Google Reviews is an ongoing writing project by Kelly Fliedner, housed in Google Maps’ review platform. Google Reviews are each a maximum of 4000 characters. Google Reviews might be a little difficult to understand. Google Reviews may potentially be unhelpful. Google Reviews attemps to be poetic and lyrical. Google Reviews is intended for the unsuspecting. Google Reviews will continue until it is found by a Google algorithm and removed by Google Inc.  

Thus far the following locations have been reviewed... 

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.

The Bureau of Writing is a collaborative writing program designed for artists and presented alongside the 20th Biennale in association with Artspace. Conceived to highlight emerging or underrepresented practices in art and writing, it is inspired by key concepts explored in The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed: the ‘in-between’, and the blurring of traditional boundaries between art forms.

Increasingly, visual arts practitioners are working collaboratively and on the fringes of other disciplines; equally, contemporary writing practices merge genres, and engage with virtual and physical spaces. This project aims to encourage these conversations and explore the ways in which different disciplines fold into contemporary writing.

Australian and international artists, curators, writers, academics and participants in the 20th Biennale participate in a series of talks, public programs and workshops that will explore such questions as: How might writing constitute performance? How is meaning produced through language? How has our understanding of text been changed through experimental, performative, feminist, queer and ficto-critical writing practices? What online spaces and methods are being used for writing today?

For more information about the The Bureau of Writing...