For a while now, I've been trying to find the best way to describe the position of assumed universality in human culture. The experience from which all other subjectivities deviate, or have caveats applied to them. I'm talking about the quickest way to describe this guy: Vitruvian Man (and the assumed universal human subjectivity he … Continue reading Holotypical
I wrote the following brief essay in August 2017, in response to a call for short provocations about... something. I don't remember what, but it was rejected, and then there was never anywhere else to put it, so I thought I'd put it here. It is at this point of exhaustion, when we have become … Continue reading A Desiring Image: Dating Apps, and Sexuality without Bodies
Discussion of women’s rights, and in particular, the right not to be sexually abused or exploited has gained visible traction in popular media globally. This observation is in fact, so obvious, that it feels facile to even mention the #timesup and #metoo movements. Women’s rights have also been addressed publicly and repeatedly in both the … Continue reading Kahlo in Bendigo: Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the gallery.
Today in the first year Gender Studies class I teach, we were discussing the conclusion of Sara Ahmed's Living a Feminist Life, "A Killjoy Survival Kit". At the end of the class, I asked the students (as a fun activity, or what I think of as fun, anyway) to add something to the toolkit. Each … Continue reading Boots.
The VNS Matrix collective are/were/are a group of four artists from Adelaide who invented cyberfeminism. More or less.* I love them. For two reasons. Firstly hometown pride, and secondly, the vast improbability that something as globally influential and necessary would ever issue from Adelaide. Adelaide though.† On the VNS Matrix website, they describe the appearance … Continue reading For the love of the VNS Matrix