Morgan Thomas teaches courses in art history and film and media studies at the University of Cincinnati. At present she is also working on a study of the ‘unconscious optics’ of judgement and authority in post-war realist cinema as well as new forms of data collection, e.g. police dashcam and bodycam recordings.

Everywhen, elsewhere

In contemporary art writing and criticism, the recurring figure of the platform underscores themes of structural uncertainty and indeterminacy. The figure of the platform is also regularly put to work in contemporary art exhibitions, with their project-based initiatives, limited time-frames and borrowed spaces. In each instance this notion is designed to evoke the horizontal functionality of a provisional set-up made for a certain moment. But there is also the idea of a zone that is somewhat elevated, apart, and at a remove from things.

From A to W and Back Again

The names intertwining on the catalogue cover looked like a hip corporate logo or an old-fashioned wedding invitation. Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. All those As and Ws. All those diagonals waving back and forth. And the poster looked great: one artist with sunglasses on and the other holding his eyes open (but this also a sly comment on the stereotypically slanted eyes of Asian people). It was a match made in heaven or at least cooked up in the back rooms of the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Review: Occulture: The Dark Arts

Light’s Black Majesty: Midnight Sun: Lord of the wild and living stars:

Soul of Magic and master of Death; Panther of Night…enfold me (1)

 

Review: The Birds and the Bees

The botanists of the 18th and 19th century in Europe drew connections between plant species and humans, via illustrations and poetry. Goethe wrote a long poem as an introduction to his botanical work, The Metamorphosis of Plants, 1790.

Kathleen Linn is a Sydney-based writer and curator. Her writing has appeared in Runway, un Extended, Das Platforms and fine print Magazine. She has curated exhibition at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre in Sydney and ANCA in Canberra.

Tai is a writer and curator, who holds a Masters (with Distinction) in Art History from the University of Oxford. He has previously written for a variety of domestic and international publications, including Art and Australia, Art Monthly Australasia, Art Guide Australia, Oculus, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Vault. He is currently based in Sydney.

Australian artist, Dr Bonita Ely’s interdisciplinary artworks typically address environmental and socio-political issues of personal concern. Since her first exhibition in 1972 she has been inventing fantasy personas, insightful mythologies and uncanny, open narratives, often deploying humour, to address the causes and effects of environmental destruction and social dysfunction. Intensive field research underpins her extensive projects, for example, her tracking of the plight of the Murray River since 1975. Public sculptures include Thunderbolt (2010), which signals to the neighborhood their level of power consumption. Representing Australia in documenta 14 in Athens, 2017, Ely exhibited Plastikus Progressus, a futuristic museum display set in 2054. Plastic eating creatures, genetically engineered to clean up pollution in the oceans are contextualised by images (from the past, ie/ NOW) of pristine nature, street litter, plastic rubbish afloat in rivers, our history of wars, invasions, inventions, and an imaginative yet scientifically informative touch screen.  In Kassel, Interior Decoration, addressed the inter-generational affects of PTSD. She is represented in national, international and private collections, is Honorary Associate Professor, Art and Design, UNSW, Sydney, where she is a member of the Environmental Research Initiative for Art [ERIA]. She is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Paulius Andriuškevičius is an art curator and writer from Vilnius, Lithuania. Over the course of his career he has worked in and for art institutions such as Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice), Venice Biennale, RUPERT Art and Education Centre (Vilnius), National Gallery of Art (Vilnius). His texts on art appeared in Lithuanian and English press. Paulius is currently based in Melbourne.  

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