Platform - Sydney

Participants: Paula Bannerjee / Giulia dal Maso / Ishita Dey / Katie Hepworth / Mithilesh Kumar / Sandro Mezzadra / Brett Neilson / Ned Rossiter / Ranabir Samaddar / Suhit Sen / Giovanna Zapperi

Creaky Infrastructure

Brett Neilson November 14, 2012


Brett Neilson and Ned Rossiter

After conducting research in Shanghai and Kolkata it seems almost capricious to complain about Sydney traffic. Yet in this wealthy city of backyards and bays, waiting in road traffic bottlenecks has become a constitutive part of urban experience. The problem is not only that Sydney, like the cities of the American west, grew up around the internal combustion engine. Nor is it simply that population growth has exceeded the capacity of public and private agencies to provide transport infrastructure. Rather, the reluctance to invest in such infrastructure is a symptom of wider economic and social tendencies that have unfolded against the background of a general depoliticization of life. Rising debt, longer working hours, growing precarity and stress have all contributed to the rampant individualism and aggression that displays itself at Sydney’s clogged intersections and gridlocked motorways. Little wonder then that logistics and traffic infrastructure have become major issues in this far-from-laid-back metropolis.

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Notes on art, fieldwork, and method

Giovanna Zapperi October 19, 2012

Image: Allan Sekula, still from The Forgotten Space, by Noel Burch and Allan Sekula, 2010

1. These few notes are based on my own experience of the Transit Labour project. As someone primarily involved in art and cultural criticism, I am particularly interested in drawing possible connections between the discussions during the platforms and a set of creative practices. In particular, I am interested in looking at the project’s premises and methods as rooted in a practice of experimentation that is central to some of the most critical directions in contemporary art today.


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Expertise in the Shanghai Financial Market

Giulia Dal Maso October 23, 2012

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Zones and Corridors

Ranabir Samaddar October 15, 2012

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Rethinking Port Botany

Katie Hepworth June 20, 2012

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What is a Research Platform?

Coordinator June 08, 2010

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