Translations and myth-conceptions

avoiding myth and message: Australian artists and the literary world 7 April – 12 July 2009 Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney [Produced as part of the Eat Your Words writing mentorship program. First published in October 2009 in Artworker Issue 4 Special Edition: Writing for Art. Reproduced courtesy of Artworkers…

Field Work as Sustainment: The Futur(ing) of Art Practice

2. Field Work Lisa Kelly & Dennis Tan 4 – 18 October 2008 Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney [First published in July 2009 in runway, Issue 14: Futures. Reproduced courtesy of The Invisible Inc.] Seen at a glance, this rice straw may appear light and insignificant. Hardly anyone would think that it…

Interventions in Things as Ethics

(First Published in NAVAQuarterly, June 2009) Cameron Tonkinwise once noted with just a little irony that ‘a culture that can, and needs to, have ‘ethics’ as the theme for the issue of a journal for example, is in trouble’.1 And yes, it is becoming increasingly evident, in a profoundly unsustainable world…

Absence / ecneserP

Reflecting on Hiromi Tango’s Absence by Tessa Zettel   Absence Hiromi Tango 2 – 31 May 2008 Platform, Melbourne [First published in November 2008 in un magazine 2.2. An earlier version also appeared in Hiromi Tango‘s single-edition artist book, Absence (2008).] Dear Hiromi, At the opening of Absence, midway through Hiromi Tango’s month-long residency in the grimy…

Under Construction

Approaching Sean Rafferty’s Ghost Mountain by Tessa Rapaport Ghost Mountain Sean Rafferty 15 January – 1 February 2009 MOP, Sydney [Published as typewritten text in Locksmith Project Issue 2, 2009, Locksmith Project Space, Sydney] o Around 800 words. Structure to reflect the way Ghost Mountain stages itself. Begin by identifying…

Collected Fictions

Notes on Notes on the Art and Manner of (Dis)arranging One’s Books by Tessa Rapaport & Karl Logge [A review of Notes on The Art and Manner of (Dis)arranging One’s Books*, which took place in September 2008 at CarriageWorks as part of the LiveWorks festival of live art./ First published…

If I’m not mistaken, it is ‘Soybean cake’ / Kalau saya tidak salah, itu ‘Soybean cake’

A story about cross-cultural exchange, eating and drawing in two parts, recently published in the ‘gang re:Publik‘ anthology. To see pics of Pemandangan itu sangat kabur, the work discussed in Part 1, click here. Part 1. Leura/Katoomba Beyond the clumsy groupings of bored tourists weighed down by daypacks and camera…

Working Title: Conversations on a lively doorstep

       1.The Lively Plane Lisa Kelly & Dennis Tan 15 February – 1 March 2008 Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney Inside a small room with white walls and polished timber floors, a plane tree sprouts snug and unassuming from one corner of a raised wooden platform, its…