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This week we traverse, celebrate and reduce distances at the very moment the Turnbull Government attempts to push refugees ever further beyond Australia and our consciousness—out of empathy’s reach. Yesterday, the Labor Party and the Greens united to oppose the Government’s change to the Migration Act. How much more can we hope for, for those who travelled so far, only to find themselves incarcerated in a poltically contrived nowhere?

In Sydney’s Fairfield, women of diverse cultures take to the streets in artworks and ethnic celebrations [the image above is of an Assyrian wedding procession] that engender visibility and reduce the gap that is gender inequality. Further west, Casula Powerhouse draws together wonderfully eccentric sculptures from across Australia prior to touring to eight regional galleries. The Book of Daughters places women at the centre of the sonic arts, anticipating future equality and bringing together Australian and Asian performers. Next week, our feature coverage of Performance Space’s Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art.

Keith and Virginia

FOR A TOWN THAT DOESN’T CONFORM          Lucy Hawthorne drives from Hobart to Queenstown, climbs a mountain, takes a night-time train trip to a mine, listens to music in a quarry and finds more art in Queenstown’s Boy Scout and Masonic Halls. Unconformity’s the name for a most unusual Tasmanian festival.
Women of Fairfield
THE CHALLENGES OF EMPOWERMENT        As she vividly recreates her experience of Women of Fairfield, a large-scale MCA-Powerhouse Youth Theatre art event in the streets of Western Sydney, Caroline Wake ponders the complexities of our encounters with the newest of Australians.
Soft Core
SEEING TOUCH        Casula Powerhouse’s Soft Core, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture that magically eschews weight and hardness, offers a delightfully witty and sensual reappraisal of how we see tactilely. On now until 4 December.
PROPHETIC SONIC ART                 JOLT’s James Hullick tells RealTime about The Book of Daughters, three nights of very special music, much of it by innovative women artists, including, from Japan, Noriko Tadano, Yoshimio and Yumiko Tanaka. On this week at Melbourne’s Meat Market.
UTOPIA UNSETTLED             US choreographer Faye Dricscoll’s Thank You For Coming: Attendance promises connection between dancer and dancer, dancer and audience but, writes Philipa Rothfield, with results more in mind than process.
“I had to lead the life I led to be able to make my films,” says the great German film director in Annekatrin Hendel’s Fassbinder, showing in this year’s Goethe Institut German Film Fest. It’s an engrossing feature-length documentary about creativity, acting, ensemble and remarkable productivity.
Sydney performance artist David Capra senses much in Melbourne peer Mark Shorter’s straddling of a not so passive gallery plinth in Artspace’s The Public Body.
One of the best films of recent years, Mustang portrays the plight of five young orphaned sisters living increasingly restrained lives in a conservative Turkish village. Beautifully filmed, Mustang balances its increasing tension and claustrophobia with the youngest girl’s spirited sense of possibility.

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