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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Journal / Queer Field Guide

00-01 WATER
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.

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5 Essential books housed in a box

PLATYPUS Essentials

PLATYPUS Essentials imaginatively engages with the necessary; being the state of the unavoidable - It is clear what is essential - food, water, shelter, energy, waste - just not how or why to engage more deeply? This new series of art books by PLATYPUS asks what is the moral imperative of the misunderstood, engineered scapes that facilitate life as we know it and how do we begin to show empathy toward something outside of our worried minds? How do we begin to respect water and food as more-than-a-resources? How do we contemplate shelter for more-than-humans? How do we map lines of power, and how do we more deeply connect to the Bin Man? How do we deepen our relationship to all ecologies, especially those outside the traditional notions of what is “natural”?

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BOM (with feelings)

Do you have the hots for the weather, are you just glad to have it in your life or would you prefer it to fuck off? Climate is the build-up of weather conditions over a long period of time. Therefore, we can’t create a relationship with climate without first dating the weather. Weather, in all it’s glory, is the ultimate informer of place and is predicted to one day be a rude interruption to our daily lives. Therefore, it is important to know whether you should “break up now”, “sleep on it” or “stick together till the end” now, in order to save much heart-ache and devastation later on.

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Journal / Cookbook

This issue, SALTY, is about exploring the sticky nuances of the mangroves and mudflats and to celebrate the most beautiful and mundane cultural icons in my life- my family. My mum, a cyclonic, Italian work-aholic and in contrast my father a calm but distant tug- boat of kindness. It will share through poetry, art works and anecdotes stories of climate change and rituals/relationships around salt-water and food and navigating queerness in a quintessential Australian/Italian nuclear family PLUS an Italian secret recipe book....

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I still live through the stories I have been told by those who have seen it first... “I saw it first” acknowledges that seeing potential in something is important. But is this true? Australia’s capitalist culture and cruel history like the statement forgets the long, strong and beautiful relationship the land has with Aboriginal people. It rewards ownership over something that wasn’t there to be owned in the first place. This first issue attempts to take the power away from viewing this special land as a commodity and instead gives it back to feeding the potential of the things we love and wish we could afford to see- even if is just a hopeful glimpse...

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