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White Fungus Releases Issue 10

White Fungus Releases Issue 10

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New Zealand-based experimental literary/ arts publication White Fungus is about to release its 10th issue with launches at Adam Art Gallery in Wellington, Friday, March 6 and ARTSPACE in Auckland, Wednesday, March 11.Both launches will run from 6-9pm.

The Adam Art Gallery event will feature performances by Aotearoa Hip Hop pioneers Upper Hutt Posse, Our Love Will Destroy the World (Campbell Kneale), Peter Wright (recently returned from the UK) and Tao Wells. At ARTSPACE local band Evil Ocean will perform along with Empirical, Tao Wells and poet Iain Britton.

Number 10 is White Fungus’ biggest issue to date with 24 more pages. The new issue includes a new short story, Sewer Rat Debacle, by Duncan Sarkies and in an in-depth history article by Tim Bollinger, The Bone Collectors: Walter Mantel and the early days of New Zealand zoological discovery. It also includes a colour comic by Auckland artist Barry Linton and a reflection on the life of Diogenes by Richard Meros.

White Fungus has the pleasure of re-publishing, in this issue, classic artworks by Auckland iconoclastic feminist Judy Darragh along with work by Nick Austin from his 2006 show at ARTSPACE, On appetitb. There are articles on Brisbane artist Richard Bell, Berlin-based Marcin Cienski and Hong Kong artist Lee Kit. There is work by Andrew McLeod accompanied by two stories by Chris Cudby.

Music features include articles on Detroit Noise group Wolf Eyes, New York ‘hyperrealist’ composer Noah Creshevsky and interviews with musician Cristian Amigo and Australian sound artist Jodi Rose. Plus White Fungus talks to Te Kupu of Upper Hutt Posse about the group 20 years on from producing the first-ever Rap record in New Zealand, E Tu in 1988.

Simon Wickham-Smith writes about Mongolia’s most subversive poet, Baatarin Galsansuh. And the issue features poems by Cyril Wong, winner of the 2006 Singapore Literature Prize and the epic Jena: An Other Cartography by enigmatic Washington DC poet Francis Raven.

Based in Wellington, New Zealand White Fungus was started by the Hanson brothers Ron and Mark after a four-year sojourn in Taiwan. "’White Fungus’ says exciting cultural confusion to us," Mark Hanson says. The name comes from a canned foodstuff found at a local supermarket in the industrial zone of Taichung City.

White Fungus is distributed by Disticor in the US and Canada. White Fungus is the New Zealand media partner to this year’s international magazine symposium Colophon2009 in Luxembourg. It has been selected for MOOH – The Magazine of Omotesando Hills Library in Tokyo.

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