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UPDATE | What’s going on in there?

January 15, 2014


In writing I Spy … Scenes from micro-suburbia, we partly sought to highlight the ways in which domestic or private spaces spill into public, social and community experiences in sububan areas. We commented at the release of the booklet that we would continue to explore our locality and update it with interesting and notable practices […]

PAST | Reading the landscape

March 12, 2013


I’m writing at the meeting point of a few writings and threads, including my current immersion in revising the workshop for Long Time, No See? for which I’m addressing the recognition of traditional owners and this has triggered some connections … Aspley is located in the traditional territories of the Turrbal people who occupied the […]

COMMUNITY | Thinking, Caring, Uncommon

March 3, 2013


Ideas and practices of community are not only integral to my current project involvement with Long Time, No See? but also to my work more generally. I have an interest in the practice of community in terms of what that means for participation and the development of communities of change or communities of care. Here, […]

WALK | How people connect

April 9, 2012


This weekend, I walked around my locality with a colleague and friend to discuss a creative project he is working on. The project involved an engagement with the social and cultural dimensions of localities like mine. And so, at my invitation, he visited and we walked and talked – the purpose of the walk was […]

MYTHBUSTING | #2 Whiter than white

February 2, 2012


Recently I’ve started to note references to ‘ethnoburbs‘ and commentaries about the cultural diversity of suburban communities. The view of suburbs as culturally homogenous is gradually subsiding. I’ve written about suburban whiteness in other posts, partly reflecting on my own growing up in an unbearably white suburb and an education system that was a machine […]

TEXT | You Better Run to the City of Refuge

January 29, 2012


An article written in 1995 for the 4ZZZ 15th anniversary magazine, Sounds Like a Jilted Generation, edited by Jane Doyle. Ideas about heterotopia, territory, community and politics.

WRITE | A journalism of the everyday

January 16, 2012


In an interview, one of the founders of Cane Toad Times talks about using the magazine to develop a journalism of the everyday. (Cane Toad Times was a satirical magazine produced in Brisbane in the 1980s and there is an exhibition at the State Library.) A journalism of the everyday. It’s a rather poetic way […]

EXTRACT | Suburbs are the front line

December 6, 2011


Despite my best intentions, I didn’t engage with Lifeboat Cities by Brendan Gleeson when it was released in 2010. Some of the ideas about suburbs expressed in Heartlands are carried through this work. In an article published on The Fifth Estate, he discusses Lifeboat Cities and its address of the challenges facing cities with consideration […]

PS | Bunya Pine III

December 1, 2011


Not long ago I wrote a post and co-produced an artists book about the removal of a majestic bunya pine from the grounds of the Aspley Hotel. With the A-frame sign suddenly appearing on the footpath inviting people inside, I presume that the tree was removed to open up  the side/rear entrance. Though perhaps pruning […]

TEXT | The earth and the world

November 28, 2011


I’m attempting to develop my geographic knowledge and spatial thinking in ways that diffuse some of the disciplinary boundaries. While I have a growing interest in this field, I have only a rudimentary understanding of it, primarily through the critical and cultural geographies that have filtered through my significantly humanities readings and writings. My work […]