Jessica Laraine Williams is a researcher and PhD candidate at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University. She is undertaking her doctoral research into aesthetic conditions of networks, modulated through a transdisciplinary perspective. In parallel, she works with other academics to examine the intersections between VR art and health outcomes. Jess continues to practice in her allied health profession as an aged care physiotherapist.

Ben Woodard is a postdoctoral researcher in philosophy at Leuphana University, Luneburg, Germany. His research focuses on the relationship between naturalism and idealism in Continental and analytic philosophy. He has published two books, Slime Dynamics: Generation, Mutation, and the Creep of Life (2012) and On an Ungrounded Earth: Towards a New GeoPhilosophy (2013).

Simon Pericich is an artist whose practice has been described as ‘hysterical’ and as ‘relational aesthetics for perverts’. Ironically, such comments are not intended as criticism, celebrating rather than questioning the values of work that revels in the dark side of human nature. Since 2008 he has been curator at First Site Gallery, RMIT University.

Louis Mason is an Australian artist and writer currently based in London. He has shown and published extensively in Australia, and is currently engaged in postgraduate study at Goldsmiths College. In 2012 he was a co-founder of Knight St Art Space, and was the director of that space over the course of its operation. 

Ashley Crawford is a freelance cultural critic and arts journalist based in Melbourne and is the author of a number of books on Australian art, including Transformations: The Work of Sonia Payes (2016) and Spray, The Work of Howard Arkley (co-author, 1997). He is a regular contributor to The Age, The Australian, The Guardian, The Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Art Collector, Art Monthly, and numerous other publications. He is also the former editor of Tension, World Art, 21•C and Photofile magazines. He trained as a journalist in the late 1970s and holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.

 Dr. Bernhard Sachs, artist, lives and works in Melbourne. He has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally since 1977, has been the recipient of a number of grants and residencies including Citè International des Arts, Paris (1990) and PS1/ Institute of Contemporary Art, New York (1993-4) has lectured in art since 1986, and was the convenor of the art project Office of Utopic Procedures. Existential thematics constellated around questions of history and representation and their obsessional underwriting drive the research and work. He is represented by NKN Gallery, Melbourne.

 

Ann Debono is an artist who lives and works in Melbourne. She graduated from VCA with an Honours degree in Fine Art in 2015.

Leon Marvell is widely published in the area of aesthetics, philosophy, European esotericism and film. His recent books include The Physics of Transfigured Light: The Imaginal Realm and the Hermetic Foundations of Science (2016) and Endangering Science Fiction Film (2015).

Review: Dave Marshall's Terrestrials

In the beginning there was darkness Te Kore, Ranginui (the sky) and Papatūānuku (the earth) were fused together along with all their children, including Tāne Mahuta (god of the forest). It was very cramped. Tāne wanted to let light into the world, Te Ao, so he violently split Ranginui and Papatūānuku apart into the world and brought his siblings along with him, who became gods of the natural world. In this world of Te Ao (light) and Te Pō (the darkness), Tāne became the ātua of the forest.

Hana Pera Aoake is an artist and poet based in Te Whanganui-a-tara, Aotearoa. Hana primarily works collaboratively within the indigenous art collective Fresh and Fruity with Mya Middleton, which initially started as an ARI based in Ōtepoti.  Hana is currently studying towards a Master of Fine Arts degree at Massey University. Hana is a Pania of the digital reef #online.

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