Review

The Summoning of a Polyphonic Apparition

HTTP.PARADISE

By Katie Paine — 26 June, 2020

The online space of the internet stretches out before us. It is a mercurial architecture of ghostly structures, dizzying in scope, a dark space of preternatural networks. We accept images as evidence of events, allowing them to copulate with others, in order to birth thousands of uncanny doubles. This polyphonic realm becomes a demented and…

Alexandra

Andrew Tuttle

By Barnaby Smith — 12 June, 2020

For some time now, the denigration and vilification of suburbia and suburban living has felt passé, not to mention elitist and pretentious. Famous artefacts of popular culture purporting to explore suburbia’s dark underbelly, or lampoon its shallowness—such as the film American Beauty (1999), the television drama Weeds (2005-2012), and even Kath & Kim (2002-2007)—seem dated,…

The First Wave

NIRIN: 22nd Biennale of Sydney

By Nanette Orly — 22 May, 2020

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney (BoS) attracted much anticipation and excitement in 2018, not only in the appointment of Wiradjuri artist Brook Andrew as artistic director, but also for the First Nations title and theme of NIRIN—a Wiradjuri word that can be translated to ‘edge’. Finally, after forty-seven years since the BoS’s inception, this international…

Terra InFirma

group exhibition

By Nadine Lebde — 15 May, 2020

This is the second article in a series produced in partnership with Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and Diversity Arts Australia, as part of the StoryCasters Project.   The Terra inFirma program was originally intended to take place in three parts over 2020. It has been delayed due to Covid-19, and will now extend into 2021.  • This year marks 250…

Shadow catchers

curated by Isobel Parker Philip

By Benjamin Clay — 30 April, 2020

we are the crowd we’re c-coming out got my flash on, it’s true need that picture of you it’s so magical we’d be so fantastical In six short lines, Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi distils many generations of flirtation with photography. Touching on notions of technological mediation, visibility, and the lens’ relationship with desire, the late 2000s dance…

We should be more afraid of the sun than the moon

Anna Louise Richardson

By Daniel Press — 28 April, 2020

Anna Louise Richardson is raising the seventh generation of her family on a cattle farm in country Western Australia, south of Perth. Unbeknownst to her children, looming dangers prowl the inside and outside of their homestead. Her fears surrounding the safety of her children, inherited from family histories as well as her own parenting experiences,…

ʻO le ūa na fua mai manuʻa

curated by Dr Léuli Eshrāghi

By James Gatt — 22 April, 2020

i acknowledge and pay respects to the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which i live and work and am writing this text. i wish also to preface the text by acknowledging the influence of my western purviews, including the english language.   Translation i attempt the exhibition title…

An Appropriate Reaction

TABITA REZAIRE

By Bruce Koussaba — 3 April, 2020

This is the first article in a series produced in partnership with Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and Diversity Arts Australia, as part of the StoryCasters Project.     Growing up Black in Australia meant living with subtle, but frequent, acts of discrimination. My white friend’s mother was always glad to have me over. She’d take pride…

Disproof does not equal Disbelief

Michael Stevenson

By Tim Marvin — 20 March, 2020

‘Drum Shield Affordance Extension 1.1 Extravehicular Activity’ (2020): Noah’s Ark, a 4.8-billion-year-old moon rock, ‘One Bad Snake’, the High Flight Foundation, Mary Irwin’s The Moon Is Not Enough: An Astronaut’s Wife Finds Peace with God and Herself (1978), a 3D render of the Boeing-manufactured Apollo 15 LRV deck module, a Creation Ministries International business card,…

TRANSMISSION

Ry David Bradley

By Hannah Jenkins — 6 March, 2020

   ͞ ͎͉̙̍ͨ́ ͓̞̱̼̜̳̘͡ ̬͒ ͈̬̥ͤ͆͆ ̫̱̘̦̝͙̹̐ͣ͒̌͆ͯ̾̕ ͖͉̠̗̥͙̲͌̒ͫ̅̃̔̈́ ̷̙̰̯̯̙̬̱̃̄ ̶̨̜͙̗̣̱͕͎͇̲̥̱̝͒̎͆͊ ̴̞͓͉͈̯̖̬̿͑̌̿͊̔̔̄̑̚͝͝ͅ ̷̡̧̱̪̟͚͕̗͖̩̯͍͓͕͖͉̠̗̥͙̲̏̅̆͌̾̏̂͌̅́͌̒ͫ̅̃̔̈́͘ ͞ ͎͉̙̍ͨ́ ̷̢̮͉̱̜́̌͛̈́͊͆̈́̈̏͘͠ ̷̝͋̇̑̌̑̀ ̶̧̺̘̬̰̹͌ ̶̪̦̥̽͌̓̋̂͛̇̀͋̿̇̈̈́͆͝ͅ ̷̧̛͚͉͎̿̾̚͠ ̵̰̲͉͋̏̈̓̅̑̿͝ ̶̤̹̤͍͕̜̱̭͉̜̣̮̬̐͜ ̶̥̞́̃̃̊͗͑̒̈́̽̾̓͜͝ ̶͍̫̗͛̍͂͌̈́̂͘͝ͅ ̶̙̃̓̾̐͑̀̀̑͛̕͝ ̷̙̰̯̯̙̬̱̃̄ ̶̨̜͙̗̣̱͕͎͇̲̥̱̝͒̎͆͊ ̴̞͓͉͈̯̖̬̿͑̌̿͊̔̔̄̑̚͝͝ͅ ̷̡̧̱̪̟͚͕̗͖̩̯͍͓͕͖͉̠̗̥͙̲̏̅̆͌̾̏̂͌̅́͌̒ͫ̅̃̔̈́͘ ͞ ͎͉̙̍ͨ́ ͓̞̱̼̜̳̘͡ ̬͒ ͈̬̥ͤ͆͆ ̫̱̘̦̝͙̹̐ͣ͒̌͆ͯ̾̕ ͖͉̠̗̥͙̲͌̒ͫ̅̃̔̈́ ̷̝͋̇̑̌̑̀ ̶̧̺̘̬̰̹͌ ̶̪̦̥̽͌̓̋̂͛̇̀͋̿̇̈̈́͆͝ͅ ̷̧̛͚͉͎̿̾̚͠ ̵̰̲͉͋̏̈̓̅̑̿͝ ̶̤̹̤͍͕̜̱̭͉̜̣̮̬̐͜ ̶̥̞́̃̃̊͗͑̒̈́̽̾̓͜͝ ̶͍̫̗͛̍͂͌̈́̂͘͝ͅ ̶̙̃̓̾̐͑̀̀̑͛̕͝ ̷̙̰̯̯̙̬̱̃̄ ̶̨̜͙̗̣̱͕͎͇̲̥̱̝͒̎͆͊ ̴̞͓͉͈̯̖̬̿͑̌̿͊̔̔̄̑̚͝͝ͅ ̷̡̧̱̪̟͚͕̗͖̩̯͍͓͕͖͉̠̗̥͙̲̏̅̆͌̾̏̂͌̅́͌̒ͫ̅̃̔̈́͘ ͞ ͎͉̙̍ͨ́ ͓̞̱̼̜̳̘͡ ̬͒    Saudade…