I would like to acknowledge that this issue of Runway was developed on Gadigal land and that sovereignty was never ceded. I hope that through this issue on SPACE we can think more deeply about what it means to take up space and live on occupied land.
Back when I was studying architecture there was a shocking disconnect to the occupied land we were designing imaginary spaces for. This idea of ‘designing space’ is something that is so intrinsically linked to power and privilege. The make-believe clients would have had to been wealthy individuals to afford our speculative designs with limitless budgets. Not once during my training did the fact that, as non-indigenous Australians, we were implicit in the colonial project factor into our critiques as our imaginary buildings continued to displace and dispossess. I’m glad these structures we designed were never built and hope that things have changed in teaching methods since then. I use this example as a reminder that space is not just physical: while we can work to determine how space is traversed by the placement of objects, bodies and buildings, space is always political, personal and social.… read more
An examination of the Waterloo Public Housing Action Group’s role in centring Indigenous perspectives in the resistance against the largest urban renewal project in the southern hemisphere through their campaign and space in the Waterloo Housing Estate.
What happens when art is placeless and ‘translocal’? This article examines various artistic practices occurring nomadically, outside of institutions, and through a social practice framework.
A look at the space of Virtual Reality as an extension of white male patriarchy, and an interrogation of how people are using gender and race to shape, or ‘quare,’ this space.
Chloe Watson interviews artist-researcher Dawn-Joy Leong about work that explores neurodiverse and autistic experiences of space. What are her personal, sensory experiences of traversing the city? How does this impact her artistic practice?
Mariam Arcilla interviews Quandamooka artist Megan Cope about spatial experiences from her perspective of split heritage and the way she maps cultural constructs of identity and environment.
Tian Zhang writes from the perspective of an emerging Asian-Australian curator, examining culturally-specific festivals and exhibitions that are not organised by people of that culture.
A look at the Melbourne arts scene to highlight institutional Whiteness in the visual arts, and draw attention to the discourse of diversity and inclusion power structures.
Lucy Ainsworth interviews James Nguyen about his current work and research on themes of ownership of land and occupation of space within the context of colonisation and migration.
Amy McMurtie explores sites of resistance and the effect of gentrification on queer performance culture in Sydney and Melbourne.
**Proposals for content due Sunday 9 December – midnight ** ****To apply please use this form**** Witnessing the rising return of an ancient guardian, an oily residue slicks the surface: rainbow and smiling back at you. The ocean hosts complex meanings, parts unknown and monstrous, a geo-political frontier of our imagination, your …
Deadline midnight 19 November, 2018 FILL OUT THE FORM HERE Runway Australian Experimental Art is an online journal produced by The Invisible Inc., an artist run initiative that aims to promote the activities of Australian artists, writers, and curators both nationally and abroad. Read more about Runway here. We are a diverse team (check …
Natasha Matila-Smith Super Pure (2018) **Proposals for content extended until 29 August 2018** ****To apply please use this form**** We are now open for applications from artists and writers for Runway #38 SPECTACLE. Aotearoa based artist and writer Natasha Matila-Smith will be guest editing the issue Spectacle, nameably the spectacle of consumption …
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