Publication Details

Ihlein, L. "Editorial: What we talk about when we talk about 'the underground'." Artlink: Australian Contemporary Art Quarterly 30 .2 (2010): 19.


Editorial: In guest-editing this issue of Artlink, I have not been interested in unearthing the work of 'Australia's hottest young underground artists'. In time, they will unearth themselves, and they don't need my help. What I do want to talk about, and what some of the writers in this issue of Artlink tackle, are more literal under-ground phenomena: guerrilla gardening, mining and indigenous land claims, the digging of holes as a form of art, and ruminations on rubbish-filled ponds beneath city expressways. In other words, I'm interested in the underground as a relationship with (and under) the ground itself.