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Two New Exhibitions at the Physics Room

Two New Exhibitions at the Physics Room

Our Moment Together
- Marnie Slater
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Our Moment Together
Marnie Slater
27 September – 21 October 2006

Opening preview: Tuesday 26 September 2006, 5.30pm

Honing in on those moments when notions of what is public and private collide, Marnie Slater’s Our Moment Together promises to both accommodate and amplify the honesty of her audience’s leap into the ordinary.

Slater's recent practice has become increasingly interested in the active prospects of gallery space. Through collaborations, interventions and installations she has interrogated the role of the gallery, artist and audience. For The Physics Room Slater will be setting the scene for visitors of the gallery to have a moment with the city while being both protected and exposed by the confines of the gallery.

Intended to be read in parallel to the 2006 SCAPE Biennial of Art in Public Space, Our Moment Together plays with the heavily criticised, revered and politicised boarders of the public gallery and will also employ a poster campaign around Christchurch. Interested in the gallery as a place of examination, performance and potential self-enlightenment, Our Moment Together questions the parameters and processes of interaction.

Marnie Slater is a Wellington-based artist who has recently returned from a five month Commonwealth Arts and Craft Award in Bombay, India. Recent projects include an artist book, an epic collaboration and a mural in a suburban kindergarten. Slater graduated from the Fine Arts programme at Massey University, Wellington in 2004 and has exhibited throughout New Zealand and Australia. Slater is an active board member of Enjoy in Wellington and is currently trying not to get a job.

Calling New Age
Power (remix) - Robert Hood
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Calling New Age Power (remix)
Robert Hood
27 September – 21 October 2006

Opening preview: Tuesday 26 September 2006, 5.30pm

Perennially enigmatic, deferrals, stand-ins and new age refluxes proliferate throughout the various incarnations of Robert Hood’s artistic practice. Tracing reflections carefully through a mire of everyday assumptions and material dependencies Hood’s past work offers empty promises, doublings, absences and a dubious brand of authorship that retains a succinctly sentimental appeal.

Borrowing its title from the song New Age Power by Auckland band King Loser, Hood’s video is transfixed by cultural nuances, conduits and memorial flows, Calling New Age Power (remix) immerses the audience within a delirious ebb of reverberating existential conceits. Hood’s entropic investigations and suggestively surreptitious creativities promise to make the most of this remix version’s altered cadence and modified authorship.

Currently operating from Christchurch, Hood offers over six years of hands-on, real-life visual results. He used to specialise in remote visual healing via email and telephone sessions, but he stopped doing this. He now works as an unnatural optics intuitive guide specialising in working with people and their objects from a very long distance. His work is here to remind you that the universal life energy is everywhere and that it’s inside the DNA of each of your cells. Hood holds a BFA from the School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury.


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