Published June 2008



Editorial [pdf]

Stephen Mansfield


The Language of Postmodern Space [pdf]

Russell Daylight

In Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, Fredric Jameson walks through the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles and proposes a profound relationship between urban disorientation and the inability to map oneself within transnational capitalism. Russell Daylight’s own journey through postmodern Sydney animates this critique of the spatial metaphor which has become so prevalent in socio-geographical studies of the city.

Piero Bigongiari’s Search for Strength along the Arno Valley [pdf]

Theodore Ell

The poetry of the Florentine Piero Bigongiari is scarcely known outside Italy, yet it bears witness to a will to survive hardship that is not usually credited to a setting in which beauty and intellectualism are often taken for granted. Florence and its region suffered severely during the Second World War, but for Bigongiari the very fact that experience and environment were so intimately connected gave him the confidence to refresh his approach to poetry and find new paths for it. Theodore Ell traces this course of events. He also provides translations of key poems by Bigongiari.

Mella Jaarsma: Wearing Shelter and Security [pdf]

Miriam Kelly

How might the shelter of a garment be used in response to issues such as the social impact of the global refugee crisis, the political emphasis on ‘regional security’ or military globalisation? Miriam Kelly discusses four provocative and interactive responses by Indonesian-based artist Mella Jaarsma.

The Worldly and the Otherworldly: On the ‘Utopianism’ of Deleuze’s Thought [pdf]

David Lane

If Gilles Deleuze promotes a number of ‘revolutionary’ processes capable of overcoming the conservative forces of our world, then can his thinking be considered ‘utopian,’ and if so, how should this utopianism be understood? This article engages with criticisms of Deleuze surrounding the utopian dimension of his thought and its political possibilities. Central to these concerns is the distinction between all transcendent ‘otherworlds’ and the transcendental conditions for transforming our human habitat.


Memory of West [pdf]

Stuart Cooke

This poem is a personal reflection on the Australian landscape through the lens of the modern city.

Riots in Rotten Hulls, Fortescue Bay, Tasmania [pdf]

Stuart Cooke

This poem uses Tasmanian shipwrecks as a metaphor for the problem of modern language.

While Camping at Fortescue Bay, Tasmania [pdf]

Stuart Cooke

This poem consists of meditations on drifting through the Tasmanian wilderness and life in general.

Techno-Habitats and Media Habits: Reflections on Contemporary Children’s Television [pdf]

Shane Denson

This essay provides a provocative interrogation of children’s mediated habitats and media habits from an academic and a personal perspective.

Routine Vigil for a Songbird [pdf]

Theodore Ell

A lyric poem exploring the relationship between man and those he sends before him.

Translations of Three Selections from Rogo [pdf]

Theodore Ell

Ell translates, from the Italian, ‘Through Clenched Teeth’, ‘Snows and Tears’ and ‘Particulars’ by Piero Bigongiari. These poems are analysed in detail in Ell’s Features article in this issue.

Rear Envelope Extension 1, 2, and 3 [pdf]

Garry Jones

These collographs were a first time effort at print making. They explore memories of growing up in Green Valley in a Housing Commission house which my parents ‘extended’ over the years, after they were given a purchase option from the Commission. The titles are a play on the form of the roof in defining the building footprint, the visual reference to folded envelopes, and the concept of designing on the back of an envelope.

On Habitually Learning from Trees, Fire & Other Issues Related to Art & Survival [pdf]

Uli Krahn

Environmental concerns have sharpened our awareness of urban space as ecosystem, shared – however unequally – by humans, animals and plants. From this bird’s eye perspective, from outside the window, the human figure cannot be clearly separated from its ‘natural’ ground; the border of nature in culture and culture in nature blurs into an ecology of the human, possibly to mutual benefit.

Nouvelles Mythologies and the Bicycle: Barthes in the Age of Mythological Reproduction [pdf]

Will Noonan

This review compares Barthes’s Mythologies (1957) with a new collection entitled Nouvelles Mythologies, published 50 years after the original.

Can the Subaltern Shave? A Primer of Philo-Follicular Thought [pdf]

Timothy Roberts

In this amusing, absurdist essay about the ‘deeply-rooted’ connections between post-structuralist theorists and their hairstyles, Roberts explores the quirky side to well-known philosophers, whose physical appearance sometimes challenges our ability to take their ideas seriously.

Review of the Liquid Cities Conference [pdf]

Sarah Saeed

What makes a city great? How can a city adapt to social and cultural changes? What can two completely different cities, with vastly different histories, futures and cultures learn from one another? The Liquid Cities symposium explored these questions by analysing ideas of transition, change, adaptability, liveability and ultimately fluidity within two world cities: Berlin and Sydney.

Going [pdf]

John Turner

A short three-part prose piece which moves its characters through the events of one afternoon.

Listmaking and other Daily Distractions [pdf]

Cece Wheeler

This critique on the daily habitual regime of listmaking reveals the complexities of feminine labour and identity while scrutinizing the stuff of apparently empty moments that serve as a measure of daily existence.

“I Know, but Cannot Share It”: Landscape and the Emigrant [pdf]

Jessica White

This essay examines the impact of the emigrant’s emotion upon the perception of their surroundings. Drawing comparisons between 19th century botanist Georgiana Molloy’s response to the West Australian bush, and the author’s own reaction to London, White illustrates how intense bodily experiences can engender a strong attachment to or repulsion against an environment.


About Excursions’s Contributors [pdf]