they give birth, and at the end of the day do most of the child rearing, so love does need to have a practical undertone...or you could literarily be left holding the baby.

I think part of this practicality is expressed when women demystify sex and love by having candid funny conversations with each other around their sexual experiences.

Perhaps for guys the subject of love is an opportunity for them to be released from their mundane earthly lives. They can savour in the fantasy of their love, liberated from the pragmatic approach they take to all other aspects of their lives! To be romantic maybe a way for men to feel free!!

I think as a society we need to be careful not to bind ourselves so tightly to the social stereotypes depicted in the media as they are not necessarily true and they block us from being who we truly are.

If we could free ourselves from the classic ideals of masculine and feminine we would all probably get on a whole lot better.

Besides I have often heard a woman say,  "He would make a good husband" but

I have never heard a man say, "She would make a good wife"!

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Rebecca McIntosh, LOVE TV, artist, public art, citizen journalist, interviews, love, community engagement, public installation, LOVETV, LOVETVinterviews, Aphrodite, art, performance, live event, urban screens, multidisciplinary