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    Very excited to be in the final month preparing AMONG THE MACHINES for the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

    Hayden Fowler New World Order 2013 production still #13 Courtesy of the artist

    This is the gallery blurb:

    AMONG THE MACHINES features works by 13 Australian and New Zealand artists who interrogate relationships between utopia, technology, nature and place. Situating the long term concerns of ecology alongside the hopefulness of utopian thought, and with a focus on the South Island of New Zealand, the works in the exhibition offer a speculative map for the future histories of media, machines and humans. For this, the second installment in a series of collaborative curatorial projects with visiting scholars, the Gallery will be working with Dr Susan Ballard, a New Zealand academic based at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

    The artists are:
    Susan Norrie
    Daniel Crooks
    Ruth Buchanan
    Jae Hoon Lee
    Aaron and Hannah Beehre
    Hayden Fowler
    Stella Brennan
    Fiona Pardington
    Nathan Pohio
    Douglas Bagnall
    Bronwyn Holloway-Smith
    Ann Shelton
    Ronnie Van Hout

    Gathering some of the reviews and discussion:
    Channel 9 (Local Dunedin TV) http://www.ch9.co.nz/content/new-multi-media-exhibition-created-dunedin
    Radio NZ (National NZ Radio) http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/artsonsunday/audio/2562029/among-the-machines
    Otago Daily Times (Dunedin Newspaper) review by Peter Entwhistle http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/265663/well-worth-getting-among-machines-projections
    E-Flux advert http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/among-the-machines/
    Otago Daily Times Profile by Charmian Smith http://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/arts/263506/its-nature-man-and-machinery
    Critic Dunedin Student newspaper http://www.critic.co.nz/culture/article/3133/among-the-machines
    The Listener, NZ National news and current affairs magazine http://www.listener.co.nz/culture/art/searching-for-erewhon/


    Public Lecture: Cao Fei

    ‘Communism was our utopia’: Traces of the past in utopian futures.
    Public Lecture at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, May 16th 2010.

    This talk will contextualise the exhibition ‘Cao Fei: Utopia’ in the ongoing tradition of art’s engagements with utopia. Departing from Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” the talk examines the ecological, economic, political, and technological history of utopian dreams. This is the last day of the exhibition. Cao Fei: Utopia is a joint project by ARTSPACE Auckland and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.


    PSN Electronic: 10 years of bad sleep

    PSN Electronic play “10 years of bad sleep” at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in support of Chris Watson. 8 October 2009.


    Dirty Princesses

    Catalogue Essay: “Dirty Princesses” in Michele Beevors: Debbie Does Disney, Dunedin Public Art Gallery: Dunedin, November 2008.

    None of this makes for pleasant viewing. Beevors makes us complicit in these acts of violence and self-harm, and these princesses reflect the disturbing private lives of contemporary society as they harm not only themselves but by implication us. Still, I prefer the sordid reality of these princesses to the mindless aggression of the gross merchandising machine that accompanies the new release of a Disney princess story, and reflects a contemporary social morality built on fear and complacency.

    download pdf: DebbieDoesDisney Catalogue


    Beyond the Surface

    Beyond the Surface: Susan Ballard, Kim Pieters, Séraphine Pick and Maryrose Crook, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 22 April – 18 June; Hawkes Bay Cultural Trust 2 Sept – 28 Oct 2001.

    Extracts from Catalogue essay:
    Pages and paintings generate spaces of activity, where basic white is always stung by experience. In Beyond the Surface, three painters and one writer present these visual spaces as fragments that unfold before the viewer. Travelling between the paintings and words in this exhibition, we find ourselves in seemingly exotic places and other worlds, watching fleeting half-lives which are often pervaded by the perfume of earlier thoughts or memories.

    Pick’s shelf of Earthly Possessions offers an archive of yet another kind. These Possessions may be disguised in white paint, but unlike most found objects they do not await some new use. Cameras, tape-decks, cell-phones—all of these are devices for storing information and recording the past. Pick has cancelled the objects’ functions and embellished them with traces of the lives they once led. Grandmother’s knitting hands can be found on the radio beside which she sat for years.