West Space Journal
Issue 2

West Space Journal
Issue 2

West Space Journal

January 24, 2014

Summer 2014


The West Space Journal is an online platform for criticism and commissions published by Melbourne-based organisation West Space Inc., a non-profit artist-led organisation supporting the activities of artists within a critical context since 1993. 

Our second issue takes human geography and the translation of form as its guiding focus, though it deviates, archipelagically, across all sorts of places:

- Naeem Mohaiemen’s “Live True Life or Die Trying,” a photoessay from two demonstrations on the same day in Bangladesh, and Sarinah Masukor (via Mohaiemen’s United Red Army: The Young Man Was) on the materiality of archival imagery and the cultural misinterpretation of political narrative; 
- A mixtape by Dick El Demasiado, the roving artist-DJ and inventor of Experimental Cumbia, and a folktale of his effect by Gavan Blau; 
- Sam Szoke-Burke‘s investigation and mixtape of teenage dance music from Lisbon-via-Angola; 
- Slavs and Tatars on the faculty of the apricot, the mulberry, the persimmon, the watermelon, etc;
- Excerpts from Melanie Gilligan‘s Popular Unrest and Marcus Herse‘s Galleria;
- Takuji Kogo and Federico Baranello (as *Candy Factory Projects) contribute a series of through-composed online job advertisements in several different languages; 
- Sean Dockray presents a lecture on the state-funded Facebook data centre in Sweden, asking three friends who influenced the text to re-record the words of the lecture; 
- Emily Floyd contributed our regular rebus puzzle by way of Millet and Agnes Varda;
- Oscar Perry slips us a bootlegged versionof Melbourne Now, a blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria;
- Mike Bulajewski gives a history of the politics of distributed unionism in software development best practices, and Lesley Gourlay on contemporary digital education in the UK; 
A livestream of Channel G in its entirety—a season of experimental television and anarchic laconicism led by Sean Peoples featuring original programming by over 100 Melbourne-based artists—and a review by Kelly Fliedner.
- & more…

Edited by Rowan McNaughtKelly Fliedner

Read this issue of the journal / Follow WSJ on Twitter / info [​at​] westspacejournal.org.au 

West Space gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the City of Melbourne through its Arts and Culture Triennial Program. West Space also receives funds from Creative Partnerships Australia and is a member of CAOs, Contemporary Art Organisations Australia. The West Space Journal is made possible by the VCA & MCM Professional Pathways program at the University of Melbourne, supported by the State Government through Arts Victoria.


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