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Anne-Marie Te Whiu

A Bibliography of a Weave, 2022

Anne-Marie Te Whiu (Te Rarawa) is a poet, weaver, cultural producer and editor. She previously co-directed the Queensland Poetry Festival and currently works at Red Room Poetry. She is a recipient of the Next Chapter Fellowship and is studying a Master of Māori Studies at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Adele Wilkes

Hypnagogia Hyphae, Spectral Synaesthesia, Animist Anamnesis

ED: Do you own a video camera?RENEE MADISON: No. Fred hates them. FRED MADISON: I like to remember things my own way.ED: What do you mean by that? FRED MADISON: How I remembered them. Not necessarily the way they happened. – David Lynch, Lost Highway (1997) As a child I had a photographic memory. If […]

Sumugan Sivanesan

PROTOTYPING

Lucreccia Quintanilla and Meredith Turnbull

Collective Memory: a conversation between

MEREDITH Always be recording. LULU Yeah, every time. But yeah, they’re all super different. And some of them are guided by one person. It’s super significant that Torika would do Community Reading Room on her own. I feel this is a very community view, almost an aunty role. MEREDITH This is a sort of a […]

Mandy Quadrio

Speaking within the kelp

Jade Irvine

Ultimate Kylie

It was the night of Limbo Party’s queer ‘YEEHAW’ night and I was sick as a dog. My boyfriend had gone to a friend’s wedding that night. Originally, we’d both been attending – oh Covid restrictions! I tucked myself into bed, feeling sorry for myself after being uninvited. Maybe they think I’m too messy. I […]

Ella Mudie

On shaky ground: notes on the precarity of online research and the digital archive

As the severity of Covid-19 restrictions have been dialled up and down over the past two years, one rule with a significant impact on my work as an independent writer remained a constant: university libraries largely barred physical access to non-students. This has been the case for most Sydney campuses at least and it’s only […]

Milly Mitchell-Anyon

From Time to Time

Burn, Ian. ‘Is Art History Any Use to Artists?’ In Dialogue: Writings in Art History, 1–14. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1991. This essay has entered my life on several occasions, and every time I read it I interpret it slightly differently. Burn’s essay hypothesises that, fundamentally, there’s a disconnect between art making and the making […]

Johanna Ellersdorfer

Condition Report

TITLE [untitled] ceramic cup ARTIST/MAKER Pauline Hoerboer DATE OF MANUFACTURE c. 2017 DATE OF REPORT February 2022 DIMENSIONS H 90 W 100 D 86 mm CURRENT LOCATION Kitchen cupboard above the microwave, second shelf from the bottom, to the left. KNOWN PROVENANCE Purchased at Kali Tengah, The Hague, 2017. Description A small ceramic vessel designed […]

Brian Martin

Agency & Place

Uncle Charles Moran, Uncle Greg Harrington, and Norm Sheehan. ‘On Country Learning.’ Design and Culture 10, no. 1, (2018): 71–9. Graham, Mary. ‘Understanding Human Agency in Terms of Place.’ PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature, no. 3 (2009): 71–7. These two seminal writings step out the importance of Place (Country) and its reconfiguration into and around the […]

Bree Di Mattina

The Subversive Stitch: an unfolding legacy

The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the making of the feminine (1984) by Roszika Parker is a seminal text in contemporary textile and fibre art discourse. Centring on the history of embroidery and the role it played in the construction of the ‘feminine,’ the work has weathered much criticism since its original publication in 1984. While […]

Michael Brown

Black Box: A Curriculum of the Unhuman

Précis – In December 2021 ad agency Clemenger BBDO announced a collaboration with art collective Glue Society and the University of Tasmania for Earth’s Black Box, a large steel vault recording ongoing climate data much like a plane’s flight recorder. Drawing on this project, I reconceptualise the ‘black box’ – as container of knowledge but […]

Mia Boe

The Nostalgia
of Mother and Child

I am a descendent of the Butchulla people of K’gari. I’m a daughter of a Burmese man who left his birth country as a refugee at the age of five. My mother didn’t grow up on Country, she didn’t know she was Aboriginal until she was a teenager – my grandmother was worried she’d have […]

Bianca Acimovic

the story being the learning

I am a descendant of south-eastern Europe, a prisoner of war refugee and a post-war migrant: a second-generation Australian. I am conscious that while I am Australian, I live on the landsof Aboriginal Australians. Over two decades, I have sustaineda curatorial practice that honours this awareness. Travelling Australia from the lands of the Gimuy-walubarra yidi […]

Lévi McLean and Chandler Abrahams

MORE BRILLIANT THAN THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF THE POKIES

THE ARGUMENT The One Eyed Man has cultivated an obsessional quality in us.It has become the keystone for paradigms of creative practice that are otherwise outside the normalised strictures of two allegedly art-historically trained artists. Through its polyphony of rhythms and basslines and harmonies and dissonances and instruments and players it ruptures and intervenes and […]

D Harling and Hilary Thurlow

Editorial

The initial thinking behind a collection of annotated bibliographies came about from the question: ‘What texts are colleagues interacting with during lockdowns and their time in isolation?’ From this came the question: ‘What texts are worth taking forward into a post-lockdown future?’ There was interest in looking around the different communities and roles in the […]

Melissa Ratliff

Parable of don’t leave: the world may be study and snow, cruising utopia and the only _____ queer in the world

Butler, Octavia E. Parable of the Sower. New York:Four Walls Eight Windows, 1993. I’m late to the work of Octavia Butler, having put the other Butler (Judith) ahead on my reading list. While I haven’t made it much beyond introductions and crib notes with Judith (whose teachings on gender have anyway passed into a realm […]

Dean Cross

Mandarin/Orange

Dean Cross was born and raised on Ngunnawal/ Ngambri Country and is a Worimi man through his paternal bloodline. He is a paratactical artist interested in collisions of materials, ideas and histories. He is motivated by the understanding that his practice sits within a continuum of the oldest living culture on Earth — and enacts […]

Dean Cross

Deep Heat

Dean Cross was born and raised on Ngunnawal/ Ngambri Country and is a Worimi man through his paternal bloodline. He is a paratactical artist interested in collisions of materials, ideas and histories. He is motivated by the understanding that his practice sits within a continuum of the oldest living culture on Earth — and enacts […]

Dean Cross

Lighter

Dean Cross was born and raised on Ngunnawal/ Ngambri Country and is a Worimi man through his paternal bloodline. He is a paratactical artist interested in collisions of materials, ideas and histories. He is motivated by the understanding that his practice sits within a continuum of the oldest living culture on Earth — and enacts […]

Yusi Zang

Bird Poo on Car Window

Yusi Zang is a Beijing born multi- disciplinary artist living and working in Melbourne. Her practice entails the scrutiny of the quotidian and mundane, and strives for a degree of realism, mimicking or extracting the real which the objects derive from. She reconciles the concepts of boredom and the sublime, and revolts against the commonplaces […]

Snack Syndicate

Editorial

This morning, as soon as we woke up, we made four consecutive pots of coffee, each shared between two cups. We made twobowls of muesli with kiwi, banana, LSA, yoghurt. After three hours of work, we each went for a run. When we returned, we sweated over the cold kitchen tiles. We peeled off our […]

Tom Melick

A Reminder

The-one-who-loves-knowledge, he says: ‘What is writing? What are its places of storage? Compare it to its like, O overflowing one!— Book of Thoth From my window, between this building and the next, I’m counting ibis. In the morning over coffee … 1, 2 … at lunch … 4, 5, 6 … at dusk …7, 8, […]

Charlie Sofo

Bathroom

sanitation was a response to the putridness of British life classed, crammed, sickthe toilet is where youshitthere are chickpeas simmering gentlyon the stoveidentical almost to mybody simmering in the hot baththoughts slowing downor in the shower, speeding upSpecial Agent Dale Cooperperceived the demonic presenceof Bob by smashinghis head through the bathroom mirrorI was in the […]

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