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Contributor profile: Greg Hooper

Greg Hooper, ballooning in Goreme, Turkey Greg Hooper, ballooning in Goreme, Turkey


I was born in Adelaide in 1957. Grew up there. I love that my children won't have to do that, be in that Australia. Back then. At my high school boys weren't allowed to do Art—they were taken outside to shift desks or pick up papers. Art was for girls.

I think 1976 was the first time I saw live music that wasn't a rock band. John Cage. Loved it. ABC-FM came out around then and gave me the first chance to actually hear interesting music on a regular basis. Andrew McLennan. Huge impact.

But I still did not meet someone my age who thought of themselves as an artist until maybe a year later. They were a neighbour. Showed them some of the audio and visual art I had been making. They took me to the South Australian School of Art where Bert Flugleman suggested I bypass art school and join South Australian Workshops, an artist collective in the city. I was thrilled and a little overawed to meet so many interesting people. My partner Lani Weedon and I met there. We've been together now almost 30 years. Two children. And a dog.

Ending up in Brisbane with a baby daughter, lack of income had me off to the University of Queensland. Student support payments were very welcome. I studied cognitive science. Came out with a university medal and a PhD in neuroscience. Hoping for a steady job. Let me know if something turns up.


When I heard music I loved music, when I saw film I loved film, when I saw painting I loved painting.

Writing for RealTime gives me the opportunity to be connected with art from now, and write about it in ways I enjoy. I have not looked for other writing work, I wouldn't really know how to, but I can't see me being that interested in writing that didn't allow the creative freedom I get with RealTime. It takes me a long time to write a review.

Recent articles in RealTime

greg hooper: abhinaya theatre co & topology, the lady from the sea
RealTime issue #108 April-May 2012 pg. 38

bracing new music & a new percussion ensemble
greg hooper: the trilling wire series
RealTime issue #107 Feb-March 2012 pg. 42

clock work
greg hooper: clocked out duo, wake up!
RealTime issue #103 June-July 2011 pg. 41

the accidental audist
greg hooper: liquid architecture 11; urban jungle, brisbane
RealTime issue #98 Aug-Sept 2010 pg. 46

sound, image & their ghosts
greg hoooper: liquid architecture 10, brisbane
RealTime issue #92 Aug-Sept 2009 pg. 48

musical miracles
greg hooper: elision, heliocentric
RealTime issue #88 Dec-Jan 2008 pg. 45

bee art: exchange systems
greg hooper takes a look at trish adam’s host
RealTime issue #84 April-May 2008 pg. 31

rev festival - online exclusives
roving concert: sensory exploits

greg hooper
RealTime issue #49 June-July 2002 pg. web

See also RT's Archive Highlight on Clocked Out which features many reviews by Greg Hooper.

Other writing

comparison of the distributions of classical and adaptively aligned EEG power spectra
Science Direct online journal (article for purchase only)

interhemispheric switching mediates perceptual rivalry
Science Direct online journal

RealTime issue #109 June-July 2012 pg. web

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