Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


The medium is the message - Wellington Media Collective

MEDIA RELEASE

18 October 2012
___________________________________________________
The medium is the message

Wellington Media
Collective

Wellington Media Collective Trust, 2012.

Following on from ‘Behind Closed Doors’, the 2011 exhibition that brought to light art works from private collections in Wellington, the latest exhibitions at the Adam Art Gallery reveal another unsung aspect of the city’s cultural history. This is the graphic work of the prolific Wellington Media Collective, a confederation of graphic designers, printers, photographers and associates who produced posters, magazines, catalogues and leaflets for community and political groups between 1978 and 1998.

‘We Will Work With You!’, which opens 23 October, captures the ethos of the Wellington Media Collective, which sought to empower disenfranchised groups by providing a visual form for their messages and enabling groups to take the medium into their own hands.

“Based on the principles of equality and social engagement, the Collective’s members have had a lasting impact on the social, cultural and political life of the capital,” says Gallery Director Christina Barton.

The exhibition is part of an archival project underway in collaboration with the Alexander Turnbull Library and Victoria’s Museum and Heritage Studies Programme to ensure that a record of the Collective’s work is preserved for the future. A book documenting the group’s work and activities will also be published and launched at the exhibition’s close.

Seeking to extend the Collective’s vision, the Adam Art Gallery has commissioned a project by White Fungus magazine, which sees a new series of posters and a free newsprint publication created as part of the exhibition.

Based on a statement by Prime Minister Right Hon John Key: “Our children are important… they are the consumers of the future,” they interrogate the impact of neo-liberal thinking on Wellington’s urban and architectural fabric over recent decades.

To engage a younger generation, White Fungus editors Ron and Mark Hanson are working with the Gallery to invite students and the public to create their own posters, which will be presented in the gallery in the new year; the winning art work will be published on the Gallery’s website and in the next issue of White Fungus.

These two projects are joined by a one-work presentation of American artist, Martha Rosler’s ‘The Bowery in Two Inadequate Descriptive Systems (1974-75)’, a series of photographs and texts that document what was once New York’s most impoverished neighbourhood.

Given that neither the images nor the descriptive words that comprise the work actually reveal the victims of urban blight: those people suffering poverty, homelessness, and addiction—this work has become a key monument in debates about the ethics of representation.

Gallery curator Michelle Menzies says: “What these exhibitions make visible is the interface between the constructions of visual and graphic art and the lived complexities of social life, which is where the politics of style resides.

“They ask big questions about how the socially marginalised in a society can be represented, and who can properly do the representing.”

A lively programme of lectures, discussions and film screenings accompanies the exhibition, one highlight being the first live Adam Art Gallery Skype Conversation with Martha Rosler on 26 January 2013. For a full programme see www.adamartgallery.org.nz

The exhibition opens 23 October and runs until 10 February, closing from 21 December until 22 January over the summer holiday period.

What: We Will Work With You! Wellington Media Collective 1978-1998; Martha Rosler, The Bowery in Two Inadequate Descriptive Systems; and The Consumers of the Future, a commissioned project by White Fungus.
Where: Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
When: Opening 6pm Tuesday 23 October, press welcome from 11am.
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 11am to 5pm

Free entry

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

The Last Dambuster: Death Of Les Munro

The Governor-General has noted the passing of Les Munro, the last remaining airman from the Dambuster Raid: “In this year where we are marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, it is more important than ever to honour the veterans of that conflict..." More>>

ALSO:

Album Review And Rap Beefs: Tame Impala, Currents.

Tame Impala’s new album Currents has one of the hallmarks of an enduring album. At first listen it seems like good, if somewhat ordinary, pop but as you go back more and more layers unravel revealing deeply rich, expertly crafted songs. More>>

Flagging Enthusiasm: Gareth Morgan Announces Winner Of $20k Flag Competition

The winner of the Morgan Foundation’s $20,000 flag competition is “Wā kāinga / Home”, designed by Auckland based Studio Alexander. Economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan set up the competition because he had strong views on what the flag should represent but he couldn’t draw one himself. More>>

ALSO:

Books: The Lawson Quins Tell Their Incredible Story

They could have been any family of six children – except that five of them were born at once. It will come as a shock to many older New Zealanders to realise that Saturday July 25 is the Lawson quintuplets’ 50th birthday. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Wartime Women

Coinciding as it does with the movie Imitation Game which focusses on Alan Turing breaking the Enigma code in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park (“BP”), this book is likely to attract a wide readership. It deserves to do so, as it illustrates that BP was very much more than Turing and his colleagues. More>>

Maori Language Commission: Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori 2015

The theme for Māori Language Week 27 July – 2 August 2015 is ‘Whāngaihia te Reo ki ngā Mātua’ ‘Nurture the language in parents’. It aims to encourage and support every day Māori language use for parents and caregivers with children” says Acting Chief Executive Tuehu Harris.. More>>

ALSO:

Live Music: Earl Sweatshirt Plays To Sold Out Bodega

The hyped sell-out crowd had already packed themselves as close as they could get to the stage before Earl came on. The smell of weed, sweat and beer filled Bodega – more debauched sauna than bar by this point. When he arrived on stage the screaming ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news