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Residents and regular visitors of Brisbane's Postcode 4101, which comprises the suburbs of West End, Highgate Hill and South Brisbane, will no doubt be delighted - if somewhat unsurprised - to learn that this multi-cultural and artistically-inclined area is soon to receive a visitation from the Goddess Aphrodite. 4101, after all, has not only been voted "Most Likely Postcode To Host Australia's Next Prolonged Love-In" in several recent broad-ranging national surveys*, but has long been home to a large Greek migrant population, among whose ancestors the great Goddess historically enjoyed a particularly devoted fan-base.** Aphrodite's visit is the most recent in a series of local appearances, which themselves represent the latest evolution in a prolonged and broad-based campaign to restore Her former image in the eyes of billions as one of Olympus' most accessible and personable Deities.

Coming soon to a postcode near you...

In days past, those seeking an encounter with Aphrodite were obliged to pour libations of wine, sacrifice innocent animals, and chant repetitively while burning vast quantities of aromatic herbs. Such rituals, while undoubtedly fun-filled and aesthetically-pleasing, have proven increasingly impractical for today's time-poor Love-devotee. Libations and aromatic herbs are costly, not to mention downright anti-social in the context of high-density living; animal sacrifices not only cast a serious shadow over one's environmentally-friendly credentials, but are liable to incur the wrath of both the livestock's rightful owners and the law; and who among us hasn't struggled to work up the sincerity of feeling required to invoke the most powerful female Deity in the Universe whilst attempting to shoe-horn an Orphic Hymn in between dinner and the latest episode of Bones?

Fortunately, mighty Aphrodite has never been one to sit idly in Olympus waiting for the adoration to waft upwards. Concerned at plummeting popularity ratings, and full of compassion for love-starved communities everywhere, the great Goddess chose the early years of the new millennium to hit the reincarnation trail. While her return to this mortal plane may have borne some familiar hallmarks - mysterious oceanic origins, long hair and eye-popping outfit - the Aphrodite who washed up on Sydney's Bondi Beach just over a decade ago had plainly heeded the admonitions of Her media advisers.

Aphrodite Upgraded...

Sporting a portable plastic clam-shell and a hip, tech-savvy outlook, She immediately set about her two-fold mission: to reassure some six billion fans of her continued existence, and to institute new modes of worship accessible to the pop-culture-addicted, globally-networked Web 2.0 generation. Taking on the human identity of one Rebecca McIntosh for the sake of acquiring the necessary driver's licence, passport and mobile-phone contract, Aphrodite ventured into the suffering mortal world with a warm smile, a keen eye for innovation in the fields of installation art and citizen journalism, and a simple question: Are you in love at the moment? Unsurprisingly - she is the Goddess of Love, after all - people from all walks of life were soon flocking towards Her, eager to pour out their stories and their hearts within the cosy confines of Her magic clam-shell.

Aphrodite on Aphrodite

Some ten years, dozens of prestigious arts events and several trips across the planet later, Aphrodite's mission to spread love and laughter among humankind continues from strength to strength in its current manifestation as the interactive live-art project known as Love TV. From within Her Big Hot Pink TV - a mobile theatre which can and does install itself just about anywhere - Aphrodite conducts intimate interviews with celebrities, peer-nominated community members, spectators and random passers-by on the universal and ever-fascinating subject of (you guessed it) L-O-V-E. A live video-feed from within the Big Hot Pink TV then broadcasts these sometimes-intriguing, sometimes-touching, sometimes-hilarious interviews onto a giant screen for all present to watch and enjoy, while mysterious co-hosts known as Aphrodite's Love-Wranglers facilitate audience participation in a variety of ways. In this deliciously-voyeuristic and uniquely-engaging setting, identities are explored, the cultural diversity and singular strengths of communities are celebrated, and Aphrodite's message of Love is shared in spontaneous and previously-inconceivable ways.

Aphrodite and Claudia Karvan sharing the love

Following the success of Christmas and New Year Love-Ins at King George Square and the Woodford Folk Festival respectively, Brisbane again welcomes the Goddess of Love to no less than three separate inner-suburban locations in March 2012. A Hot Pink centrepiece for celebrations surrounding the launch of the Queensland Theatre Company's Greenhouse project, which during 2012 will see the Bille Brown Studio at South Brisbane morph into "a visceral hot-house of art, ideas and exploration", Love TV Postcode 4101 has Aphrodite appearing at The Rumpus Room on Russell Street (March 9th 7:30pm) with special guests Benjamin Law, Paul Rollo and Mike Witt, at the Davies Park Markets on Montague Road (March 10th 10am) with Jeff the Gypsy, Stu Tyson the Magician, and The Granny Rapper, and again from 8-9pm on March 16th at the Bille Brown Studio (78 Montague Road) with Krissy Kneen and Melanie Zanetti as part of NightGarden (6:30pm till late)—the culminating event of QTC's Greenhouse Season One.

Brisbane's most exciting new arts venue - The Greenhouse

In the true spirit of Universal Love, all Love TV Postcode 4101 events are free, and designed to encourage joyous participation and co-collaboration from all who wish to be involved.

Spreading the Christmas Love (TV) King George Square 2011

Where is the Love? In March, at least, you will find Her here, in Brisneyland's very own Postcode 4101.

* Recent broad-ranging national surveys referred to in this article may be a complete fabrication.

** Conclusions drawn by the author of this article regarding Aphrodite's motives may be highly spurious and should not be believed by anyone.

*** Grassroots community organisation referred to in this article may not actually exist but probably should.
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Why? Come and help the Goddess Aphrodite spread the love throughout Postcode 4101 - and beyond.
When: 9th March 7:30pm; 10th March 10am; 16th March 8pm
Where: The Rumpus Room - 56 Russell Street West End; Davies Park - Montague Rd West End; Bille Brown Studio 78 Montague Rd South Brisbane.
Cost: Free
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