Peril magazine Asian-Australian Arts & Culture Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:01:03 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 136619977 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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Playlist: In The Club Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:05:17 +0000 To celebrate the live debut of You Don’t Sound Asian at our Sydney event Peril Presents: Ritual / Resistance, we’re dancing up a storm with our latest playlist. This one will keep you going throughout the week and can also soundtrack any given weekend with its strong beats and toe-tapping hooks, featuring a bunch of You Don’t Sound Asian favourites’ latest bangers. Catch you on the dancefloor? x

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Who’s our Knight in Shining Armour? Sun, 14 Oct 2018 09:00:22 +0000 ‘Who’s our Knight in Shining Armour?’ is republished here courtesy of the author. Click here to view more of Genevieve Craig’s work. Warm plum flowers caress you as you move through the bustling Jianguo Holiday Markets, surrounded by the seventeen female and one male journalist who are ready to receive the gender equality committee of Taipei and listen to NGOs on a five- day press tour. These powerful women use their voices to report on injustices and political affairs as their life’s work. So we ask: why is gender inequality still an issue? There is a thought that inequality is linked to the feeling of being powerless, where that voice is often a muted noise eventually fading to nothing. Thus, disempowered women say nothing and stop breathing life into their story. But how do we unpack power? Who is deciding the structures of power? Simply, let’s start with equality and Read More »

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A Politics of Skin: Using Art as Intervention Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:30:19 +0000 If the function of skin is to protect us, why does it often lead to hurt, shame, discrimination and pain? Skin is a layer we cannot take off, and something that I am reminded of everyday. When I was younger I was embarrassed of my brown skin, I would constantly reframe my brownness as a ‘nice’ hue of caramel. Reflecting on this, I realised I wanted to be a safe shade or a better sounding kind of brown. My skin has often forced me to do something, to take on racial conversations and to help others think about race in more productive ways. This responsibility, while tiring at times, has opened up the possibilities in thinking about the politics of skin. It has become the layer of myself that I no longer try to hide, but rather use as an opportunity to talk about social inequalities. Skin can be an Read More »

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Bận Học, Busy Studying Sun, 16 Sep 2018 10:00:16 +0000 ‘One taro milk tea with pearls, regular size, quarter sugar.’ The lady behind the counter squawks back my order. Her thick-rimmed glasses slip down, showing the red dents that they leave on either side of her nose. She dumps a receipt and fifty-cent coin in my hand. ‘Cám ơn cô,’ The fragrance of brown sugar syrup and black tea seeps into my nostrils. My fingers curl around the receipt so the coin doesn’t slip out. Her eyebrows lift, drawing horizontal creases in her make-up, which looks like hardened glacé icing. When I was in high school, my mother told me that women who wear make-up are sluts who don’t care about their study. ‘Ủa? Con biết nói tiếng Việt hả?’ ‘Cũng nói một chút thôi,’ I wedge my backpack between the counter and my knee so I can stuff the change into a Totoro-themed purse. ‘Nhìn mặt con giống người Read More »

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PHUONG TRAN MINH: TOMORROWLAND Thu, 13 Sep 2018 07:00:51 +0000 TOMORROWLAND shows the everyday life of young generations affected by the toxic aftermaths of the American war in Vietnam as seen by Berlin based photographer Phuong Tran Minh.                        

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Five Questions with Intan Paramaditha Sat, 08 Sep 2018 20:00:09 +0000 Mirandi Riwoe chats with Intan Paramaditha about disobedient women, life and myth, and her forthcoming novel in translation, The Wandering. Intan Paramaditha is an Indonesian writer now based in Sydney. She is the acclaimed author of the two short story collections, Sihir Perempuan (2005) and Kumpulan Budak Setan (2010, with Eka Kurniawan and Ugoran Prasad), from which the stories of Apple and Knife are drawn, as well as the novel Gentayangan (2017). She is a lecturer in film and media studies at Macquarie University. Read her short story, ‘The Blind Woman Without a Toe’, republished from her collection Apple & Knife with permissions from Brow Books here. Mirandi: In Apple and Knife I noticed that you often write of women who have to distract and deflect to survive their worlds. At other times, your female characters are depicted as fearful, or as a threat. Do you feel that you, or your characters, have ‘skin in the game’ when you write of these themes?  Read More »

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