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Kate Britton

The Talk

Mish Grigor The Talk Performance Space 2–5 November 2016 My uncle first told my mother he was HIV positive in 1983, the same year I was born. For many in East Sydney in the early 1980s, diagnosis meant death. For my uncle, this did not come as quickly as for many, mercifully; he died of […]

Nat and Allan Randall

I was worried about you and you were worried about me

I can never have a poker face. Anybody looking at me can tell exactly what I’m thinking. — Gena Rowlands In May 2016, I invited 100 men to participate in a short scene derived from a John Cassavetes film, Opening Night, as part of a 24-hour durational performance at Australian Centre for the Moving Image […]

Marian Abboud & Vicki Van Hout

I don’t have anything 2017

Marian Abboud is a Western Sydney-based artist working across disciplines, often collaborating with communities to create narrative driven works that challenges perceptions of identity and complex historical and cultural frameworks. Vicki Van Hout is a Wiradjuri woman born on the south coast of NSW and is an independent choreographer, performance-maker and teacher. I don’t have […]

Keren Ruki

The ozriginal creative native

Andrew Atchison

Standing by Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner 2017

Standing by Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner 2017 Brook Andrew and Trent Walter Corner of Victoria and Franklin Streets, Melbourne Sites of extreme violence have a way of slipping back into unremarkable anonymity with the passing of time. Associated structures are replaced, marks worn away, new surfaces laid over the original and, as witnesses pass away, these […]

Amelia Wallin

Looking at you looking at you: performance and its documents in the internet age

Blackmore and cinematographer Bonnie Elliott’s beautifully constructed visuals detail the exhaustive preparation, posing and filtering of each subject’s photos. Multiple methods of image production are at play here: the subjects take selfies that are interwoven into the production of the documentary shoot, and we are no longer sure of whose image is whose. The footage […]

Michael Dagostino

The Director’s Dance 2017

Michael Dagostino is the Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre and the inaugural Director of Parramatta Artists Studios. In these series of gifs Michael captures his weekly routines, obsessions and ‘the order to the way we walk, talk and cut through space’. Still images related to this piece feature in the print edition of un Magazine […]

Alex Cuffe

Uncanny Self

Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Mental Olympics: in between breaths with Wart

A body lies hiding beneath a thick sheet of black plastic, the kind used by firemen to extinguish fire. Giving way to movement and form, the plastic becomes a percussive skin used to thrash out sound. A release of manic energy. Finding quiet in the rage. ‘I used that a lot to go into that […]

Sam Wallman

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Laura Castagnini

Dear Homophobia

Dear Homophobia, It’s difficult to write this letter. I have trouble raising my voice above your incessant shouting, something you often do in unison with your friend, Patriarchy. When I do, I often feel I am not heard. Last Saturday night, you convinced a man to enter a gay nightclub in Orlando and kill as […]

Michelle James

Export quality extended: an exchange with The Office of Culture & Design

I remember walking past the vacant retail space on the corner of Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, quietly charting the course of its transformation. The shop came to be filled, sparingly, with trestle table desks, flat-pack cardboard boxes and rolls of packaging tape. The most salient clue that this store was ready to trade came with […]

Tiarney Miekus

Responding to Mayday

Tiarney Miekus is a writer, broadcaster and musician who holds First Class Honours in English Literature from the University of Melbourne. Responding to Mayday is an audio piece which sonically expands on Tiarney’s discussion of the event Polyphonic Social, held at Abbotsford Convent earlier this, which appears in the print edition of un Magazine 10.2.

Phuong Ngo

A brief history of Hue 2016

A companion video work by Phuong Ngo, My father the people smuggler 2016, can be viewed online as part of un Extended 10.2.

Zanny Begg

Refuge

Undrawing the Line, The Swamp, 2016 Animation, 27mins Editing and animation by Zanny Begg Hazeen animation by Safdar Ahmed and Can Yalcinkaya Audio mix by Jon Hunter Music by Stef Conner and the Lyre Ensemble, Hazeen and Kate Carr Drawing contributions from Undrawing the Line and Bossley Park High Students Bashir Ahmed, Parastoo Bahrami, Neda […]

Nick Modrzewski

A crowd of soccer players, a group of lawyers, a band of Malay Muslims

I recently applied for a job as a lawyer and met a new friend, The Ghost of Félix Guattari, The Famous French Philosopher and Psychotherapist Who’s Been Dead for Fourteen Years and is Currently Stuck in a Psychotherapeutic Purgatory. His apparition appeared to me as I attempted to fill out an Application for Employment Form, […]

Phuong Ngo

My Dad the People Smuggler

Phuong Ngo is Melbourne based artists whose practice explores the individual and collected identity of the Vietnamese Diaspora through the exploration of history, politics and culture. My Dad the People Smuggler is a video that speaks to the photographic images he has included in the print edition of un Magazine 10.2. The video examines his […]

Laura Castagnini and Rose Gibbs

Restaging the collective: a conversational review of Sharon Hayes’ In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You and Alex Martinis Roe’s Our Future Network

Laura Castagnini : I met Rose Gibbs in December 2015 when I attended a two-day workshop at the Showroom in London entitled, fittingly, Our Future Network. Led by the artist Alex Martinis Roe, our small group of participants experimented with feminist collective strategies by undertaking a series of exercises developed from research into the Milan […]

Tristen Harwood

Love and decolonisation in actu

Elise Routledge

Emile Zile: digital communion

Emile Zile is an artist, performer and filmmaker crafting poetic turns about the relationship between digital media and social conditions. His work provides a penetrating critique of how the manufactured outputs of the mass media and technology industries interact with our bodies, behaviours and feelings. It offers, in the artist’s words, ‘damaged optimism’ for humans […]

Nikos Pantazopoulos

The goblet the jug and the rock were sitting on a ledge with a sign that said free, I took them to reflect on and use as material. I placed them next to a gold leaf maquette of the showers of Kens Karate Klub, yellow felt, and a foot form with a brown sock waiting to cradle the ultimate shoe. It wasn’t the twink who is a chubby chaser but the tall boy with the Errol Flynn moustache, who left these objects, he is nice, he took the time. F11, 1/90, Flash, B for brush… CMYK SWOP coated for editorial 2016

Lauren Burrow

Jimmy Nuttall, GINA, and an erotics of loneliness

Jimmy Nuttall’s 2016 short film, GINA, is a reflection on contemporary malaise that borrows its structure as much from the haphazard mode of home movie-making as any historical avant-garde. Shot in Melbourne and its surrounding rural landscape, the video tells an experimental post-breakup narrative of Gina and Jules that begins with a cast of Jim’s […]

Tiarney Miekus

The polyphony of polyphonies

To throw around polyphony with an unstructured multiplicity and plurality is now a commonplace. Ideas of fluctuating disunity and rhizomatic structures clumsily circulate around the contemporary dialogue, resembling what some now terrifyingly call a ‘classic’ postmodernism. Yet there is more to say about polyphony than this now-normalised discourse, and Polyphonic Social stresses this shifting rhetoric. […]

Luke Letourneau

Scene, and being seen at Day for Night

At Day for Night all of the artists are not from the same scene. At the 2016 iteration of the festival Stereogamous, artists who have performed in bathhouses and on the international club scene, soundtracked most of the event but also acted as the main act four times across the weekend: The Day for Night […]

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