Share / Cheat / Unite
05 Sep to 08 Oct
Share / Cheat / Unite
Gemma Banks, Yu Cheng-Chou, Sasha Huber, Anibal Lopez (A-1 53167), Chim↑Pom, Pilvi Takala, and Johnson Witehira
Exhibition Preview: Friday 1 September at 5.30pm
Exhibition Runs: 2 September – 8 October 2017
Saturday 2 September, 1pm:
Exhibition Talk with Bruce E. Phillips, Curator-at-Large, Te Tuhi, and Jamie Hanton, Director, The Physics Room
Share / Cheat / Unite is a collaborative exhibition between Te Tuhi and The Physics Room Contemporary Art Space. Featuring international and New Zealand-based artists, the exhibition delves into the human psyche to consider how altruism, cheating, and group formation play a key role in shaping society, but not necessarily in the ways we might assume.
First shown at Te Tuhi in Auckland last August, this version of Share / Cheat / Unite brings a different selection of artists together to create new inter-work connections and develop aspects of the original exhibition. Three artists remain from Te Tuhi: Anibal Lopez (A-1 53167), Yu Cheng-Chou, and Sasha Huber, and four have been introduced: Gemma Banks, Chim↑Pom, Pilvi Takala, and Johnson Witehira.
This iteration of Share / Cheat / Unite focuses on communication strategies and the use of language in the service of persuasion, coercion, and reconciliation. A new commission by Christchurch-based artist Gemma Banks situates these ideas in The Physics Room’s immediate environment of the post-quake ‘Innovation Precinct’; a model of neo-liberal urban development designed to legitimize and maximize productivity through a language of creativity.
It is the system’s Foucauldian reliance on language to uphold its values that the artists of Share / Cheat / Unite address directly. Yu Cheng-Chou, Anibal Lopez (A-1 53167), and Pilvi Takala focus on the human consequences of a market that privileges and valorizes certain forms of labour, while Johnson Witehira, Sasha Huber, and Chim↑Pom challenge the ongoing, and traumatic, effects of language within histories of inequitable power relations.
Each artist in Share / Cheat / Unite capitalizes on the system’s paradoxical relationship to creativity – the artist at once precarious and unusually mobile – to operate with one foot in the sphere of creative practice, and one foot out, employing guerrilla tactics to actively share, cheat, and unite.
|Date(s): 05 Sep to 08 Oct|
|Time: Tues – Fri 10am–5pm & Sat, Sun 11am-4pm|
|Venue: The Physics Room|
|Official Website: Click here|
|Event Categories: Exhibitions|
25 September: High 24°
26 September: High 19°
27 September: High 13°
28 September: High 14°
29 September: High 17°