Published December 2006
Image created by Miranda Heckenberg
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.
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.
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.
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.
Timothy Roberts’ fascination with zombie movies leads him to question the political efficacy of interpreting the genre as a critique of consumer culture.Excursions
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.
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.
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.
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.
Poems posing as letters or vice versa? The distinction blurs in this correspondence addressed to various un-addressable characters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.