EXHIBITION DATES:Saturday, 8 August 2009 - Sunday, 20 September 2009
OPENING:6-8pm Friday 7 August
Curators: Reuben Keehan (NSW) Melissa Keys (AUS/USA)
Peter McKay (SA)
Artists: Akira Akira (SA) Catherine Bell (VIC) Chris
Bond (VIC) Matthew Hunt (WA) Huseyin Sami (NSW)
"3 curators, the same 5 artists, 3 different exhibitions. As
Linden uber-curator Jan Duffy says, it's like the 'invention
challenge' on Masterchef. Provided with limited ingredients, each
curator must compose separate exhibitions for the audience to
compare and (inevitably) evaluate in terms of creation or
invention. For Jan, the point is to 'make visible' the 'process of
cultural production', to expose some of the behind the scenes
kitchen prep that produce exhibitions, to manifest the 'persuasion'
and 'negotiation' that differentiate exhibition outcomes."
- Stuart Koop from Persuasion
Equation catalogue essay.
For Melissa Keys exhibition Coming
undone the world can be "characterised as being
in a state of coming undone. A state of barely together almost
falling apartness. The very architecture of our existence is
unknowably complex and inherently unsound. We individually and
collectively bind it together - but only just. Our environment and
lives are at once rich with possibility and riddled with risk.
Always in the making and being unmade - incrementally or
catastrophically - the world we create and occupy embodies a flux
of incompleteness and change."
Reuben Keehan presented the artists with the
following statement "Invariably, codes of ethics of official
societies of clinical hypnotists forbid the use of hypnosis for
entertainment purposes." His exhibition The
Ethics of Hypnosis is "a project predicated on
failure. Failure is both its point of departure and its point of
arrival. Failure is its programmatic goal, its hedging of its own
bets; it can only succeed in failing, or fail to fail, so that any
success despite itself will be a double failure. It is its own
tautological proposition, and in this sense it need not even take
place, not even perform."
Peter McKay's exhibition Nature
2.0 deals with the environment. "Though the term
Anthropocene is relatively new, we have been imagining this future
for some time in science fiction (think classics like Do Androids
Dream of Electric Sheep? Logan's Run and the 'Apocalyptic' and
'Dying Earth' subgenres generally) and acting against it through
countless environmental movements. Now that the planet's changes
are clearly perceivable and we start to glimpse the impending
social, political, and cultural changes ahead, our imaginations
begin to shift focus from what might be to dealing with what is.
Updating Nietzsche's The Gay Science we might well remark 'Nature
is dead. Nature remains dead. And we have killed it. How shall we