PLATYPUS is a print publication recognising unseen Australian icons at the intersection of stolen land and culture in the Anthropocene. It is not afraid to express ideas through casual poetry, political and visual jest and bold gestures.

Awareness of the sensuous existence of all lifeforms involves listening and tuning in - this publication is an offering to do so together; a way to share and connect over what is essential and necessary in a queerer way. Homophobia, transphobia, racism, classism, sexism, extractivism and capitalism inform the dominant and narrow views of our environment and help to justify its exploitation... What if we could rearrange, rather than erase or suffocate?
PLATYPUS, the publication, is swimming somewhere between the field and paper- a rare breed of strange parts that make a unique and beautiful whole. As something which is tricky to categorise, but once seen for its beauty, humour and evolutionary brilliance, it’s not hard to love or get excited about.

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00-01 WATER, PLATYPUS Essentials
Journal / Queer Field Guide



Journal / Queer Field Guide

Two books in one: 176pp
68pp Journal [swallow]
115gsm Munken Print White 15 (RJ)
108pp Queer Field Guide [thirsty]
80gsm Camomile

210mm W x 260mm H
00-01 WATER is the first book of the PLATYPUS Essentials series. Each book will explore the 5 essentials- Water, Energy, Food, Shelter and Waste - through an unconventional research project (Queer Field Guide) and a curated book of emerging and prominent artists and writers .  [thirsty] is the first Queer Field Guide located in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), a colonial settlement in the central desert that also happens to be the queer capital of Australia... It’s counterpart  [swallow] is a collection of talented  artists and writers from across the continent expressing water as more-than-a-resource.

Water as a motionless realm is unimaginable- a dead, oppressive waste. Water gives life, but how does water affect life? How does it hold you? It is common, precious, and transmutable. It is the link and the obstacle. It is innate yet it must be contained in order to quench the thirst. Water is beyond a tangible resource. How do we make closer connections to it?

🐟                      🐠            who is involved?
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_QUEER FIELD GUIDE _Mparntwe/Alice Springs


*a field guide to the beautiful, dank and the stunningly diverse.

*a wet body of contemporary art and literature

Shirley Kngwarraye Turner
Margaret Pengarte Scobie
Sharon Ampetyane Alice
Carmelina Purrurle Marshall
Mike Gilliam
Ellanor Webb
Emma Franklin
Stephanie Cochrane
Bec Stewart
Molly Leonards
Camille Coory
Saar Amptmeijer

Amelia Hine

Anna Ren
Dylin Hardcastle
Eva Philips
Jordan Azcune
Kata Szasz
Lionel Fogarty
Loki Groves
Mandy Quandrio
Nat Briggs
Running Water Community Press
Sarah Poulgrain
Tay Haggarty
Yaseera Moosa

What was once an agile dream has become heavy and real.

The Creative Sparks Grant Program is an initiative of Brisbane City Council in partnership with the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland 
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.