Astrid Lorange is a writer, artist and teacher. She lectures at UNSW Art & Design. She has published essays, poems, and How Reading is Written: A Brief Index to Gertrude Stein (Wesleyan University Press, 2014). She is one-half of the critical art collective Snack Syndicate
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Theory of the Gimmick: Aesthetic Judgment and Capitalist Form
by Sianne Ngai
Harvard University Press
Published 16 March 2022
The gimmick, is, therefore, perhaps the aesthetic category that captures the affective experience of life as mediated by the capital relation. The gimmick names the ambivalent judgement by which we come to apprehend the very process through which capitalism reproduces itself, and the abstractions that naturalise that process. When we judge something to be a gimmick, we are experiencing ‘dissatisfaction—mixed, for all this, with fascination—linked to our perception of an object making untrustworthy claims about the saving of time, the reduction of labor, and the expansion of value’.
by Simryn Gill with Tom Melick and Catherine de Zegher
Art Gallery of NSW and Stolon Press
Published November 2022
18 loose sheets (folded to 72 pages) plus a 28-page booklet insert
Silverfish, Weevil, Ibis
This object might best be thought of as an ecology, a network of living, changing relations. We woke up early the other morning to read a little before the day became dominated by the rhythms of work. Our cat hurried into the front room, punctuating the silence with a series of yells that seemed to announce his surprise at finding us awake at this hour, and then stretched out on the firm yet inviting pages of the object in question. These pages invite use, suggest inhabitation, become part of the fabric of the house.
God Was Right
by Diana Hamilton
Ugly Duckling Presse
Published November, 2018
by Trisha Low
Coffee House Press
Published August, 2019
Forging the Declaration
Cook appears, in Namatjira’s paintings, a reminder, remainder, corpse, trace, or ghost: a symbol of the repeated and the repeatable, the rule of law, and the law of the father. He signifies the continuity of settler sovereignty in the body of the current Queen, and the continuity of invasion in the form of a constant companion.
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by LK Holt
Labour and Other Poems
by Astrid Lorange
Published January 2020
Where Do We Park?
Bodies get hungry, and I’m at the table, telling birth stories, and so is LK Holt, and so is Astrid Lorange. We don’t always agree, but at last we’re talking loud enough for everyone to hear, and join in the conversation. We’re talking about the birth, and everything that happened before and after. We’ve all brought something to the table. It’s revolutionary, sitting here. There’s a spare seat for everyone who’s laboured, and that’s all of us, one way or another.