Runway is an independent Australian experimental art journal run by a collective of Sydney-based and internationally-based artists, writers and curators. Runway is currently published three times a year and includes feature articles, interviews, artist commissions, reviews, previews and international updates. Each issue is organised around a theme, and all content is commissioned based on proposals submitted in an open callout.
Issue #39 OCEANS
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 every escapist fantasy.
Past, present, and future spiral as one.
Sink into the indefinite depths of your desires.
#39 OCEANS will be Guest Edited by Sydney based artist Athena Thebus.
About The Invisible Inc.
Runway is produced by The Invisible Inc., an artist run initiative that aims to promote the activities of Australian artists, both nationally and abroad. The Invisible Inc. is a collective of local and internationally-based Australian visual artists, curators and writers engaged in individual and collaborative projects across a broad range of disciplines. The Invisible Inc. aims to facilitate the production, development and dissemination of Australian contemporary art practice that is critically engaged and openly experimental. The ongoing and primary project of The Invisible Inc. is the not-for-profit Australian contemporary art journal Runway. In addition to publishing activity, The Invisible Inc. also undertakes collaborative projects, curates exhibitions, and runs events and symposia.
Initiated in 2002 by artists Matina Bourmas and Jaki Middleton, Runway’s first issue EXCHANGE was launched as a zine-sized 40 page black & white publication, with a simple aesthetic that supported its founding principle of critical substance over style. Some of Australia’s current art stars were then emerging talents, with early issues including contributions by Jessica Olivieri, Soda_Jerk and Adam Norton.
After some funding fits and starts, and much needed support from Firstdraft ARI via shared board members and occasional office space, Runway was able to expand the format and move to a full colour publication in 2005 with Issue #9 [CHANGE]. Launch events, podcasts, satellite projects and performances became a key part of each issue’s development, with guest editors also being invited to expand the publication’s diversity and reach. During this period, The Invisible Inc. also created The Invisible Reading Room, a portable zine library housed in a shipping container as part of Next Wave Festival (2006), curated exhibitions at PICA, Australia (2007) and Irish/Australian emerging video art show in Dublin, Ireland (2007).
In 2012, Runway celebrated it’s coming of age with Issue #21 [RIPE]. It was time to consider the future of the organisation in an age of dwindling arts funding and a new board was ready to put paper to bed and move online. That meant that Runway’s great content could now to be accessible to everyone, anywhere, any time. In addition, the new platform has allowed the organisation to become more responsive to new forms, and channel an even greater proportion of its budget direct to the artists, writers and curators who need it most.
Now and Next
There is a lot of local talk among Australians about Australian art and art practice. But no one is consistently talking about Australian contemporary art in the context of international contemporary art practice. That’s where the new Runway is making a new name for itself. With a talented editorial board that is now internationally based, Runway’s mission is to show the world what Australian visual artists are doing worldwide, not simply in our own backyards.
Runway is building its reputation for dialogue around and about Australian contemporary art in the context of international contemporary art practice with the launch of Conversations, Runway’s platform for quick-response articles and dialogue on the here and now of Australian Contemporary Art. In 2017, Runway have facilitated critical engagement with local institutions such as Performance Space (Sydney), regional festivals such as Cementa 2017 (Kandos, NSW) and interstate art festivals such as Dark MOFO, (Hobart, Tasmania). More recently, the Runway archive was digitised in partnership with infoRMIT, Australia’s largest journal database, making the entire back catalogue of print issues available to every university in Australia, and to the public. Exciting times ahead.
The Honour Roll
Founding Editors: Matina Bourmas, Jaki Middleton, David Lawrey, Rachel Scott and Emma White.
Managing Editors: Jaki Middleton & Holly Williams (issue 8), Jaki Middleton (issues 10-18), Amber McCulloch (issues 19-22), Connie Anthes & Chloé Wolifson (issue 23), Jasmine Powell (issue 24), Andrew Newman (issue 26), Julia Rochford & Eleanor Zeichner (issue 28), Macushla Robinson (issue 29), Miriam Kelly (issue 31), Laura McLean (issue 32), Siân McIntyre (issue 33), Sarinah Masukor, Luke Letourneau & Talia Smith (issue 34), David Greenhalgh (issue 35), Sarinah Masukor (issue 36), Kathleen Linn (issue 38)
Assistant Editors: David Lawrey (issue 11-15, 18), Anneke Jaspers (issue 17), Jai McKenzie (issue 19-21), Macushla Robinson (issue 25), Sach Catts (issue 27), Connie Anthes & Eleanor Zeichner (issue 30), Kathleen Linn & Tessa Rex (issue 36), Kathleen Linn & Georgia Stanton (issue 37), Sarinah Masukor (issue 38)
Guest Editors: Anneke Jaspers (issue 11), Daniel Mudie Cunningham (issue 13), Jai McKenzie (issue 22), Andrew Hurle (issue 25), Glenn Barkley (issue 27), VNS Matrix (issue 32), Tania Cañias & Rebekah Raymond (issue 33), Keg de Souza (issue 35), Lizzie Thomson (issue 36), Alifa Bandali & Sarinah Masukor (co-editors – issue 37), Natasha Matila Smith (issue 38)
Past Board Members:
Louise Kate Anderson
Rachel de Graaf
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Runway recognises that we operate from the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, we respect their spiritual relationship to Country and recognise the unique role that theirs’, the oldest living culture on this earth, plays in the life of this country. We would like to pay respect to the Elders past, present and future, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal people who read Runway.
Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.