Peril magazine Asian-Australian Arts & Culture Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:14:57 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 136619977 I’m dancing on the D-Floor too Sat, 09 Feb 2019 05:07:32 +0000 Let’s imagine for one moment that the powers in our universe were battled out on a disco dance floor. What would it look like if there were no women? But first, I want to ask the question on a smaller, but equally important, scale – why is it so difficult to find women in positions of leadership in politics, the corporate sphere and tech start ups? How do we become leaders, and get on the proverbial D-floor? And why is it so often that we just aren’t considered on the guest list in the first place? There have of course been movements toward change – take popular politics, all of the ‘firsts’ in female leadership in Investment Banking to Aviation Australia, and the most recent effects of Australia’s version of the #TimesUp Movement. But why are so many jobs still asking women to choose between her career and raising a Read More »

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Looking back to look forward Mon, 28 Jan 2019 21:14:11 +0000 This is a very particular time in the Australian calendar. Here, Christmas holidays and summer combine to create an extended feeling of languor and disorientation; the flurry of December’s capitalism cedes to subdued streets and a succession of sporting fixtures. In many of our coastal capitals, people flee to the beaches. Around about now, however, as children return to school and traffic mounts, it is clear the year has begun in earnest. And so it is for Peril. After a break in December and January, our team has been working on what 2019 looks like for Peril – our strategies and publication plans – all of which are filling us with excitement, and a certain amount of nerves. We have three exciting editions planned for this year, and we can’t wait for you to be a part of creating them. In the early part of 2019, for Edition 35: Man Up, Read More »

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EILEEN CHONG & CHARLENE WINFRED: MAP-MAKING Fri, 25 Jan 2019 04:30:00 +0000   On Map-Making I looked through my poetry, and there was Singapore, like a seed, or a root, across a family of poems. We begin with a map, and we trace the borders over and over, drawing and redrawing from memory, from experience, from imaginings. Where does home begin, and end? Where do our journeys take us, within and without our bodies and our minds? Does language begin before knowing? Does the image exist without language? All these unanswerable questions, but questions are important. We tell our stories, as true as we know how. What is real for one is fiction for another. We braid our knowledge, old into new; friends grow into sisters, the cord one of our own forging. This is alchemy: of making something from nothing, of making new from what is old, of making sense where there is none to be had. Leaving is a form Read More »

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Playlist: A Year Gone By Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:09:21 +0000 There was a mind-blowing amount of incredible music released in 2018. This week, You Don’t Sound Asian takes a look back on a killer year with our second instalment of a year gone by. You’ll tap your toes, you’ll sway, you might even shed a tear – these are some multidimensional AF tunes. Get ready for all sorts of You Don’t Sound Asian gold in 2019! To keep yourself posted on all new playlists (and other goodies), follow us on Soundcloud.

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YATENDER: 2-1 Sat, 22 Dec 2018 08:29:12 +0000 YATENDER: 2-1   I’ve always wanted to escape. Escape from myself, escape from my country, escape from reality. But I cannot as so many things are holding me back. Frustrated with the situation, I found another way to calm and heal myself, through movies, music and meeting up with new faces via Tinder. At first, they were just casual meet-ups to get to know different cultures and exchange life experiences, but it quickly turned into something more serious. I began to develop feelings, deeper connections with certain individuals after I’d met and spent time with them. It was fun and sad at the same time. My feelings went up and down and grew numb as each of those faces kept coming and going. It was like planting a tree, hoping it would bloom but also knowing it was not going to last long. I used to think about all of Read More »

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Anita Ratnam: Bringing Neo Bharatam to Australia Mon, 19 Nov 2018 03:17:37 +0000 I first watched Dr. Anita Ratnam perform when I was seven years old. Over the last two decades, I have followed her trajectory as an artist and went on to write a PhD about her work. Fifteen years ago, my mother commissioned a tour of Ratnam to the Middle East for a fundraiser. In less than two weeks, she will be sharing her craft on Victorian shores in a tour steered by NIDA in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria, and supported by Arts Centre Melbourne, St. Martin’s Youth Arts Centre and Chunky Move. I, for one, am personally very excited for Melburnian audiences to experience Ratnam’s aesthetic, and in this essay I provide a birdseye view of the breadth of her repertoire. You can purchase tickets to her solo performance of Ma3Ka and artist talk on December 1st at Chunky Move here. Showing for one night only followed by a Read More »

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Exponential becomings: Daniel Kok and Miho Shimizu’s xhe Mon, 05 Nov 2018 01:13:26 +0000 Stepping into the fantasy of Daniel Kok and Miho Shimizu’s xhe beholds an immediate amplification of the senses. Their world borders between the vicissitudes of childlike fragility and maximal emotion, one where you can’t – even for a second – look away. Its psychedelic surfaces thrive with toys and objects ordinarily found in a kindergarten, suddenly made strange in its divorce from such context. Geometric cardboard cut outs, stick pyramids, plushie toys, foam wedges, and blankets fashioned into avant-garde dress splay in wild colours across the stage, a space enclosed by two walls patterned in similar frenzy. As audience members, we are invited to walk through the mix, to touch and play with the items laid out if the desire strikes, or otherwise, free to sit in the sidelines to observe the action unfolding. At a certain point during xhe’s debut performance at Performance Space’s Liveworks Festival, Kok whips a Read More »

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MATTHEW VICTOR PASTOR: MELODRAMA / RANDOM / MELBOURNE! Sun, 28 Oct 2018 04:34:15 +0000   MELODRAMA / RANDOM / MELBOURNE! is an experimental feature film, part two of a Fil-Aus (Filipino-Australian) trilogy. All three films use the sentimentality of cinema to explore Filipino identity in Australia. Part one, I am JUPITER I am the BIGGEST PLANET, is a silent film; part three, MAGANDA! Pinoy Boy vs Milk Man, is a Filipino exploitation film. MELODRAMA / RANDOM / MELBOURNE! is a documentary, drama and ‘glorious cinema-o-ke’, that explores the intersection of gender and race through fragmented images set to pop-punk tunes.   My work has always been about the marginalised and those on the fringes. I wanted to highlight a side of Australia not shown in film narratives. I wanted to show the CBD of Melbourne and all its Asian influences. I wanted to take a pencil to the jugular of broken masculinity and highlight the long-suffering experiences of some of the women of my heritage.   Aries Santos says Read More »

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Reflections on ritual / resistance Sun, 28 Oct 2018 00:27:54 +0000 Ritual / Resistance, an exhibition presented by Peril this October as part of Edition 34: Skin in the Game, showcased the works of Asian-Australian and Indigenous artists based in Sydney, Melbourne and internationally. The exhibition approached questions of ritual and transformation, exploring the way in which individuals perform and express cultural inheritance, whilst acknowledging that the experience of diasporas is one of renewal, of liminality, always in flux. Placing culture as a site of resistance, the artists illuminated musings on memory, transience, and the embodied geographies that are carried across time and space. Moving towards a complex understanding of migratory experiences, this exhibition sought to offer a rumination on what it means to be a settler-migrant, living and creating on the sovereign lands of the Gadigal people. With art by Kalanjay Dhir, Danièle Hromek, Nikki Lam, Ba An Le, Remy Low, Kimberley Peel, Tanushri Saha, Naomi Segal, Linda Sok, Athena Thebus Read More »

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Review: A Ghost in My Suitcase Thu, 25 Oct 2018 01:50:10 +0000 Debuting at the Melbourne International Arts Festival this year, A Ghost in My Suitcase is the stage adaptation of Gabrielle Wang’s children’s book by the same name. The story charts the journey of a young Australian girl – Celeste – who goes to China to scatter her mother’s ashes. Born to a Chinese mother and a French father, the trip is intended to signify a coming of age and a discovery of identity. A Ghost in My Suitcase delivers a lively and comical ghost-busters story that references the sights, sounds and smells of China. The characters are stylised towards easily recognisable tropes of Chinese pop culture that we are accustomed to receiving in the West – think Mr Miyagi and the Karate Kid. It is not clear whether this is intended for comedic value or is an integral part of Wang’s characters, and therefore is at times challenging to receive. Read More »

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