This month has been a bit wild, so we haven’t included a more detailed explanation of why we chose “protocol” as a good thing to compost. Nonetheless our reading group protocol demands we say something to whet your whistle, so here goes: Like other kinds of infrastructure, protocols can help us be together, well. This […]Read more "COMPOSTING #63: PROTOCOL"
We are planning this event just after latest IPCC report was released (dire), with large swaths of wildfire still raging where we live and where we don’t (again), and with COVID-19 case counts mounting (again). Some days, it is hard to muster the energy. In spite of all this – and because of all this […]Read more "COMPOSTING #62: We are here"
Dissolution, dissipation, conclusion, finish, outflow, ebbing… becoming again. As bodies of water, we are all flowing through one another–leaking, sponging, dripping, seeping. But as bodies of water we are also always becoming something else–unstating and dissolving our watery selves, to feed the liquid hunger of new lively desires. While the source of a river often […]Read more "COMPOSTING #61: ENDINGS"
There are many different (competing, contradictory and ultimately incommensurable) feminist positions on human labour today. To roughly map it onto a spectrum, at one end there remains the call for equality and equal opportunity within the hegemonic labour marketplace–more diverse CEOs, for example—and at the other end there is the question of who does the […]Read more "COMPOSTING #57 – #60: LABOUR (a series)"
What might it mean, in the context of planetary trauma, to seek and experience pleasure? What is the relationship between social and environmental justice, activism and ethics, on the one hand, and an attentiveness to and cultivation of what makes us feel good, on the other? In our current contexts of more-or-less social isolation, what […]Read more "COMPOSTING #56: PLEASURE"
Pursuing equality within patriarchal colonial and capitalist economies is a known problem for inclusive feminisms: especially those in the business of deconstructing the binary logics of gender, queering sexualities and pursuing anti-colonial and intersectional justice. And yet, liberal notions of equality remain important to many feminisms. Moreover, and arguably rightly so, inequality within patriarchal colonial […]Read more "COMPOSTING #55: EQUALITY"
Just as the smoke clears, the virus arrives. Given the challenges to respiration over the last few months, this composting is on breathing. What conditions make life breathable, and for whom? Which systems and relations choke and suffocate – and (how) can we cultivate conditions in which all bodies might breathe easy? What might the […]Read more "COMPOSTING #54: BREATH"
The university is a colonial, capitalist assemblage. ….should we, could we, compost it? In ‘COMPOSTING the university’, we gather, as we did in the devastation of this fiery Australian summer, to take stock of what is laid bare by crisis, seized now as we were then by the urgent call to build more tender worlds. […]Read more "COMPOSTING #53: Composting the University"
Join us for this COMPOSTING special event, a screening of two watery films by Jianni Tien and Bronte Dow, followed by a conversation with Astrida Neimanis. When: Thursday 5 March, 2020 7-9 pm Where: Frontyard, 228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville, NSW 2024 Viewings: Jianni Tien, HOLO(cene), HaloCline (2020, 10 min): Diving deep into the underground, HOLO(cene) […]Read more "COMPOSTING #52: DEPTHS"
How might we compost “climate justice” with the feminist, queer and decolonial ambits of this group? This set of texts and podcasts address issues of race, gender and political ontology that arise in attempts to ‘decolonise’ climate activism. They might lead us to discuss how fossil capitalism is being enacted and enforced via social-cultural and […]Read more "COMPOSTING #51: Climate Justice"