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  • 2017-09-25 00:00:00 2017-09-25 23:59:59 Pacific/Auckland Share / Cheat / Unite Tues – Fri 10am–5pm & Sat, Sun 11am-4pm The Physics Room

Share / Cheat / Unite

05 Sep to 08 Oct

Share / Cheat / Unite

Gemma Banks, Yu Cheng-Chou, Sasha Huber, Anibal Lopez (A-1 53167), Chim↑Pom, Pilvi Takala, and Johnson Witehira

Exhibition Preview: Friday 1 September at 5.30pm

Exhibition Runs: 2 September – 8 October 2017

Saturday 2 September, 1pm: 
Exhibition Talk with Bruce E. Phillips, Curator-at-Large, Te Tuhi, and Jamie Hanton, Director, The Physics Room

Share / Cheat / Unite is a collaborative exhibition between Te Tuhi and The Physics Room Contemporary Art Space. Featuring international and New Zealand-based artists, the exhibition delves into the human psyche to consider how altruism, cheating, and group formation play a key role in shaping society, but not necessarily in the ways we might assume.

First shown at Te Tuhi in Auckland last August, this version of Share / Cheat / Unite brings a different selection of artists together to create new inter-work connections and develop aspects of the original exhibition. Three artists remain from Te Tuhi: Anibal Lopez (A-1 53167), Yu Cheng-Chou, and Sasha Huber, and four have been introduced: Gemma Banks, Chim↑Pom, Pilvi Takala, and Johnson Witehira.

This iteration of Share / Cheat / Unite focuses on communication strategies and the use of language in the service of persuasion, coercion, and reconciliation. A new commission by Christchurch-based artist Gemma Banks situates these ideas in The Physics Room’s immediate environment of the post-quake ‘Innovation Precinct’; a model of neo-liberal urban development designed to legitimize and maximize productivity through a language of creativity.

It is the system’s Foucauldian reliance on language to uphold its values that the artists of Share / Cheat / Unite address directly. Yu Cheng-Chou, Anibal Lopez (A-1 53167), and Pilvi Takala focus on the human consequences of a market that privileges and valorizes certain forms of labour, while Johnson Witehira, Sasha Huber, and Chim↑Pom challenge the ongoing, and traumatic, effects of language within histories of inequitable power relations.

Each artist in Share / Cheat / Unite capitalizes on the system’s paradoxical relationship to creativity – the artist at once precarious and unusually mobile – to operate with one foot in the sphere of creative practice, and one foot out, employing guerrilla tactics to actively share, cheat, and unite.



Date(s): 05 Sep to 08 Oct
Time: Tues – Fri 10am–5pm & Sat, Sun 11am-4pm
Venue: The Physics Room
Official Website: Click here
Pricing: Free
Event Categories: Exhibitions

25 September: High 23°

26 September: High 19°

27 September: High 13°

28 September: High 14°

29 September: High 16°