Seeing you laugh and not knowing what you are laughing about. Seeing you cry and wanting to cry with you. Seeing someone look at you and feeling the weight of their stare. Seeing you over there and wishing you were here with me.

Ships in the Night is a series of love-letters-as-podcasts between artworks floating in the Next Wave Festival 2016. These fictional texts and recordings respond to the aesthetic and conceptual elements of the various projects they riff off to weave strange and generative conversations between each. The project also included live readings of some of these letters at West Space, Gertrude Contemporary and the Meat Market during the Festival.

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The Ships in the Night website is here and it is designed by Rowan McNaught. The project was developed for Next Wave Festival 2016, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and The Margaret Lawrence Bequest.

Ships in the night is part of an ongoing project called On the beach—a podcast, that among other things, is interested in the intersection of contemporary art practice and fiction. On the beach is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Images: Live readings of Ships in the Night by Lee Bailey.