un Projects is based on the unceded sovereign land and waters of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation; we pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
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Brian Obiri-Asare

Welcome to Wonderland

The coalition emerges out of your recognition that it’s fucked up for you, in the same way that we’ve already recognised that it’s fucked up for us. —Fred Moten Under a Burning White Sky As my experience of social life has become less and less about seeking or gaining approval from outside forces, a burden […]

Amy Jane Parker

plastic, petroleum, faecal matter of antarctic krill, carbon, symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast, inkjet print, moth, water, glazed earthenware

Amy Jane Parker is an artist, artist facilitator and disability support worker based in Naarm/Melbourne.

Abbra Kotlarczyk and Debris Facility Pty Ltd

Micröbius Tract(ion)

Micröbius Tract(ion) is designed to be folded into a möbius loop. Holding the print lengthwise, make a loop, then twist it once, so there is one continuous surface. Join the narrow edges together with tape, stickers, glue, clips or pins. This work is the second iteration of its kind produced for Micro-(bial) Tenancies, curated by […]

Rachel Schenberg

Missing box, loose shoe.

I remember showing someone my box of poems and they said don’t you have a copy. And I gleamed no. I liked the perversity of the original. I would never lose this. — Eileen Myles, For Now In reality, however, the poet has given concrete form to a very general psychological theme, namely, that there […]

Ursula Cornelia de Leeuw

A Rabelaisian City by Ursula Cornelia de Leeuw

The library and the department store: the house of knowledge and the house of consumption. Upon closer inspection, they are modern temples where the communal ritual of excess expenditure takes place. Such sites have existed, with many different faces and many different names, for as long as the sacred has been practised. In other words, […]

Kenzee Patterson

Exhausted Painting: Phthalo Green, Indian Yellow, Brilliant Red, Ultramarine

Kenzee Patterson is a settler-colonial descendant whose art practice combines material experimentation with historical research, autobiography and language, motivated by the imperative to confront the ecological and socio-cultural repercussions of resource extraction and material displacement.

Amy Jane Parker

plastic, petroleum, faecal matter of antarctic krill, carbon, symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast, inkjet print, moth, water, glazed earthenware

Amy Jane Parker is an artist, artist facilitator and disability support worker based in Naarm/Melbourne.

Therese Keogh

Dear J,

Dear J, I’ve been meaning to follow up on my previous letter for a while now, thinking I knew what I wanted to write but also nervous about the inevitable failures of assigning words; of failing to articulate their incomparability.[^1] In this letter I’d like to think about clinker, a residual geology of metalworking, as […]

Chantelle Mitchell and Jaxon Waterhouse

Limits to Hope / Surplus of Growth by Chantelle Mitchell and Jaxon Waterhouse

What do we do about the extractive industries and their persistent and pervasive presence within the arts industry as sponsors, facilitators and (un)welcome benefactors? There is no easy answer to this question — the arts seem to be reliant upon the financial support of extractive industries, either through direct corporate sponsorship or indirectly, via funds […]

Kenzee Patterson

Exhausted Painting: Brown Brazil, Magenta, Violet, Ultramarine, Sapphire Blue

Kenzee Patterson is a settler-colonial descendant whose art practice combines material experimentation with historical research, autobiography and language, motivated by the imperative to confront the ecological and socio-cultural repercussions of resource extraction and material displacement.

Glōssa

Art and Postcapitalism: Aesthetic Labour, Automation and Value Production

As the COVID-19 pandemic caused Australian theatres, music venues, galleries and museums to close, the Federal Government’s response to the ensuing crisis raised the question of whether they view the arts as surplus to the economy. Government stimulus for the sector, both meagre and delayed, is unlikely to hinder the ongoing destruction of careers, infrastructure […]

Talia Smith

Two hours ahead / two hours behind

Talia Smith is an artist and curator from Aotearoa New Zealand and now based in Sydney. She is of Sāmoan, Cook Island and NZ European heritage. Both her visual arts and curatorial practices explores notions of time, memory and familial histories, with a focus on the centring of diverse voices within the wider canon of […]

Melody Paloma and Tom Smith

This is the Way: The Mandalorian, Art and Surplus

it’s all a new mythology … for our time … some sort of heroic … and it has created new mythologies and you better take them seriously. Yes they are out there and don’t ignore them — Werner Herzog Disney’s Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian is a model twenty-first century enterprise—an elaborate extraction machine […]

Amy Jane Parker

plastic, petroleum, faecal matter of antarctic krill, carbon, symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast, inkjet print, moth, water, glazed earthenware

Amy Jane Parker is an artist, artist facilitator and disability support worker based in Naarm/Melbourne.

Jazz Money

mardi gras rainbow dreaming

༼ つ ✿◕‿◕✿༽つ (‿ˠ‿) the BWS is now a BWyaasssssS as in yass queen as in yasssss gay pride as in yass we co-opted this lingo from black queer communities on the other side of the world as in BeerWineSpirits is now a place to drink down some black queer liberation on land stolen that […]

Kenzee Patterson

Exhausted Painting: Brilliant Red, Ultramarine, Phthalo Green

Kenzee Patterson is a settler-colonial descendant whose art practice combines material experimentation with historical research, autobiography and language, motivated by the imperative to confront the ecological and socio-cultural repercussions of resource extraction and material displacement.

Danni McGrath

Boss makes a dollar, I make a dime, that’s why I study Marx on company time

Contemporary art is kind of a pyramid scheme: the few artists who make a living making art in this speculative market obscure the vast majority who must do all kinds of other work to pay for food, rent and the art practice itself. I say this not to create an us-versus-them situation between more and […]

Stephen Palmer

Art in Crisis: Resilience, Recovery, Reproduction

With the implementation of lockdowns and social distancing measures last year we witnessed an almost overnight closure of a large part of the Australian arts sector, prompting a widespread call for financial support. These calls for assistance often took a well-trodden road, emphasising the significant contribution that the sector makes to the national economy, as […]

Lucreccia Quintanilla

Night

Lucreccia Quintanilla is an artist, writer, DJ and researcher gratefully living and working on the unceded lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. Her practice is both an individual and collaborative one which manifests into outcomes within galleries and also as events and performances outside of that context. Her […]

Jason De Santolo

Karringa Kingkali

Jungku Ngambala Ngarrur Ngarrumba Yarkijina Yurrngumba(We sit peacefully in our lands forever) — Garrwa Yanyuwa Elder Nancy McDinny In 2020 pandemic conditions created an extreme sense of isolation and containment. The city slowed down to lockdown pace here on unceded Gadigal lands as the terror of COVID-19 began to unravel through all sorts of media […]

Bonnie Reid

Worker Bee, Hawk-Eye, Drone

If attention was an experiment in living, rather than a deal or a calculation. —Adam Phillips I looked up from the breakfast table to the highest window in the apartment. There, silently, a plane made its way from the left jamb to the right and was gone. It was the first I’d seen flying in […]

Snack Syndicate

Editorial

Much of our work as a critical art collective turns on two senses of the word ‘surplus’: surplus populations, that is, people who are forced to the margins of or outside the wage relation and whose ambivalent status as labour-in-waiting and revolutionary potential translates into often violent disciplinary regimes of the state; and surplus value, […]

Elena Gomez and Rosie Isaac

Editorial: ANTI/ANTE

We began this issue with questions. What does it mean to sit against something? What does it mean to create against something? What are we against? How do we make art against the world? Does anti necessarily inscribe a binary logic? Does ante necessarily inscribe a chronological one? We still have all these questions, but […]

Snack Syndicate

Bread and Roses

The desire for a disalienated life-world — as envisioned in the slogan bread and roses — is if nothing else the demand for everyone to enjoy the kinds of aesthetic contingency that capital cordons off for the wealthy. Kay Gabriel I write to you but in public; my description of you exceeds our relation. It […]