Artists

  • Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla with Ted Chiang; Jen Bowmast; Ruth Castle; Chris Braddock with dialogue group; Formafantasma; Nikau Hindin and Ben Thomason; Star Gossage; Emily Parr and Arielle Walker; Sapati Mossiah Avei Fina’i with Speaking Surfaces project team; Xin Cheng and Monique Jansen; Sione Monu; Julia Mapusua, Sharon Semi-Tugia, and Denise Jillian Saso; Lucreccia Quintanilla with Bryan Phillips
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Phase two of Speaking Surfaces re-opens across Galleries One and Two with works by new artists and collectives, including Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla with Ted Chiang; Jen Bowmast; Ruth Castle; Chris Braddock with dialogue group; Formafantasma; Nikau Hindin and Ben Thomason; Star Gossage; Emily Parr and Arielle Walker; Sapati Mossiah Avei Fina’i with Speaking Surfaces project team; Xin Cheng and Monique Jansen; Sione Monu; Julia Mapusua, Sharon Semi-Tugia, and Denise Jillian Saso; Lucreccia Quintanilla with Bryan Phillips.

Speaking Surfaces is shaped by the questions: How do surfaces speak? How are stories and experiences inscribed in the surfaces that surround us? How might surfaces speak with, to and through people?

A collaboration between St Paul St Gallery and AUT Spatial Design students and staff, Speaking Surfaces is a project developed to reimagine the gallery’s capacities as a platform for encounters and experiences. The project has multiple and layered phases, and it runs throughout 2020 with artworks and exhibitions, performances, screenings, gatherings, conversations, and teaching. These activities are not only experiences of physical space, but of time, and of the many different energies that inform all our states of being, doing and thinking.

As a project Speaking Surfaces involves multiple points of engagement. Within the physical and conceptual space anchored by the spatial design, programme activities will come and go over time and space - Gallery Two was part of Speaking Surfaces in April. The project opened on 28 February with works by Jen Bowmast, Ruth Castle, Nikau Hindin, Mabel Juli, Karrabing Film Collective, Emily Parr and Arielle Walker, and Sapati Mossiah Avei Fina’i with Speaking Surfaces project team.

Speaking Surfaces cannot be defined as an exhibition. It is a project generated through a collaborative and experimental design process, involving Gallery staff and the cohort of 60+ students and staff who participated in the Spatial Design Year 3 Studio, whose collective input fed into imagining varying propositions of speaking surfaces. We acknowledge the particular influence of design propositions from: Sapati Mossiah Avei Fina’i, Silvia Kostandini, Yana Nafysa Dombrowsky-M’Baye, Ellie Blower, Caitlin Hogan, Sharon Semi Tugia, Julia Mapasua, Denise Jillian Saso, and Juvanka Rebello. Subsequently, the core Speaking Surfaces project team has grown into: Emily O’Hara, Charlotte Huddleston, Sapati Mossiah Avei Fina’i, Silvia Kostandini, Nooroa Tapuni, Kahurangiariki Smith, Balamohan Shingade, Eddie Clemens, Monique Redmond, Harriet Stockman, Harold Barton, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Davis, Angus Roberts.

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • Saturday, 12 - 4pm
  • or by appointment

Address

  • 40 St Paul Street
  • Auckland CBD