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 Semaphore is a newsletter and publishing project about art fromWestern Australia | Semaphore is a collaborative project and practice | Semphore enters into a dialogue with art from its rooted location of Boorloo on Noongar Country |


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Semaphore is a collaborative project by Kelly Fliedner and Melissa McGrath. As writers, curators and creative producers, we focus on the role that writing plays in the presentation and consideration of artworks and art practices from Western Australia. Semaphore works with writers and artists to publish individual and collective opinions, reviews, commentary and creative responses to art; with a particular interest in writing that reflects upon border cultural themes and issues, as well as the formal structures of writing itself— what writing can be, and what it can offer visual art. We want to create a space where people can experiment with discursive responses ranging from contemporary and art historical analysis, to fictocriticism, poetry and prose.

We are interested in writing that creates conversation. How do we engage with art critically and creatively, avoid didacticism, grapple with ideas and uncertainty, and speak through dynamic subjectivities? How can we do this through conversation? How do we commune with each other? What is conversation as opposed to discourse, as opposed to speech-acts, as opposed to monologue, as opposed to dialogue, as opposed to narrative, as opposed to poetry?

We have an editorial committee and brains trust that includes Emma BuswellChristina Chau, Alana Hunt and Gemma Weston.  If you would like, you can contact us on semaphore.art.wa@gmail.com.

© Semaphore 2021.
All content appearing on this website is the property of Semaphore and each acknowledged author. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. Website and illustrations by Kelly Fliedner.

Kaya. We acknowledge the Whadjuk People of Boorloo boodja who are the traditional owners of the land where Semaphore is made. We respect their culture, their custodianship, and their continuing contribution to the life of this city and this region. That includes recognising and respecting sovereignty while working in solidarity towards a treaty and supporting ongoing connection to country. That means linguistic rights, economic opportunity, and artistic endeavour. To their Elders, past, present and emerging, we say thanks.