Beneath the slick surface, the schoolies, the fast cars, gold-plated metre maids and skyscrapers, the Gold Coast has slowly been emerging as a cultural hub. The expansion of HOTA (Home of the Arts) – pronounced hotter – and its first ever artist-in-residence, multimedia trailblazer Laurie Anderson, has established HOTA as a place willing to place the arts front and centre and take risks with programming. But there’s still a flavour of the parochial about the coast, the insecurity that is hard to throw off. At her first press conference, open to questions, the majority centre on Laurie Anderson’s first impressions of the Gold Coast. I’ve only just got here, she repeats once, twice, three times, with patience.