Published December 2006


Image created by Miranda Heckenberg


Editorial [pdf]

Elaine Minor


“What are proper responses?”: Hip Hop, aesthetics, Race, and Feminist Politics [pdf]

Legier Biederman

Biederman offers her account of growing up as a fan of hip hop music and culture, as a white woman in a rural town, and negotiating the tensions associated with the sexist and misogynistic elements of that music and culture. In exploring these tensions, she interrogates theorisations of subjectivity, race and gender, using the creative works of 2 Live Crew and Susan Smith-Pinelo as creative exemplars.

“Wavering between two worlds”: The Doorway in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting [pdf]

Georgina Cole

In the fictive space of painting, doorways open up irresolvable areas of movement and possibility, liminal zones of flux that can reconfigure the relationship between a painting and its beholder.

“Need is not quite belief”: The Liminal Space of Anne Sexton’s Engagement with Language [pdf]

Francesca Haig

An exploration of Sexton’s corpus through Kristeva’s theory of abjection reveals how the poet’s relations with language, writing, and feminism, prevail in a contested and awkward, ‘liminal’ space.

“Bodies at the borders”: Liminality, Hegemony, Materiality [pdf]

Damien W. Riggs

The body and our experiences of it are ‘liminal artefacts’. Examining the documentary and radio programmes of self-identified congenital amputee Kath Duncan, Riggs considers ways in which ‘the body’ is granted a very specific form of materiality in Western cultures.

“Dead Ends”: The Spectre of Elitism in the Zombie Film [pdf]

Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts’ fascination with zombie movies leads him to question the political efficacy of interpreting the genre as a critique of consumer culture.Excursions


Sydney Writers’ Festival 2006: A Poetry Overview [pdf]

Bonny Cassidy

A retrospective overview of exciting new poetry by Australian poets featured at the 2006 Sydney Writers’ Festival, including John Tranter’s Urban Myths and Jaya Savige’s latecomers.

Transient Zones [.mov]

Josephine Coy

A mix of images that originate from digital photographs taken of people on newscast television with non linear and freely associative text. Away from the context of the T.V. programmes, national distinctions are removed creating a zone of dissolving definition. In order to advance each slide in this Flash movie use the right arrow key.

BioHome: The Chromosome Knitting Project [.mov]

Catherine Fargher and Terumi Narushima

Live ‘wet biology’ practices are explored in a contemporary biotech display home. Aspects of a hybrid performance/installation, first performed in August 2006 at the University of Wollongong, are presented in Quicktime format.

Shelly McGlumphry—Fragments for delighters [pdf]

Nicolás Fernandez-Medina

A story of spiritual emancipation, guilt, denial and the psychology of hate, which grew out of the author’s years of living in the American Midwest, readings of Hegel and the textual structures of philosophical dissertations critiqued by Nietzsche and Adorno.

Dear Sir, (Selected Poems Letters) [pdf]

Sandra Huber

Poems posing as letters or vice versa? The distinction blurs in this correspondence addressed to various un-addressable characters.

Liminal Art in the Transit Zone [pdf]

Melissa Laing

The site of the airport constitutes part of the Transit Zone: the space between nation-state borders, occupied by the mechanisms of international travel. Laing examines the public art commissioned for Sydney International Airport, Amsterdam Schipol International Airport and Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

Just Act Natural: Models, Mannequins and Muses ( Part II ) [pdf]

Margaret Mayhew

Mayhew continues her playful, ficto-critical perspective of her experience as a former artists’ model in order to reflect upon the definition of ‘the model’ through six centuries of Western culture and aesthetics.

Review: Roland Barthes, The Language of Fashion [pdf]

Margaret Mayhew

A collection of essays, interviews and articles written by French critic Roland Barthes has finally been translated into English. Mayhew considers how The Language of Fashion (2006) opens the door for more widespread appreciation of Barthes’s prolific and eclectic ideas on fashion as a semiotic system.

Exile(d) [mp3]

Daniel Charles Menges

Accessible as an mp3 file, this sound piece was originally broadcast on ABC Radio National’s The Night Air as a part of Christina Loveall’s ‘Displaced’ themed programme. Arabic translation and vocal by Kholoud Al Kayid. French translation and voice by Céline Azzi. English version read by Tony Barrell.

Love, Death and the Author [pdf]

Will Noonan

2006 marked the centenary of Irish playwright Samuel Beckett’s birth (1906-1989). Noonan reviews the Sydney Writers’ Festival production of Beckett’s First Love (1946), highlighting the problematic consequences when Beckettian drama is subjected to orthodox or “canonical” treatment.

memoryspeak [pdf]

John Turner

This piece explores the space created when the conscious mind slips through the barrier of language: a slippage that creates tension between language and memory and creates a place of non-memory. The dissociation of the senses allows access to these places, and the pleasure which is gained from this loss of control is explored here.

Circles [pdf]

Lizette Wanzer

In “Circles”, Wanzer considers the uncertainties of childhood with a deft and detailed study of the way kids walk, run and climb, the clothes they try out, the objects they hoard, and the genders they’re meant to live up to.

An Artist’s Argument [pdf]

Kheng Kin Yap

This paper investigates the phenomenon of perceptual shifts in the experience of familiar objects against their spatial context; why something ordinary can appear strange in a different context and what element plays the biggest role in affecting this perceptual shift.


About Excursions’s Contributors [pdf]