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Filmessay is pleased to announce the new format SPECIAL GUEST! We aim to introduce the work of authors and artists to a wide audience of people who are passionate about arts and visual culture. Each artist is presented through a selection of video works. http://www.filmessay.com/specialguest__f57
In conjunction with the exhibition "Social Realism" of Brit Bunkley atSanderson Contemporary Art in Auckland (19 November to 06 December 2014) Filmessay is pleased to host a special session in streaming of his video works.
Social Realism at Sanderson Contemporary Art 19 November to 06 December 2014
Social Realism - Brit Bunkley http://www.sanderson.co.nz/Exhibition/350/Brit-Bunkley/Social-Realism.aspx
19 November to 06 December 2014
Brit Bunkley’s Social Realism looks to the icons of nationalist Neo-Classical art, as the artist continues his investigations in 3-D modelling and printing.
The Classical art genre has been used to serve the agendas of Fascists and Stalinists, colonialists, capitalists, and the military. Classical motifs are seen throughout the West in seats of governments, universities, banks, and along Wall Street. Bunkley’s subject matter is a reminder that Classicism in art and architecture represents both the best and worst of European culture – domination, hegemony, and power, as well as the positive characteristics of the enlightenment – reason, liberalism, democracy, freedom, equality, and the pursuit of happiness.
Appropriating this ubiquitous imagery Bunkley creates his own spin on Classicism with revisions and alterations that query convention. The artist’s ongoing treatment of 3-D printing is evident across the exhibition, as he experiments both with creating his own models and manipulating prototypes sourced online; many scans of Classical sculptures are freely available in the public domain.
Bunkley reworks forms in such a way that the intention shifts completely: a bust of Stalin is reproduced with a gaping hole through his head; Classical figures are bent and appear wilted; the roof of a Classical temple is disrupted by a jet plane in flight. In another work a bust of Napoleon is overwritten with his famous quote “The revolution is over, I am the revolution.”
“Whether video, public object or a drawing of a 3D wireframe model, Bunkley’s work is all in essence sculpture: how material and the shapes it might take express our relationship to the world. Natural or synthetic, he is concerned with the construction of things, how a material’s potential might be extended, and how everything is ultimately made from a series of building blocks or pixels.” – Mark Amery, 2013
From Modern Painter's website - "-10 Must-See 2014 Melbourne Art Fair.... Sanderson Contemporary Art of New Zealand has an attention grabbing sculpture by Ben Foster and a futuristic video work by Brit Bunkley" http://au.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1050503/10-must-see-2014-melbourne-art-fair-booths
Melbourne Art Fair - with Sanderson Contemporary Art, 13-14 August 2014
IMAGES CONTRE NATURE 2014
The link to the video is here: https://vimeo.com/59281161
COLOGNEOFF X – 10TH COLOGNE INTERNATIONAL VIDEOART FESTIVAL
CologneOFF X – 10th Cologne International Videoart Festival
see the video here: http://vimeo.com/80689200
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach — the world’s first art projection festival
Review in Wellington's Dominion Post by Mark Amery for the Exhibition, Odd Peer Nexus
The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge the Naherholung Sternchen, Berlin Feb 6-16th
Film Archive's Viewfinder Space at the Auckland Central Library, Auckland, NZ
The new Japanese contemporary art magazine MONTEM has now included my videos "Fleeced" and "The Huntsman" on their on-line video page (a page made up of 8 videos)
EVA - Experimental Video Architecture: Awards selected by the international Jury: Special mention,. Paradox of Plenty by Brit Bunkley (New Zealand)
Andre Fratti Costa (Brazil)
Amy Gugghenheim (US)
Dustin Shum (Hong Kong)
Ljubica Milovic (Serbia)
Steve Bisson (Italy)
....A very nice article in the NZ Herald:
Paradox of Plenty at Oslo Central Station during one month from September 16th with Swedish artist Tina Willgren and New York-based artist Rob Carter.
Brit Bunkley, No Phobia 18 Sep to 12 Oct 2013 122 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay Auckland, New Zealand Ph: +64 (9) 378-9298
AUCKLAND ART FAIR 07 August to 11 August 2013
Rag and Bone - Brit Bunkley, Josephine Cachemaille, Kevin Capon, Young Sun Han, Clare Kim, PJ Paterson, Sian Torrington At the Auckland Art Fair Sanderson Contemporary Art presents curated group exhibition Rag and Bone, with new projects from Kevin Capon, Young Sun Han, Josephine Cachemaille, Clare Kim, PJ Paterson and Sian Torrington. The gallery presents the work of Brit Bunkley in the curated moving image section of the Fair, with his video work Downbreak on 1, Upbeat on 2. Rag and Bone seeks to examine current applications of appropriation, focussing on this group of artists who engage with existing or found imagery, texts and objects in their practice. The act of transforming these various – sometimes prosaic – resources into a fine art context is a central tenet of the selection: representing the journey of artefacts and images from irrelevance to relevance. http://www.sanderson.co.nz/ProjectDetails/309/Brit-Bunkley,-Josephine-Cachemaille,-Kevin-Capon,-Young-Sun-Han,-Clare-Kim,-PJ-Paterson,-Sian-Torrington/Rag-and-Bone.aspx
Festival Images Contre Nature 2013
Festival Images Contre Nature 2013, international festival of experimental video, Théâtre des Chartreux, Marseille, France http://icn13.p-silo.org/festival2013A.php between July 9 and July 13 juillet, 2013 also see: http://vimeo.com/55584080
Rosebank Art Walk
Rosebank Art Walk events beginning Sat 16 Mar 9.30am to 5pm
Rosebank is a unique project demonstrating the power of art to build and bind a community. Over 18 artists collaborate with the people and businesses of one of Auckland's oldest communities, Avondale's Rosebank Road, to share the stories interconnecting this distinctive place. Culminating with a weekend art walk and community events on Rosebank Road, Rosebank invites you to experience this neighbourhood through new eyes.
Programme of events and map available at unitec.ac.nz/unitec/snowhite/ and see http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/western-leader/8424358/Art-and-industry-interact
White Nights sponsored by Sanderson Contemporary Art
http://www.aucklandfestival.co.nz/events/white-night---parnell.aspx "Celebrate the night with Brit Bunkley's uncanny dancehall projection, Downbreak on 1, Upbeat on 2, 8pm-midnight."
Paradox of Plenty 15 January 2013 - 24 February 2013 At the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
At the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland
Nomophobia - Brit Bunkley, Antony Densham, Simon Kaan, Philip Madill, Briar Mark & PJ Paterson
Nomophobia - Brit Bunkley, Antony Densham, Simon Kaan, Philip Madill, Briar Mark & PJ Paterson
16 October to 28 October 2012
Creep - Brit Bunkley, Josephine Cachemaille, Jonathan Cameron, Liam Gerrard and others
Creep - Brit Bunkley, Josephine Cachemaille, Jonathan Cameron, Liam Gerrard and others
30 October to 11 November 2012
PLEASE NOTE ONLY SELECTED ARTWORK IS VIEWABLE ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EXHIBITION
Just in time for Halloween, this group show is concerned with the objects of fear, paranoia, aversions, and desires.
Featuring work from: Brit Bunkley, Josephine Cachemaille, Jonathan Cameron, Liam Gerrard and others.
CologneOff 8, META House Phnom Penh; Budapest International Shortfilm Festival, Hungry; ExTeresa Arte Actual Mexico City, Mexico
CologneOFF 2012 Hungary I
CologneOFF 2012 Budapest
@ BuSho - Budapest InternationalShortfilm Festival
September 2012 The Best of CologneoFF VIII - Continental Drift
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne http://coff.newmediafest.org/blog/?page_id=2579
The Freedom of Memory A Virtual Memorial Phnom Penh 2012 videoart in a global context http://phnompenh2012.a‐virtual‐memorial.org @ Meta House Phnom Penh – German‐Cambodian Cultural Center12‐15 July 2012The event is standing under the motto The Freedom of Memory dedicated to the genocide in Cambodia 1975‐1979
Fight or Flight, Suite Gallery, Wellington
Fight or Flight, 27 June - 14 July 2012; Level 2/147 Cuba Street ; Wellington
Now&After’12, Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Award Winner THIRD PRIZE - PARADOX OF PLENTY (FUTUROLOGY)
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Sculpture Wanganui, commission, Hear My Train, Wanganui, NZ -completed April 2012
Last year Brit Bunkley was awarded the Sculpture Whanganui 2011 commission for “Hear My Train a’ Comin' (Bricked –In Train )”. The train has arrived.
the sculpture commission is a four and a half meter high locomotive encased in concrete brick-like street pavers emerging from the ground at 80 degrees from a “tunnel”. The angle and construction of the train tower reflects Bunkley’s early interest in the architectural constructivism of Russian artists Tatlin and El Lissitzky. Bunkley who has been using 3D software to design the fabrication of his sculpture since the early 90’s, virtually “mapped” street pavers as a grid onto a computer model of a train. He then used this model to fabricate a steel and Titan Board frame on which he attached actual pavers. The undercarriage was carved with a computer guided water cutting machine.
Bunkley was chosen from four finalists by Judge Mercedes Vincente, the curator of contemporary art at New Plymouth's Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. She said Bunkley's work was tight and rigorous, formally and conceptually. She liked its references to local history and “its site specificity to Wanganui's historical context, both in its subject (referencing Wanganui as the former centre of the railroad workshops) and use of materials (the pavers of Main Street that resonate with the bricks found along the riverbank)." The work is a nostalgic and celebratory embracing of local history, she said, as well as being about the potential rejuvenation of an old form of transport during the era of global warming and the control of carbon emissions*.
Bunkley who has completed approximately a dozen temporary and permanent public art projects has revisited masonry cladding of earlier works in New York City and Miami. He completed a temporary outdoor installation for Connells Bay in 2008.
* Wanganui was a major centre of the railroad in New Zealand until the neoliberal reforms of the 80’s. The railroads were privatized (costing over 400 jobs in Wanganui alone) in order to help “save the economy”. The yards were sold off to private investors. The investors soon went bankrupt and the NZ government bought back the national rail network in 2004. Not only did the privatizations fail to save the economy, but the economy stalled for over a decade until many of the reforms were reversed. The Wanganui yards remain largely derelict.
Trains still cross through Wanganui with increasing regulatory due to the growing international need for dairy products. Train travel is among the most energy efficient means of transportation. (Trains produce lower emissions than all other transportation in a suburban environment.) With decreasing energy resources and increasing regulation to offset climate change, rail transport is certain to becoming a progressively more significant mode of transport.
"Pardox of Plenty", "Up River Blues" and "Springfield Paradox" will be exhibited at FILE RIO 2012 as part of FILE Media Art category. The event will take place at the Art Galery of Oi Futuro - Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil. The festival will be holding from March 12th- to April 8th- 2012. FILE RIO 2012 is also planning a bilingual publication, which will cover information about the work to be presented. http://filefestival.org/site_2007/pagina_conteudo_livre.asp?a1=308&a2=308&id=2
http://www.screenfestival.no/2012/ OSLO SCREEN FESTIVAL 2012
Our festival will be from March 9th-11th with venues at Filmens Hus, Ny Musikk, UKS & Litteraturhuset.
Our program can be downloaded here
Watch our trailer!
Up River Blues" is scheduled to be screened on the following date : Friday July 1 - 4PM | @ Haus der Kulturen der Welt ||||| John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1
New Public Sculpture Commissioned
Bunkley's sculpture Hear my train a comin' has been chosen to emerge from the ground on the Whanganui riverbank.
At least 100 people crammed into the central room of Wanganui's new information centre to hear the Sculpture Wanganui 2011 judge's choice last night - and open a new exhibition upstairs at the Quay Gallery. http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/local/news/bunkley-artwork-wins-riverbank-spot/3950893/
e4c: Electronic Gallery
New work by Jonathan Monaghan & Brit Bunkley will be added to e4c's rotation for the next 12 months.http://www.4culture.org/e4c/
ARTSVILLE on TVNZ on Sunday January 2nd at 10:35pm
Also, mini interviews, one for each of the artists will run on the TVNZ site along with the documentary when it screens ondemand after the screening. They expect these featurettes will go up January third and should be linked to the Artsville site: http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/1388638
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid
Sanctioned Array -Other2 Specify; WHITE BOX, 329 Broome Street, New York City
Don't Worry, Be Happy - Brit Bunkley
Don't Worry, Be Happy - Brit Bunkley - Tuesday 17 August, 5.30pm Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington - 18 August- 11 September http://www.marynewtongallery.com/exhibition.php?pageid=exhibition&exhibition_id=112 The phrase 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' was made popular this century by the plastic singing fish, Big Mouth Billy Bass. When one pushed a button, the toy fish 'sang' the 1988 hit by Bobby McFerrin. The simple phrase, originally written to supporters by Indian mystic Meher Baba, has a trite but poignant message...trite to the point of parody but poignant as a harbinger of the social mood. John Casti who is based at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria recently wrote an article in New Scientist "The Wisdom of Herds: How Social Mood Moves the World". Casti hopes to develop early-warning indicators for extreme events in human society –a “sociometer".“Put simply, the mood of a group - an institution, state, continent or even the world - is how that group, as a group, feels about the future”. Far more attention is given to negative paranoid moods of impending disaster than utopian optimism. “Sociometer" is a term coined by the American financial guru and social theorist Robert Prechter in his studies of social mood. His interpretation of the mood is almost always bad. Prechter is one of several famous economists of whom it is said jokingly to “have correctly predicted nine of the last five recessions”. Sure, terrorism, impending nuclear war, Stalinist infiltration, fascist dictatorship, the neoliberal war on democracy, global warming, the end of oil, stock market crashes, destruction of the biosphere and rogue asteroids are all realities. They have been for decades. These threats are also ameliorated by the possibilities of innate human creativity, critical thinking, the thirst for freedom, courage, the ability to adapt and change and the catharsis within real tragic drama. As the American baseball player Yogi Berra once quipped: “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” We cannot predict the future, so find beauty within the tragic. It’s not over until it’s over. Don’t worry, be happy.
Scope Foundation and Perpetual Art Machine presents A Light at the End of the Tunnel
Scope Foundation and Perpetual Art Machine presents A Light at the End of the Tunnel an epic video art trilogy about the human condition curated by Lee Wells www.perpetualartmachine.com ... with artwork by: Michael Paulus, Sirrin Mozaffari, Brit Bunkley, Madame X, Den Marino, Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib, Nathania Rubin, Chris Coleman, Bruno Muzzolini, John Criscitello, Miranda Raimondi and Samuel Pellman, Stella Rey, Richard O'Sullivan, Nightmare City, dNASAb, Fabel Kommunication, Alvin Case, Gratuitous Art Productions, Karl Erickson, Hye Yeon Nam,Celeste Fichter, Yoshiko Kanai, and Pipi Deer, , Dana Sederowsky, Francis Coy, Bo Lee, Julieta Maria, Eva Davidova, Jonathan Monaghan, Shiva Lynn Burgos, SCOPE BASEL 2010 Kaserne Basel - June 15-19 "The Avant Garde Doesn't Give Up" - Asger Jorn 'Increase your necessity so that you may increase your perception.' --13th century Persian Sufi mystic Rumi, quoted by Bill Viola A Light at the End of the Tunnel is an epic video art trilogy about the human condition, including seminal works by 30 international emerging artists chosen based on an open call from over 200 submissions. The concept of life, death and rebirth has followed humanity through the ages as the self and the collective whole passes through time, creating a relative chain of events that could be called the history of universal human experience. Its through all of these varying histories, and a perpetual creative avant garde that continue to seek a move vivid understanding of the interconnectedness of life. Our great quest to solve the questions of our age could be exemplified by one of humankinds greatest achievements at CERN Labs, Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, the worlds largest machine. As the scientists at CERN continue to probe the most fundamental questions of life and the origins of the universe, we seek artists that are asking similar big questions in their creative practice and use their creativity to reveal the world in new and unexpected ways. Why are we here? What does it all mean? How is it all relative to art in the 21st century? The entire video program will be premiering online at Babelgum to coincide with the opening of Scope Basel 2010. For more information please see www.perpetualartmachine.com or www.scope-art.com .
Inside Out is both title and theme for this compelling international touring exhibition which focuses on emerging digital design techniques and the growth of sophisticated rapid prototyping tools and methods. It features a unique set of forty-six miniature sculptures produced in resin using stereo-lithography (3D printing) or rapid prototyping technologies. The exhibition is the outcome of an exchange programme between art school centres and artist groups in the United Kingdom and Australia and will be launched in both countries in 2010. The theme, Inside Out, represents an exploration of the boundaries between virtuality and physicality and their cognitive differences. The artists involved may not even have physically sighted the sculptures before being exhibited. This exhibition of sculptures reveals how developments in virtual computer visualisation and integrated digital technologies, alongside established techniques, can give contemporary makers new insight and opportunities to create objects and forms which were previously impossible to produce or difficult to envisage. http://www.arttech.com.au/insideout/exhibition.html