writing


 
 
 

notes on anzac day

overland literary journal, may 2018

Through its morbid religiosity and nationalist fervour, the Anzac narrative insulates itself against the intrusion of historical accuracy. If the foundations of Anzac Day are demonstrably baseless, we must then consider the cultural function – and identify the beneficiaries – of its enduring emotional architecture.

 
 

 
 

A short despatch from the garden of the generalissimos

runway, issue 35, december 2017

It would be difficult to contrive a more perfect parody of the autocrat, or expose more persuasively the relationship between power and place. Although Cihu Memorial Sculpture Park is promoted as a respectful homage it is, quietly, a dissident masterpiece of consummate irony.

 
 

 
 

In Defence of a desecration

meanjin quarterly, National accounts, spring issue, 2017

In the ‘defaced’ statue we are presented with a perfect cultural intersection: two forms of public art, diametric in their opposition, competing for civic space and over the historical record. The original artwork is sanctioned, staid and steeped in colonial mores; the updated sculpture is gestural, spontaneous, contemporary. And illegal.

 
 

 
 

National Dickhead Day

26 January / 2016

While cleaning up my little espresso bar on January 25, I placed a blackboard in my window on a whim. It has since received a lot of attention.

 

also:

GUARDIAN AUSTRALIA / Paul Daley / January 2017

CRIKEY / Helen Razer / January 2016

HUFFINGTON POST / Mauritz Zwankhuizen / January 2016

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD / January 2016

TRIPLE J HACK / January 2016

PEDESTRIAN TV / Cam Tyson / January 2016