Art + Australia #54.2: Unnaturalism |

ISSN 0004-301 X
137 pages | Softcover | B&W and colour images 
RRP $19.99 (inc GST) 
May 2018

Editor: Edward Colless
Authors: Edward Colless, Irene Hanenbergh, Susan Ballard, Donald Fortescue, Sean Lowry, Jan Zika, Ned Reilly, Helen McDonald, Erica Seccombe, Archie Barry, Desmond Bellamy, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Nick Modrzewski, Diego Ramirez, Sue Dodd

God would never need to ask, ‘Where am I?’ But falling into hell, the Devil might. And if hell is a state of forever falling but getting nowhere, then that unrequited reflection might be the zero-gravity torment of the damned. We catch a glimpse of this, but also of redemption from it, on waking up or coming to. It’s the first thing we ask upon gaining consciousness after a blackout. In our case, it’s not a metaphysical question nor really a rhetorical one (even if muttered to oneself) but a practical one, like downloading GPS coordinates; and yet it’s also universal in implication. It is our human rendition of the divine awakening: ‘let there be light’. What we are when we wake—well, that is already close by as the unquestionable personal pronoun, ‘I’, at the end of sentence. It flips the unconditional, performative declaration of divine being (‘I am’) into a mundane request for news about one’s situation, and thus for defining one’s finitude. Yet our redeeming orientation toward that end—which is what we require of consciousness to barricade against darkness—ironically delivers a death sentence... —The Blackout, Edward Colless


4-13_ The Blackout | Edward Colless
14-15_ Abecedrama | Edward Colless
16-136_ Abecedarium | Irene Hanenbergh
20-27_ Earth Projects: Haines and Hinterding's Geology | Susan Ballard
30-35_ At the Edge of the Natural: Scientific and Artistic Research at the South Pole | Donald Fortescue
38-43_ 168° 58’ 37” W: A Cold War Memorial | Sean Lowry
46-51_ Earth Planet Redux | Jan Zika
54-63_ Vegesingularity | Ned Reilly
68-73_ Range of Normal | Helen McDonald
78-81_ A View from the Arboretum | Erica Seccombe
84-89_ Euthanising the Archive | Archie Barry
92-99_ To Serve Man | Desmond Bellamy
102-107_ Adventures of the Orange Square | Chris Fite-Wassilak
110-115_ To Disappear Entirely | Nick Modrzewski
118-123_ Semiotic Dungeons | Diego Ramirez
126-133_ Danse Macabre | Sue Dodd

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