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connecting: 21ST BIENNALE OF SYDNEY

connecting (to create frequencies) earth moves wavering uncertainty colour undulates and shifts in opposition to all we hold to be true the truest fact the stable ground will outlast us touch these parts ancient land feel the others knowing who […]

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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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feeling: 21st Biennale of Sydney

feeling take:  the artist also possesses the power of destruction / mould at the slightest touch / the cycle / against new give: raw material aka before even knowing there was something to work with / everything too many times […]

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seeing: 21st Biennale of Sydney

seeing soft: the moment where art happens / selfie echoes through the wall / kids cut circles round the hard fact of it / emerge from behind the monolith ‘are you scared? are you afraid of art?’ hard: looking for […]

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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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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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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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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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