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12 YEARS LOOSE

‘…tunes laced with longing / you can only hear / if you’ve lived it / the others are thrashing / to instrumental change / and my heart is aching / like my dance – weary feet..’ – Candy Royalle Dance It […]

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Disorientations

Review: Tracing the Archipelago at Kudos Gallery Encountering art, or reading texts, and not immediately understanding can be one of life’s greatest, but most difficult, pleasures. Jordy Rosenberg writes of “not understanding” as a generative affect, “because being lost in […]

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Approaching Infinity

Review: Infinity Minus One by Su Wen-Chi at Liveworks 2018 How do we fathom something as mammoth as infinity? How do we compare our own constructed numerical system of mathematics against a forever? How do we then remove a finite amount, […]

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Traversing the (Un)familiar

Review: Uncanny Valley Girl by Angela Goh, Liveworks 2018 As I walk into Bay 12 at Carriageworks, I see dancer and choreographer Angela Goh standing in the centre of the well-lit space. With the space prepared for the performance to […]

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Vital and Vibrant

Review: The Commute at Institute of Modern Art Marking a first for Meanjin Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA), The Commute is an exhibition consisting entirely of Indigenous and/or First Nations artists and curators.[i] With cultural identities from sites in Queensland, […]

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A Third Space

Review: An Unintended Consequence (of Labour) Where Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets intersect in Sydney’s centre, large window boxes wrap the corner. Having originally belonged to Mark Foy’s, the boxes displayed the department store’s wares from 1909 until the retailer’s demise in […]

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The Will of Sound and Image

Review: TarraWarra Biennial 2018: From Will to Form For centuries, dead white men have found fascination in the notion of ‘will’. Their words still resonate from deep within their tombs in the pantheon of Western philosophy, where art theory calls upon […]

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Malleable Gestures

Review: Kudos Live Vol. 3: Dual Existence A trio of women donning hot pink wings, embellished overalls and shiny accessories command the entrance to the exhibition Kudos Live Vol 3: Dual Existence. An autograph signing table complete with photographs and […]

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BURIED NOT DEAD

Review: Under the Bitumen the Artist     The crowds are out at Dark Mofo, to see Mike Parr buried for three days beneath Macquarie Street in front of Hobart Town Hall. The performance will last for 72 hours, the same […]

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Notes on Estrogenesis

Afterward, this work comes to me in fragments, pieces I can’t quite fit together, a fractured body. A series of lightbulb flashes in a black room, shifting images seared onto my retina, bathed in green and purple light. The walls […]

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Queer Vessels: Luke O’Connor’s HUNKS

Review: HUNKS by Luke O’Connor at Wellington St Projects It’s a burning hot day, unsettlingly late in the year, when I visit Wellington St Projects to check out Luke O’Connor’s HUNKS. The gallery is hidden past a series of construction sites and […]

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Queering Oceans

Review: Blak-Queer Futurism at Artspace, Sydney. In the centre of the floor, a projection of bubbling and frothing ocean washes over a circular disc of sand, fringed by banana palms. The body of my floating kaiviti sissy Jesswar wearing a black […]

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A time for communal sovereignty

Review – Waqt al-tagheer: Time of Change How is time conceptualised outside of the status quo? When time is understood within a western context, the idea is static: the past is fixed and the future is inaccessible until it passes […]

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Communicating Across Barriers

REVIEW: 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art In the description of the 2018 Adelaide Biennial: Divided Worlds we’re promised an ‘alternative dimension – one where “difference” is the natural order of things, and a strength to be celebrated’[1]. While there […]

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This Is Not [an] Art [space] – NYWF

The NYWF Zine Fair, public space, and a city on the edge of a total redevelopment On Sunday morning of the October long weekend, people gather at the Newcastle Elderly Citizens’ Centre to set up their stalls for the National […]

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Peak Performance

Review: Grit!, Incinerator Art Space Across three videos in Angela Tiatia’s Soft Power, two figures come together in a battle for physical supremacy. The pair take turns pushing each other repeatedly against a wall on one screen, in another they pick […]

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Fursona grata

Review: Gerwyn Davies Fur Coinciding with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, Gerwyn Davies’ Fur at the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) relishes in kitsch and camp. The exhibition brings together photographic works from the artist’s series Beast (2013), Subtropics (2016), […]

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Finding Common Ground

Review: Lee Kun-Yong: Equal Area “This is very difficult,” South Korean performance artist Lee Kun-Yong laughs as he tries to eat a biscuit with his right hand.   Lee attempts to complete this banal task with his right arm bandaged […]

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Claiming the gallery as sanctuary

In recent years, contemporary society – and so too the art world – has experienced a return to spirituality. Previously seen as a negative aspect of the eroticised ‘other’, this growing acceptance of mysticism and ritual, in combination with our […]

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WIP: The Unfinished Business of Feminism

Review: Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism    ‘The Future is Nasty. Feminist as Fuck. Now You’ve Pissed off Grandma.’ These are just some of the protest slogans from Sarah Goffman’s large-scale installation I Am With You, currently on view […]

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Betty Grumble’s LOVE AND ANGER

Review: Betty Grumble’s LOVE AND ANGER (or Sex Clown Saves The World AGAIN!) If Iggy Pop and Patti Smith had a love child, and Annie Sprinkle and David Bowie had a love child, and then those two love children made […]

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Remedial Works

At the top of the stairs is Minnie Mouse[1]. She is a foil helium balloon, as tall as a ten-year-old. She greets us with a raised hand, a wide smile, topped with her trademark bow like a birthday present. But […]

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Hobiennale 2017: A confident, bespoke debut

Hobiennale 2017: A confident, bespoke debut Contemporary art in Australia can seem Sisyphean at times. Dire cuts to arts funding, changes to the structure of key arts organisations, the growing prevalence of on-demand entertainment, and the trending of cultural engagement […]

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A Safe Landing

Review: Up in the Sky | Landing Points  Finding a starting point in reviewing the summer exhibition Landing Points: Race, place and identity showing at the Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest is a difficult task. This is in part […]

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Experiencing It All Through Immersive Theatre

Experiencing It All Through Immersive Theatre The distinction between art and life was blurred inside Laurence Rosier Staines’s interactive theatre piece, You Can Have It All, held at Sydney’s 2017 Underbelly Arts Festival. Participants took on roles of watching, acting […]

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Chaos and Control in Angela Goh’s Scum Ballet

Angela Goh’s Scum Ballet was a remarkable feat of contradiction and harmony. The hour-long choreographed performance effortlessly engaged with ideas surrounding femininity, mysticism and violence. Conceived and choreographer by Goh and performed alongside Eugene Choi, Ellen Davies, Verity Mackey and Ivey Wawn; […]

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