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Maria Walls
G.C. Sample# 23156

4 - 27 September 2001

Freelance designer and multi-media artist Maria Walls is currently based in Auckland. Glamorous, seductive and compelling, her work often draws on, and plays with, the interaction between art and design, creator and consumer, and public and private.

At first glance Maria seems to have given us 'nothing' in the Kiosk this month, with the display case empty but for the artists name in vinyl print, but on approaching the space one begins to hear her sound piece, a strange, half electronic, half organic looped recording.

Maria has described this work as "what things might sound like from within the Kiosk...of course this is dramatised and repetitive!" conjuring up an image of oneself, squashed into the kiosk, hearing the muffled echoes of life in the street outside: car sounds, people talking, footsteps, filtered through bullet-proof glass and steel.

Teasingly elusive, and willfully perverse, G.C. Sample# 23156 explores viewers expectations in ways which are subtle yet challenging.

KIOSK is a permanent public art site for temporary installations of new audio, screen-based, and object based work, twenty four hours a day / seven days a week.

Located on the corner of High and Manchester Streets (outside Java Cafe) in Christchurch, New Zealand. Check out the web site for documentation and further info:

The Physics Room Programme - July to Dec 2001

The Physics Room programme is proudly supported by Creative New Zealand/Toi Aotearoa

Thanks to 0800 Phantom and Christchurch City Council.