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Melbourne's cultural production exist under/above a unique(ly awful) set of
conditions. The epicenter of Australia’s cultural ambitions, it attracts a constant influx of
interstate participants, expatriating in search of a climate more accommodating of ambitions
beside pulling rocks out the ground.
Messina, the fat duck, ksubi, deliveroo.
The content is predetermined by its audience which is itself. An ARI’s patronage is regulated
through attention and prestige.
No one needs money, no one is going to starve, no one is getting evicted.
No one is poor, no one is rich.
The only worthy origin story is the median. Dress down. Marxism is the most acceptable political
engagement because of its perceived circumvention of identity and its distance from realistic
instrumentalisation lessening demands to action you will be commodified and flattened again to
honestly engage with survival has become radical and scorned go get sponsored by Gorman.
No one is visible, no one is invisible. Subjectivity is flattened and biography and context is
violently abstracted through spatial practice and the good taste of install. When no one gets
payed but doesnt need to, how do you keep track of who's winning, how do you know that
you're doing the right thing. Do a show at Kings, do a show at c3, do a show at
Bus, do a show at TCB, do a show at Westspace, do your MFA at Monash, die. Help fill the
archive. Pay the gallery fees for the next influx from Byron Bay of the well slept and gorgeous
offspring of retired mining oligarchs with surplus abject instagram capital. Ignore the blood
you can taste when you wake up. Forget what your great grandparents did that mean you are
allowed to paint. Radicalise to stop the guilt and shame. Pay for your residency in asialink. Pay
Christo Crocker for your install shots. Accrue Accrue Accrue, fuck the next New curator and
make sure they cum. Make yourself disappear, make your art disappear. The most successful
art/ist is that which can make itself most blank, reinforce the vacuum of whiteness. Change the
rules, call out the problematics until the problematics call you out. Nothing goes into the gallery
and nothing is allowed to leave. The body is universal and white. The revolution will be enacted
by polite white people with perfect form. Resist representation. The body should not be
literalised but abstracted. Its easier to think about if you don’t have to look at it. It’s easier not to
think about if you don’t have to look at it.
Melbourne art is a pyramid scheme negotiating self deception.
Melbourne is the most anxious city I’ve ever been to. Izzy told me she’d never
felt anxiety before she moved here how many 7/11 coffees can you drink in one day? What's
more destabilising than an economy that has removed capital survival and replaced it with a
sociality mediated through the deferral of meaning, this isn't new york though the stakes are so
low I’ve got vertigo.