What is nonfiction? is a signature project that celebrates everything about nonfiction. It explores that ‘thing without a name of its own’, as Australian writer Helen Garner calls it: nonfiction. What does it mean to co-join the two parts, the non and fiction? Is it, as John D’Agata would have it ‘a conditional state of being, and one that is essentially a negation of genre’? Or is it like a piece of sculpture, as Joan Didion argues: ‘a matter of shaping the research into a finished thing’?
Does it let you believe? Is it a rejection of seamlessness? Is it where there is something sticky or odd? How do you nonfiction (as a verb)?
These short ‘podvids’ explore this question.
Project designed and curated by Francesca Rendle-Short and Adrian Miles.
Adrian Miles: video as a thing.
Peta Murray: You don’t feel lied to.
Karli Lukas: Trying to give life, colour, texture and authentic meaning to things in my world.
Michelle Aung Thin: something sticky or odd about it.
Mattie Semper: in the process of becoming.
Julienne van Loon: [Nonfiction] wipes something out.
Francesca Rendle-Short: Nonfiction is something you make out of things you find, out of air and feather and language.
Rachel Wilson: what happens when truth claims are challenged?
Adrian Miles: storytelling about the world.
Kim Munro: Is it the raw materials? Is it the actuality?
Mattie Semper: Experimenting in doing…
Sophie Langley: It’s a way to respond.
Melissa Razuki: Asking questions.
Peta Murray: Nonfiction is conducted on my feet and with my voice.
Smiljana Glisovic: Nonfiction means images of the world … about attention … and intention
Jess Kilby: My practice inhabits the slash.
Lucinda Strahan: As a concept, very rich.
Sophie Langley: Sonic essay.
Jasmeet Sahi: The writer is the main character.
Nicholas Hansen: A space to think.
Francesca Rendle-Short: It teases. It seduces.
Julienne van Loon: What might feminist populist philosophy look like?