On immortality and kindness

‘Sinophobia never went away in Australia. Colonisation never ended. Racists might sometimes shift their focus but it’s the same lens. Maybe now it’s our turn in the crosshairs again. But we’re in all the water, treading furiously while trying to turn off the tap, here, there, and everywhere.’

In April, Emma Thomson from Correspondences asked me to be part of a project reflecting on escalating racism against Asian Australians and the themes of Lisel Mueller’s poem, ‘Immortality’. I said yes and I wrote these reflections in May and June. Now they feel like time capsules as every month of this year introduces another world entirely. You can read or listen to my pieces at the link above or visit the viewing room for the whole project here, which includes work by Kuang Zai, Selina Lo, Eileen Chong, and Ouyang Yu.

The virtual co-presence of the internet

On Thursday, I’ll be chatting about online and offline communities with Pauline Vetuna and Huna Amweero in a live event hosted by Areej Nur. It’s part of BLEED, a new festival from Arts House and Campbelltown Arts Centre. The talk is via Zoom so you can attend from anywhere in the world but you need to register.

The Virtual Co-presence of the Internet
Thu 2 July 2020
12 noon – 1 pm
live online event – free – booking required

Gallery collage view photo of 4 speakers. Top Left: Huna Amweero wearing a denim jacket with her hair in braids. Top Right, Areej Nur wearing a beige and white jumper, looking away from the camera and smiling with plants behind her. Bottom Left, Pauline Vetuna wearing a light blue top with her curly hair out and a book shelf behind her. Bottom Right, Jinghua Qian wearing a black t-shirt and beanie, standing while talking into a mic and reading from a paper.

Take a look at the rest of the BLEED program too – there’s a lot of interesting stuff happening. I’m one of the artists in residence for Assembly of the Future there too which I’m pretty pumped for.

Underfoot: underground histories from Footscray 3011

Finally it’s launch day!

Underfoot presents four virtual audio tours through Footscray’s past. Liz and I bring an intimate lens to local history as we wander the streets and the archives looking for people like us: queers, migrants, radicals and artists. There are some big conversations about capitalism, nationalism and settler nativism, as well as some finely aged gossip.

Each track comes with a map, transcript, photos and notes so you can either explore these places in real life (observing social distancing!) or just enjoy the stories while staying home. You can even dive into some historical research yourself if you’re so inclined.

Here it is: Underfoot.

Playlist: Music of the Sinosphere

My second playlist for Peril magazine’s You Don’t Sound Asian project explores music from around the Sinosphere: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and beyond.

‘Unlike the pandemic, the playlist doesn’t have a case definition or an epicentre. It’s just an endless filament of sound, the connections between the tracks both tenuous and elemental. It’s as open-ended as Chineseness could be.’

Have a listen – and check out my other playlist, Teacup in a Storm, as well.