PUBLIC DOMAIN / MEZZANINE
December 11 - February 12, 2016
Plan 9 from Outer Space (originally titled Grave Robbers from Outer Space) is a 1959 American black-and-white science fiction horror film written, produced, directed and edited by Ed Wood and posthumously bills Bela Lugosi as a star (silent footage of the actor had actually been shot by Wood for another, unfinished film just prior to Lugosi's death in 1956). The film tells the story of extraterrestrials who are seeking to stop humanity from creating a doomsday weapon that could destroy the universe. The aliens implement "Plan 9", a scheme to resurrect the Earth's dead. By causing chaos, the aliens hope the crisis will force humanity to listen to them. If not, the aliens will then destroy mankind with armies of the undead. Plan 9 from Outer Space played on television in relative obscurity until 1980, when authors Michael and Harry Medved dubbed the film the "worst movie ever made". Both Wood and his film were posthumously awarded two of Medveds' Golden Turkey Awards, as the Worst Director Ever and Worst Film, respectively.
Our Summer season of exhibitions and events NEW HORIZONS is inspired by the Instagram pictures sent everyday by NASA; their blog and research material posted by the team of the interplanetary space probe, New Horizons, which systematically achieved to challenge the existing scientific knowledge about Pluto, Saturn and our Solar System since 2006; and the life of the first person in the space, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
NEW HORIZONS will present two solo exhibitions from Auckland based artists Imogen Taylor, BODY LANGUAGE and Oscar Enberg, the prophet, the wise, the technician, and the Pharisee, with a focus on their artistic research and studio process. Concurrently the season will produce two video installations with works from Will Benedict & David Leonard, and Hito Steyerl as well as present selected material from the public domain.
Between the experimental and the empirical, the conceptual directions of the programme propose to reconsider how risk-taking, failure and getting lost in time, and space shape our practices with accidents, losses and rediscoveries.
Thanks to Matthew George Richard Ward for helping with the Public Domain project.
November 6 - December 5
A trip to the Moon, Le Voyage dans la lune - Georges Méliès - 1902
A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune) is a 1902 French film directed by Georges Melies. Inspired by Jules Verne’s masterpiece From the Earth to the Moon, and Around the Moon, the plot is based on astronomers casted by Méliès himself and other significant French performers of his time in a theatrical staging of artistic visions, creative ideas, and speculative projections on a space journey to the moon. Artspace Mezzanine presents an original hand coloured print, which was discovered in 1993 and restored in 2011.
NASA Experimental & Test Aircraft 1945 to 1990 (Tape 1-2) - Airplane Film
This silent film footage displays test pilots flying the X-series aircraft (including Yeager's X-1 flight), lifting bodies, and early Apollo landing tests. Some scenes show a modified Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, which is a jet powered strategic bomber -but in this film being used to carry the aircraft.
Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (1940)
The Soviet film documents specific scientific research and experiments on the resuscitation of clinically dead organisms These experiments were conducted by Dr. S.S. Bryukhonenko in 1939 at the Institute of Experimental Physiology and Therapy, Voronezh, U.S.S.R.