his dead dog? RMIT alumni?
from October - November 2013. Published 30/11/2013
current venture is named "Ruby's Music Room", a
continuation of "Ruby's Room" which was a space run
within the exhibition spaces of the Guildford Lane
Gallery building in which performances were held.
Cripps is promoting either himself, his new venture,
or his dead dog as "an RMIT alumni" and, bizarrely, as
"social media gal" on Facebook. Cripps is not an RMIT
alumni. To make such a representation is to make a
misrepresentation, a deception.
FOR THE HONOUR OF A DEAD DOG
Cripp's dog, now dead, was named "Ruby Redleg" (fig.
2, fig.3 & fig.4).
1) "Redleg" ("Redleg Museum Services") is the name of
2) "Redleg" ran Guildford Lane Gallery;
3) "Redleg" registered the website domain name of
Guildofrd Lane Gallery;
"Redleg" now runs Ruby's Music Room;
5) "Redleg" applied to the City of Melbourne to build
"Ruby's Music Room";
6) "Redleg", as well as Cripps, "were both"
respondents (as if "they" are separate unrelated
entities) to planning objections made regarding his
current "Ruby's Music Room".
7) "Redleg", as well as Cripps, are BOTH currently
suing us regarding the failed Guildford Lane Gallery
which was run by Redleg and whose domain was
registered by Redleg, as if they are separate and
Under Australian law Cripps is permitted to sue us as
multiple entities. We are being sued, believe it or
not, by two parties, by "Redleg" which ostensibly is
Cripps' dog (? Ruby Redleg), and by "Robert Raymond
Cripps". We are not being sued by "Guildford Lane
Gallery" though. We do not understand why.
Australian law is evidently not averse to allowing one
party to sue another on behalf of a dead dog to
restore to that dog its honour which has been
tarnished, or allow a party to sue another over the
same matter a multiplicity of times as different
Cripps named his current venture after his dog (fig.
fig. 1: "named for the owner's dog
Ruby (RIP, sweet pooch)".
fig. 1A: the domain name of
"guildfordlanegallery.org" was registered by "Redleg
Museum Services", with the contact listed as "Robert
Cripps". GLG was a service run by Redleg. However,
we are being sued as if they are unrelated entities,
with each suffering separate damages. Fig. 1A is the
information provided to ICANN and available on WHOIS
as it appeared after Cripps had this GLG site pulled
from the www. For an earlier WHOIS result, go to http://www.redlegvartists.com/fraud.html.
The contact email previously provided was
"info@redleg", which showed that "Redleg" was
responsible for GLG, not "cbd melb 2007".
proclaimed that his dog was gifted, or rather, the dog
proclaimed such things for itself. Referring to past
postings (on Facebook) made both for Guildford Lane
Gallery, and later Ruby's (Music) Room, are entries
that show Cripps' dog was involved in running the
businesses along with Cripps.
According to Cripps, his dog was a lover of music, art
and theatre (fig. 2)
fig. 2 Cripps' dog was a lover
of theatre. It must have acquired its tastes from
the many theatres it visited.
dog was, according to his website, his canine
soul-doppelganger. Their shared tastes are referred to
in a nearly identical manner. From his website (which
was pulled on or after 8-9 September 2013, but which
was re-activated on 13 November 2013, fig. 2-A):
WHERE DOES RUBY’S
MUSIC ROOM GET
At the ripe old age of 22 (over 150 doggie years),
Ruby was Une Grand Dame. She travelled
across the continent with her best friend Robert;
(the brains behind Ruby’s Music Room) and
acquired an eclectic taste for the finer things in
life; with a particular penchant for music
food. There was nothing canned for this lady! Ruby
was a magnificent dog and friend.
Ruby was also a lover of Jazz, Classical, Opera
& World Music and aimed to share this
with the fine people of Melbourne in the eclectic
Jazz quartier of Little Lonsdale and Bennetts
Unfortunately, in the final stages of construction,
Ruby passed away. 22 is a fine effort for
such a beautiful Charge."
fig. 2-A Cripps claims to be
the brains behind Ruby’s, and references to Ruby are
about the dog.
fig. 2-B Cripps claims that the
musical selections at Ruby’s are the selection of
the namesake of Ruby's, the dog.
by necessity, needed someone or something to
compensate for his own limitations, limitations so
severe that they meant that Cripps found the content
of our exhibition "too complex" for him to understand.
As Cripps is a simple man hobbled by intellectual
limitations he put up disclaimers throughout our
exhibition space on account of the claimed
"complexity". Apparently, he feared he might be sued
over that which he could not understand. (At least
this is the excuse Cripps is now using to cover up the
claim he made to us at the time which was that he was
protecting himself from being sued on account of our
"racist content" because of criticism we made of
Under such circumstances, Cripps needed a dog with
abilities greater than his own.
dog, his business-partner, made postings on Facebook.
The dog promoted exhibitions that were held at Cripps'
failed Guildford Lane Gallery (fig. 3)
fig. 3 Cripps' dog makes entries for
Guildford Lane Gallery exhibitions on Facebook.
dog even set up its own Facebook profile page (fig. 4)
so that it could promote art.
fig. 4 Cripps' dog set up its own
claims take the appearance of the innocuous, or that
which to some might appear "cute".
However, Cripps is claiming that either he or his dog
studied at RMIT, and that he or his dog is an RMIT
graduate, an alumni of RMIT (fig. 5). He either claims
for himself, or has someone claim on his behalf, that
he or his dog is Ruby the "social media gal". It could
be that Cripps has directed his staff to make such
postings. It might be that one of his staff is the
alumni? but who? Cripps’ website - as it now stands at
the time of writing this - proclaims that RMR is owned
and operated by Cripps (fig.6), therefore whatever
postings are made on Facebook, Tumblr, or on his own
site have, if they have not been made by him, been
made by others on his direction. Cripps has made these
claims and is responsible for making them. These
claims are deceptive.
fig. 5, Cripps’ promotes his
dog? as the “social media gal”? and either his dog
or himself as an alumni of RMIT. RMIT is the
institution in which Robert Cripps’ brother, Peter
Cripps works as an arts educator.
fig. 6, Cripps runs the show. Nobody
else! Don't let anyone else take credit for his
Cripps' current "Ruby's Music Room" page/profile on
Facebook evolved from an older page/profile "Ruby's
Room" (fig. 5, left) which had been part of his failed
GLG. Cripps created a new page/profile specifically
for Ruby's Music Room (fig. 5, right).
(The old url has "RubyMusicRoom", whereas the new has
"RubysMusicRoom". Postings for his new venture were
made on his new RMR page/profile. However, these
appear to have stopped on/around 20 September 2013.
All postings after that date are now appearing on the
old GLG "Ruby's Room", though this may change.)
makes statements that foster an impression that his
bona fides are legitimately tied to educational
so neither I or the reader would buy the idea that the
dog is or could be the RMIT alumni. But who is? Is it
Cripps? “the brains behind Ruby’s” as he claims? It
certainly isn’t the building that is an alumni. Why
does Cripps make statements that foster an impression
that he has bona fides that are legitimately tied to
educational institutions? some official intellectual
qualification? or official connection to an
educational institution so that he can claim himself
to be a cultured man? unless he intends by such means
to mislead? And, remember, according to the Consumer
and Competition Act 2010, whether or not a trader
intends to to mislead is of no relevance;
what is of relevance is if the trader can mislead by
making false claims
Cripps is disguising his claim, disingenuously, by
making it appear to be humorous or mirthful, because
no-one could believe that his dog is the RMIT alumni.
Cripps calls for volunteers “interns”
In the context of Cripps calling for volunteers and
interns at his new RMR, (fig. 10, this document, as
well as http://www.redlegvartists.com/fraud-addendum.html)
such a claim would induce a prospective volunteer to
volunteer at RMR, because they would have a genuine
reason to believe that Cripps has a legal right to
call for volunteers because of whatever association he
might have with RMIT, because under work-place law
educational institutions can call for volunteers.
However, Cripps’ RMR is not an educational
Cripps is seeking to to acquire employees without
having to pay them wages. This what Cripps did while
running GLG, and by using the dog to allow himself to
make misleading proclamations, such as being an
alumni, he might apparently be allowed to get away
with it? When we exhibited at GLG it was the small,
and seemingly innocuous misrepresentations that misled
THE DARKER SIDE OF CRIPPS
Regarding Cripps' RMR email address. As I write here (
, Cripps' threatens us or some other party that the
kelpie (his dog) is now off the leash and that "Ruby
bites back". Obviously Cripps is now claiming that he
is unencumbered by the dog which obviously had caused
him to restrain his actions, so he can now strike
threats continue and MANIFEST themselves in
increasingly bizarre ways. In its current* form (*from
October until 13 November 2103) Cripps' email address
for RMR was "melb cbd 2007". I did a Google search for
those terms. The result brought up the killing of a
solicitor in 2007 by a bikie in Melbourne's CBD (fig.
fig. 7, who is Cripps threatening? a
Google search for melb cbd 2007 brings up results
pertaining to a bikie shooting dead a solicitor in
Melbourne’s CBD in 2007.
according to this page, asserts that he alone owns and
runs RMR. He claims that the site is withdrawn due to
“management issues”. Was someone attempting to usurp
his authority? Whatever the case may be, he is not
blaming us (yet). As coincidence would have it, Cripps
now has a new solicitor.
TaoJiang has been
replaced. Is the threat made against her?
along with a new solicitor, Cripps' RMR site suddenly
reappeared on 13 November 2013 (fig. 8).
fig. 8, On 13 November (2013) RMR has
overcome management issues and is now being
renovated. Three days later, fig. 11, Cripps'
renovations appear to be complete.
Cripps’ venture is now undergoing renovations. Again,
he is not blaming us for its closure during this
hiatus (yet), though this might change. And those
renovations were finalised quickly (fig 11).
restarting RMR Cripps made a further bizarre
proclamation, one that appears simultaneously on
Facebook (fig. 8A), Tumblr (fig. 8B) and Twitter (fig.
8C). Cripps proclaims that he is back in charge and
that there will be "no more Chinese karaoke".
fig. 8A, RMR has overcome management
issues. The screenshot, taken 22 November 2013 shows
that the entry was made 23 hours earlier (21
fig. 8B, RMR has overcome management
issues, "no more Chinese karaoke".
fig. 8C, RMR has overcome management
issues, "no more Chinese karaoke".
various Facebook (and other) searches I have
undertaken fail to produce a single "Chinese karaoke"
event held at RMR. Cripps' made his proclamation some
few days after he had his entire Guildford Lane
Gallery website pulled (fig. 8D) from the www.
fig. 8D, on, or just before 20
November 2013, Cripps had his entire Guidlford Lane
Gallery website removed. His webmaster is κιτκα.
another Cripps Cultural hub
his "re-opening" of RMR, Cripps is making the kind of
grandiose proclamations that he made with Guildford
Lane Gallery. He is claiming that RMR is a “cultural
hub” (fig. 9). This is what he claimed with GLG ( http://www.redlegvartists.com/fraud.html
fig. 9, Cripps claims that RMR is a
cultural hub built by artists for artists. This is
not true, refer figs. 9A & 9B.
is also claiming that RMR was built by artists!
are the artists? Cripps is not an artist and his site
had proclaimed unambiguously that he owns, runs and
operates the business (fig.s 6 & 7). And, that it
is built for artists? This is similar to the claims
Cripps made for GLG, http://www.redlegvartists.com/fraud.html
in which Cripps misrepresented the gallery as an
arts-community venture and registered his domain as a
The venue, RMR, was built by Cripps/"Redleg Museum
Services" (figs. 9A & 9B).
fig. 9A, Cripps' planning
application made to the City of Melbourne lists
"Redleg Museum Services" as the "applicant", not
"artists", RMIT alumni, Robert Cripps, or his dog.
fig. 9B, Cripps' planning
application made to the City of Melbourne, the
architectural plans list "Rboert Cripps" as the
client, not "artists", RMIT alumni, or his dog.
the pretext that RMR serves the community, or
public, or is run "for artists", Cripps is, as he
did at GLG, calling for unpaid staff (fig.
1. entertainers to entertain paying patrons to work
for no wages ;
2. staff to promote his venture to work for no wages;
3. staff to serve at the bar (hospitality)
to work for no wages;
in which Cripps will make money off paying customers
who are served by staff who will receive no wages
working for him to make his money fig. 10. This is
unlawful and is no more than a scam.
though a few days prior to posting this page
Cripps pulled his RMR interns invitations.
a dishonest scheme; a fraud
his RMR is not-for-profit, or he is an educational
institution (etc), he can not call for unpaid labour.
fig. 10, Cripps calls for unpaid
labour. This is unlawful. He is attempting to foster
the impression that his for-Cripps’-own-profit RMR,
which he alone operates is built by artists for
artists. Cripps is not an artist.
figs. 10A & 10B, Cripps has had
the title of his interns pages altered to now read
""Page not found" on or before 28-29/11/2013. It is
obvious that he has been given legal advice on this.
fig. 11, Cripps' RMR on
16/11/2013, only 3 days after announcing that RMR
was closed for renovations (fig. 8), announces that
it is open for bookings starting from 18 November.
NOTE: CRIPPS' VENUE IS IN A STATE OF
FLUX. THE MANAGEMENT OF HIS VENUE, WHETHER OR NOT THE
VENUE IS OPEN OR CLOSED, WHETHER IT IS UNDERGOING
RENOVATIONS, OR CALLING FOR "INTERNS", HAVE ALL BEEN
ALTERED AS I WAS WRITING THIS. HE ALSO PULLED HIS
GUILDFORD LANE GALLERY SITE OFF THE INTERNET, a
bit too late I would say. AT THE TIME OF
WRITING HE STILL REFERS TO HIMSELF OR HIS DOG AS AN
RMIT ALUMNI ... I expect, after I post this page, that
the alumni reference will vanish too, as will a great
Cripps, above, ran a failed-gallery
Author: Demetrios Vakras 30 November 2013
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