Astrid Lorange is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art & Design, as well as a writer, researcher, editor, and artist. She studied writing and cultural studies at the University of Technology Sydney, where she completed her doctoral thesis on Gertrude Stein and contemporary poetics. How Reading is Written: A Brief Index to Gertrude Stein was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2014.
Her current research project, Archival Remediations, addresses the question of how reading practices and publics emerge in response to crisis and in the construction of collective understandings of survival and resistance. Situated at the nexus of literature, art, and cultural studies, this project uses methods from critical theory to examine the way that cultural texts (art, literature, media, policy) emerge in relation to disciplinary structures (gender and sexuality; settler-colonialism and the nation-state; law; labour) and how they come to challenge the naturalisation of social and political life. Specifically, the project looks at contemporary documentary poems that remediate state archives in order to reckon with official histories and the socio-discursive practices of statecraft and discipline.
Another project, a collaboration with Dr Andrew Brooks, interrogates the way that infrastructures of discipline and control – such as laws, fines, contracts, paperwork, prisons, and predictive systems – contribute to the naturalisation of settler colonialism. This project draws on a diverse range of examples found in media, art, and literature to show how such logics of settler-colonialism can be revealed, critiqued, and resisted.
Astrid is author of several chapbooks of poetry, including Labour and Other Poems (Cordite Books, 2020). Raw Materials is forthcoming from Atelos Press. With Andrew Brooks, she is one half of the critical art collective Snack Syndicate. Snack Syndicate's book of essays Homework was published by Discipline in 2021.
At UNSW Art & Design, Astrid convenes the undergraduate/postgraduate courses Writing as Practice (DART3341) and Art Writing and Publishing (SAHT9112), and co-convenes Art, Gender and Sexuality (DART3320) with Dr Tim Gregory.
My Research Supervision
Vaughan Wozniak-O'Connor. Research area: geospatial imaging practice, expanded drawing and embodiment. Supervised jointly with Dr Kate Dunn
Matthew Hopkins. Research area: text and sound art; poetics of voice. Supervised jointly with Dr Tim Gregory.
Costanza Bergo. Research area: landscape, trauma, and settler-colonialism. Supervised jointly with Dr Tim Gregory.
Miska Mandic. Research area: time-based art, ecology, waste. Supervised jointly with Dr Bianca Hester.
Kuba Dorabialski. Research area: film, translation, socialism, mythology. Supervised jointly with Ass Prof Uros Cvoro.
Chelsea Hart. Research area: Marxist-feminist theory, care, work, family, mutual aid in the COVID 19 moment. Supervised jointly with Dr Andrew Brooks.
Melody Newell. Research area: kitsch, settler-colonialism, infrastructure, poetics.
Angus McGrath. Research area: body horror, closet screenplay, queer theory, poetics. Supervised jointly with Dr Andrew Brooks.
Marian Tubbs, What the Material Reveals: How the Poor Form Critiques Cultural Ascriptions of Value, PhD, 2015 (jointly supervised with Professor Jill Bennett)
Penelope Benton, The Icing on the Cake, MFA, 2015
Theresa Darmody, The Continuous Line: Transcoding knitted stitch patterns through painting in an investigation of the affective potential of pattern, MFA, 2015 (jointly supervised with Dr David Eastwood)
Monika Behrens, Reimaging Seventeenth-Century Dutch Still Life: a Transformation into Contemporary Painting, PhD, 2017 (jointly supervised with Professor Jill Bennett)
Melinda Reid, On Transpedagogy: Recent experiments at the intersections of art and pedagogy, PhD, 2018 (jointly supervised with Dr Gay McDonald)
EO Gill, Becoming Video: Indeterminacy, Intimacy, Image, MFA, 2018
Chelsea Lehmann, The Articulate Surface: Painting and the Latent Image, PhD, 2019
Elena Gomez, Admit the Joyous Passion of Revolt: Gender, Labour, and Intergenerationality in Marxist-feminist Poetics, MFA, 2019 (jointly supervised with Dr Verónica Tello)
Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, Shanzhai Style in Artistic Practice: Mythologising Creativity and Ownership in The Global Rise of China, MFA, 2020 (jointly supervised with Dr Diana Baker Smith
Sarah Jones, Publishing as Process: The essay as system and as swerve, PhD, 2021
Spence Messih. Double Bind: (Trans)materiality and Tactics of Abstraction, PhD, 2022 (jointly supervised with Dr Rochelle Haley)