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Dutch participation in 2008 Scape Biennial

Dutch participation in 2008 Scape Biennial Christchurch 19 September - 2 November

With pleasure the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands announces:

ZUS Zones Urbaines Sensibles - at Cashel Street

ZUS was founded in 2001 by Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman in Rotterdam.

ZUS has been involved in a broad range of design and research, ranging from fashion to urban planning. ZUS has also designed various urban plans, such as a neighbourhood for 350 houses and a complete floating city on the Dutch delta. The firm has been recognised at a number of major international competitions and recently won a proposal for their ‘Central Park’ concept, due to be realised at the Worldexpo in Shanghai 2010.

Their critical research includes the production of books and articles such as ‘Laboratory Rotterdam: Decode Space, New perspectives on public domain’ (AIR publishers 2007) and ‘Re-public, towards new spatial politics’ (NAi Publishers 2007). ZUS’s cross-disciplinary approach and insightful reflections across the border of private and public space earned them the prestigious Maaskant Prize for Young Architects in 2007.


Atelier Van Lieshout (ALV) - at Cathedral Square

Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) is a multidisciplinary company that operates internationally in the field of contemporary art, design and architecture. AVL was founded in 1995 by Joep van Lieshout. The name Atelier Van Lieshout emphasises the fact that the works of art do not stem solely from the creative brain of Joep van Lieshout, but are produced by a creative team. The works of art are practical, uncomplicated and substantial. The work varies from sculptures and furniture, bathrooms and mobile home units to complete architectural refurbishments. One of the many applications and techniques used by AVL are the large polyester constructions in striking, bright colours. These polyester constructions, of which the large mobile home units are the best known, form the AVL trademark. For a number of years now the focus has no longer been on standardised, made-to-order furniture, but has shifted to works of art that can be used for a selfsufficient and independent lifestyle. In addition to this development and the production of applied art, the Atelier also realises many autonomous art projects.

In 2001 Atelier Van Lieshout realised AVL-Ville, a 'free state' in the port of Rotterdam. This large-scale project forms a high point in the work of AVL; it is a culmination of all the works produced by AVL up to that time. After a successful and tumultuous year, the AVL-Ville project was completed. AVL has recently located its first AVL-Ville export product in Park Middelheim in Antwerp: the AVL Franchise Unit. Recently, AVL developed a style where the absence of design has become an important issue, using industrial materials such as galvanized steel tubes used for scaffolding, and sheets of unfinished plywood. Their raw functionality stands in contrast with the series of colourful polyester sculptures that AVL produced recently: human figures in various postures and actions, but also a complete series of human internal organs. Atelier van Lieshout Floating Sculpture 2000

both with spectacular projects in:

2008 SCAPE 19 September - 2 November CHRISTCHURCH

of art in public space -
"Wandering Lines: Towards a New Culture of Space"

SCAPE is New Zealand's only international contemporary biennial dedicated to public art. It is organised by the Art & Industry Biennial Trust.

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Prepare yourself to encounter mind-expanding public art installations in New Zealand’s Christchurch this spring. It’s all for art’s sake and part of 2008 SCAPE Christchurch Biennial of Art in Public Space to be held between 19 September – 2 November 2008. Co-curated by Turkey’s internationally renowned Fulya Erdemci and New Zealand’s Danae Mossman, SCAPE 2008 puts Christchurch firmly on the international map with an impressive line of artists showcasing new ways of creating and experiencing art in public space.

Featuring more than 25 artists from 15 countries and including six New Zealand artists, presenting the most innovative and bold public art being made today, this year’s Biennial dares visitors to take a fresh look at Christchurch and the spaces within it. “SCAPE is the only New Zealand biennial which focuses on commissioning new works of art in public space,” says SCAPE Director Deborah McCormick. “Nearly 90 per cent of the artworks shown in the Biennial will premiere in Christchurch, which is exciting for the local community and visitors alike.

Cashel Street, a main arterial between the central city and eastern suburbs will feature Flour Power of Regan Gentry at Stewart PLaze, on the corner of Cashel and Hereford Steets and the newly commissioned projects by Callum Morton (Australia), known for his ambitious works that play on the homogeneity of corporate architecture, along with politically focused duo ZUS Architects (The Netherlands), who inject fresh and user friendly approaches to public spaces.

SCAPE 2008 curators have been working with AVL ( Atelier van Lieshout) to develop a project for Christchurch’s Cathedral Square.

Interwoven into the centre of Christchurch will also be new projects by Billy Apple (New Zealand), Carmela Gross (Brazil), Maider López (Spain), and Tatzu Oozu (Japan/Germany). The latter renown for his artist’s eye rescaling the often inhuman proportions of public space by elevating everyday life in quirky, humourous way. Other New Zealanders joining the esteemed and diverse international line-up include Hannah & Aaron Beehre, Lonnie Hutchinson, Paul Johns, James Oram and Marnie Slater. The opening weekend is packed with visits by participating artists, curators and other art professionals as guest speakers, and panel discussions, lectures, workshops, artist talks as well as exhibition tours all accessible to people of a wide range of ages and interests.


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