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Installation view of The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland, Karrabing Film Collective, HD with subtitles, 26min. Note: This video is a work in progress. Photo: Chris Bowes

Karrabing Film Collective: The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland
  • Giles Fielke

14 Sep 2019
KINGS Artist Run 31 Aug - 21 Sep 2019

Entering KINGS Artist-Run on a Wednesday afternoon, I slink past a homeless woman asleep on the sidewalk. Her things are pushed against the front window of a fast-food shop that looks and smells like Subway but isn't. Moments before, I'd jumped off a packed tram at the Southern Cross stop at the top of Bourke Street after skipping one which was overfull at Elizabeth Street. During the day, Kings Street is bustling with office and construction workers, cleaners, businessmen and tourists. On my way into the city, I had read about the Andrews' government contractors and police forcefully moving in on traditional owners and protestors to begin cutting-down the sacred trees of the Djab Wurrung for a Western Highway extension just outside of Ararat. This week, The Economist's 'Intelligence Unit' announced that Melbourne is the second most liveable city in the world, losing to Vienna for the second year in a row after holding top spot for the previous seven years.

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