What are you reading/ watching/listening to at the moment? Would you recommend it?

What are you reading/ watching/listening to at the moment? Would you recommend it?

I get into all sorts of subjects and like to consider the interrelationship between them. I suppose my ultimate aim in this is thinking up a definition of health, that actually benefits our social emotional and physical wellbeing. This all relates back to two major topics, decolonisation and integrative medicine. The main thing I would recommend is the article Some Thoughts on the Philosophical Underpinnings of Aboriginal Worldviews by Mary Graham.

Katie West

What are you reading/ watching/listening to at the moment? Would you recommend it?

In October/November 2015 I studied my first yoga teacher training course. Part of our philosophical discussions are instigated by a book titled ‘Light on the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali’ by Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (B.K.S) Iyengar, the founder of the ‘Iyengar Yoga’ style and one of the most historically important teachers of yoga as a philosophy, which incorporates the physical practice which westerners more broadly understand as yoga. He passed away last year at age 95.

In ‘Light on the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali’, Iyengar provides his commentary on the Sūtras – the threads which make up ‘classical’ yogic philosophy- originally written by sage, Patañjali.

This book is a great first dive into yoga philosophy, along with ‘The Bhagavad Gita‘, a classic Indian scripture speaking of the Hindu/Yogic spiritual philosophy in the form of poetic narrative prose, which I highly recommend.

Lilian Steiner

What are you reading/ watching/listening to at the moment? Would you recommend it?

I have been happily stuck in an Arthur Russell hole these past few months, revisiting and discovering a bunch of his bootlegged recordings.

I have been watching hours and hours of youtube clips surrounding the US primary presidential elections, mostly Bernie Sanders interviews and political commentary mash ups of his addresses at various rallies.

I (finally) just finished Cruising Utopia by José Esteban Muñoz.  I have been pretending that I read that book for months now.

I highly recommend listening to, watching and reading all of these.

Nat Randall

What are you reading/ watching/listening to at the moment? Would you recommend it?

I am reading Her smoke rose up forever by James Tiptree Junior. It’s some amazing old school feminist sci fi short stories. James Tiptree Junior is a male pseudonym because people don’t take women seriously. I’m watching Tina Satter’s The Seagull (Thinking Of You), a live recording of her stage play because it never played in Australia and I really like her work. I would recommend both these things strongly.

Rachel Perks

What are you reading/ watching/listening to at the moment? Would you recommend it?

I inevitably get stuck watching the best and worst of the internet – cat videos. No I would not recommend them as they suck all your time. However, they link to a book I read recently – Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? Memes, Design, Politics by Metahaven – which details how jokes could be a way to escape from capitalist realism, and specifically, online designed memes. This really caught my attention, as I’m interested in designs role in disrupting and dismantling the neoliberal grip on our lives. Though ultimately the book permitted me to conduct more ‘research’ by watching more cat videos.

Ben Landau

What are you reading/ watching/listening to at the moment? Would you recommend it?

For this project I’m reading;

Deja vu and the end of history, Paulo Virno

Key Writings, Henri Bergson

Bergsonism, Gilles Deleuze

The Life of the Mind, Hannah Arendt

The Three Ecologies, Félix Guattari

Soft Subversions, Félix Guattari

The Severed Head, Julia Kristeva

Oblivion, Marc Augé

Out of Time Lynne Seagull

The Truth, Pauline Hanson

Memoirs of the Twentieth Century, Samuel Madden

History as An Art, Bertrand Russell

After Diana, published by Verso

The Illusion of the End, Jean Baudrillard

The Perfect Crime, Jean Baudrillard

Infancy and History, Giorgio Agamben

Illuminations, Walter Benjamin

Enoch Soames, Max Beerbohm

Basics of Artistic Research, Ontological, Epistmelogical and Historical, Juha Varto

But also there’s heaps more, this is just what’s on my desk and there so much more I want/intend to read.

Daniel Jenatsch

What are you reading/ watching/listening to at the moment? Would you recommend it?

I’m watching a lot of youtube videos of the Royal Family – a hip hop group from New Zealand. And a series called Transparent.

I’m reading Roberta Sykes autobiography of a black woman – Snake Dreaming. She’s my hero.

I’m listening to GUERRE, Black Vanilla, Sampa The Great, Princess Nokia, Tinashe, TY Dolla $ign, the new Jeremih, Rihanna, Sade and Bryson Tiller.

I highly recommend all of the above.

Amrita Hepi

What are you reading/ watching/listening to at the moment? Would you recommend it?

Reading: I tend to read many things at any one time, currently they are: The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino and The Crystal World by J.G. Ballard, both of which I would recommend; and Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams, which I would recommend because it is generally very informative, and also fucking terrifying. I’m also reading Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation by the collective Laboria Cuboniks, and Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto.

Watching: The scene from Metropolis where Maria dances. On repeat. It’s so good. Films about or set in deserts… Zabriskie Point, Fata Morgana, Woman of the Dunes, etc.

Listening: Wave Systems by CORIN

Angela Goh

What are you reading/ watching/listening to at the moment? Would you recommend it?

I am reading “Women of Will – Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays” by Tina Packer. Tina, who I met through my study and work with Shakespeare & Company in the U.S.A is a force of nature. She is the founder of Shakespeare & Company in the U.S.A and pioneer of radical actor training and Shakespeare performance. So intelligent, fierce, scary and revolutionary.

I am listening to Beyoncé, a lot of Beyoncé. I really love her work. It is spring time and Beyoncé is the soundtrack to my current mood, which is high energy, fierce, fun and pumpin’. I have been spending a lot of time dancing around to Beyoncé lately. Another secret habit of mine lately is when I’m doing the dishes I blast the karaoke version of “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston or “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper and sing really loudly. Until my one of my flatmates comes home…

I am watching “The Beautiful Lie”, a new Australian drama my friend just put me on to. I think it’s great. An unusual and honest drama. I never quite know where the action is going to go and the storytelling is very human.

Janie Gibson

What are you reading/ watching/listening to at the moment? Would you recommend it?

On my desk is Laurence Sterne’s The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, gentleman. I probably would not recommend it. It is funny, but also incredibly dated and a bit elitist. I have found it interesting as an example of post-modern-esque fiction that is completely before its time. Coming through my speakers right now is Ugly Casanova’s album Sharpen Your Teeth. I don’t listen to them often or anything, but they have been lingering in my iTunes for almost a decade.

Benjamin Forster

What are you reading/ watching/listening to at the moment? Would you recommend it?

Listening to the podcast You Must Remember This by Karina Longworth. Her series on Charles Manson’s Hollywood is captivating and includes episodes on the history of Manson in relation to Pony Express favs Kenneth Anger and Dennis Wilson. Her show is what we discuss when we aren’t obsessing over work. Reading Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation by Laboria Cuboniks. The hottest manifesto of the moment! Watching video art by Lu Yang. Start with Uterus Man. Listening to SODA lite. Our musical dream date.

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