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Sat 11 Dec 2010, 2:00pm–3:00pm
Sat 11 Dec 2010, 3:30pm–4:30pm
Sat 11 Dec 2010, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Sun 12 Dec 2010, 11:00am–1:00pm

Where: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, 42 Queen St, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

This three part performance Contact by New Zealand artist Jim Allen hasn’t been shown since it was first performed in 1974 at the Auckland City Art Gallery. The work will be reconstructed for the opening of Points of Contact: Jim Allen, Len Lye, Hélio Oiticica, an exhibition that traces the connections between the artists.

Contact is a work in three parts, or ‘performance situations’, titled Computer Dance, Parangole Capes and Body Articulation / Imprint and performed in that order. Although each part can exist in its own right the event only fully works if their performance is seen in sequence. Each part takes about one hour to perform by six performers wearing a minimum of clothing and some donning masks and capes. Connecting the parts are TV screens showing recordings from the last performance so spectators have a visual juxtaposition of live and completed events.

Along with works by Lye and Oiticica, Points of Contact re-assembles for the first time the works of Allen’s Small Worlds 1969, Space Plane 1969 and The Water Pillow 1969. The restaging of Contact will run through the exhibition opening on Saturday December 11 with part one: Computer Dance at 3.30pm and part two: Parangole Capes at 6.30pm and on Sunday December 12 with part 3: Body Articulation/Imprint at 11am.

The exhibition Points of Contact: Jim Allen, Len Lye, Helio Oiticica is curated by Tyler Cann and Mercedes Vicente and is on from December 11 to February 27.

To learn more about the exhibition, join the curators and Wystan Curnow (critic and curator) and Tony Green (art historian) for a lively discussion of ideas surrounding the exhibition. Saturday 11 December at 2pm.

Also, on Sunday 12 December at 12pm join the curators in conversation with artist Jim Allen after the last performance of Contact.

Image caption: Jim Allen Contact, part one “Computer Dance” 1974.
Photo by Bryony Dalefield.
Courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett.

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