past event

Performance: val smith

Friday 24 Jan 2020

Sholto Buck, Research image, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.

Sholto Buck, Research image, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.

Join us from 11 am–6 pm on Friday 23 January 2020 for, sex on site – with light an air, a performance with artist val smith. Presented as part of Elbow-room in the universe, a performance-based project curated by Victoria Wynne-Jones.

Drawing upon the tension between risk and safety, val smith will present a day-long performance at Enjoy. Clad in protective gear and from a place of gentle curiosity smith will physically respond to the exhibition and gallery environment itself. Passing visitors, the fall of light and usually peripheral spaces will be included.

Elbow-room in the universe continues until Saturday 25 January.

Opening: Sholto Buck, For a rainbow to be seen, the sun must be behind an observer who is facing falling rain, Wednesday 22 January, 5:30 pm
Amy Howden-Chapman, Have you ever felt overwhelmed? The words of climate scientists, activists, and journalists, Thursday 23 January, 6:30 pm
Sonya Lacey, New light wedge ficiton, Saturday 25 January, 11 am–4 pm

VAL SMITH is a pākehā, queer artist, educator, and initiator of projects based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Their performance work investigates gender, sexuality, perception and participation through critical, site-oriented, somatic and collaborative processes. val has worked in artistic sectors for 20 years, presenting work in Finland, Japan, Brussels, Australia, Turtle Island, and across Aotearoa. Recent projects include: Offline Onsite Hookups, Experimental Dance Week Aotearoa, 2019; Bttm Methodology, Auckland Pride Festival, 2019; Queer Dating Sites, Auckland Fringe Festival, 2018; Sex on Site #1, Basement Cruise Club, Auckland Pride Festival, 2018. val is currently pursuing PhD studies in AUT’s Art & Design department.

VICTORIA WYNNE-JONES is a curator and researcher currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. She currently lectures in the disciplinary areas of Art History, Fine Arts and Dance Studies. Her research focuses on the intersections between dance studies and performance art as well as curatorial practice, feminisms, contemporary art theory and philosophy. Recent exhibitions include: you had fun experience, George Fraser Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, 2019; Tim Wagg: Psychology for a Better World, Patara Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2019 and notes on rest, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2018.