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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 […]

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 […]

Gabriel Curtin and Ender Baskan

Flowers Baklava Gold

Aesthetic perception is necessarily historical. — Leela GandhiWe’ve got to play ordinary venues at the moment but I dream of playing the rubble of London’s palaces.— Anwen Crawford We met as workers in a Middle Eastern restaurant. We worked less for them and more with them. You on dishes after the day’s art and me […]

Leyla Stevens

An Image Remembered

To recall an image before it has been brought into visibility. In film photography, light sensitive crystals are exposed as the shutter opens, and a latent image is created. This is part of the enduring love for the medium. That an image is delayed. That you seal the image into a temporary state of illegibility. […]

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 […]

Rowan McNaught

AREF SEAs

AREF SEA 793 ‘The principle reason for the three-way handshake is to prevent old duplicate connection initiations from causing confusion’ This poem is concerned by a means to address you.It is only about connecting. It is trying not to be Defensive. It’s no longer 1981 and we are not on Wilson Boulevardand we no longer […]

Dean Cross

Walbanja Rock

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 […]

Vincent Silk

The Tale of the Thumb

San Francisco’s Burning is not only a ballad opera for the stage, it is also a piece of historical fiction. Set in San Francisco in the days prior to the earthquake of 1906, it chronicles the interactions of a cast of characters whose lives intersect through murder, sex and urban planning reform. The musical, written […]

Julia Bavyka

On the Floor

Footsteps on the dance floor remind me baby of you … To all of my on-the-floor partners, friends and colleagues. Every floor is a dance floor — Harrison I moved to Sydney in 2015. I was constantly hungry because I was nervous and unhappy. There is some food you can buy and eat for under […]

Jon Tjhia

_____________ complete ____ replacement

Fixations I might be addicted to problem solving. At least, it often preoccupies me. For example: if I take food that’s gone off and put it in the freezer, will that preserve more available nutrients for decomposition in the council’s green waste facility? Will the energy cost render this a futile gesture? And: how true […]

Kyle Weise

Fast Food

Rationalisation Writing in 1983, George Ritzer argues that McDonald’s exemplified the accelerated rationalisation of the broader society. As constantly reiterated in The Founder,[^1] a biopic focused on Ray Krok’s franchised expansion of the fast-food restaurant, McDonald’s became a ‘symphony of efficiency’. Over the years, Ritzer’s definition of ‘McDonaldization’ as a process that emphasises efficiency, predictability, […]

Elena Gomez

a process,
a pressed cake

Elena Gomez is a poet, editor and researcher living in Melbourne. She is the author of Admit the Joyous Passion of Revolt (2020), Body of Work (2018) and several chapbooks and pamphlets. [^1]: Indrajit Ray, ‘Indigo in Bengal’ in Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, ed. H Selin (Dordrecht: […]

Sarah Gory

Milk Debt, Breastfeeding and the Metabolic Rift

Mutual debt, debt unpayable, debt unbounded, debt unconsolidated, debt to each other in a study group, to others in a nurses’ room, to others in a barber shop, to others in a squat, a dump, a woods, a bed, an embrace.— Fred Moten and Stefano Harney Today, a brief lull between lockdowns, is for writing.  […]

Angus McGrath

Bodies Alone Together

It feels too easy to write the abject — I puke all over myself and my organs fall out and I shit my pants and everything that was inside is out now. That’s writing the abject though, not writing about it. It doesn’t necessarily mean anything in the above example, it simply operates and exists. […]

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