- May 24, 2003
Opening Preview on Tuesday 22th April, 5.30pm
Artist talk followed by screening: Thursday 24th April, 5.30pm
Australian artists Jacqueline Riva and Geoff Lowe have been working
together since 1993, using the name 'A Constructed World' (ACW)
for their collaborative projects. Dividing their time between Melbourne
and Milan, the pair have exhibited regularly internationally, most
recently completing a residency at London's Serpentine Gallery.
The upcoming Physics Room exhibition will be the first chance for
New Zealand audiences to view (and participate with!) ACW.
Working across a variety of media, ACW will present painting,
video and their self-published art magazine "Art Fan".
Geoff Lowe of ACW will be in Christchurch for one week to install
the exhibition and coordinate a vibrant programme of events open
to the public. Within the frame of the exhibition ACW will prepare
and present a series of meals to invited guests representing a
cross-section of the community. This method of bringing the sociable
and domestic act of sharing a meal into the public and formal arena
of an art gallery, is one ACW use to stimulate discussion and blur
the boundary between artists and audience.
For ACW, the audience is so important to their work they often
feel 'exhibitions are incomplete until the audience has participated
in some way.' To remove the traditional definitions and hierarchy
of the artist, ACW have also put out an open invite (see below)
to the local public to submit their own artworks to be shown alongside
ACW at The Physics Room. A screening will also be held to present
video works submitted from the general public, with discussion
from an invited panel to follow.
A Constructed World invites you to bring your art to The Physics
A Constructed World invite any artists and non-artists alike to
share the Physics Room with them during their April-May exhibition.
If you would like to have your work on show at The Physics Room
bring it to the gallery on Monday 21 April, between 11am and 1pm.
There is no selection process for artists or works (although some
space limitations may apply). Everyone welcome! (However, as artworks
need to be hand-delivered on Monday 21st, you probably need to
be based in Christchurch!)
A Constructed World Open Video Call!!
A Constructed World also invites you to screen your video at The
Physics Room. Video works will be screened on a first in first
screened basis. The time restriction for each work is five minutes
so ensure your tape is cued and ready to play. For longer works
artists should select a five-minute excerpt for screening.
The screening will be held on Thursday 24 April at The Physics
Room. Beginning at 5.30pm, Geoff Lowe of A Constructed World will
conduct a floortalk, followed by the registration of videos then
screening. A guest Artfan panel will be offering feedback on each
Reviews, Essays & Articles
Utopian idea fails to excite
The Press, 2003 May 7, p. C4
A Constructed World: Jacqueline Riva and Geoff Lowe.
Construction Time Again
Pavement Magazine, April/May, 2003,
Up the Arts
Canta, #7, April, 2003, p.24
A Constructed World
The Package,7 May, 2003
<available online via the Physics Room Archive>
The Weekend Press, April 19, 2003
A Constructed World
Essay by Rosemary Forde
in The Physics Room Annual 2003