Event Platypus Essentials 00-01 Water

Platypus Essentials 00-01 Water

Book Launch

7 March 2024

Water gives life, but how does water affect life? How does it hold you? It is common, precious, and transmutable. Water is beyond a tangible resource.

00-01 Water is the first issue in the Platypus Essentials series from award-winning publisher, Marilena Hewitt. There are two sides to this book: [Thirsty], a field guide seeking a queer utopia amongst the post-colonial, watery spaces of Mparntwe (Alice Springs), and [Swallow], a platform for wet critical discussion, art, and literature. It features contributions from Jordan Azcune, Nat Briggs, Lionel Fogarty, Loki Groves, Tay Haggarty, Dylin Hardcastle, Yaseera Moosa, Eva Philips, Sarah Poulgrain, Mandy Quandrio, Running Water Community Press, Anna Ren, and Kata Szasz.

Celebrate the launch of Platypus Essentials, hear from the publisher, and take home a copy of this porous new publication.

Guest Info
  • Marilena Hewitt (they/them) is an award-winning publisher, designer, writer, artist and occasional filmmaker based in Meanjin/Brisbane on unceded Jagera and Turrbal land. Their experimental multi-arts practice documents mass extinction with humour and empathy. Hewitt employs a delicate balance of earnestness and queer irony to ‘make public’ climate injustices across this continent. Their print publication, Platypus, was created to platform queer relationships to the anthropocene, and was born out of frustrations with current models of solemn rectitude, ethical ‘icks’, and loud statistics which fail to move us.

'Platypus Essentials: Water 00-01' 2024.

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.