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Anastasia Klose

You are never the person you expect to be

I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals. Brigitte Bardot I have not always loved dogs. I used to only love art. That was my main love. But things changed when I met Farnsworth. Farnsworth My partner Matt and I had driven up […]

Tiarney Miekus

ART and art (where the first is Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the second follows from the first)

Recently, I was on the phone describing Heidi Holmes’s installation at West Space in September 2016. ‘It’s this incredibly great work’, I said. ‘Normally there are big windows along one half of West Space gallery, but Heidi has built a room that covers these windows, with only a small square of light peeking out — […]

Matthew P. Hopkins

Lullaby for Marbles

In Art and Ventriloquism, David Goldblatt examines the complex back and forth that occurs between artist, artwork, and audience as a mode of exchange akin to the way in which a ventriloquist animates their dummy. Goldblatt draws many comparisons between ventriloquism and art-making in terms of how they both facilitate a unique mode of speaking […]

Tim Gregory and Vaughan W. O’Connor

Working with the invisible hypervisual

This article was conceived in response to the authors’ mutual participation in The Selfie and Social Activism Symposium at the University of NSW in December 2016. The event explored self-representation and critical agency within a broad visual context. This piece traces some of the tangential links between seemingly disparate areas of research; of Tim’s paper […]

Debris Facility Pty Ltd

Liquify Work Flow: E-Vaporated Aefficiency Outlines- GoogleDocs, Speculative Data Collection, research, re-distribution of labour, Communications, Negotiations, Procrastination, Ambivelence, Articulation, Projections, Etc 2016–2018

Marian Abboud and Vicki Van Hout

Kill me now! Kill me now! Kill me now! Conversations: Hong Kong to Sydney

Vicki Van Hout : Kill me now! Kill me now! Kill me now! I’m going to get done for saying… I’m going to get done for saying… I’m going to get done for saying… Kill me now! Marian Abboud : Stop saying that, say something catchy and intellectual, you’re going to get in trouble for saying […]

Michael Dagostino

November 2016 2017

A companion piece to this article is available online as part of un Extended 11.1.

Laura Couttie

Dear Masato, all at once (get a life, the only thing that cuts across the species is death)

Audrey Schmidt

A 20/20 Retrospective

At the heart of the increasingly gentrified East Brunswick sits the artist-run gallery Punk Café, a name that makes a considered link between punk and the Australian middle class — exemplified by ‘café culture’. Like many of its contemporaries employing the language and aesthetic of punk antiestablishmentarianism, such as Info-Punkt (GE), Punk Café features a […]

David Capra and Amelia Winata

Editorial: Murmurs

Within this issue of , there are murmurs of leaving, disappearing from the art world with all its frustrations and fluctuating climate of competitiveness. Alex Cuffe tells us they are not an artist anymore, well ‘at least for now’, while Anastasia Klose draws comparisons between herself and Bridgette Bardot, both of whom retreated from their […]

Gemma Weston

Desert Body Creep

Desert Body Creep Angela Goh Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) 24–28 January 2017 She starts with a series of statuesque poses while a Willow Smith track plays: I left my consciousness in the 6th dimension. I wonder where the mind of a dancer goes as they run their body through a routine for the […]

Erica Englert & Skye Gellmann

Untitled 2017

Photographs

Isabelle Sully

The anonymous donor: on Christopher D’Arcangelo via a curatorial problematic

Following his third arrest, Christopher D’Arcangelo’s father Allan D’Arcangelo, a prominent painter at the time, asked him, ‘Why are you going after the art institutions? You should be going after the banks. They’re the real criminals.’ With this preface in mind, it could be said that the two distinctly separate practices of Christopher D’Arcangelo, and […]

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

Ununiun

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 […]

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