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ARI Remix Newsletter | Winter 2022 | Ten Year Anniversary Issue # 5 | (Re) Presenting 2020-2022 | Celebrating a Decade of Collaborative Memory Work

Chris Bonnafin and Simon Reptile Club 45’s Sydney 1983. Photo Jasmine Hirst Two young men wearing highly detailed make up which enhances their eyes at a Sydney queer club in 1983.


Hello! Happy Winter 2022 🙂



We at the ARI Remix collective hope all is as well as can be as this fifth, and final issue of our Ten Year Anniversary newsletter series ker-plonks into your desktop. We are thrilled to bits to be celebrating ten years of collaborative memory work this past year, on the cusp of the eleventh year anniversary in 2022.


For many artists we have been collaborating with this shared pandemic experience has been a good time for setting to work, sifting through the personal archives and adding personal stories and information to the ongoing memory work we perform. Joining together a critical mass of fragmentary information including digital copies of ‘at risk’ artists’ ephemera and cultural story telling has yielded an extraordinary ARI Remix archival art initiative process so far.


Thanks so much to all the artists who have been long-term supporters (give or take four decades) and over 400 artists so far who have kindly and generously participated and contributed during the past ten years.


Remembering artist-run culture and heritage together has helped to enrich and nuance the online environment with previously lost, hidden, inaccessible, marginalized narratives, testimonials and a wide array of examples of ‘at risk’ artists’ ephemera.


On December 15 2021 we formally concluded ARI Remix Project One; and more specifically Stage Three  (2011- 2021).  We could not have done it without your ongoing and enthusiastic support, care, love and thoughtfulness, a hearty thank you with deepest gratitude.


With this Winter 2022 issue of the ARI Remix News we formally sign off from Project One [2011-2022] and we extend our very best well-being thoughts and well-wishes to you, your families, friends and kinship circles for the winter season ahead.


As we write and share this final Project One newsletter we are setting to work on the very outset of ARI Remix | Project Two. We are truly delighted and grateful to be afforded the exciting opportunity to make this expanded internet art work expand and grow it a little further over the next three years.


Thank you artist colleagues, friends and peers. Thank you both Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for these two arts investment opportunities. See you again in Spring 2022 with our preliminary Project Two issue. Meanwhile, take care, stay safe, go well… and remember voluntary contributions from artists and artworkers directly involved and interested in Queensland/ Australian artist-run communities 1970 to Now are always welcomed and encouraged 🙂


My love and warm hugs,

Paul Andrew

Interdisciplinary Artist & ARI Remix DIY Coordinator

email: artsmedia[at]

(Re) Presenting hidden histories, marginalized narratives and heritage aspects of Australian artist-run culture…

As I am making this short newsletter memory post in the thick of a sub-tropical winter here on Quandamooka country I am reminded of the performativity that fuels artist-run culture and heritage and in turn, what a living archives as archival art initiative like ARI Remix can be and can do in the current digital climate.


A recent quote here that is perhaps merit worthy of further contemplation and mindfulness over the coming years.  For example, according to researcher Amalia G. Sabiescu;


Living archives refer to practices and environments that connect the organisation, curation and transmission of memory with present-bound creative, performative, and participatory processes. Recent trends in the democratisation of arts and cultural heritage and the advent of digital media have provided living archives with new creative valences, making them potent means for the performative celebration of the past through contemporary acts of creation and transmission.


Living Archives and The Social Transmission of Memory

Sabiescu, A. G. (2020). Living archives and the social transmission of memory. Curator: The Museum Journal63(4), 497-510.



The Women’s Art Register is Australia’s living archive of women’s art practice and a not-for-profit, artist-run community and resource. Their current bulletin #70 is out now…


Women’s Art Register Bulletin | Bulletin Issue #70 OUT NOW (July 2022) by guest editors Caroline Phillips and Rachel Weinberg (Freely Downloadable)

Following on from the joy and pleasure of last year’s fabulous Nextdoor ARI zine fair experience it’s time for the next affecting zine fair cultural moment, one night only on Friday 1 July 2022…


NEXTDOOR ARI PRESENTS: COURTYARD: ZINE FAIR | Friday July 1 2022 5pm-9pm | Ground Floor Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006


Participating in punk and new wave culture in Brisbane Meeanjin and Toowoomba in the late 1970s and early 1980s was foundational to Jeff Gibson’s ongoing and important contribution to image-based art…


JEFF GIBSON: COUNTERTYPES 9 June – 27 August 2022

Vale Mark Webb, Artist, Brisbane b.1957-d.2022 our sincere condolences to family friends and artist colleagues with such sad news about Mark’s death. With an art career spanning 30 odd years Mark was part of a cohort of Brisbane-based artists who like artist Robert MacPherson considered the philosophical implications of what constituted a work of art. In his early career he was an artist of local renown in Brisbane in the 1980s and continued to play a vital role in arts education at both Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology…


Vale artist and academic Mark Webb [1957-2022]

Prepare for a celebration of art and science transforming Brisbane from 24 June – 10 July.  Jay Younger is a Brisbane-based artist, curator and academic. Her curatorial focus is on freedom of artistic expression and the expression of difference within public space as fundamentally linked to democratic values.


Curiocity Brisbane returns | Festival of Art and Science | 24 June – 10 July 2022.

Celebrating 30 years of the Brisbane Writer’s Festival in May 2022 in a delightful shared zine fair experience in the Whale Mall outside the Queensland Museum….


Hello! New EXTRA Zine Issues # 4 #5 #6 #7 | Out Now | Brisbane Writer’s Festival | BWF ‘Zine Market’ May 7 2022 & A Brisbane/Meeanjin Soft Launch of ARI REMIX PRESENTS | The EXTRA Zine Project | An ARI Zine Anthology 2022-2026

Graphic artist, illustrator, cartoonist, experimental musician Matt Mawson was involved in the Brisbane alternative music/art scene in the 1980s and today in the digital space Matt’s new work and ongoing celebration of local humour-imbued art making  ‘Flippant’ is accessible now on Bandcamp…..


‘Flippant’ by Matt Mawson

Inkmasters was established in 2011. It is situated on the edge of the Coral Sea in Cairns in Tropical North Queensland and the focal point of a region which reaches north to the Torres Strait, west past the Atherton Tablelands, and south to Townsville. It is renowned for its unique environment and it is the only place in the world where two world heritage areas meet – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Cairns continues to be one of the most exciting regions for printmaking in Australia. Good things come to an end. Sadly, a recent message from Inkmasters ” To all our friends and supporters, we at InkMasters bid you a fond farewell…” meanwhile here are a couple of memory posts to celebrate this important creative work….



InkMasters Cairns | Printmakers from Cairns, Tropical North Queensland


And a recent exhibition of new print-based works by Sheryl J Burchill, Kassanda Savage, Ruth Saveka, Heather Tait and Kay Williams,  presented by Inkmasters at NorthSite Contemporary Arts (Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, 96 Abbott St, Cairns)…


Upside Up | An exhibition of new print-based works by Sheryl J Burchill, Kassanda Savage, Ruth Saveka, Heather Tait and Kay Williams, and is presented at NorthSite Contemporary Arts (Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, 96 Abbott St, Cairns) | 02 Nov 2021 to 29 Jan 2022

Bus Projects in Melbourne Naarm is an independent artist-run organisation, founded in 2001, and based on the unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri people. Sadly, like many independent artist-run and small scale arts organisations in Australia and around the globe, working and living with artistic precarity can limit operations….

busprojects After an incredible 21 years of operation, it is with heavy hearts that we announce that Bus Projects will be closing at the end of 2022.


The Numb Scrapbook consisted of a life-sized makeshift hourglass (Ambidextrous Time Piece) and a series of modified plastic plants (horror-romance). Erika Scott (b 1987, Biloela) is an artist based on Ngudooroo (Lamb Island, QLD). Scott works in sculpture and installation and this recent exhibition was staged at KINGs ARI in Melbourne Naarm.

The Numb Scrapbook by artist Erika Scott | 10 March 2022–02 April 2022 | KINGS ARI Melbourne Naarm

ARI Remix [2011-2021]  is an archival art initiative in a living archives modality. As a collaborative passion project with over ten thousand hours of enthusiasm and volunteerism involved to make it happen and to stay preserved and “living” in the current online environment we need your help. Thanks to everyone who is kindly helping with this year’s crowdfunding campaign we are edging much closer now to the $7,500.00 goal for December 2022 to help offset the ongoing $300 monthly digital infrastructure, web hosting, software plug ins updates and IT fees. We are extremely grateful for your generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness so far, please help if you can and let your friends and colleagues know too…

Image [Header] : NEXTDOOR ARI PRESENTS: COURTYARD: ZINE FAIR in the IMA Courtyard, July 1, 2022. Images courtesy Nextdoor ARI



ARI Remix Socials


Australian ARI Living Archives – Queensland Artist-Run Heritage 1970 to NOW – Public group

ARI Remix Project – Living Archives, Artist-Runs Past Present Future







The ARI Remix collective acknowledges and respects the traditional and ongoing custodians of the lands where we live, make and work. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. We support the Uluru statement from the heart.


ARI Remix is an archival art initiative, in a ‘living archives’ form; LGBTQIA+, cis, non-binary, trans and BIPOC inclusive, and involves active participation and collaborative collecting engagement by artists, art workers, co-creatives, peers and artist groups. It is an enthusiast-led, community-based, non-profit and art ephemera study resource and Web 2.0 internet art work [net art] #ariremix. It is made entirely possible through immense kindness, generosity, volunteerism and collaborative collecting efforts of over 400 Australian artists and significant arts philanthropy;


PROJECT ONE – Stages One & Two
of this project are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Stage Three of this project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

of this project are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this archival art initiative contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions in this catalogue which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive.