Hidden beneath main avenues, bright lights, storefronts, cars, and restaurants lies the heart of a city, the crowded hidden centers bustling to the rhythm of rubbed shoulders and busy feet leading to expansive shop crowded pockets with weaving entrances nestled in unassuming narrow streets, jagged with unplanned architecture, wardrobes and boxes expanding past the sills above the heads of traffic beneath lined with graffiti and fading bills. Each window a life, a struggle, a huddled existence with no personal space flooded with the smell of food, incense, and voices. The same long days laboring with few personal choices replayed in the same way with the sound of an alarm, or with the rising or setting of the sun. Aging furniture, dust, creaking floors, the sounds of adjacent lives in adjacent boxes separated by gaunt cracking walls. From somewhere an infant crying, children screaming in play, a student struggling to make it out from under the cement block among a school of them who will never get away. A single mother, a drug addiction, a suicide, the ding of a microwave, the whistle of a kettle, the din of a domestic dispute. Hiding between crooked doors and cracked windows are the loved and the abused, the wise and the deluded, the faithful and the hopeless upon whose backs the city is raised and who are razed by the weight of supporting ever mounting heights of a never improved view. Because romance lives in the truth, in intimacy, in lives that cannot afford a fictional sterility, lives lived among the early morning sweeping of shop owners and countless men unloading endless boxes of unnamed goods, their coordinating shouts echoing through still empty slanted streets as the fragrances of various kitchens begin to waft into their rightful places just above the noses of passerby. And the midday crowds, the odor of bodies, and the age old selling of wares. The trading of stories, the discipline of children, and the drinking of tea. The training of youth, the counting of tills, and the locking of stalls. And the nights of reverie and personal abuse, of alcohol and late night meals and prostitutes, of the settling of disputes, of the shouts of the overworked and the scurrying of the recluse, of two lovers beginning the cycle anew in shadows of crooked winding walls under thin slivers of sometime starlit skies. And somewhere a newborn cries, and somewhere a mother sister father brother lover child dies, and time passes in front of our eyes, and time passes in front of our eyes as time passively claims our minds and we leave behind a city, not its main avenues, bright lights, storefronts, cars, and restaurants, but its narrow streets and graffiti, aging stalls, winding walls, and its rhythm. And its people, deep, hidden beneath.
- 108: DEDICATIONwith L Patterson & L Garcia-Dolnik 107: LIMINALwith B Li 106: OPENwith C SLowe & J Langdon 105: NO THEME 11with E Grills & E Stewart 104: KINwith E Shiosaki 103: AMBLEwith E Gomez and S Gory 102: GAMEwith R Green and J Maxwell 101: NO THEME 10with J Kinsella and J Leanne 100: BROWNFACE with W S Dunn 99: SINGAPOREwith J Ip and A Pang 97 & 98: PROPAGANDAwith M Breeze and S Groth 96: NO THEME IXwith M Gill and J Thayil 95: EARTHwith M Takolander 94: BAYTwith Z Hashem Beck 93: PEACHwith L Van, G Mouratidis, L Toong 92: NO THEME VIIIwith C Gaskin 91: MONSTERwith N Curnow 90: AFRICAN DIASPORAwith S Umar 89: DOMESTICwith N Harkin 88: TRANSQUEERwith S Barnes and Q Eades 87: DIFFICULTwith O Schwartz & H Isemonger 86: NO THEME VIIwith L Gorton 85: PHILIPPINESwith Mookie L and S Lua 84: SUBURBIAwith L Brown and N O'Reilly 83: MATHEMATICSwith F Hile 82: LANDwith J Stuart and J Gibian 81: NEW CARIBBEANwith V Lucien 80: NO THEME VIwith J Beveridge 57.1: EKPHRASTICwith C Atherton and P Hetherington 57: CONFESSIONwith K Glastonbury 56: EXPLODE with D Disney 55.1: DALIT / INDIGENOUSwith M Chakraborty and K MacCarter 55: FUTURE MACHINES with Bella Li 54: NO THEME V with F Wright and O Sakr 53.0: THE END with P Brown 52.0: TOIL with C Jenkins 51.1: UMAMI with L Davies and Lifted Brow 51.0: TRANSTASMAN with B Cassidy 50.0: NO THEME IV with J Tranter 49.1: A BRITISH / IRISH with M Hall and S Seita 49.0: OBSOLETE with T Ryan 48.1: CANADA with K MacCarter and S Rhodes 48.0: CONSTRAINT with C Wakeling 47.0: COLLABORATION with L Armand and H Lambert 46.1: MELBOURNE with M Farrell 46.0: NO THEME III with F Plunkett 45.0: SILENCE with J Owen 44.0: GONDWANALAND with D Motion 43.1: PUMPKIN with K MacCarter 43.0: MASQUE with A Vickery 42.0: NO THEME II with G Ryan 41.1: RATBAGGERY with D Hose 41.0: TRANSPACIFIC with J Rowe and M Nardone 40.1: INDONESIA with K MacCarter 40.0: INTERLOCUTOR with L Hart 39.1: GIBBERBIRD with S Gory 39.0: JACKPOT! with S Wagan Watson 38.0: SYDNEY with A Lorange 37.1: NEBRASKA with S Whalen 37.0: NO THEME! with A Wearne 36.0: ELECTRONICA with J Jones