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Index 19: Oberon #3

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Art journal Oberon, which is published in Copenhagen, will launch its third issue at Index 19. Guest edited by Australian artist duo Nova Milne and New Narrative theorist Robert Glück. The edition features contributions by: Brandon Brown, Philip Brophy, Claire Evans, Rob Halpern, Robert Glück, Adam Jasper, Boru O’brien O’Connell, Alexander Provan, Dorion Sagan, Jocelyn Saidenberg, Mark von Schlegell, Amelia Stein, Alexander Tovberg, and Jameson Webster with Marcus Coelen.

nova Milne’s work, presented as installations of time-based media, sculpture and 2D works, has often addressed the materials of intimate histories; reworking the various objects of memory, from those that could be more coherently described as archival to the various ephemera that tie two people together. nova Milne’s subject matter is both autobiographical and born from the cultural world that their work and research has enveloped – such as an encounter between the late science fiction author Philip K Dick and his living fifth ex-wife Tessa B. Dick, or as a fictive pas de deux between the two ballet dancers and long-time lovers Erik Bruhn and Rudolf Nureyev, where footage from them variously dancing the same role from Swan Lake, separated by two years, is united after half a century.

In part a response to nova Milne’s editorial premise, Oberon 3 also features an introductory section edited by Robert Glück, a writer, poet, theorist and co-foudner of the New Narrative movement launched in San Fransisco in the lates 1970s. Glück has selected his contributors with a focus on Bay Area writers and artists, and the section similarly address the autobiographical through the lens of these intimate moments of touch and touching the archive, and the events and objects of intimate histories.

Oberon is an occasional periodical that sees guest-edited sections of texts – short stories, poems, articles and long-form essays – bridged by sequences of images that both illustrate and freely associate beyond the source material of the texts. Each edition is supported by an annotated index that draws together and further elaborates on these connections. In this way Oberon is a publication that is constantly being drawn back to a process of association; of identifying separte elements and placing them next to each other, to see what happens, to afford new meaning and relationships to emerge and shimmer, even if only for a moment. Oberon is published in Copenhagen, where they have recently opened an exhibition space and wine bar called Peryton.

Index 19 is a series in Index’ front space. Presenting single works, films, readings and discursive events, Index 19 is a space for dialogue with surrounding communities and visitors.

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