Sweat: The Subtropical Imaginary

Edited by Andrew McNamara

Contributions by Atelier Bow-Wow, Susan Best, Chris Brisbin, Susan Carson, Julie Ewington, Catherine De Lorenzo and Deborah van der Plaat, Tracey Moffatt, Courtney Pedersen, Mark Pennings, Julian Raxworthy, Mark Taylor, and Andrew Wilson


Does heat have a cooling effect on culture? Sweat argues the reverse: culture thrives in the subtropical zones. While acknowledging that the subtropical generates ambivalence—being cast as alternately idyllic or hellish—Sweat seeks to develop the specific voices of subtropical cultures. The uneasy place of this sweaty discourse is explored across art, literature, architecture, and the built environment. In particular, Sweat focuses on the most commonly experienced situation, the everyday house. While it addresses subjects from Japan, Brazil, and France, Sweat centres on Brisbane, Queensland—long in the shadow of Sydney and Melbourne in the Australian cultural psyche—due to its enduring and self-conscious attention to subtropical living.

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