through tongues through touching through tempers through bleeding through bending through spit through showers through promise through pupils through counting through communion through eclipse through collapse through exclusion through correction through waiting through glasses through guessing through tanks through teens through chains through code through clams through
through poetry through philosophy through writers through artists through listening through thinking through bodies through brains
Feminist collective Brainlina—hosts of discussions, screenings and reading groups in their own home—will reach out to five living rooms across Melbourne’s inner-north over five evenings of the Festival, to share five new collaborative texts. Through love: five feminist perspectives directs the minds of artists, writers and academics towards the nature and operation of this elusive emotion—love—within contemporary society.
Sun 8 May 5pm
Odette Kelada and Dianne Jones
Whose bodies become ‘loveable’ or ‘unloveable’ within the logic of national identity? How is love displaced or colonised in discourses of multiculturalism and reconciliation? How might a political analysis of love complicate ideals of charity, comfort or goodness?
Join us for a conversation with academic Odette Kelada and artist Dianne Jones as we talk through the ways that love operates to construct and control the borders of self and nation.
The conversation will be accompanied by an introductory text on their work.
Odette Kelada is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne who researches and publishes on whiteness, race, colonisation and feminism in Australian writing and the arts. Dianne Jones is a Nyungar photomedia artist whose work deals with Indigenous cultural history.
Tue 10 May 6pm
Interview with Juliet Brough Rogers
Inquiring into her recent work around the meaning and practice of resistance, join us for a conversation with academic Juliet Brough Rogers, where we hope to consider love’s relation to law, to mourning and to the possibility and paradox of falling.
The conversation will be accompanied by an introductory text on her work.
Dr Juliet Brough Rogers is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and is a Fellow at the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, University of Bologna, Italy. Roger’s research areas include psychoanalytic examinations of remorse, torture and the law.
Sun 15th May 5pm
Through an evening of poetry readings, short films and the launch of new texts, andalltheglassjars hope to excavate the ways in which love seeps in, out and through different bodies, human or otherwise.
Intimating an intersectional politics, this digging will go deep, expansively thinking through the ways in which bodies are cut up, managed and worked upon by the loving hands of unjust powers.
andalltheglassjars is a collaborative project between two queer artists living on Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri country. Their practice tends to involve text and image-based work, critical enquiry, and autoethnography. They are particularly interested in hybrid forms of communication and the potential of in-betweenness.
Tue 17 May 6pm
through translation will celebrate the launch of series of texts written by Kaho Hashimoto. Responding to different aspects and spaces of the house itself, Hashimoto will reflect on the complex ways in which intimacy is staged and dislocated within language.
I feel a lot and I write
and I feel a little more and I make art
and I feel a lot more and paint things blue
these days all my friends are in love
and my iPhone 4 doesn’t seem to recognise that my touches are human
Sun 22nd May 5pm
Breathing in breathing out, shoulders touching, sneakers soaking, reading minds together… all while Certainty awaits…
On a Sunday evening come together to join in a performance of collective silent reading.
Rosie Isaac is a Melbourne-based artist engaged with performance, video and writing. Coalescing around the form of the dialogic script, her recent work draws on and reconfigures the official language of public space, allegorical figures and casual conversation, in an attempt to negotiate the slippery terrain of words becoming ideas becoming bodies becoming personifications, and the modes of power at work in these distinct forms.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, The Margaret Lawrence Bequest and City of Yarra.