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Rinse

Amrita Hepi

By Jazz Money — 17 April, 2020

This piece is one of two articles commissioned in response to the 2020 Keir Choreographic Award, a national biennial award dedicated to innovative, experimental and cross-artform practices in contemporary dance. Both authors attended Claudia La Rocco’s writing workshop, where they were asked to consider how language lives in time and space—on the stage, the page,…

A Review in Five Parts:

Keir Choreographic Award

By Alexandra McCallum — 17 April, 2020

This piece is one of two articles commissioned in response to the 2020 Keir Choreographic Award, a national biennial award dedicated to innovative, experimental and cross-artform practices in contemporary dance. Both authors attended Claudia La Rocco’s writing workshop, where they were asked to consider how language lives in time and space—on the stage, the page,…

Uncivil Optimism:

words and images in times of pestilence

By Diego Ramirez — 15 April, 2020

In 1531, the Nahua Juan Diego was rushing through the Tepeyac Hill of colonial Mexico to attend his uncle’s deathbed when a celestial vision emerged from the miasma: la Virgen de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe). Juan Diego felt frightened by the sight of this powerful divinity, and promptly explained the nature of his uncle’s…

Net Art Roulette:

On Press Refresh

By Lara Chapman — 9 April, 2020

➪ I press refresh A video starts buffering on my screen. A blurry beige shape comes into focus, revealing the upper thighs of a woman. She is wearing a pair of saggy nude coloured underpants. At the top of her legs, a pair of superimposed eyebrows rise and fall, rise and fall. I chuckle. It’s…

Mating

Lina Maria Mannheimer

By Claire Cao & Michael Sun — 27 March, 2020

Mating (2019) is a documentary that screened as part of Hyperlinks Festival in February. The film, directed by Lina Maria Mannheimer, follows two millennials on their online dating (mis)adventures, and their relationship is laid bare. Delving into how identity is often constructed online—sometimes to an obsessive degree—Mating explores how technology and performativity influence conversations and…

Cementa19

Kandos

By David Ryan — 18 December, 2019

i. a prickly pear I’m crouched behind a prickly pear, in a western Sydney market garden. A cold front blows-in, brooding along the Deerubin (Hawkesbury) River. The daylight will soon be gone, there is no budget to reshoot, and our coffee and pastizzi supplies are exhausted. We are in Londonderry to record the Maltese Community…

The Fullness of Time

JD Reforma & Caroline Garcia

By June Miskell — 11 December, 2019

This text is in dialogue with Caroline Garcia and JD Reforma’s collaborative exhibition The Fullness of Time at Verge Gallery. The exhibition explores the way time is recorded in materials and language through two distinct, yet interrelated, approaches: a choreography of transliteration, oscillating between Tagalog and English (Garcia), and an accretion of gestures and distilled…

This Is So Contemporary:

an index

By John Citizen — 6 December, 2019

ARRIVALS & ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES On the way to the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) I pass three things: the New South Wales Police Force Wall of Remembrance; a Navy officer (walking to work); and, a bronze statue inscribed with the text ‘the offerings of war.’ BUILDINGS & BREAK-ROOMS Before…

The Eternal Opening

Mike Parr

By Fiona McGregor — 20 November, 2019

‘I am fascinated by dualisms, mirror images, blindness and invisibility, subject/object reversals, the roles of artist and audience and all my work, since my earliest performances of the 1970s exacerbates such tensions, as the deeper structure of both thought and image.’ Mike Parr, (January 1998)   Entering the space, you see a large rectangular installation…

Unbearable Darkness

Choy Ka Fai

By Claire Cao — 13 November, 2019

I.        PANG Communicating with ghosts is simple in theory.  Dying is like stepping off a tarmac and on to foreign soil, my parents said in Mandarin. You’ll be severed from your bed, the grocery shops you know best, the people you love—no landmark in sight, save the cloudy bulk of winter sky….