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What's on at The Dowse? - 12 Nov 2012

Understanding The Art of Video Games Sat 17 November, 1pm | FREE | No Booking required
Are video games art? Meet Grant Tavinor, Lecturer in Philosophy at Lincoln University and author of ‘The Art Of Video Games’. Grant will offer insights into the art behind the games and explore how art philosophy can also be applied to video games. In association with Arcade: Homegrown Video Games.
Indie Game: The Movie Sun 25 November, 6pm | $5 | No Booking Required
In association with Arcade, The Dowse will screen Indie Game: The Movie, the Sundance Film Festival award-winning film. Indie Game: The Movie looks at the underdogs of the video game industry - indie game developers who sacrifice money, health and sanity to share their creative vision.

PG13. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13 | No booking required.

Late Lounge with Black Spider Stomp Thurs 6 December 2012, 7pm | Koha
A five-piece original gypsy swing band with all the jazz , brass and guitar you could hope for and some toe tapping rhythms to boot. All ages welcome, with galleries, cafe, cash bar and MINE: The Dowse Shop open until 9pm. IMAGE ATTACHED

Talk & Tour: Saskia Leek Sun 16 December, 1pm | FREE | No Booking required
Join artist Saskia Leek as she takes a tour through her exhibition, Desk Collection.
Opening Exhibitions…
Play 1 December 2012 – 1 April 2013 | FREE
'The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.' Plato.

The Dowse will be awash with 'lovely things' this summer - stunning play furniture, playscapes and play-objects created by leading international designers will tempt design fanatics of all ages. The Silbery Longrun Season of Play features the work of world-renown design-heavyweights like Charles & Ray Eames, Enzo Mari, Verner Panton, Eero Aarnio as well as well-known companies like Bauhaus, Vitra, Magis and Sirch.

Images attached: Jetliner by Playsam; Eames Elephants, 1945. Made by Vitra
Saskia Leek: Desk Collection 15 December 2012 – 14 April 2013
In an era of ever larger and louder artworks, Saskia Leek is known for the intimate quality of her paintings. Desk Collection brings together nearly 60 of her works in a survey exhibition spanning 1994–2012.

The exhibition traces Leek's rise to prominence in 1995 as a young artist in the touring exhibition Hangover, which located her with a new generation of artists whose work delved into popular and youth culture. From the diaristic, comic book nature of these early works, Leek evolved into studies testing the possibilities and limits of the painted image. More recently, Leek received national acclaim as a finalist in the Walters Art Award, New Zealand's most important art prize, for Yellow is the Putty of the World.

Her paintings often begin in response to other paintings, sometimes the iconic masterpieces of modernism, but just as likely works by hobby and folk artists sourced from junk shops. Deploying the familiar and hackneyed motifs of still life, landscape and portraits of houses and pets, Leek reinvigorates worn-out imagery as reconsiderations of painting for a contemporary age.

Images attached: Saskia Leek, Untitled, 2004. Courtesy of the artist and Ivan Anthony Gallery; Saskia Leek, Animal Home, 2007. Collection of The Artist
Ongoing Exhibitions…

Arcade: Homegrown Video Games 10 November 2012 – 24 February 2013 | FREE
From Cletus Clay to Dungeon King, from hack and slash to butterfly play, The Dowse celebrates the talents of New Zealand's visionary game designers in Arcade. Arcade showcases the work of our most talented and influential indie gaming artists in an exhibition of striking visual effects, stunning digital art as well as still images, video and the actual games to play.

Image attached: Bulletproof Arcade, Dungeon King
Lauren Winstone: Holding holes 27 October 2012 – 10 February 2013 | FREE
A ceramics exhibition by Auckland artist Lauren Winstone that draws on modernist forms to explore the relationship between parts and wholes. Holding holes features a range of hand-thrown ceramic pieces created especially for this show.

Jeffrey Harris: By Definition 11 August – 27 January 2012 | FREE
A suite of 12 striking black and white aquatint prints from The Dowse Collection made by New Zealand artist Jeffrey Harris in 1988. Harris himself describes his practice as "a diary of painted pain". His recurrent themes are ones of loneliness, suffering and sacrifice.
Closing Exhibitions…
In Spite of Ourselves: Approaching Documentary 8 September – 2 December 2012 | FREE

Featuring photography, video and sound, and taking photographer Ans Westra's iconic and controversial images from Washday at the Pa (1964) as its starting point, In Spite of Ourselves offers new ways to read, understand and interpret documentary practices. The exhibition features works by New Zealand and international artists including Mark Adams, Louisa Afoa, Sophia Al-Maria, David Cook, Rebecca Ann Hobbs, John Lake, Darcy Lange, Jae Hoon Lee, Janet Lilo, Sarah Murphy, Walid Raad, Ann Shelton, Sheigeru Takato, Haruhiko Sameshima, Luke Willis Thompson and Vandy Rattana.
In Spite of Ourselves: Approaching Documentary is a St Paul St Gallery touring exhibition, curated by Fiona Amundsen, Dieneke Jansen and Vera Mey

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Jetliner black by Playsam

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Dungeon King by BulletProof Arcade


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