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Fisti is a bright, fleshy pink superhuman, a persona played by non-binary artist Archie Barry. In the video portrait entitled Fistimuff, the colour palette is inverted: shadows become halos, and once recognisable urban environments and interiors are abstracted. “The familiar is pushed into an extra-terrestrial appearance,” says the artist.

Fisti speaks in a combination of drum rolls and English, and the work is stylistically reminiscent of a music video. Showing at BLINDSIDE, as part of the Channels Festival, an international biennial of video art across 10 Melbourne venues, Fisti’s body “moves in ways that are not easily categorised as masculine or feminine,” says Barry.

Silence is Jennifer Kent’s balm. She has spent about a year in Buddhist retreats over the course of her lifetime, refraining from speech for 15, 20 days at a time. She began this meditation well before she set about creating characters for her feature films – figures driven by grief, howling at the physical and psychological violence arrayed against them.

Horror is “very close to dream, and cinema really brings dream alive”, says the Brisbane-born actor-turned-director. The title of her first feature, The Babadook, released in 2014, came to her in a dream.

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