I am co-curating and hosting this Symposium on Thursday May 28, 4-7pm AEST. Relevant to our times, and a long time coming…
Made this amazing cooker in my backyard with best homies, Lucie and Alix. It can cook in layers- coal cooked banana leaf wrapped fish and spit meat skewers, grilled veggie skewers and other options. Top third will soon be covered with clay to allow for central/south Asian bread cooked directly on its surface. Works hungy style as well, with wrapped food cooked via hot stones in covered pit.
Uncommon Nature was a suite of screen based works co-curated with Lucie McIntosh for Blindside Gallery’s Satellite Program. The catalogue essay has been turned into a little book, published in December 2019. Printed copies are available upon request.
In his book, Wild Mind, eco-philosopher, Bill Plotkin argues that we are “being summoned by the world itself to make many urgent changes to the human project, but most central is a fundamental re-visioning and reshaping of ourselves…”
How do we know what we are, how do we know the extent of our natures? As we move further into the catastrophe of human-propelled change, what methods can we bring into effective action to listen, and hear what the other-than-human can tell us about our human natures? And when we hear this, how will we prepare a new way of collectively knowing ourselves in relation?
In the realm of the mind, which in many ways is the space of the ‘art’, and in turn ‘our’ vital expression, we hear the weight of water, touch our ancestors, stir the mechanics of industry toward canny poetry, and embrace the truth of multiple, discordant voices hurtling experience around and toward the earth. It is here, through the whisper of the screen on the edge of our common spaces that we continue to unravel that which currently lies uncommon to our natures.
As our art unveils and our eyes lay open, our hearts hear a new song for an old ceremony. And in this we prepare again for a present that re-communizes that which has become uncommon through a colonized competitive class, whom are bewitched by an object and possession based antagonism. The artists in this project all touch upon the need for a treaty to re-common senses of wonder. They apprehend the tools of flow, poise, cosmicality, retrocausation and breath. In experiencing their work we develop a deeper empathy for worlds beyond ourselves, within ourselves, to each-other, and to each-other’s others.
— Dario Vacirca + Lucie McIntosh —
So! Amazing, totally! What a fkn energetic and heady and wildly appropriate event!!
Thanks so much for all who attended and contributed to the largesse we shall now bestow upon the Anti-Repression Assembly in Athens. They are super happy to know approx $2000 Oz dollars will be coming there way. Hopefully it helps them in some way in dealing with an horrendous situation and their struggle to counter it with self-organised projects and resistance.
Shout out to the super talented eclectic line up – you were all supernovas! Thanks so much to Bo Svoronos tellurian b for captaining the ship in the wild winds of live unrehearsed everything, you are the top wog Mc amico!. Kitty San Pedro and bandidas- your sound and message were heard and loved, what a way! Koraly Dimitriadis – you hit the nails in all the heads multiple times, thanks for your humor and raw honest phrasolgisms. Dimitris Troaditis – a late announcement in the bill reminded us all of our solemn human duty to freedom and care for fellow free carers. Biscotti Carla Ori plugged the frequency to a wild pop dance floor, paving the way for the manifestations and true deconstructed insights of the inimitable, one and only TTO (I reckon you both made some new fans last night)…. and finally to the glorious raceless beast- Adam Gauci solo, reminding us all of the wild nature of self and the transformative power of art in showing our deepest, entangled, powerful, creative selves: the Maltese Well Monster is born!
Thanks to Cafe Gummo staff and crew and venue – best bar in town. And to all the other gentlefolx who helped this gig come alive ! Matt Gingold, Faux Maux Chops, Sylva Venus, Alix, Lucie McIntosh, Sean Saw, Bella Black Flag, Kat Stevens… the temporary collective strikes again!
Till next comradical ones,
Love & anarchy!
Αλληλεγγύη στις καταλήψεις και στους χώρους αγώνα
In solidarity with the Anti-Repression Assembly fighting corporate and state violence in Exarchia and across Athens.
With Melbourne based Greek and Mediterranean artists:
THE MALTESE WELL MONSTER (CURSE OV DIALECT)
a mythological rapper from the depths of the Maltese caverns with special guest MC’s
he’s a poet
and he’s here
synth pop, disco, hip-hop and funk come together to create a cinematic, colourful avant pop
TELLURIAN B (& hosting)
remarkable rascal, word slinging textorator, every-person-thing producer and speed of light lover
bad-ass blues playing babes
raw, confronting, honest-to-the-bone, bad Greek girl poetry
still and moving image portraits of contemporary athenian struggle
hosted by tellurian b
This fundraiser supports the Anti-Repression Assembly in their fight for collective self-organisation. Money raised will go to legal costs, food, and other organisational needs.
!SOLIDARITY WILL WIN!
The Anti-Repression Assembly is a network of anarchists, refugees and comrades resisting dual forces of state violence and corporate gentrification. They work to defend squats, parks, and other self governed / alternative collective organisation sites in Exarchia and across central and suburban Athens. Since the economic and refugee ‘crises’ inflicted deeper strain on poor and stateless populations across the Mediterranean, Exarchia has been a beacon for working alternatives, with thousands of refugees seeking asylum and finding new ways to live and economise outside inhumane border force control and other systems of intra-state oppression. Since April 2019, however, riot and military police, under the direction of the Greek Government have been violently cracking down on this resistance network. Many have been arrested, harmed, deported and arbitrarily detained.
This fundraiser seeks to support the Anti-Repression Assembly in their fight for collective self-organisation. Money raised will go to cover legal costs, food, and other organisational needs.
More information on the situation in Athens: https://enoughisenough14.org/2019/11/14/updates-on-the-battle-to-defend-exarchia-for-freedom-self-organisation-and-solidarity/
Αλληλεγγύη στις καταλήψεις και στους χώρους αγώνα
Solidarity to squats and all spaces of struggle
Cafe Gummo, Dec 5. 8pm – 12:30
Arbitrary Distinction: trinacreation, mark 1
Medium: artist’s body, tattoo & tattooist, wall drawing, video stills with snail, lecture
Artist: Dario Vacirca, 2019
Created with: Marco & Sueli from Under the Skin, Nithya & Vlad, Frankl the snail
…the work is also a response to a series of tattoo based art interventions by Santiago Sierra. In one of these works he paid drug addicted prostitutes the equivalent of a shot of heroin to have a line permanently marked across their backs, in another he sought out a stranger who had no tattoos or a desire for one, but due to poverty was willing to be paid $50 to get a line tattooed across their back. In all of Sierra’s works he centres himself in the position of exploiter to show the extreme and everyday labour the poor need to go to survive capitalism. His work exposes the heart of the capitalist exchange – exploitation that affects the lives of the exploited for their whole life.
In this work we are doing today I am interested in continuing this mark and critical logic BUT instead of exploiting another body I am turning the pain and the marking back onto my own body. I am entrusting a stranger to make this mark, to create a spell upon the other side of me.
The piece is called Arbitrary Distinction. The line that is drawn becomes an arbitrary decision between: what is above and what is below; what is valued, and what is not; what is art, and what is not; who we think we are because of who we think we are not; what is alive, and what is considered dead; up and down; in and out; bla and blah. These distinctions are not real, but the mark we make is affective. It is what we construct and keep as the real.
There are other layers to this work, including the reason to have a snail ‘design’ the tattoo which is also a variation of the baseline of the trinacria, the geographical shape of Sicily, my father’s homeland, which following his migration, and after growing up in a foreign land, away from my ancestral / dead, and their language – I do not know.
Molluscs are travelers, they need to move, on one foot. Most molluscs in Venice arrived from the Red Sea in the great Lessepsian migration that resulted from the creation of the Suez Canal.
Humans are like molluscs, we move, we migrate, we re-form, we discard our houses and live in others. It is natural. Open the borders. Share your houses. Solidarity to those on the move, displaced, or seeking asylum.
This performance was part of the Venetian Blind Project, by the Public Art Commission, Deakin University. Venetian Blind is part of the Personal Structures (Identity) exhibition at the Palazzo Bembo site, an exhibition by the European Cultural Commission for the Venice Biennale 2019.