Overview, Images
Archie Barry, Fistimuff, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Darren Sylvester.


Archie Barry, Sean Lowry

28 Aug–14 Sep 2019

These ideas were channelled through the persona ‘Fisti’, a bright pink superhuman who sleeps in a t-shirt, wears frilly socks and speaks in drum rolls and English. Filmed within a 12-hour period, Fistimuff was a condensation of time and a particular personal message: that to be human is to be complicated and mutable.

Stylistically, the work was reminiscent of a music video, and was accompanied by a genre-blending soundscape featuring spoken words about embodiment as a shifting experience. Concerned with creating an immersive sensory environment, the work turned everyday landscapes into scenes of agency.

The newest piece in Barry’s cyclic working methodology, Fistimuff featured re-constituted and further developed audio elements from Tatsache (2017), itself a videographic expansion of ideas around duplicity and presence first explored in the live performance work Hypnic (2017).

Fistimuff was a Channels Festival commission co-curated by Kelli Alred and Laura Couttie.

Lead Artist and Composer: Archie Barry
Sound Design and Production: Sean Lowry
Cameraperson: Emmett Aldred

Onsite, Exhibition, Screen Series

Fistimuff was a captivating video portrait by Archie Barry, commissioned by Channels Festival in partnership with BLINDSIDE, that explored the fluid nature of personality and eroded the linguistic and visual constructs that govern identity politics.

Opening: 29 Aug 2021, 8am–10am
Artist in Conversation with Sean Lowry: 14 Sep 2019, 4am–5am

This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.


Time to De-Beef
Kira Nova, Time to De-Beef, 2017, video, 3:15min. Music video by Kira Nova with Lords of Beef Gang: Jillian McManemin, Jennie Portney, Ariel S Rawls, Jessica Gallucci, Nurya, Lucia Love Mooney. Music by Gediminas Žygus. Video by Maria Nova. Second camera by Carlton Bright | Courtesy the artists.
Online, Exhibition, Play

31 Jul–7 Sep 2019

Time to De-Beef

Kira Nova

Channels Festival: Kawita Vatanajyankur
Kawita Vatanajyankur, Scale of Justice, 2021. Video still. Courtesy the artist. Commissioned by Channels Festival.
Onsite, Exhibition

16 Mar–2 Apr 2022

Channels Festival: Kawita Vatanajyankur

Kawita Vatanajyankur

Onsite, Exhibition, Publication

22 Aug–8 Sep 2018


Anna Horne, Archie Barry, Isabella Hone-Saunders, Holly Bates, Lou Fourie, Zoë Bastin

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Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.