Artists and writers, Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward, (working collaboratively as artist duo, A Published Event) make long-term relational artworks through shared acts of public telling. Exploring chance encounter, constructed situations and the shared authorship of lived experience, we work with artists and writers, materials and ideas, writing, prose, book-works, video, installation and performance. Our hybrid works—a kind of fusing-distilling-slagging-attuning to the local(e)—explore the metaphysical language and speculative publishing of lived experience. Through publishing-as-art-practice, A Published Event is an offering to participate. Together we co-compose complex fields of social, cultural and political relations by testing the proposition of a telling event. Propelled by a desire to connect with the more-than-human elements of everyday life, we seek a kind of solidarity built on affective attunement. We regularly undertake local and international fieldwork and residencies, participate in exhibitions, arts festivals and artist’s book fairs and are invited as scholars and speakers to share our work at national and international academic institutions. In 2017, we were selected as collaborating artists in the Banff International Curatorial Institute’s Residency Geologic Time curated by Max Andrews and Mariana Capena Luna (Latitudes), with faculty, Sean Lynch (Ireland).
 Two of our 2017 publications, Crocoite by Margaret Woodward and Fall of the Derwent by A Published Event were long-listed as finalists in the Premier’s Literary Awards, Tasmania, Australia.
Since 2015 we have undertaken three large scale publishing projects. In Fall of the Derwent (2016), we invite the River Derwent in Tasmania to write us as hydrographic score. In Lost Rocks (2017-21), a ‘slow-publishing’, literary-lithic exploration of absence re- composed, we invent the ‘fictiōnella’ as a gesture of experiential telling. In The People’s Library (2017-18), part performance library- part contemporary artwork, we offer an island the opportunity to publish its new and original works in any genre. In each of these works, we make books. We also make publics.

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