Andrew Brooks is a writer, editor, artist, and teacher who lives on unceded Wangal land. He is a lecturer in the School of Arts and Media at UNSW whose work investigates media and mediation, infrastructural inequalities and policing, race and racialisation, and aesthetics. With Astrid Lorange, he is one half of the critical art collective Snack Syndicate and their book, Homework, was published by Discipline in 2021. He is also the author of the poetry collection, Inferno, published by Rosa Press in 2021.
Photo: Jonno Revanche
All essays by Andrew Brooks
by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten
Published June 2021
Always Incomplete: A Mixtape after Moten and Harney
We continue to study and dance and sing and eat in order that we might remind each other of our own incompleteness and continue to assemble again and again and again. Or we make a mixtape so that we might feel the intensity of pleasure, and in doing so find our way back to the principle of incompletion – a small reminder that undercommon sociality cannot be stilled by enclosure of flesh and land that is the imposition of private property.
Why Race Still Matters
by Alana Lentin
Published April 2020
Race Still Matters
Lentin’s objective in Why Race Still Matters is to provide analytic tools that foster anti-racist struggles and encourage coalitional politics. She insists that race still matters because race is still a structure of domination that produces misery and inequality. She tells us that race still matters because racists still exist. And she articulates the value of an epistemology that foregrounds the standpoint of those who experience racism without slipping uncritically into a performance of deference that fragments collectivity. Why Race Still Matters is a vital book for those who wish to understand race, and more importantly, desire to make it matter less.
In the heat of this unfolding crisis, vice-chancellors accidentally reveal the underlying logics of the spreadsheet. Budgets must be reduced, savings must be made; they tell us this as they consult the spreadsheet that surrounds them like a moat. The spreadsheet contains hard data, raw data, objective truths, they say. The numbers don’t lie. But the document is as much an operation of judgement as it is one of fiscal analysis; the spreadsheet obscures as much as it reveals.
Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval
by Saidiya Hartman
W. W. Norton & Company
Published June, 2019
Lately, I have been asking myself why it is that Black Feminist study is so central to my understanding of how to live a political life. Why, as a Brown settler also shaped by colonialism and living on Indigenous land in the place often referred to as Australia, do I find myself reading and re-reading Saidiya Hartman’s work? What is it that Black study offers?