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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Jason De Santolo

Karringa Kingkali

Jungku Ngambala Ngarrur Ngarrumba Yarkijina Yurrngumba(We sit peacefully in our lands forever) — Garrwa Yanyuwa Elder Nancy McDinny In 2020 pandemic conditions created an extreme sense of isolation and containment. The city slowed down to lockdown pace here on unceded Gadigal lands as the terror of COVID-19 began to unravel through all sorts of media […]

Bonnie Reid

Worker Bee, Hawk-Eye, Drone

If attention was an experiment in living, rather than a deal or a calculation. —Adam Phillips I looked up from the breakfast table to the highest window in the apartment. There, silently, a plane made its way from the left jamb to the right and was gone. It was the first I’d seen flying in […]

Snack Syndicate

Editorial

Much of our work as a critical art collective turns on two senses of the word ‘surplus’: surplus populations, that is, people who are forced to the margins of or outside the wage relation and whose ambivalent status as labour-in-waiting and revolutionary potential translates into often violent disciplinary regimes of the state; and surplus value, […]

Elena Gomez and Rosie Isaac

Editorial: ANTI/ANTE

We began this issue with questions. What does it mean to sit against something? What does it mean to create against something? What are we against? How do we make art against the world? Does anti necessarily inscribe a binary logic? Does ante necessarily inscribe a chronological one? We still have all these questions, but […]

Snack Syndicate

Bread and Roses

The desire for a disalienated life-world — as envisioned in the slogan bread and roses — is if nothing else the demand for everyone to enjoy the kinds of aesthetic contingency that capital cordons off for the wealthy. Kay Gabriel I write to you but in public; my description of you exceeds our relation. It […]

Amrita Hepi

A Glossary of Movement

ANTI/ANTE DANCER : (noun) A dancer who is preoccupied not with the expressive notion of dance, but with the possibilities, communities, kinships and images that emerge from the pursuit of pleasure and rigour through dancing. ‘AUTHENTICITY’ : (noun) A dilemma to be inspected, in dance as much as in handbags. The anti-dancer moves towards the […]

Zoë Marni Robertson

Anticolonial Fireman Stripper Communes with (Wronged) Asterion in the Last Days of Fountains, 2019, acrylic (mis-tints) on poly-cotton (discarded quilt cover), 1400 × 2100 mm Manspread, 2020, acrylic (mis-tints) on (discarded) board, 300 × 400 mm Pasiphaë Poster, 2020, acrylic (mis-tints) on (discarded) Masonite, 1220 × 2440 mm Sexualised Workers Mural (‘Real’ vs. Actual Work: […]

Lisa Lerkenfeldt

SHELTER PRESS · The Weight Of History #![](/old-images/14-2/11.lisa-lerkenfeldt/un14.2_LLp1.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/11.lisa-lerkenfeldt/un14.2_LLp2.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/11.lisa-lerkenfeldt/un14.2_LLp3.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/11.lisa-lerkenfeldt/un14.2_LLp4.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/11.lisa-lerkenfeldt/un14.2_LLp5.jpg) Against classicism and for the possibility of new movements in sound, works from a series of 58 notations with three combs. All images courtesy the artist: *One*, 2020; *Twenty*, 2020; *Fifteen*, 2020; *Seventeen*, 2020, ink on paper, 27.9 x 21 cm, unframed. *14 […]

Sumugan Sivanesan

Flight Simulator (Schematic)

Sumugan Sivanesan is an anti-disciplinary artist and writer. Often working collaboratively, his interests span minority politics, artist infrastructures and more-than human rights. Sumugan organises with Black Earth, a collective who address interacting issues of race, gender, colonialism and climate justice in Berlin.

Brian Obiri-Asare

Exiled Out There, Inside the Margins, Together

If they don’t see the joy in the film at least they’ll see the black Take My Hand, Let’s Dwell In This Space A pair of Black filmmakers. They’ve always been outsiders. At odds with the psychosis of whiteness, their lived experience has always been one of rootlessness and existential absurdity. One of being a […]

Hannah Wu

Notes on Sediment

To recall is to mine. Language that is used to describe memory may refer to a geological excavation, a process of extracting from the past.[^1] Dig through densely sedimented layers of events, unbury the precious minerals of history. But the past is not constituted by solid ground, does not consist of absolute occurrences. We have […]

Lou Garcia-Dolnik

Mother Dialectic

Lou Garcia-Dolnik is a poet working on unceded Gadigal land. A poetry editor for Voiceworks and alumnus of the Banff Centre’s Emerging Writers Intensive, their work has been shortlisted in the 2020 Blake Poetry Prize, awarded third place in PRISM International’s Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize and second place in Overland’s Judith Wright Poetry Prize. They […]

Elena Gomez and Rosie Isaac

In Conversation with Fiona Foley

un Magazine: Could you tell us a bit about your country? Fiona Foley: I was born on my Country, which is Maryborough. We have two tracks of land. We have six islands and one of those islands is Fraser Island, also known as K’gari — it’s the largest sand island in the world. On the […]

Jinghua Qian

I Can’t Apply for Another Grant

My friends keep sending me grants and opportunities. I appreciate it, I really do. It’s nice to know that people are thinking of me. But I never want to apply for a grant again. I can’t. My body recoils. It feels like taking my skin off for nothing. We’ve all been talking a lot this […]

Hana Pera Aoake and Morgan Godfery

Land Back: On Language, Bodies and ‘Cheaty’ Settlements

Whatungarongaro te tangata toituu te whenua (As man disappears from sight, the land remains) Indigenous struggles against capitalism and imperialism are often struggles orientated around land. As Maaori, we base our rela- tionship with land on reciprocity, physically and ethically com- mitting ourselves to land through a just and sustainable give and take. We even […]

David Egan

Cells

#![](/old-images/14-2/16.david-egan/cells1.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/16.david-egan/cells2.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/16.david-egan/cells3.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/16.david-egan/cells4.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/16.david-egan/cells5.jpg) David Egan is an artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. All drawings courtesy the artist, 2020. This text is also available as a radio play performed by Brennan Olver, Katherine Botten, Clare Longley and Lucreccia Quintanilla, with music by Wet Kiss.

Autumn Royal and Lorilee Yang

More decorative than a swash — Towards a flourish

Autumn Royal is a poet, researcher and educator based in Narrm/Melbourne. Autumn is an associate editor for Liquid Architecture’s Disclaimer journal and interviews editor for Cordite Poetry Review. Lorilee Yang is an artist who lives and works in Naarm (Melbourne).

Tristen Harwood and Wally Wilfred

Dhyakiyarr vs The King (2018)

Dhyakiyarr vs The King Wally Wilfred’s sculpture Dhyakiyarr vs The King delves into the story of Dhakiyarr, a respected Balamumu leader from north-east Arnhem Land. In 1932, five Japanese and two white trepangers were speared at Woodah Island in Blue Mud Bay. The fishermen had violated territorial rights, threatened local people with guns and raped […]

Tristen Harwood and Wally Wilfred

After the rescue (2020)

In 1911, during the wet season, Northern Territory police officer Constable Johns arrested Ayaiga, also known as ‘Neighbour’ and three other Aboriginal men accused of robbing a white man’s hut. Johns shackled the four prisoners and they began the 32-kilometre journey to Roper Bar Police Station on foot, escorted by Johns on horseback. Arriving at […]

Timmah Ball

Blueprint for Another World

By definition, there is no master sketch for what such a thing might look like. It can only be an experiment. — Maggie Nelson Section 1: A Portrait of the Writer as a Failed Urbanist In Carceral Capitalism, Jackie Wang stares into an abyss of hopelessness, acutely aware that prison abolition is as implausible as […]

Carly Stone and Lujayn Hourani

Speaking of Positionality, Your Body is a Little Off Centre

When I leave Lujayn’s room and I turn off the light, I turn off the dark as well. The paradox of form and void is that each exists by virtue of the other’s appearance and also by virtue of the other’s disappearance. The dark exists because there is light; this is obvious. You turn on […]

Jung Sujin

Folding the Monument

Alongside the Black Lives Matter movement, the anti- monument movement has been growing. In Bristol in the United Kingdom, a statue of slave trader Edward Colston was dragged down and dumped in the river; in the United States, ‘statues of Christopher Columbus have been beheaded.’[^1] In Australia, although colonial statues have largely avoided destruction thus […]

Khalid Warsame

Tracing Transcendence

Franz Kafka’s short story ‘The City Coat of Arms’ (1931), begins with a group of people who all agree that it would be a great idea to build a tower. ‘At first all the arrangements for building the Tower of Babel were characterized by fairly good order … perhaps too perfect.’ Arrangements are made for […]

Jessie Bullivant

Dear E

Dear E, I read in an article that the letter ‘E’ is what you preferred to be known as towards the end of your life.[^1] I’m accepting this, as I cannot ask you or seek your consent. It’s 2020. I am writing about your famed decision to boycott women in 1971, and a selection of […]

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