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Object Lessons: A Musical Fiction


Wed 6 Oct 2010, 11:00am–5:00pm
Thu 7 Oct 2010, 11:00am–5:00pm
Fri 8 Oct 2010, 11:00am–5:00pm
Sat 9 Oct 2010, 11:00am–5:00pm
Sun 10 Oct 2010, 11:00am–5:00pm

Where: Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Gate 3, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: AdamArtGallery

Music takes centre stage at the Adam Art Gallery this year, with two of the gallery’s exhibitions exploring the intersections between music and the visual arts.

This focus emerges from the Adam Art Gallery’s Sound Check research programme, which aims to build knowledge on the relatively uncharted and undocumented field of sound as a subject for artists.

Object Lessons: A Musical Fiction explores the material and visual legacy of independent music production and distribution in New Zealand; the exhibition’s aim being to look back in order to forecast the future.

In the era of the digital download, the exhibition asks: What is the relationship between the evolution of music and its dissemination formats? What has been and what continues to be the economic, social and aesthetic value of music’s modes of delivery? How will the music industry respond to future forms of distribution? And what implications will these have for those who are involved in its production?

The project does not simply display now-obsolete examples of music’s delivery mechanisms, but will present newly commissioned works by New Zealand artist/musicians who ask vital questions about the forms music has taken.

The artists/musicians invited by co-curators Laura Preston and Mark Williams are all independent producers, who largely work outside the mainstream music industry or whose practices pose challenges to notions of what constitutes conventional art making. They are Fitts & Holderness, DJ $1 record (aka Bryce Galloway), Caroline Johnston, Torben Tilly & Robin Watkins, and Ronnie van Hout. The exhibition catalogue includes contributions from Campbell Kneale, Antony Milton and Bruce Russell.

Object Lessons is presented alongside the work of London based art collective and 2010 Turner Prize nominees The Otolith Group. Exclusive to the Adam Art Gallery, their trilogy of film works A Long Time Between Suns sympathetically explores the histories of futurity and the artistic treatment of archival moving imagery and sound.

Curated by Laura Preston & Mark Williams.

Opening: Friday 6 August 2010, 6pm

The Adam Art Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5pm. Entry is always free.

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