Stray Dogs - Online Reading Series

Stray Dogs

Stray Dogs is an online reading series made up of writers reflecting on art in times of contagion and edited by Diego Ramirez. These emerging and established writers look at current events in direct and oblique ways, while considering issues of identity, intimacy, and structural transformation. Their ideas stray from the dominant culture, transiting the raw paths of contemporary life under pandemic isolation. Each of these pieces was originally published in the arts journal Running Dog and have been reanimated in the virtual space for FUSE Festival, with the writers themselves bringing voice to this digital corpus. These texts include reviews, commentary, autobiography and ficto-criticism. 


The readings will be uploaded in dispatches for the duration of the festival via, while also being distributed via newsletters and social media. As the readings are uploaded, the site will evolve into an archive of the disorienting times we are experiencing.

CONTENT WARNING: Some of the readings contain strong language and adult themes.

Texts originally commissioned by Running Dog and edited by Diego Ramirez

Proudly supported by the Darebin City Council's FUSE Fund Program


Running Dog is an online arts platform based in Sydney, Australia. They publish weekly articles about exhibitions and events taking place in Sydney and regional New South Wales.


Running Dog believes in experimentation, playfulness and rigour in contemporary arts writing, and seeks to privilege nuance and contemplation in debate. They are committed to covering the work of emerging and established artists through circulating regular content about artist run spaces, collectives, commercial galleries, institutions, one-off events and festivals.


Diego Ramirez is an artist, writer and arts worker. His practice employs a variety of mediums (ranging from video, to performance and signage) to unpack representations of otherness from the perspective of a Mexican subject. Ramirez's writing features in A+a: Art and Australia, NECSUS, un Projects, Runway Journal, Art Collector, Running Dog, Critical Contemporary Culture Journal, Australian Book Review, The Article, Fragmented Magazine, *dumb brun(ette) and catalogue essays for various exhibitions. He is co-founder and co-editor of the discursive platform *dumb brun(ette), which published the booklet *dumb brun(ette) vol.1 for Bus Projects’ stall at the NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair. He is the Editor-at-large at Running Dog, a publishing platform based in Sydney. As an artist, he is represented by MARS Gallery.




Event & ticketing details

Dates & Times

Online reading Friday 4 September - 6pm
Online reading Friday 25 September - 6pm
Online reading Friday 16 October - 6pm
Online reading Friday 13 November - 6pm
Online reading Sunday 29 November - 4pm

Event notes

Audience info

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