Writing in the Expanded Field
ACCA & non/fictionLab RMIT
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Nicole Brimmer
Reading Between the Lines

Nicole Brimmer is an emerging artist and writer with a background in visual art and communication design. She is interested in the hybridization and juxtaposition of literary and art genres. She recently published her first pieces of writing on rhizomes.net an independent academic journal in America and on ABC open. Her work is a reflection of everyday life in the city and industrially designed environments in contrast to processes from the natural world. She loves juxtaposing an recontextualizing these elements to question consumerist tendencies. Nicole is also a current volunteer at ACCA.

Andy Butler
A Gig Economy

Andy Butler is a writer, curator and artist. His writing on art and politics has been published widely, including in The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, Art+Australia, Overland, Runway, and in catalogues for major arts institutions. He has curated exhibitions and shown his own work at artist run initiatives and public galleries, and appeared at writers’ festivals nationally and internationally. Andy has undertaken writing and artist residencies nationally and overseas, most notably RMIT's Writers' Immersion and Cultural Exchange (WrICE) to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and a 2019 Asialink creative exchange with Green Papaya Art Projects in Manila, Philippines. He sits on the board of SEVENTH Gallery and is a co-director of Mailbox Art Space.

Fayen d'Evie + Jessica Lehmann + Eva Balog
Breath as...

Fayen d'Evie is an artist, writer, and curator. Her projects are often conversational and collaborative, and resist spectatorship by activating diverse audiences in embodied readings of artworks. Fayen advocates the radical potential for blindness, arguing that blindness agitates ocularcentric norms. With artist Katie West, Fayen co-founded the Museum Incognita, and she is also the founder of 3-ply, which investigates artist-led publishing as an experimental site for the creation, dispersal, translation, and archiving of texts. Fayen is currently a candidate for a PhD in Curatorial Practice at Monash University. Born in Malaysia, and raised in Aotearoa/New Zealand, she now lives in the Ironbark bushlands of Dja Dja Wurrung country, Australia.

Jessica Lehmann recently completed a Bachelor of Art History and Curating at Monash University and currently works as an Interior Designer. The writing/artistic practice she persists at is embodied and spatially sensitive with excessive attention to details and interests in the ephemeral, conceptual, non-patriarchal, non-linear and the performative/soundscape.

Eva Balog is an emerging writer, curator and arts worker from Sydney, Australia. In 2018 she completed a degree in Art History and Curating at Monash University, Melbourne, which prompted her to develop her own writing practice and curatorial methodology. Eva explores the idea that linguistic resources govern the way an individual can experience and move through gallery spaces. Using writing and physical interaction with these spaces, Evaaims to counter and expose this phenomenon. Eva collaborated on project for Writing in the Expanded Field , which focused on breath as a form of bodily writing in interaction with Eva Rothschild’s exhibition, Cosmos .

Anna Farago + Nancy Mauro Flude

Anna Farago is a Melbourne visual artist and teacher. Recent exhibitions include Materiality at Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn (2017), No Woman is and Island at Blindside, Melbourne (2017) A Crafted History: People and Place at ArtSpace, Realm, Maroondah (2016) and solo show Stitching Place at Montsalvat (2016). Anna was a finalist in the Nillumbik Prize (2018, 2016), the Mary & Lou Senini Textile Art Award (2017) and Artist-in-Residence at Darebin Parklands, Alphington (2015/16). She has been exhibiting since 2003 and has work in private and public collections nationally and internationally. She is currently a MA Research candidate at Federation University, Ballarat.

Monique Grbec
A Jungian Dream Interpretation

Monique Grbec is a Wiradjuri writer. A child of the stolen generations she is interested in the generational effects of institutionalisation, and the White Australia Policy. Her lifework is fundamentally text based and addressed through the lens of Indigenous Standpoint Theory. In 2017, she was the winner of the Lord Mayor’s Life Writing Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for The Secret Darkness. She has also written reviews and essays for A+a Online, IndigenousX and Meanjin. She is a currently part of the New Review Program and in 2017 she took part in Yirramboi’s Blak Critics program.

Maria Griffin
Girl, moving.

Maria Griffin is a writer and arts worker. She was a founding member of First Floor artists and writers space in the 90s where she exhibited and wrote essays for other artists’ exhibitions. Her reviews, poetry and prose have appeared recently in: Southerly (issue 78.2, February 2019), Right Now, Not Very Quiet, Talking Writing, StylusLit, and Pink Cover Zine.

Loni Jeffs

Loni Jeffs is a writer and editor based in Melbourne. She has previously worked with organisations such as KINGS Artist-Run, George Paton Gallery, Un Projects and RMIT's non/fictionLab.

Anabelle Lacroix
Intentions, Reflections
Anabelle lacroix is ACCA’s curator for public programs. She has worked on local and international projects with Asialink (2012), Liquid Architecture as a curator, program manager and general manager (2014-2017) and Melbourne Festival where she produced the visual art program (2016-2017). She is also a freelance curator and writer with experience across ARIs, independent organisations and institutions. With Maria Miranda she co-edited An Act of Showing: rethinking artist-run initiatives through place, published by Unlikely, 2018.

Kiara Lindsay
A Response to Kosmos

Kiara Lindsay is a poet living in Melbourne. She completed her Honours in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne in 2017. Kiara is the founder and co-editor of ekphrastic literary journal, Inhabit. Her work has previously appeared in Visible Ink, Voiceworks and Lor Journal. She was the recipient of the H.B. Higgins Poetry Scholarship from the University of Melbourne in 2018.

Chloe Martin

Chloe Martin is a writer and performer. She writes scripts, journals, critique of contemporary performance, instructions for improvisation performance, and comedic fiction. Her most recent projects include tv series Deebrief and performing for Sam George and Lisa Radford at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. With Cie.Silex she created and performed Horizon for Yona Friedman (Belgium Triennale 2016). She has performed in London, Edinburgh and Paris as one half of mask duo Les Soeurs Souche, and created an Ode to Andrea Fraser with Estelle Hoy for Stillpoint Berlin. Chloe Martin is trained in mime and clown at the Lecoq school in Paris and took part in the Laboratory of Movement Studies to study sculpture and slapstick. She is a current Master candidate at Deakin University, and a current volunteer at ACCA.

Nancy Mauro-Flude

Nancy Mauro-Flude is a post Internet artist and performer who specialises in artisanal networks and visceral systems; she is interested in the demystification of technology, and the ‘mystification’ that lies in and through the performance of the machinic assemblage. Gray magics, hijackings, driftings and seizures of power are many of the sensitive and subversive subterfuges by which she urges, twist and explores the aesthetic politic of the open source spirit. Mauro-Flude has published, devised and curated extensively within the field of experimental art. Founder of Despoina's Critical Media Coven and leads the Post Digital Culture Studio at School of Design, RMIT. She is represented by Bett Gallery, Tasmania.

Jini Maxwell

Jini Maxwell is a poet and arts worker based in Birraranga. They co-edit The Lifted Brow, and previously directed National Young Writers Festival.

Ainslee Meredith
Gilt Void

Ainslee Meredith is a writer, paper conservator, and PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. Her current writing practice brings together her interests in archival conservation, critical theory and psychoanalysis, with articles on these topics published in The Lifted Brow and un Magazine in 2018. My poetry has been published in The Best Australian Poems 2013, Scum, Southerly, Going Down Swinging, Mascara Literary Review, and Voiceworks. My chapbook, Pinetorch, was published as part of the Express Media/Australian Poetry New Voices Series in 2013 and was shortlisted for that year’s FAW Anne Elder Award. I have also given readings, lectures and interviews at Gilgamesh Salon, the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, the National Young Writers’ Festival, The Wheeler Centre, The University of Melbourne, and on ‘Art Smitten’ (SYN FM) & ‘Final Draft’ (2SER).

Chantelle Mitchell
Locating Crypt Words in Sites of Being

Chantelle Mitchell is a writer and researcher whose practice explores experimental non-fiction, and non-fiction poetry. She has worked on numerous exhibition texts and publications, and has work featured in Plumwood Mountain Journal and Voiceworks, among others. This year, with editor Justin Wolfers (The Lifted Brow), she produced the fragmented curatorial text Harbouring Refusal engaging with legacies of mining, sediment, labour and art. Chantelle is also the coordinator of SEVENTH Gallery’s Emerging Writers Program.

Megan Payne
I tried Practising Solos

Megan Payne is a dancer, choreographer and writer living in Naarm. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (2013), Megan works with Russell Dumas’ Dance Exchange (Australia / NZ / France). Megan has ongoing working relationships with choreographers Shelley Lasica, Alice Heyward, Ellen Davies, Ivey Wawn, Leah Landau and Sarah Aikin. They have presented co-authored work in a range of contexts including the Melbourne Fringe Festival, TCB Art Inc, TBP-HQ, Bus Projects, TO DO/TO MAKE at 215 Albion Street, Brunswick and PS Artspace. Megan is studying Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. Their writing has appeared in Archer Magazine and This container zine.

Amaara Raheem

Amaara Raheem is a Sri Lankan born Australian choreographer, performer, and writer. Her practice interrogates processes of embodiment located in architectural contexts and her work takes multiple forms including performance, video installation, sound/song and text. She has presented in partnership with organisations including Dancehouse, Footscray Community Arts Centre, MPavilion, Critical Path (Sydney), Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), The Performance Arcade (Wellington), Four Dimension Spatial (Macau), Colombo Dance Platform (Sri Lanka), Access Gallery (Vancouver), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Ovalhouse (London), and Chisenhale Dance Space (London). Her writing has been published in Performance Research Journals - ‘On Generosity’ (forthcoming) and ‘Performing Writing’(Routledge, 2018), Global Performance Studies Online Journal (GPS), Performing Mobilities (ed. Mick Douglas), and LOGBOOK published by Access Gallery (Vancouver). Amaara is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture & Urban Design, RMIT University.

Raphael Solarsh

Raphael Solarsh is a writer, editor and reviewer with a creative practice that focuses on the intersection between narrative, lived experience and information technology. He is an arts reviewer, and published work in The Guardian and Writers Bloc. He also self-published a book of short works (Outliers: Stories of Searching) in 2015. Raphael wrote and built an enhanced and multimedia ebook (EAME) in ePub format, which demonstrated how reader-guided interactivity, non-text (image and sound) narrative and text narrative could be combined into a single, seamless creative non-fiction narrative as part of his Masters of Writing and Publishing at RMIT (2017). In conjunction with the EAME, he developed a creative practice model specifically for this style of narrative based on Possible Worlds Theory (PWT). PWT grew out of hypertext fiction, an early attempt at interactive, reader-driven storytelling.

Lucinda Strahan
Intentions, Permissions
Lucinda Strahan is a writer and researcher in the non/fictionLab at RMIT, and a Lecturer in the School of Media and Communication. The expanded field of writing is the creative practice method and key concept develop through her doctoral research into writing nonfiction at the University of Wollongong. Lucinda’s expanded writing practice includes publications and roles across journalism, arts criticism, academic writing, autoethnographic and personal essaying, and literary-visual works that span both literature and visual art. She has completed writing residencies at Grey Projects Singapore, and Linden New Art, Melbourne. Her literary-visual essay A Redacted History for dufunctmag.com was a nominated in the USA for a 2014 Pushcart Prize.

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