Archive: Arena Quarterly #15

Rubbing/Loving: Do Ho Suh at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Suh invite us to rethink the relationship between structure and agency, and in a novel way that neither romanticises the disadvantaged position of the subjects of capitalism nor absolutises the structure that these same subjects have constituted.

The Elusiveness of Young Donald

Here we were amid the postmodern Kosovo poets and deluxe BDSM photoessay collections, permanently waiting to realise our potential, a ‘lucky country, of second rate men, who share its luck’.

The Universities and Israel

In counterpoint to so much circulating about a victimised Israel, Riemer’s book is a work of ethical and affective commitment in which the latter, perforce, is animated by the former.

Ahmed Faraz, Poet of Love and Hope

In Pakistan, where the poor have little recourse to justice, poetry accompanies and comforts those living a harsh existence.

The Government is Criminal!: The Robodebt report is to be commended, but there are deeper social processes in play

John Hinkson

7 Nov 2023

The accusation that a government is criminal is usually a throw-away line, a sign of disaffection over some action that outsiders or opponents regard as immoral. It is not actually a legal claim. In its stronger forms, it may be a wish that the act in question could be addressed legally, but usually it is a statement based in political division.

Indian Rope Trick?: The US thinks India is no more than an anti-China bulwark while Modi remakes Asia

Binoy Kampmark

7 Nov 2023

In all of the foamy self-congratulatory rituals, it was hard to forget that Modi was banned from travelling to the United States in 2005...

Gas Town, Darwin: Greenwashing fossil fuel expansion in northern Australia

That the Australian taxpayer is funding this dystopian vision during an escalating climate crisis is a national scandal.

The Password is ‘Sugar’

A prolegomenon to the indirect contributions of Atlantic chattel-slaveries to the revolution inside capital

On the Climate Frontline: Talking to survivors of the Northern Rivers catastrophe

Accounts are visceral and distressing: of last moment escapes through windows and scrambled rescues from rooftops; of witnessing raw destruction and surreal chaos; of the terror of children, the aged and vulnerable; of the horror and the pity of drowning animals.

A Culture of Remembrance?

Erinnerungskultur, or culture of remembrance, conveys the idea that the memory of Germany’s past needs to be permanently woven into both its political and its everyday culture.

Still Fighting the Frontier Wars

Taking a thoroughly Orwellian approach, Katter’s Australian Party’s ‘Newspeak’ produces a twisted white supremacist discourse that easily forgets the killing times.

Settler Nationalism and Progressive Discourse

Even searching accounts of Australia’s founding can’t resist the assimilationist logic they expose.