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Simon Denny and Michael Stevenson in conversation
Wednesday November 8, 6:30pm
Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium, FREE

Simon Denny and Michael Stevenson

Michael Stevenson ‘Classroom furniture for CS183’, in Serene, Velocity in Practice: MC510/CS183 2017


Join artists Simon Denny and Michael Stevenson in conversation, convened by Natasha Conland, Curator Contemporary Art, Auckland Art Gallery This talk is presented on the occasion of Michael Stevenson, Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510/CS183, 12 November 2017 - Sunday 4 February 2018. Curated by Natasha Conland, commissioned by the Auckland art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki with commissioning partners the Biennale of Sydney, 2018 and Monash University Museum of Art Museum, Melbourne.



Simon Denny (born 1982, in Auckland, lives and works in Berlin) studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts and at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main. Selected solo exhibitions include: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2017); WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2016); Serpentine Galleries, London (2015); MoMA PS1, New York (2015); Portikus, Frankfurt (2014); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (2013); Kunstverein Munich, Munich (2013); and Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2012). In 2012, Denny was awarded the Art Basel Statements Baloise Preis. Selected group shows include: The 9th Berlin Biennale (2016); 13th Lyon Biennale, (2015); 6th Moscow Biennale (2015) Speculations on Anonymous Materials, Fridericianum, Kassel (2013); Brussels Biennale (2008); Sydney Biennale (2008). Denny represented New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and was included in the central curated exhibition in 2013.


Michael Stevenson (born 1964, in Inglewood, New Zealand) has lived in Berlin for over 15 years. He is known for adopting an anthropological approach that often attracts moments of irrationality. His ambitious sculptural practice over many years appears to map historical narratives from certainty to ruin, mathematics to miracles, secrets and exchange. Significant recent projects have been seen at Carl Freedman, Art Basel (2016), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2015), Dojima River Biennale, Osaka (2015), Sculpture Center, New York (2015), Liverpool Biennial (2014), Tate Modern, London (2014), Berlin Biennale (2014, 2010), Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland (2013), Portikus, Frankfurt am Main (2012), Museum Tamayo, Mexico City (2012) and a survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012). Stevenson is currently professor of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Nürnberg



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Martine Syms, 'Misdirected Kiss' performative lecture
Tuesday November 22, 2016

On the occasion of Artspace NZ’s current exhibition Potentially Yours, The Coming Community, exhibiting artist Martine Syms will present her performative lecture, Misdirected Kiss. Previously presented in the US, Canada and the UK, this iteration of the work will mark its first time being performed in the Asia-Pacific region.
Misdirected Kiss tells a story about language, movement, and performance as observed in black female entertainers. Akin to Notes on Gesture, the four-channel video exhibited at Artspace NZ, much of Syms’ practice deploys fragments of social, televisual and cinematic media to tease out popular culture’s use of the black body as a ‘carrier of gestures’, both racialised and gendered. 
Martine Syms’ artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including presentations at the New Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, MCA Chicago, Green Gallery, Gene Siskel Film Centre, and White Flag Projects. She has lectured at Yale University, SXSW, California Institute of the Arts, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, and MoMA PS1, among other venues. Syms’ recently presented exhibitions include Borrowed Lady, SFU Galleries, Vancouver; Fact and Trouble, ICA London; Vertical Elevated Oblique, Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York. From 2007-2011 she was the co-director of the Chicago artist-run project space Golden Age, and she currently runs Dominica Publishing: an imprint dedicated to exploring blackness in visual culture. She is the author of Implications and Distinctions: Format, Content and Context in Contemporary Race Film (2011).


Esther Lu, Director of Taipei
Contemporary Art Center (TCAC)
Wednesday August 3, 2016


Esther Lu is a curator based in Taipei, and the director of Taipei Contemporary Art Center. She received her MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and participated in Konstfack University’s CuratorLab program in Stockholm. Lu’s practice focuses on creating different interplays with institutions and visibility, and her conceptual projects often address the agency of art and initiate alternative artistic productions in-between social scenes and artistic platforms in order to investigate the critical role of art today.


Since 2015, she joined TCAC and embarked a series of institutional transformation for organizational structure, program contents and space together with her team and other professionals to explore and re-conceptualize space of art in relation to diverse art production, presenting a few key projects including Remastering Under the Banyan Tree (2015), Black Market White Paper (2015), etc. Her curatorial projects include Never Odd or Even (2014), This is not a Taiwan Pavilion (2013) — collateral event in the 55th Venice Biennale, Don't Brush Off What You See: 10 Ideas from Artists on Energy and Disaster (2011), Turntable Series II: Idea Generator (2009), Good Gangsters in Town (2008), etc. She co-curated Big Family Business (2007) in Istanbul and Duet (2009) in Taipei, and organized MITTing: Art and Cultural Network Forum (2014) for the Open-Contemporary Art Center to initiate a Southeast Asia art network, and is the editor of their ThaiTai project publication. Her recent articles are published in art magazines, including Artco Journal, ArtReview Asia, Pipeline, etc.


Esther Lu is a guest of Artspace NZ in Auckland, during the Chen Chieh-jen exhibition 'Realm of Reverberations' 1 July - 27 August. Artspace acknowledges the Asia New Zealand Foundation for supporting this project.  


Fulya Erdemci "Time as Public Issue"
June 27, 2015

Together with the protests currently breaking out in the streets, and/or through social media, the discussions on the public domain have been invigorated in art contexts more than ever. From a perspective concerning politics of space, we take urban public spaces as the spatial component of the democratic apparatus. 
The talk will unfold through examples of Erdemci’s curatorial projects, including the Istanbul Pedestrian Exhibitions, the first urban public space exhibition in Turkey, (2002-2005), SCAPE (2008) in Christchurch co-curated with Danae Mossman, and from SKOR, Foundation for Art and Public Domain. Furthermore, it will focus on the 13th Istanbul Biennial "Mom, am I barbarian?” that was realised in the (Turkish) Fall of 2013 and overlapped with the Gezi resistance not only in terms of time but also the questions it posed on the multiple publics and the urban public spaces. 


Stephanie Rosenthal - the 20th Biennale of Sydney 2016
Wednesday October 14, 2015

Please join internationally renowned curator Stephanie Rosenthal, artistic director of the upcoming 20th Biennale of Sydney, as she presents an overview of her recent exhibition work and intentions for Sydney in 2016, in conversation with Natasha Conland, Auckland Art Gallery curator, contemporary art.
Internationally acclaimed curator Stephanie Rosenthal has held the position of Chief Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London since 2007. A key focus of her curatorial practice is the exploration of the relationship between visual art and performance.
Stephanie Rosenthal holds a PHD in Art History from the Universität in Köln and a MA from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich. Writing and lecturing extensively on the subjects of curating and performative practices in public institutions, Rosenthal has also contributed numerous essays to books and periodicals on contemporary art and artists, including recent publications that accompanied major the retrospective exhibitions Ana Mendieta: Traces (2013) and Dayanita Singh: Go Away Closer (2013). Notable exhibitions that Rosenthal has curated at the Hayward Gallery include MIRRORCITY (2014); Pipilotti Rist: Eyeball Massage (2012); Art of Change: New Directions from China (2012); MOVE: Choreographing You (2010); Walking in My Mind (2009); and Robin Rhode: Who Saw Who (2009).
During her previous tenure of more than a decade at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Rosenthal worked as assistant curator and co-curator on several celebrated exhibitions such as Night (1998) and Objects in 20th Century Art (2000). Appointed to the position of Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art in 2000, Rosenthal went on to deliver a series of significant exhibitions including Alan Kaprow – Art as Life (2006); Aernout Mik – Dispersions (2004); Abigail O’Brien – The Seven Sacraments (2003); and Stories. Narrative Structures in Contemporary Art (2002). She also curated the highly acclaimed exhibition Paul McCarthy. LaLa Land Parody Paradise which toured to the Whitechapel Gallery in 2005.
Rosenthal has taken part in international advisory panels and participated in symposia on the subjects of modern and contemporary art since 1996. In recent times she was one of three curators coordinating Imperfect Idler or When Things Disappear, the national section of the inaugural International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indiasa, presented in Colombia from February to April of 2014.


Gabi Ngcobo
Thursday October 29, 2015

Gabi Ngcobo is an artist, independent curator and educator based in Johannesburg. She is the founding member of the Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR) 2010-2014 and co-founder of Nothing Gets Organised (NGO) 2015 – a project space located in Johannesburg. Ngcobo has collaboratively and independently conceptualised projects in South Africa and internationally. A Labour of Love co-curated with Yvette Mutumba will open at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt Am Main in December 2015. Ngcobo is faculty member at the Wits School of Arts, Fine Arts Division and co-curator for the 32nd Sao Paulo Bienal.  
Gabi Ngcobo is the Keynote Speaker for SCAPE 8 New Intimacies, supported by Creative New Zealand.