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A Constructed World
April 29 - May 24, 2003

Opening Preview on Tuesday 22th April, 5.30pm

Artist talk followed by screening: Thursday 24th April, 5.30pm

Australian artists Jacqueline Riva and Geoff Lowe have been working together since 1993, using the name 'A Constructed World' (ACW) for their collaborative projects. Dividing their time between Melbourne and Milan, the pair have exhibited regularly internationally, most recently completing a residency at London's Serpentine Gallery. The upcoming Physics Room exhibition will be the first chance for New Zealand audiences to view (and participate with!) ACW.

Working across a variety of media, ACW will present painting, video and their self-published art magazine "Art Fan". Geoff Lowe of ACW will be in Christchurch for one week to install the exhibition and coordinate a vibrant programme of events open to the public. Within the frame of the exhibition ACW will prepare and present a series of meals to invited guests representing a cross-section of the community. This method of bringing the sociable and domestic act of sharing a meal into the public and formal arena of an art gallery, is one ACW use to stimulate discussion and blur the boundary between artists and audience.

For ACW, the audience is so important to their work they often feel 'exhibitions are incomplete until the audience has participated in some way.' To remove the traditional definitions and hierarchy of the artist, ACW have also put out an open invite (see below) to the local public to submit their own artworks to be shown alongside ACW at The Physics Room. A screening will also be held to present video works submitted from the general public, with discussion from an invited panel to follow.

A Constructed World invites you to bring your art to The Physics Room!!

A Constructed World invite any artists and non-artists alike to share the Physics Room with them during their April-May exhibition.

If you would like to have your work on show at The Physics Room bring it to the gallery on Monday 21 April, between 11am and 1pm. There is no selection process for artists or works (although some space limitations may apply). Everyone welcome! (However, as artworks need to be hand-delivered on Monday 21st, you probably need to be based in Christchurch!)

A Constructed World Open Video Call!!

A Constructed World also invites you to screen your video at The Physics Room. Video works will be screened on a first in first screened basis. The time restriction for each work is five minutes so ensure your tape is cued and ready to play. For longer works artists should select a five-minute excerpt for screening.

The screening will be held on Thursday 24 April at The Physics Room. Beginning at 5.30pm, Geoff Lowe of A Constructed World will conduct a floortalk, followed by the registration of videos then screening. A guest Artfan panel will be offering feedback on each work shown.

Reviews, Essays & Articles

Utopian idea fails to excite
The Press, 2003 May 7, p. C4
Duncan, Margaret.
A Constructed World: Jacqueline Riva and Geoff Lowe.

Construction Time Again
Pavement Magazine, April/May, 2003, p.18
Rosemary Forde

Up the Arts
Canta, #7, April, 2003, p.24
Roger Schulbeuys

A Constructed World
The Package,7 May, 2003
<available online via the Physics Room Archive>

Open Season
The Weekend Press, April 19, 2003
David King

A Constructed World
Essay by Rosemary Forde
in The Physics Room Annual 2003
ISBN: 0-9582359-7-X