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Un Magazine 5.1

Editorial

Kyla McFarlane & Patrice Sharkey

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Editorial

Artist-writers, art writing and art as writing … un Magazine 5.1 blurs the boundaries between these roles, mashing-up narratives both real and fake in current practice.

Can fiction be critical?

un Magazine commissioned writer Dr Jeanne Randolph to riff on her ficto-critical practice, to which she responded with a text that begins with a girdle, elaborating on ficto-criticism’s poisonous, doubtful, suicidal tendencies … and the existential nature of the smoke of a freshly lit cigarette.

How do you write sculpture?

Artist Kel Glaister’s texts have entered the gallery in different ways, as she explains to Alicia Frankovich. Firstly, ‘like a flea on the back of the exhibition’ and, recently, as written sculpture.

Want a (Writing) Date?

We publish excerpts from Brian Fuata’s Call and Response, a twenty-four month project in which the artist corresponds with an invited writer daily for a month, before moving to another collaborator — performances inside a shared word document.

Is it all falling apart?

As collaborative duo Wrong Solo, Fuata and Agatha Gothe-Snape have contributed a work for our cover: Wrong Time, Wrong Place. The Free Dictionary defines this idiom as: ‘in the location where something bad is to happen exactly when it happens’, one way to describe the inevitable.

Should you trust a writer?

Without having seen the exhibition, Eleanor Weber reviews a ten — or is it three? — year retrospective of Paris art space castillo/coralles.

Can a fan become a collaborator?

Jess Johnson reveals the dark inner thoughts of Henri Papin, a Superfiction originally created by Mish Meijers and Tricky Walsh; while Lisa Lerkenfelt presents a series of concrete poems inspired by Hany Armanious’ sculptures.

Where are we now?

In response to Ross Coulter’s 10,000 Paper Planes project at the State Library of Victoria, Toby Miller considers the blank slate of a piece of paper, folded and flown, within the discursive frames of writing and architecture.
Back in the real world…

We thank the un Projects board for the opportunity to edit and sub-edit un Magazine volume 5.

un Magazine issue 5.2 will have a focus on art and architecture, for which we welcome proposals.

Kyla McFarlane, Editor
Patrice Sharkey, Sub-editor