Reviews

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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Reviews

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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Reviews

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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Features

Looped. feat, Scott Duncan

Runway Conversations Launch Let me tell you story about a critical moment for a critic. I’m at a performing arts festival in 1982, in an intimate farmhouse performance space in the village of Toga Mura in Japan to see the […]

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Features

Message from the M.C.: Big Sparkly Dinner Party

Runway Conversations Launch Midway through 2016, Runway Conversations began publishing weekly art criticism and commentary on artistic projects presented across Australia. Our aim is to reflect and analyse current emerging and experimental artistic practices in this country through the regular […]

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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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Reviews

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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Reviews

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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Reviews

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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Queer Attachment in Bathurst

Review: The Unflinching Gaze: Photo media & the male figure, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Two men stand about half a metre apart at a waterside beat in New York. We see only the lower halves of their bodies. One is in […]

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