Marysia Lewandowska, RE-NEGOTIATION

July 18 - August 26, 2015
Public Programme: Open Conversations on the Politics of Negotiation 


Women's sound archive
Marysia Lewandowska, Women's Audio Archive, 1984-1990. Image courtesy of the artist. Public domain:
The solo exhibition RE-NEGOTIATION by Polish born, London/Hong Kong based artist Marysia Lewandowska is structured as a series of open conversations, past and present, around exhibition making, art institutions and curating. The project will reconsider the act of negotiation as a political tool. 
The artist proposes the exhibition as a potentially critical space of exchange with other authors, producers, and visitors. The programme includes a series of public events engaging a diverse network of professionals who will reflect on the four stages of its production. The re-definition of the exhibition space begins with the installation of NEGOTIATION, RE-NEGOTIATION, RECEPTION, DECEPTION, a series of graphic signs as conceptual points of reference.
Lewandowska’s open source project Women’s Audio Archive (1984-1990) will be included, presenting selected recordings, which formed a part of the Partial Disclosure (2008) project. Women's Audio Archive began as a series of recordings, made by the artist after leaving Poland in 1984, and has grown out of an interest in language as a site of cultural displacement. These recordings document public events, seminars, talks, conferences, and private conversations as valuable records of a particular time in discourse, beginning around 1983 until 1990. Lewandowska describes this period of time as one dominated by academics and artists close to October magazine and by feminist gatherings. The project includes the participation of Judy Chicago, Mary Kelly, Barbara Kruger, Yvonne Rainer, Jo Spence, Nancy Spero, Jane Weinstock, and many others, in a variety of settings. The recordings also document talks by artists and academics such as Benjamin Buchloh, Victor Burgin, John Cage, Alan Kaprow, Tom Lawson, Les Levine, Peter Wollen and others.
Lewandowska’s recent film, Triple C. Editing the Century (2015) is a meditation on the state of the commons, exploring the values attached to the communal and to the public. The narrative departs from the legacy of the Viennese architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897-2000), whose designs, writings, travels and activism bear many of the contradictions of the 20th century. We learn from Di Zhang, a young architect in Beijing, how remote the idealism of socially responsible architecture and the system, which produced it, is to the people of her generation. She suggests it is the ‘communism of commerce’ that is looming large in the experience of China today. Commissioned by internationally renowned curator Maria Lind, the film has been produced for the very first edition of the Vienna Biennale at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (MAK). The soundtrack by Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive) was assembled from 20th century music, the copyright of which has expired and can be shared as part of the public realm.
RE-NEGOTIATION takes part within the framework of a new project entitled “Singular Pluralities ∞ Plural Singularities” a series of solo exhibitions focusing on artistic research and exhibition methodology. See also Peter Robinson, SYNTAX.


Table design and production Alex Laurie 
commissioned by Artspace and 
Marysia Lewandowska
Chair lenders
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Fresh Gallery Otara
George Fraser Gallery, University of Auckland
McCahon House Trust Artists Residency
Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision 
ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT University
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
University of Auckland
Conversation partners
Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh of IMA Brisbane
Abby Cunnane & Charlotte Huddleston of
 ST PAUL St Gallery
Leon Tan
Thanks to Billy Apple for his collaboration on the Billy Apple® Wall (Red) for Artspace, (2015)
Patrick Lundberg
Zak Penny
Tim Wagg 
Liam Coupe
Süleyman Günay 
Kate Hyun Soo Lee 
Sign Writers
TMSigns, Terry Maitland & Chris Field 
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Supported by the ARTSPACE Benefactor Programme+

Public Programme - Open Conversations on the Politics of Negotiation

18 July 2pm
Orientation: Why this exhibition at Artspace? 
Artspace Director Misal Adnan Yıldız introduces the exhibition project.
5 August 6pm
Artist’s Intervention to the Programme 
Marysia Lewandowska invites Auckland based researcher Leon Tan to present a lecture as part of #ReadwithArtspace. #ReadwithArtspace is Artspace’s reading club initiating exercises, ideas and thoughts on reading and writing today. 

18 August 6pm
The Common: Communal Housing and Public Space
Panel discussion produced by Architecture+Women•NZ in collaboration with Marysia Lewandowska and Artspace.
Panelists (alphabetical order); SUE EVANS architectural advisor to Auckland Waterfront and Housing NZ, experience in Public Space development and housing projects. AMANDA HYDE DE KRESTER architectural advisor, urban and housing planning. Practitioner and academic. Currently contributing to Tamaki Development project. GARY LAWSON Registered architect, Director, Stevens Lawson Architects Ltd. Housing developments for collectively-owned groups and private developers. BIDDY LIVESEY Urban Management advisor, land ownership issues / housing development on Maori land, biodiversity. BILL MCKAY architectural critic, academic, author. Senior Lecturer, NICAI, The University of Auckland (‘Beyond the State’ with Andrea Stevens, Penguin 2014) Tamati Patuwai artist, performer, community worker, environmentalist. Mad Ave Studios. (‘River Talks’, Omaru River, Glen Innes.) KIMBERLY READ architectural graduate, Bureaux Ltd (Artspace redevelopment), Thesis topic examined how architecture could operate politically in the public realm. ALBERT REFITI academic, Senior Lecturer AUT School of Spatial Design, Pacific architecture and concepts of space. KATHY WAGHORN academic, Senior Lecturer, NICAI, The University of Auckland, Public Space and Performance, community-led projects.
21 August 3pm (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki Auditorium)
A Critical Junction – presented as part of the ST PAUL St Curatorial Symposium, convened by Abby Cunnane & Charlotte Huddleston.
Marysia Lewandowska and Misal Adnan Yıldız reflect on the politics of negotiation departing from their collaboration.   
24 August 6pm
Some Necessary Connections 
As the closing event Artspace hosts Marysia Lewandowska together with IMA, Brisbane Directors, Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh. The event will start with the exhibition tour and a discussion aiming to create a critical arch between the exhibition histories of the two institutions, IMA and Artspace NZ.