Editorial 10 October 2018

As a prelude to our five-hour open conversation, RealTime in real time, as part of the Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, this edition is packed with archival delights. In a new archival feature, Writers read RealTime, contributing writers have recorded themselves reading reviews they’re fond of about shows that impressed them. The first four are by Dan Edwards, Chris Reid, Gail Priest and Jonathan W Marshall. As well, Katerina Sakkas appraises how RealTime and its writers responded to new developments in photography 2005-17. The image above, by Robyn Stacey, one of the survey’s subjects, is the result of the artist’s deployment of the ancient (500BCE) pinhole or camera obscura technique. A former RealTime staff member from 1998 to 2002, Kirsten Krauth affectingly recalls a busy creative life as editor and writer while Greg Hooper and Jonathan W Marshall look back over two decades of reviewing, frankly and incisively addressing the pleasures and challenges of the art. If you’re in Sydney on 21 October we’d love to see and hear from you at RealTime in real time. Keith & Virginia

Top image credit: Room 1526, Mercure, Sydney, Jodi, Robyn Stacey, image courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney

9 October 2018