Sean Kerr

Bruce danced if Victoria sang, and Victoria sang; so Bruce Danced

3 September - 2 October


Bruce danced if Victoria sang, and Victoria sang; so Bruce danced covers Sean Kerr’s work through the period 2000-2010. It recognises the instability of media art, looking back to recreate previous works, exploiting the juxtaposition of past and present to illustrate potential trajectories between works. Whether delivered live in the mode of performance, completed by the active role of the viewer, upgraded to evade redundant technology, or the simple practicality of reconfiguring an installation for a new site, Kerr’s work refuses to be fixed in time through the process of a conventional retrospective.

Taking place simultaneously at the Gus Fisher Gallery and Artspace, this exhibition is the first survey of Kerr’s work. One of New Zealand's leading digital artists, Kerr's interests lie in the emergent area of new media technologies, incorporating internet art, installation and sonic practices, but with a particular focus on the expectations and effects of interactivity. This often includes ill-mannered scenarios and ‘misbehaving’ machines that owe as much to communication theory as slapstick comedy, exploring both social and technological dynamics.

Bruce danced coincides with the launch of a new book covering Kerr’s work from the early 1990s to the present day. The 160-page publication On the Nose, published by Clouds, is out in September. This exhibition and publication is supported by a National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI) Research Development Fund. Sean Kerr has taught at Elam School of Fine Arts since 2002 and is represented by Michael Lett.

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