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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Andrew Varano

User download

‘Google has created a monopoly in which every click produces value for the company. The next stage will be the conquest and appropriation of the ever-more-scarce non-clicks and user downtime as a value asset.’[^1] What you are about to undertake is a special type of guided meditation to help explore the issues you’ve been facing. […]

Susan Gibb

On If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and ‘Appropriation and Dedication’

A year after Society ended—which to clarify for readers thinking that they missed some cataclysmic end to life as we know it, I am referring to an independent curatorial program that I ran in Sydney[^1]—I found myself on residence as an associate curator at the Amsterdam-based contemporary arts organisation If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t […]

Tara Heffernan

The Form That Accommodates The Mess, OtherFilm and Institute of Modern Art, 30 October 2014

The relationship between society and image-production was explored in The Form That Accommodates The Mess, a program of four films curated by OtherFilm in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Included were Robin Laurie and Margot Nash’s We Aim to Please (1976), Martha Rosler’s Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975), Dara Birnbaum’s Technology/Transformation: Wonder […]

Jake Swinson

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 7 Oct 2014 – 8 Feb 2015

As the clock struck midnight, a Witch appeared in the National Gallery of Victoria out of a cloud of dense, black fog. It was 4am. Fumbling with its robes and black pointed hat, a bottle of Flintstone-shaped multi­vitamins tumbled from a concealed pocket onto the floor and scattered about the space. On all fours, Witch […]

Amanda Kouiroukidis

When a feminist calls above the din: is it Hegel or spit?

Twenty years ago I was a University student fifteen years ago I was a Bachelor of Arts ten years ago I was an art writer & friend of artists two years ago I was a feminist…Now I am absolutely nothing.[^1] Chances are you truly understand the chronological progression this straightforward piece of poetry takes to […]

Dawn Marble

Light & Truth; All for u

Disappearing bees

At the annual beekeepers fair in Berlin’s Prinzessinnengarten, one Imkerin[^1] describes the honey at her stall as ‘a gift from the bees’.She tells us how she asks her bees for permission to take their honey, what most bee­keepers call ‘robbing the hive’, and they agree as long as she passes it on to others. She […]

Remie Cibis, Georgina Criddle, Tamsin Green & Rosina Prestia

Circle around a Circle: Irigaray conversation

Luce Irigaray is a Belgian-born French feminist, philosopher, linguist, psycho­linguist, psychoanalyst, sociologist and cultural theorist. The following transcript is drawn from a conversation between Remie Cibis, Georgina Criddle, Tamsin Green and Rosina Prestia following the conference Topologies of Sexual Difference, hosted by the Luce Irigaray Circle, in The Communication, Politics and Culture Research Centre at […]

Brian Fuata

Photographs of an email performance

Clementine Edwards

January 2006

let me talk you through this scenestraightwe could pretend it’s a bush dancebut reallyI’m at this bar / wherebodies mill by bricksand blue squares split the roomsitting sola on a black barstoolan egg on a nailno—hugging hello, goodbye, to friendswho have flown in from afar who will now fly outbyeand I’m having an ok timethey […]

Milli Jannides

Transformation

I got some St Tropez gradual tan moisturiser for free in a magazine; I bought the magazine for the moisturiser. I’ve used it twice so far on my legs, trying to be careful and even, but already today I noticed a blobby stain of tan has appeared on my ankle. I must be doing something […]

Hannah Black

Scripted Reality

Damiano Bertoli

Wearing: Nikos Pantazopolous

As in previous work by Nikos Pantazopolous, the installation of photographs in Wearing negotiates the symbolic and semiotic connections between public and private sexuality. The permeability of erotic experience within and around architecture is explored through a language of ‘place’ as defined by usage, coded and clandestine, modern and hist­orical. Where projects such as OMIA […]

Abbra Kotlarczyk

Re: Sweeping Exchanges: notes on the feminist body politic

The role that difference has played diachronically across various eras of feminist organisation presents us with this same ethos of contradiction. Where in the eighteenth century difference between the sexes was viewed as a limiting agency that sought to subordinate and control women’s aspirations, gendered difference became a liberating force for women of the nineteenth […]

Aodhan Madden

Interview with Astrid Lorange

‘Inside every cell is a system beyond your own capacity for mathematics.’ —Eating and Speaking Aodhan MaddenReading each letter and word (cell) of your poems could be described as a systematic unsettling of the space between the reader and their world. What do you hope one can learn from (reorienting) the practice of reading? Astrid […]

Scott McCulloch

Portrait of Riak

Since the viral sensation of Bangs with his song and video clip, Take U To Da Movies, a slew of African youth living in Melbourne have taken to rapping as a transformative mode of expression. Ezu, William 2k, Garang Garang, Clik Fablice/Flybz, D KAYZ, Prince Jay and Abiel are some of the names of the […]

Amelia Wallin

Taking Form, Agatha Gothe-Snape and Sriwhana Spong, curated by Anneka Jaspers, Contemporary Project Space, Art Gallery of NSW

Taking Form, a recent exhibition in the contemporary Project Space at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), presented six new works by Agatha Gothe-Snape and Sriwhana Spong, meditating the intersections between dance, choreography and language. Curated by Anneke Jaspers, the exhibition established a dialogue between the past and the present, exploring traces of […]

Harriet Kate Morgan

Aesthetic Suicide

The 2013 version of Silver Bullets begins with a re-edited excerpt from Warhol and Paul Morrissey’s 1967 film I, a Man, in which Solanas performs her own scripted lines. Condensed from the original nine minutes to two minutes, Burchill and McCamley’s re-edit showcases Solanas’s particular brand of table-turning humour, as she wittily refuses a sexual […]

Rose Nolan

easy / A Piece / Of Cake

Alex Vivian

To propose a petroleum jelly advertisement or campaign

(top) To propose a petroleum jelly advertisement or campaign(movement, camouflage, etc.) (bottom) To propose a petroleum jelly advertisement or campaign(colour, clothing, etc.)

Jesse Dyer

Une séance du cinéma

‘Didn’t the images and forms of modernism already have ruin, decay, and obsolescence written into them?’[^1] — Mark Lewis, Is Modernity our Antiquity? Daria Martin’s One of the Things that Makes Me Doubt is an ambiguous exhibition experience. The chattering of film projectors and the earthy soundtracks by Zeena Parkins resonate through the muddy acoustics […]

Briony Galligan

Cemeti Art House on turning twenty-five

Mella Jaarsma and Nindityo Adipurnomo are artists and the Yogyakarta-based directors of Cemeti Art House, the art space they founded in 1988 in the front room of their house. Their aim for Cemeti was to exhibit new work and function as an information centre that promoted Indonesian artists over the longer term. Twenty-five years on, […]

Christopher Williams-Wynn

On the (im)possibility of anachronism in contemporary art

When investigating cultural understandings of time and space at the beginning of the twentieth century, historian Stephen Kern notes a rising contest between ideas of public (or social) time and private time in Europe.[^1] Public time is the realm of shared understandings of temporal experience, disseminated through calendars, clocks and the adoption of standard time, […]

Thomas Jeppe

In time: emotional professionalism

Emotion TJ : Being mindful to sidestep sentimentality, tell me about how emotion comes into this. Because I think it is something of a cornerstone. RC : I was planning an essay about this show called ‘The Exhibition as Catharsis’. This is why I’m a bad curator on a few levels, I am a free-association […]