‘attrition attrition attrition’, by Dan Thorpe

or, hello my name is dan and i’m dying slowly from the stress and constant attrition of being an artist & academic in australia.

selected verbatim diary entries, links, tweets and texts.


write student organisation free the arts senate submission, no coalition presence at the meeting in sydney, brandis memes, meet with principal supervisor, wireframes and prototype due, house-sit for mum, follow up stella’s youtube video mixer thing, new panel of just men announced to address inequality at university, angry facebook post, these men just legalised child abuse, read a thousand plateaus, read bits of a thousand plateaus, command f your way through a thousand plateaus, read cinema 1, read cinema 1 criticisms of bergson, read deleuze: key concepts, get 60% of requested funding for a show, write abstract apparently i’ve been quoted rather prominently in the ‘tiser today about male champions for change. does adelaide have mras, seriously consider submitting a meme instead of an abstract, #flaggate, more asylum seekers dying than being resettled, write abstract, work on paper, work on piece for offspring, work on crowd-funding materials, practise português, change laptop and phone language to português that’s the same thing right, “não gatinho, está tudo bem”, summarise leaked document, buy sacked colleague a beer, realise you probably can’t afford to buy all nine sacked colleagues beers and shouldn’t play favourites, best gay ute, brief students, emergency press strategy and beer and wine and thai food and oh my god i’m dying, finish abstract, bishop memes, go to a recital, go to the after-party, work on paper, work on piece for offspring, work on crowd-funding materials, get woken up by radio national, media release, meeting, phone interview, protest, reluctantly buy red flag out of awkwardness, try to write formal email in português using words mostly learnt from computer interface, give up, use google translate and wikipedia for some most of it, “surely ‘altos-falantes’ doesn’t mean speakers”, work on paper, work on piece for offspring, work on crowd-funding materials, install work, write my own senate submission, email faculty, someone remind me to pay conference registration tomorrow, by the way, go to an opening, apply for another grant, work on piece for offspring, work on paper, work on crowd-funding materials, go to anti-reclaim protest, “*actual* neo-nazis, holy shit”, coalition mp will speak against 'radical islam threat’ at reclaim australia rally, please no shakiras law in this great country of ours, get a sad beer, go to gig, simplify design, not enough time, submit proposal, .@alisoncroggon is the hero gotham needs but doesn’t deserve, perform, don’t get paid, don’t resent it, work on piece for offspring, work on paper, go to dance class, go to family dinner, work on crowd-funding materials, more leaked documents, meeting, media release, student factsheet, are memes the best we can do discursively, guess who’s so overworked they’re on the verge of tears, drive to sydney, stay on matt’s floor, work on piece for the lifted brow, work on paper, work on crowd-funding materials, finish piece for offspring between 6am and 9am in a café, rehearsal, carriageworks, matt’s floor, work on piece for the lifted brow, work on paper, work on crowd-funding materials, industry session, note: find philanthropists, didn’t get the grant, proposal accepted, finish paper at 2am, matt’s floor, work on piece for the lifted brow, prepare classes (nb: 6 this semester not 20 — budget crisis), no brandis or coalition presence at hearings, honestly i am so fucking scared about the future of my country, drive back from sydney, work on piece for the lifted brow, lecture, lunch meeting, rehearsal, launch crowdfunding, lrt: that $500m in politician’s entitlements is more than twice the entire ozco budget, so far my grandparents have bought tickets, didn’t get into the conference, write a grant, expression of interest independent assessors – national program for excellence in the arts, attrition attrition attrition attrition this is attrition and this is how they defeat us.


Dan Thorpe is a multidisciplinary artist based in Adelaide.