When I was developing as an artist in Melbourne the one magazine that seemed to matter in the world of art, dance, theatre, media art and performance was RealTime. It came out monthly and would be dumped in large piles at different art institutions. RealTime gave me a sense of the art that was happening in all of Australia (and beyond), what was possible, and also what I wanted to avoid.
Recently, RealTime released their entire print archive as searchable PDFs:
Hot off the press!! At long last RealTime print editions 1-40 are available in our online archive. PDFs of each edition preserve the look of RealTime and each is searchable — treasure chests of highly responsive reviewing, critical thinking and, yes, humour (we even had ‘sports’ columns in those days).
The archive is here — http://www.realtime.org.au/archive/ — and if you have any interest in the way art and performance in Australia has shaped and been shaped by culture, then it’s a perfect collection of materials and ideas for you.