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Bella Li Reviews Pascalle Burton and Nathan Shepherdson

Experimental filmmaker, choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer and photographer, Maya Deren was a seminal figure in twentieth-century avant-garde art and theory. To begin with Deren’s words is to follow in the footsteps of Pascalle Burton’s and Nathan Shepherdson’s UN/SPOOL and A gram of ideas on art, form and film – twinned works that are simultaneously homages to, and dialogues with, Deren’s own work and ideas, and entirely new and original pieces of art.

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from the other side of the shark*

for B.R. Dionysius cut with postmodern wit i can carry the million pound tag that will not release me back into the wild draw your outline on the glass as you decipher the self (in formaldehyde) to witness again how …

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Presence: A Chapbook Curated by Graham Nunn

When I was invited by Cordite to curate this chapbook, my mind filled with one word … presence.

Presence can be defined as:

The state or fact of being present; current existence or occurrence.

Immediate proximity in time or space.

The area immediately surrounding a great personage, especially a sovereign.

A person who is present.

A person’s bearing, especially when it commands respectful attention: ‘He continues to possess the presence, mental as well as physical, of the young man’ (Brendan Gill).

The quality of self-assurance and effectiveness that permits a performer to achieve a rapport with the audience: stage presence.

A supernatural influence felt to be nearby.

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eXit/beerburrum

for simone gelli what the streetlight is thinking is over her head her body a tongue depressor on the white line silence enclosed in silence is not silent enough when we realise she is not dead nor are we alive …

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Particulunar

• he is convinced his bullet points are new moons • even today when people use the term ‘narrative arc’ Noah leans forward • not belonging to anything in this world this world belongs to anything • i cut myself …

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thoughts that wouldn’t choose to think of themselves again

0.07792208 that i didn't realise that you didn't realise did you realise this 0.16233767 and letting go of your hand i realised that you had no hand 0.25324677 i never realised how difficult it would be to register sleep as …

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Bev Braune reviews Peter Minter and Nathan Shepherdson

blue grass by Peter Minter

Salt Publishing, 2006

Sweeping the Light Back into the Mirror by Nathan Shepherdson

University of Queensland Press, 2006

Peter Minter's latest book blue grass and Nathan Shepherdson's début collection Sweeping the Light Back into the Mirror work with extraordinary images to convey the demands made on memory for accuracy in its language. Both poets set out, deliberately, to interrogate such a language and its subsets – naming, recognition, and the calculation and politics of categories. For while as writers and readers, we have limitations on the material claims we can make to increase emotional satisfaction in our lives, we have an unlimited capacity to request answers from what appears to be immaterial – the memory of words spoken by both loved ones in absentia and barely remembered friends. We not only demand these words, but also try to challenge their immateriality with concrete language.

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the square root of a full stop is the square root of 64

1st answer a man walks through the door picks up a broom and sweeps all the heads into the corner he is paid to clean the factory floor of memory and as he appears to us he will vanish as …

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