Cyber Nectar Series, 28 September – 14 October

We are proud to present Cyber Nectar, a series of pop up exhibitions and events taking place during 28 September – 16 October, 2016 in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa. Facilitated by artists and writers Jordana Bragg, Hana Pera Aoake and director Sophie Giblin.

How does our apparent reliance upon technologies affect the way we feel about our bodies and our productivity? The cyborg is a matter of fiction and lived experience (i).

Cyber Nectar references warm, alive bodies interacting with cold, dry pieces of technology. Roy Ascott theorised the term ‘moist media’ as a way of describing, ‘where wet living biologies meet dry computational systems’. Cyber Nectar responds and critiques issues raised by both Roy Ascott and other early cyber feminists by examining the psychological and physical experience of proto-digital life.

This event collates all individual Cyber Nectar exhibitions and events.

(i) Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The reinvention of nature (New York; Routledge, 1991), pp. 149-181

Opening reception

The Gaze is Not Something You Have or Use (It is a relationship entered into)

Wednesday 28 September 5:30pm – 9pm
MEANWHILE Gallery 35 Victoria St, Wellington
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There is no one universalised experience of ‘otherness’, but how might these individual narratives we live come together to inform a complexity of concerns around the body and digital life?

The Gaze is Not Something You Have or Use (It is a relationship entered into) is an exhibition of work by national and international wāhine artists and writers. Each artist creates work that is embodied, marked by their experiences and offers ways of expressing empathy through self care, repetition, unlearning/learning and humour.

Free, all ages welcome, alcohol will be served at this event.

Exhibtion

What I want to say is I we all the happiness of my life to you

Performative video installation, duration 3 min 33 sec (continuous loop), Jordana Bragg and Hana Pera Aoake, in collaboration with Laura Duffy.

Friday 30 September – Monday 3 October
Window of Fusion Surf Skate 89 Cuba St, Wellington
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What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you is a video work that uses the ocean and water as a way to frame the anxiety and emotional labours of capitalism and digital life. Filmed and edited in collaboration with Laura Duffy this video work flickers between footage spliced together to mimic the multitude of tabs open online. Its rhythm is designed to reflect the exponential rate at which colonialism and neoliberalism is destroying the world, and the paradoxical way capitalism and imperialism has constructed our identities and affected the rate of our productivity.

Free, all ages welcome, some explicit content.

Exhibition

Parrhesia

Text video installation, duration 5 minutes (continuous loop), Hana Pera Aoake and Jordana Bragg in collaboration with Sean Burn.

Friday 7 October – Wednesday 11 October
Window of Emporium Vintage 103A Cuba St, Wellington
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In rhetoric, parrhesia is a figure of speech described as: “to speak candidly or to ask forgiveness for so speaking”. In August Hana Pera Aoake and Jordana Bragg undertook a week long takeover of the Lokal stories Instagram and Twitter accounts. HPA wrote almost a thousand tweets. JB erased all of these by deleting approximately 150-200 a day.

‘Parrhesia’ is a selection of these tweets, which act as a series of poems or anxious truths around intimacy, grief, capitalism and how we mediate our ‘selves’, emotions and relationships through technology. Parrhesia is a animated text work designed by irl angel, Sean Burn.

Free, all ages welcome, some explicit content.

Event

Darkmatter

Readings, performances and videos, local and international artists, including New York City based nonbinary transfeminine performance artist, Alok Vaid-Menon.

Monday 10 October 6pm – 9pm
New Zealand Portrait Gallery 11 Customhouse Quay, Wellington
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“What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you? Darkmatter‘s Alok Vaid-Menon is trying to figure it out.”

Please note, we are asking for a small koha donation on the door to fundraise for InsideOUT, an incredible organisation who work to make Aotearoa a safe(r) place for young people of diverse genders and sexualities.

All ages welcome, some explicit language, alcohol will be served at this event, facilitated by JPEG2000 and Lokal Stories.

This project has been made possible by Wellington City Council Public Art Grant and Creative New Zealand Creative Communities Grant.

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