Filial

09/22 – Exhibitiong essay for George Watson’s show Filial at Envy

“Watson’s work does not shy away from desire as something that troubles and is troubling, that interrupts and complicates, yet compels us. Something that is messy and entangles us with others, often in ways that are characterised as much by ambivalence — admixtures of love and hate, dominance and submission — as by any kind of redemptive sense of mutual love and understanding. Desire here is a disorganising force; a large heart adorned with smashed paua shell and layers of sticky glue and resin; a word, crudely written and rubbed out on a child's doll house, leaving behind a blurry smudge.” – Full text available here

In-Between The Law & Transgression: Desire, Ethics, & Symbolic Destiny in Psychoanalysis

04/22 – Stillpoint, Issue 010: Judge

“The figure of the law has a special significance in psychoanalysis, as it intimates not just the law that regulates the social body, but the network of signifiers by which the symbolic is constituted. It is the installation of this symbolic law that allows the lacking, and hence desiring, subject to be constituted as such. This is the infamous act of castration, as the introduction of “the third” (the signifier) that separates the child-mother dyad and allows the subject to enter into the symbolic, and the social order in turn, as a desiring subject. Through giving up access to their enjoyment of the mother and her body and taking up language, the infant can assume subjecthood and become a full member of the social order. The act of castration though, of course, is a traumatic one, leaving its mark on the subject.”  – Full text available here 
 

The Team of Six Million

11/20 – Counterfutures, Issue 10
             
“In such a way, the returnee and the antagonisms that they represent should be understood as part of broader political contestation around the demos and the border, and hence tied up with the plight of both the migrant and the refugee. In a state of crisis, even those whose membership of the demos appears to be given, such as the citizen living abroad, becomes conditional and subject to political contestation. Within such states of crisis, agonistic relations run the risk of becoming antagonistic, as the them can quickly become recast as the enemy.” – Full text available here
 

The Preset, the Generic, and an Ambivalent Politics of Non-Production

10/20 – Plates Journal, Issue: 02 Cipher 

“As cultural production has been increasingly subsumed into digital and networked platforms in recent decades, it has become over-coded by processes of automation and standardisation that remain largely opaque to the user. These complex algorithmic processes that underlie the graphical user interfaces that we (the non-technical user or end-user) interact with are simplified and made legible to us as “presets.” Thomas Smith is a Melbourne-based artist, electronic musician, and researcher whose work explores these processes and the increasingly uncanny position we find ourselves in as subjects enmeshed in ever-present networks of control. Employing his notion of the preset as a departure point I sat down with Smith to discuss his work and how it explores the broader socio-technological tensions at play within contemporary networked capitalism.” – Full text available here                        
 

Viral Subjects

04/22 – Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, 17 (1) 

“In line with the directives of our governments, we wash and sanitize our hands, becoming increasingly conscious of what and who we interact with, even attempting to intervene in and prevent our own autonomic gestures such as touching our face. These immunological acts of cleanliness take on an almost religious fervor, as we repeat them superstitiously in the hope that they will prevent us from infection – reducing a risk that can be hedged but never fully eliminated.Full text available here