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It’s 4:44 AM and you wake up to your phone ringing. It doesn’t sound like your phone though. The pitch is off. It sounds like an alarm, but not an alarm preset that came with the factory settings.
by Sam Hill
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“I Love Michael Jackson”: Leaving the 20th Century

When Michael Jackson died on the 25th of June 2009, we were convinced that it was a publicity stunt. During his funeral service, held at the Staples Centre in L.A., we kept expecting him to emerge …
by Thomas Moran
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The Boom and Bust of Sleaze

The now infamous Miu Miu spring 2022 micro-mini skirt is said to have heralded the “return” of Y2K Paris Hilton aesthetics. But anyone hawking their wares on Depop or Facebook Marketplace …
by Audrey Schmidt
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001 by DJ Daddy
by DJ Daddy
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12 poems

me again

nothing clicked til i was nearly thirty
at least i felt that way now i had jowls he barely noticed
taking photos of me in harsh light…
by Gareth Morgan
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Fucking fascists

I am looking at a Renaissance fresco on my phone. It is The Preaching of The Antichrist by Luca Signorelli (1500-1504), where a sinister devil is whispering commands to an uncanny Christ-like …
by Diego Ramirez
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Spiritual Povera, Redacted Extract #1 (from Chapter Five)

█████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ We make music. When I play them I am trying to break free from a Static position, trauma as Creation, as the Original Painter, but …
by Katherine Botten
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As Above, So Hello: Divination, Astrology and the Age of Information

I recently discovered I was born under the malevolent star Algorab. Like most stars observable without high-powered telescopes, its name is ancient, derived from the Arabic meaning “the crow”.
by Ainslie Templeton
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The Right to Viva

“Meet Barbi, your typical suburban housewife”, a hammy voiceover intones in the trailer for Anna Biller’s film Viva (2007). It’s the end of the sexual revolution. Los Angeles, 1972.
by Cameron Hurst
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Alethea Everard

Calling In with Carmen-Sibha Keiso and Alethea Everard.
by Carmen-Sibha Keiso
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The State of Content in 2327

The year is 2020, 2021 or 2327. Pre 2020, Heidegger wrote on the necessity for reinvigorating the question of “Being” in metaphysics. He explicated “Being” as the most universal and emptiest of …
by Claudia Tilley
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It’s not autofiction / And it’s not fiction / It’s a song / It’s Operetic / I’m a Prima Donna / Soprano / The posts are just my songs / And they are / Not real / 2 anthything / But a mood …
by Natasha Havir Smith
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Females, or, the set of all sets

Even writing feels like complicity these days. Whacking a bit of something congealed on a plate for friends, hypothetical friends and critics isn’t so bad, but there is no escaping the knowledge …
by Luara Karlson-Carp
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Rocking Ballads

by Wet Kiss
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Turning Points

In 2017 I wanted to make a semi-regular zine called “Turning Points” with an accompanying mix C.D. I wanted to include interviews, photos, drawings and other inspirations.
by D.J. Barry
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xoxo Grotty Gossip Girls: Abject Australian Art

Audrey Schmidt: So, firstly, you had to review a sprawling exhibition that had no curatorial agenda or intentional overarching theme that no one else was able to attend. In how many words again?
by Audrey Schmidt, Cameron Hurst
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Bourgeois See, Bourgeois Do: The Uncanny Valley

The Bourgeois is Franco Moretti’s 2013 study of the bourgeois class, its sensibilities and its politics in modern European literature. The subtitle, “Between History and Literature” pretty …
by Sally Olds
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Faster, Higher, Stronger: 2020, Our Future Eternity

How do we begin to periodise a slice of time like 2020, a year in which complete cultural hegemony about which everyone was talking non-stop was finally monopolised, albeit not by world communist…
by Vincent Le
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Portsea money and blowholes

Their beach was known for its riptides and blowholes. Flanked by large headlands on the east and the west, two lifeguards sat on their tower chairs beside each other, staring ahead in silence.
by Jake Swinson
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The ND: Love After Life

Burberry posted an advertisement on Instagram for their new Pocket Bag on 27 August captioned “A contrast of reality and fantasy”, featuring Bella Hadid as an Irma Vep type vampiric actress …
by Audrey Schmidt
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Today is Lover’s Day! (2020) A Play for One or More Voices

And on the last day it began to cry, forgetting that it had been acting all along. And it was only in forgetting this that it had been able to sacrifice itself to a childish god. “Thank you for …
by Thomas Moran
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Did you know that your structure is perfect, like water

The framework of a cell is what matters, the details are interchangeable. A cell capable of replication or death or benignity is capable of memory.
by Chi Tran
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Imagine

I was lying at the entrance of my mother’s house, a python wrapped around my ankles. It began to curl up towards my face. I froze. “Maybe if I pretend I’m a path instead of another animal I’ll …
by Eva Birch
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Thikra

My relationship to you is framed by memories of you. Yet it is difficult for me to remember you as you were. I want to remember you as if I didn’t know you. Perhaps this remembrance will be …
by Enad Marouf
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Report from an Unidentified Fire Tower

High in the tower, above the forest and the fields, I scour the vague terrain for fires. Always at night. Drones do it during the day. For some reason, the human touch is required after dark.
by Simon Sellars
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Bossy’s Gallery DJs: Lockdown Lounge (The Chillout Mix…)

You were born and original … don’t die a copy.
by Bossy's Gallery
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The Smiling Face without Laughter

The very utterance of the term Cancel Culture brings about a cringe; a contortion of the face matched only by the snarls of those who dish out cancellations with tasteless moral vigour.
by Ursula de Leeuw
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Technophilia in the Bedroom

In an 1844 essay called The Metaphysics of Sexual Love, Schopenhauer proposes to account for why so many poets and songwriters are inspired by love as the most powerful passion after which …
by Vincent Le
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Optical Illusions/ My Pussy/ The Cut

My grandfather loved optical illusions, M. C. Escher in particular. He kept a ready supply of prints to show me when I used to visit as a child, pulling Escher’s Relativity from a drawer for …
by Ainslie Templeton
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Final Cut (2000)

A sleazy take-out joint in Brisbane has a sinister “special” on the menu.
by Arthur Schmidt, Suzanne Hemanoczki
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Sublime Pap Or How I learned to stop worrying and love the KAWS

I have hesitated for some time before throwing my hat into this particular ring. This ring is of course the seventh circle of Hell known to the public as the KAWS show at the NGV …
by Thomas Moran
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When are you? Leslie Cheung’s Flying Arrow

In 1894 the bubonic plague spread from its rodent reservoir via colonial trade routes, transmitting from Mainland China through Hong Kong and to the rest of the world. Over 20 million people died…
by Caitlin Mason
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Community Immunity: The Revolution Was Televised

Recently the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, repeated the somewhat tired economic ratio that casually links money to mental health. “If your rent represents more than 30 per cent of your …
by Giles Fielke
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there’s no art in heaven

Gabriella D’Costa, Vava Dudu, Hana Earles, K8 Hardy, Carmen-Sibha Keiso, Spencer Lai, Nunzio Madden, Liam Osborne, Evelyn Poggioli, Ander Rennick, Victoria Todorov, Michelle Uckotter …
by Audrey Schmidt
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The Great Mutation: Ravings from the Bedroom Bunker

There is a scene in the 1988 anime film Akira depicting a billboard counting down 147 days until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with “just cancel it!” graffitied over the top. On 28 February 2020 …
by Vincent Le
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Dying Out and Loving It: Grimes’ Rebirth of Tragedy

In The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche traces the development of art back to an untamed nature’s “Dionysian” rupture with our anthropic, “Apolline” values and ideas about what is good, true and …
by Vincent Le
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send in the clowns

Isn’t it rich? / Are we a pair? / Me here at last on the ground / You in mid-air / Send in the clowns
by Audrey Schmidt
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Gordon Hookey

Calling In with Audrey Schmidt and Gordon Hookey.
by Audrey Schmidt
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Palm Trees

“Nobody” saw it coming when Schapelle Corby dropped her collaborative single with singer-songwriter Nat Zeleny, Palm Trees, over the 2018 new year. As the first packaged artistic output of …
by Ainslie Templeton
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Athens is the New Berlin: documenta’s counterfeit bohemia

Amidst the Greek-government debt crisis, documenta 14 in Athens latched onto the rather reductive idea of a “legendary Greece”, birthplace of democracy and pioneer of the southern European …
by Fil Ieropoulos, Audrey Schmidt
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Records of Displacement: the echo as a beckoning artefact

If you were to apply an Anglophone conceptual frame to give an account of Lucreccia Quintanilla’s practice, you could refer to it as an inter/multi-disciplinary art practice. She dwells in …
by Lucreccia Quintanilla, Fjorn Butler