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un Magazine 16.2

un Magazine 16.2, A Collection of Annotated Bibliographies Vol. 2, edited by D. Harding and Hilary Thurlow 

un Magazine 16.2 features contributions from Gabrielle Bergman, Trent Crawford & Stanton Cornish-Ward, Caitlin Franzmann & Amaara Raheem, Lou Garcia-Dolnik, Lewis Gittus, Yuki Kihara, Natalie King OAM, Ioana Gordon-Smith & Allan Haeweng, KINK, Thomas Solomon Kuiper, Liv Moriarty, Emily Mulvihill, Sarah Poulgrain, and Rasheeda Wilson. 

un Extended: May – June 2023

Edward Dean and Brayden Van Meurs, Culturally Liberal Project of Renewal, 2023, weatherboards, floorboards, wire, dolls, nails, grass, pool cue, plywood, flashlights, tape, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist and Asbestos. Photo: Aden Miller.
NC Qin, Glass Armour, 2023. Okkoota ಒಕ್ಕೂಟ, Arts House, Curated by Vishal Kumaraswamy. Photography by Jacinta Keefe, courtesy of Arts House.
Thor: Love and Thunder Costumes, ACMI. Image provided by Vidya Rajan.
Arthur Jafa, Unrest, 2023. Installation View. Photo by Christo Crocker, courtesy of Fiona and Sidney Myer Gallery.
Chris Madden, Hysteric Realism I, II & III, 2023. Image courtesy the artist and Conners Conners. Photo: Aden Miller

very beautiful chemicals that produce very stylish results in people’s mental functions – daniel ward

‘predictably, i want to congratulate the audacity of the works in specific consideration of their time on show. where major institutions bear a particular kind of curatorial latency, Asbestos has temporality. i believe the show both taunts and celebrates this parameter. arguably, its grandiosity is revelatory.’

daniel ward writes a letter to very beautiful chemicals that produce very stylish results in people’s mental functions, an exhibition by Edward Dean & Brayden van Meurs, showing at Asbestos until May 29.

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Sometimes holiness is a room; sometimes, a door – Wen-Juenn Lee

‘As I ascend, it feels like I am breaking through roofs of sound. This is sound whose source is difficult to locate; sometimes, it feels like I am underwater. There are crescendoing bells, field recordings of cars beeping and people murmuring; but also, a cinematic swelling, a motif that rises out of its surface. It is a searching, meandering repetition; a loop that is slowly altered, but with no clear narrative, no ending.’

Wen-Juenn Lee reviews Shareeka Helaluddin portability of ritual ii, shown at Arts House for Okkoota ಒಕ್ಕೂಟ, curated by Vishal Kumaraswamy.

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Thor: Love and Thunder Costumes – Vidya Rajan

‘A big axe and a cape. Belonging to what we’d commonly read as a ‘man’, if the mannequin’s build is any indication. I notice that the ratio of axe length to body length is very small, implying a great deal of upper body strength. It’s just not normal to lift an axe that large with this kind of height. You would at least expect this man to be more ripped than the mannequin lets on.’

Vidya Rajan spends six minutes with ‘Thor: Love and Thunder Costumes’.

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Movement of Unrest – Elijah Money

‘An amalgamation of visceral emotions overcome and grasp me; though for many Black and First Nations peoples, these videos do not come as a surprise but as a means to contextualise experience with clarity. Jafa has managed to expose an overall rawness while weaving in moments of Black joy and Black humour.’

Elijah Money reviews Arthur Jafa’s ‘Unrest’, recently showing at Fiona and Sidney Myer Gallery.

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Then Sharply Turns – Emily Kostos

‘A sense of the geographic is also encased: a textual neolithic settlement requiring patient transcription. It is clear that the artworks are collectively laden with aesthetic threads of history and nostalgia, matter and subject, spirit and objectivity.’

Emily Kostos reviews ‘Then Sharply Turns’, showing at Conners Conners (Melbourne) 13 April – 13 May.

un Projects’ Editor-in-Residence Program is supported by the City of Yarra, Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne.

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“Isn’t that the whole point of gender—letting someone else do your living for you?” – Andrea Long Chu

To accompany the upcoming launch of un Magazine 17.1: RESIST—edited by Bahar Sayed and Gemma Weston—you are invited to join a reading group for the discussion of Andrea Long Chu’s first book ‘Females: A Concern’. The discussion will be hosted at Cool Change, an artist-run initiative located in Boorloo (Perth CBD) / and digitally over Zoom.

‘Females’ is a long-form essay that stages and examines the premise ‘everyone is female and everyone hates it’. A work of gender theory, literature and auto-fictional memoir in which the 2023 Pulizer Prize winner Andrea Long Chu examines the pessimism of sex and self, radical dreams of heterodoxy and a cynical dissection the desperate and smothering embrace of gender politics.

Snacks and refreshments (tea and coffee) will be provided – please advise ahead of time of any dietary needs.

If you require a copy of the book, an electronic version can be found here.

About Cool Change:

Cool Change is located in a second-level office tenancy in the Perth CBD. Paid parking is available in the area, and the office is a five minute walk from the Perth train station.

The building and office is wheelchair accessible, but there are no wheelchair accessible bathroom facilities in the building. The closest accessible public bathroom is in the City of Perth Library, located 150m down the road. Please contact Cool Change ([email protected]) with any access requests or questions.

Cool Change operates near Kuraree, a meeting place for Whadjuk Noongar Bibbulmun moort (family), brought together by ke-ning (corroboree) to share kaartdijin (knowledge).

We acknowledge that this is and always will be Aboriginal land, and that our capacity to engage in creative practice on this boodja is informed by the knowledge and labour of First Nations People.

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