'21st Century: Art in the First Decade' is an exhibition, publication, blog and series of public programs at the Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art that explore the art of the past ten years. As an expanded platform for the exhibition, the '21st Century Blog' functions as a source book of reference material and contributions provided by artists, curators and writers. Read more




Nigel Cooke is a British artist renowned for his large-scale, meticulously realised paintings that depict fantastical, hyper-realistic scenes of urban decay. Cooke’s work references a wide range of painting styles and traditions; in Cooke’s words, he wants to simultaneously represent ‘all the characteristics of painting, from the retarded to the sophisticated . . . as though the whole past lives of the medium were flashing before its eyes’.

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Mark Fisher is highly respected both as a music writer and a theorist. He writes regularly for frieze, New Statesman, Sight & Sound and The Wire, where he was acting deputy editor for a year. He is a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, University Of London, and maintains one of the most successful weblogs on cultural theory, k-punk (http://k-punk.abstractdynamics.org).

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Andrew Frost is an Australian art critic, writer and broadcaster. His articles have been published in a wide variety of Australian and international art magazines and he is a regular contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2007 ABC1 screened the three-part series The Art Life, and a second series in 2009, which Frost wrote and presented.  He is the author of the monograph The Boys and is a PhD candidate at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW.

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Gridthiya Gaweewong is an independent curator and co-founder of Project 304, a Bangkok-based, non-profit, experimental art space initiated and run by artists and curators. Gaweewong attempts to create platforms of exchange for local and international contemporary practices that address issues of subculture, globalisation, migration, and alienation. Gaweewong has organized numerous local and international exhibitions that have significantly shaped the field of contemporary Southeast Asian art, including Saigon Open City, co-curated with Rirkrit Tiravanija, and the 5th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival. She is currently the artistic director of the Jim Thompson Art Centre and regularly contributes to exhibition catalogues, art journals, and local art magazines.

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Barbad Golshiri is an Iranian artist and critic whose practice is prolific and wide ranging – extending from photography and sculpture to installation, films and critical writing. He is also translator and editor of Samuel Beckett’s dramatic works in Persian. Most of his works are language-based and contend with art and literature’s plane of feasible; the impossibility of quitting the possible field of expression; the aporia of expressing not to express. Golshiri has also been portrayed as a provocative critic of the current socio-political situation in Iran, hegemony of the new art market of the region and the living doxas.

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Ghassan Hage is the inaugural Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include globalisation, migration, nationalism, racism and multiculturalism from a comparative perspective. In 2007, the Sydney Morning Herald listed Prof Hage in its top 25 public intellectuals in Australia.

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Andrew Maerkle is a writer and editor based in Tokyo. He is currently Deputy Editor of the Japanese-English online publication ART iT, International Edition, and served as Deputy Editor of ArtAsiaPacific magazine in New York from 2006 to 2008. He has contributed to numerous international periodicals including Art & Australia, Esquire Japan, Eyeline and frieze. He is one of the authors of the catalogue Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves (2010) and an editor and author of the forthcoming digital publication Architecture in Exhibition: Japan at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010.

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Angela Ndalianis is Associate Professor in Cinema and Cultural Studies at The University of Melbourne. She specialises in Hollywood cinema, digital media and the convergence of popular forms such as films, computer games, comic books and theme park spaces. Her research also explores transdisciplinary and transhistorical approaches to entertainment forms and their history, and she is especially interested in the baroque dimensions of contemporary culture.

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Tom Vanderbilt writes on design, technology, science, and culture, among other subjects, for many publications, including Wired, Slate, The London Review of Books, Gourmet, The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Vogue, Artforum, The Wilson Quarterly, Travel and Leisure, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Cabinet, Metropolis, and Popular Science. He is contributing editor to the design magazines I.D. and Print, and contributing writer of the popular blog Design Observer. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) (2009). He is also the author of Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America (2002), an offbeat architectural travelogue of the United State’s Cold War past; and The Sneaker Book (1998), a cultural history of the athletic shoe.

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