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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Sumugan Sivanesan

Mass action media: Ende Gelände, Break Free 2016

‘Actions live off the images’ So said one of the plenary speakers at the Lausitz Climate Camp, following the first day of action. On the previous night an action primer video, a short documentary following activists from camp to pit to police van during last year’s Ende Gelände, was screened in the camp’s central circus […]

Nikos Pantazopoulos

Trying to explain Hal Foster’s critique on the failure of minimalism to my brother with fishing line a blue Dior tie, a tree trunk, maroon felt, a yellow block of wood, and a Banksia Coccina whilst two boys are kissing on the news. F11, 1/90, Flash, B for brush… CMYK SWOP coated for editorial 2016

Helen Hughes

Peoples’ plumbing: objects and pipes in Sean Peoples’ recent work

Whilst outwardly concerned with typologies of contemporary kitsch, Peoples’ practice is actually based in extensive research. He has racked up hours studying local history in the Belgrave Library, and even more on the internet, piecing together information about local alien and UFO sightings. The most famous local UFO sighting, indeed one of the most renowned […]

Anatol Pitt

Moss. Thoughts on entanglement, representation and the material world

Only he can see the whole, he says, because he can see there is no whole — Lázló Krasznahorkai, The Melancholy of Resistance.[^1] Moss is hard to draw. I’m sitting in the garden of a small temple on the outskirts of Kyoto. In front of me is a thick carpet of moss, only occasionally pierced […]

Sophia Dacy-Cole

A world before the chunking happens

Sophia Dacy-Cole interviews artist and theorist Erin Manning on her keynote ‘For a Pragmatics of the Useless’ at the Transversal Matters conference, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, September 2015. SDC : un 10.1 focuses on Russian theorist Boris Aratov’s concept of the co-worker: the idea that objects are not merely inert, but have some […]

Matthew Taft and Julian R. Murphy

Seeing through Screens: Digital Media in the Gallery Space

Imagine yourself strolling into a gallery. You pause at the entry to read the introductory wall text but find yourself struggling to see much over the shoulders of other patrons. Rather than stand on tiptoes, you use your phone to scan the QR code pasted on the wall. You are instantly taken to a page […]

Shelley McSpedden and Meredith Turnbull

Editorial: Co-working

The co-worker is the maximum cohesion of the thing and its purpose. A collaboration between the material energies of humanity, technology and the spontaneous forces of nature. Boris Arvatov’s co-workers were electricity, radio, urban landscaping, Le Corbusier’s house as a ‘machine for living’. Our co-workers are multivalent. A co-worker is that, this, you, me. They […]

Jessie Bullivant

Pencil rubbing of plaque: plaque was originally shown in the front garden of Linden (St Kilda) as part of Jessie Bullivant’s exhibition Both at Once 2014

Melody Paloma

The materiality of language: poetry and text based visual art as co-worker

What is immediately striking about Boris Arvatov’s co-worker theory lies in a social reconfiguration of the relationship to the object; rather than urging a slowing or cessation of commercial production, Arvatov advocates for relationships with the material that are meaningful and productive. Where Arvatov sees the saturation of ‘thing’ as a ground for contemplation and […]

Tom Melick

Reports from a Kitchen

— Der Unterricht In German bread is brot and butter is butter I know this because I’m Toaster In German toaster is toaster — kitchen is küche that’s where I live and work mornings mostly in between Wasserkessel who’s desperate to please and Mauer who never speaks or moves What respect I have for Mauer! […]

Kelly Fliedner

We’re Drowning! Now What!?

Spooky Action at a Distance at Bus Projects, 9–30 January 2016 Amalie Smith, Amitai Romm, David Stjernholm, Rasmus Myrup, Valérie Collart and curated by Nanna Stjernholm Jepsen The polar icecaps have melted and Bus Projects finds itself submerged in the underwater world of Spooky Action at a Distance. This exhibition is the second, return iteration […]

Pia van Gelder

Theoretical Waveform Instrument for Earth Generation 2016

Lana Lopesi

Reinstating the smoko

Public Share is a New Zealand–based collective of seven artists (Monique Redmond, Harriet Stockman, Kelsey Stankovich, Deborah Rundle, Mark Schroder, Joe Prisk and, until recently, Kirsten Dryburgh) founded in 2014. Their work involves nuanced conversations embedded in acts of making and sharing. With a keen interest in participatory happenings, Public Share’s work has occupied allotted […]

Chloé Wolifson

Splitting | Sides

Richard Frater

The life support of the brand

A thin veneer of immediate reality is spread over natural and artificial matter, and whoever wishes to remain in the now, with the now, on the now, should please not break its tension film. Otherwise the inexperienced miracle-worker will find himself no longer walking on water but descending upright among staring fish. — Vladimir Nabokov, […]

Manon van Kouswijk

Transit 2016

Michael Ascroft

Rapa Nui Ranelagh

Rapa Nui Ranelagh (2015), exhibited at West Space in October last year, marks a shift towards something softer and more forgiving. The work is based around a perfectly made, over-sized plinth-like table structure, which runs along the entire main wall of the large gallery, and whose seven, unevenly-spaced leg-sections are in keeping with lines drawn […]

Ella Mudie

Energy, agency and the elemental materialism of Nicholas Mangan, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding

Emily Castle

Nods all round: orientations in recent spatial practice

The recent exhibitions of Melbourne artists Benjamin Woods, Georgina Criddle and Helen Grogan, consecutively programmed at West Space in 2015, can be seen to crystallise certain tendencies in contemporary local spatial practice.[^1] The current conversation around these projects centres on how they bring to the fore the dynamic but overlooked relations between objects, bodies and […]

Lucy Forsberg

Body Information Workshops

Taloi Havini

Jaba River, Middle Tailings from the Panguna mine, Bougainville 2009; Dunlop Australia Tyres, Upper Tailings of the Panguna mine, Jaba River, Bougainville 2009

Alana Hunt

Interview with Glenn Iseger-Pilkington

Alana Hunt : You’ve worked extensively with Aboriginal art at major institutions in Australia, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the National Gallery of Australia and, presently, in the New Museum Project at the Western Australian Museum. During this time you have maintained an ongoing focus on Indigenous objects in your work as a […]

Jeremy Eaton

Feeling Material

In the tradition of OSW, the exhibition was comprised of a range of events, sculptural installations, performances and outdoor works that unravelled over various locations and times and was almost impossible to take in in its entirety. This curatorial approach encouraged recurring visits to the show, hunting for works across the Convent’s grounds and to […]

Natalie Thomas

Art Matter / Art Objects / Art Things: Reject the commodity and perform. Materialism ain’t cool.

Meret Oppenheim made her furry-lined teacup on a whim. She made it quickly when she was young, then she spent a large part of the rest of her career trying to replicate its triumph. She was forever a slave to that early object’s success. We saw David Byrne sing Burning Down the House some years […]