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October 2009

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New Artists Show: Fresh Gallery Otara, Newcall, None
ExhibitionsTitle: New Artists Show: Fresh Gallery Otara, Newcall, None
Dates: Saturday, 5 September 2009 - Saturday, 10 October 2009
Contact Person: Media Artspace

ARTSPACE's annual new artist show is a highlight of the Auckland exhibition calendar. The new artist show acts as a showcase, and barometer, of emerging national talent. This year's version sees ARTSPACE evolving the selection process by actively working with three very different artist-led initiatives.

ARTSPACE has invited Newcall, a central Auckland based gallery and studio program run by a collective of recent Elam graduates, Fresh Gallery Otara, a Manukau City Council initiative for contemporary Pacific art, and Dunedin's long-running but difficult to define performance space, None.

Working with these organisations brings to the fore existing structures established to support emerging practices. In bringing together such a diffuse range of collaborators, ARTSPACE hopes to disrupt the curatorial auteurship of previous years and render more visible the grass-roots organisations that build the contemporary art communities of tomorrow.

Given such benevolent tones it's no surprise that all three collectives approach the invitation with more than a little insouciance. For instance, None is taking the opportunity to rejuvenate their own basement, off-loading their accumulated debris as a burden ARTSPACE itself must bear, whilst Fresh offers a deceptively benign take on hair straightening that reveals larger cultural forces at play. Meanwhile, Newcall's repositioning of the new artist paradigm to include artists who have participated in previous years as well as international participants, makes plain the expanded platform this year's exhibition operates within.

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Talk: None
ExhibitionsTitle: Talk: None
Date: Saturday, 3 October 2009
Start time: 3:00 pm
Location: Level One, 300 Karangahape Road
Contact Person: Media Artspace

Alex MacKinnon and Edie Stevens will discuss the history of None and how the Dunedin based project space responded to the invitation to be part of the New Artists Show. While here in Auckland they will play a gig at The High Seas.

Occupant-run and self-funded, None is one-part studio building and one-part art project space. None has for the last 5 years of existence had an ever-changing occupation of the 10+ studio spaces and has enjoyed a routinely chaotic approach to management all along the way. This is important, as None occupies the role of a place where projects can be allowed to happen unmediated and at any time, as None has never had any obligations as a gallery that must be open during the day... Simply, None is first and foremost a studio collective, and after that, None is a platform for projects and events of the sporadic and the experimental, the things that simply do not happen if there is nowhere to do them!

GIG: THE HIGH SEAS 1/12-14 BERESFORD SQUARE SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER, 7PM, $5 Edie Eves & Alex MacKinnon, Rachel Shearer, The Absolutionists and Nigel Wright.

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Easy Listening Talk:  by Daniel Knorr, Tuesday 13 October, Elam Lecture Theatre, 6pm
Exhibitions International VisitorsTitle: Easy Listening Talk: by Daniel Knorr, Tuesday 13 October, Elam Lecture Theatre, 6pm
Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Start time: 6:00 pm
Contact Person: Media Artspace

You are invited to a talk by artist Daniel Knorr.

Daniel Knorr is a Romanian artist living in Berlin. His conceptually based art practice questions and subverts the dominant realms of public space, institutional structures and the nationstate. Since 2001 Knorr has been working on what he calls 'invisible artworks'--or artworks that exist primarily in their public reception.

His diverse approach includes works such as Powder (1994) where he exhibited 500grams of confiscated cocaine in a Munich subway to Stolen History (2008) when he covered the heads of public monuments in Copenhagen with balaclavas for one day. Awake/Asleep (2008) is an ongoing work where Daniel Knorr controls the exterior lighting of a building according to his sleeping patterns, he represented Romania at the Venice Biennale (2005) by leaving the pavilion empty revealing the traces of the building's usage over time.

Daniel Knorr is here in Auckland preparing for his exhibition BLOCK that opens at ARTSPACE on Saturday 31 of August.

Daniel Knorr's work has been included in many exhibitions including The promises of the past, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010); 5th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (2008); Manifesta 7, European Biennial (2008); U-Turn, Quadriennale, Copenhagen (2008) and Beneath the Underdog, Gagosian Gallery, New York (2007). Solo exhibitions held by Daniel include at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum (2008); Fei Art Center, Shanghai (2008) and European Influenza, The 51st Venice Biennale, Venice (2005).

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