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BOOK LAUNCH: Permanent Recession: a Handbook on Art, Labour and Circumstance – When: Thurs 28 November, 3-5pm Where: MUMA, Monash University

BOOK LAUNCH: Permanent Recession: a Handbook on Art, Labour and Circumstance.

When: Thurs 28 November, 3-5pm
Where: MUMA, Monash University
Chair: Ben Eltham, Catherine Ryan
Speakers: Andy Butler, Megan Cope, Hannah Mathews.

BRISBANE: 30th Nov 2019, IMA


All Conference is pleased to announce the launch of its first major publication Permanent Recession: a Handbook on Art, Labour and Circumstance.


Permanent Recession is an enquiry into the capitals and currencies of experimental, radical and artist-run initiatives in Australia.


Excavating a shared history of independent practice stretching back to the 1980s, this publication situates new research within a rich continuum of debate about the Australian artmaking context.


Part research, part advocacy document, part literature review, part reader, Permanent Recession is a living contribution to current thought. As a handbook, it is a compilation of useful information in a compact and handy form. It should be used!


Including new and republished texts by Peter Anderson, Andrew Brooks, Andy Butler, David Corbet, Léuli Eshrāghi, Ben Eltham, Catherine Ryan, Colleen Chen, Tristen Harwood, Mark Jackson, Georgie Meagher, Macushla Robinson, Anne Marsh, Jacqueline Millner, Kate MacNeill, Bernice Murphy, Margo Neale, Spiros Panigirakis, Francis Russell, Kate Scardifield, Philipa Veitch, Amelia Wallin, and Tian Zhang; and transcribed discussions with Esther Anatolitis, Hana Pera Aoake, Marnie Badham, Clare Cooper, Sarah Gory, Lucie McIntosh, Lisa Radford, Pip Shea, Talia Smith, Pip Wallis, Katie Winten, and Tian Zhang.


About this book
The book is published by Onomatopee Projects and distributed within Australia by Perimeter, this expanded study reveals and interrogates the economic and cultural particularities of these creative organisations and the political territory in which they operate. The intention is to produce cultural and metric evidence of the value of the small-scale and Artist-Run sector, distinct from the larger pool of small-to-medium organisations and to assess the true impact of this stratum. Permanent Recession is collective resources, providing strategies essential for the future integrity of the sector, and of the Australian arts ecology more broadly.


This publication combines new qualitative and quantitative research around the small-scale and artist-run sector in Australia, contextualised within a catalogue of re-published texts going back to the early 1980s, so as to situate new research within a rich continuum of thought and debate about the Australian artmaking context.


More information…

National Launch Schedule
MELBOURNE: 28th Nov 2019, MUMA
BRISBANE: 30th Nov 2019, IMA
PERTH: 15th Dec 2019, Cool Change
SYDNEY: 18th Jan 2020, Firstdraft
ADELAIDE: 1st Feb 2020, ACE Open
ALICE SPRINGS: 26th Feb 2020, WTS
MELBOURNE: 21st Mar 2020, CAP


Edited by Channon Goodwin and copy edited by Sarah Gory of un Projects. Proofing by Mark Gomes. Design by Paul Mylecharane, Kim Mumm Hansen at Public Office. Printed by Unicum, Netherlands.


448-pages softcover
108 x 176 mm
ISBN: 978-94-93148-07-9

To order Australia/Aotearoa.
To order internationally
or distributors:
Antenne Books (UK, IRL, FR and Scandinavia)
D.A.P. (U.S. and Canada)
Vice Versa (DE, CH, AT)
Centraal Boekhuis (NL & BE)


We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we present these events. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

This Melbourne event is made possible by School of Media, Film and Journalism, and Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA).

This publication was made possible with the support of Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Visual Art and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.