In this playful, thoughtful and dynamic intersection of art and nonfiction, panellists showcase and discuss the theory and practice of writing in the expanded field, performative collaborative texts in artist-led publishing, and convergences between humans, nature, technology and art.
David Carlin‘s nonfiction books include The After-Normal: Brief Alphabetical Essays on a Changing Planet (2019), 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder (2019), The Abyssinian Contortionist (2015), and Our Father Who Wasn’t There (2010). He also co-edited The Near and the Far, Vols 1 & 2, two anthologies of new Asian and Australian writing. His award-winning essays have been published widely, including in Hunger Mountain, Overland, Meanjin, LitHub, Terrain.org, Essay Daily, Griffith Review and Westerly, and he has written and directed for film, theatre, circus and radio. David is co-president of NonfictioNOW, and Professor of Creative Writing at RMIT University, where he co-founded the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange (WrICE) program and the non/fictionLab.
Lucinda Strahan is a writer and researcher of expanded nonfiction. She is the curator and program leader of ‘Writing in the Expanded Field’ at ACCA and editor of its annual journal. Lucinda’s own expanded writing practice spans journalism and arts criticism, autoethnographic and personal essaying, arts editing and publishing, academic and critical writing, and experimental literary-visual works. She is the currently Writer in Residence at Linden New Art, St Kilda, and has previously been Writer in Residence at Grey Projects, Singapore. Her literary-visual essay A Redacted History was nominated in the US for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. Lucinda is also a researcher in the non/fictionLab at RMIT and a lecturer in the Professional Communication program.
Kiara Lindsay is a poet. She completed her Honours at the University of Melbourne in 2017, specialising in screenwriting. Alongside Bridget Gilmartin, she co-edits Inhabit Journal and hosts a reading series called Evening Swim. In 2018, Kiara was the recipient of the H. B. Higgins Poetry Scholarship and a writer in the ‘Writing in the Expanded Field’ program at ACCA. She was also a 2019 Emerging Writer’s Festival Writer in Residence at the Melbourne Recital Centre. You can find her work in journals like Stilts, The Lifted Brow and Rabbit.
Cristina Margherita Napoleone is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Melbourne on Woiworung and Boonwurrung country. She has a background in geography with emphases in environmental ethics, post-humanism, and climate communication from the University of Melbourne and the University of California, Berkeley. Cristina’s studies have informed her work in virtual and mixed reality, live audio-visual projections, photography, and writing. She frequently collaborates with San Francisco based Emergence Magazine and Go Project Films on a variety of projects, including an immersive VR botanical installation for Austin’s SXSW in 2018 for the award-winning Sanctuaries of Silence. In January 2020, Cristina founded TERRAIN Projects, an initiative that creates playful physical and digital spaces to remind humans that they are embedded in a more-than-human world.
Fayen d’Evie is an artist and writer living on unceded Dja Dja Wurrung Country. She has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally, presenting collaborative projects that resist spectatorship by inviting audiences into sensorial readings of artworks. Fayen is the founder of independent imprint 3-ply, which approaches publishing as an experimental site for the creation, mutation, dispersal and archiving of texts. With artist Katie West, Fayen co-founded the Museum Incognita, a project grounded in custodial ethics. In 2019 Fayen joined the Board of Directors of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).
Lizzie Boon is an emerging writer and artist-designer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her practice engages with experimental writing and alternate publishing as a space for expanded perceptual translation, explication and distribution. In an often collaborative role, she considers the mutable and performative possibilities of writing and reading, particularly in the crossover of curatorial, publishing and conservation contexts. She is currently the registrar and curatorial assistant at Negative Press, archiving the prints of Australian artist John Nixon. Her recent projects include writing and design contributions to Bookworks in collaboration with Adam Cruickshank, Monash Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2019; The People’s Library in collaboration with Fayen d’Evie and Izzy Hardisty, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart 2018; and Being as Becoming, Bus Projects, 2018.