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Projects from the Caravan - WeakFORCE4

WeakForce4 weaksound from Matthew Sansom on Vimeo.

Caravan set up - video credit Layne Waerea

The forth WeakFORCE opened at St Paul Street Gallery on 22nd of November 2013 (Sorry it was late:-)

WeakForce4 Collaborating Artists: Bruce Barber (Canada), Benji Bradley (NZ), Liz Bird (NZ), Anthony Cribb (NZ), Paul Cullen (NZ), Eugene Hansen (NZ), Laresa Kosloff (AU), Lee Ihnbum (South Korea), Kim Morgan (Canada), Matthew Sansom (UK), Daniel von Sturmer (NZ/AU), Andy Thomson (UK/NZ), Layne Waerea (NZ), Suh Youngsun (South Korea), Deborah Rundle (NZ), Joseph Jowitt (NZ), Ziggy Lever (NZ) and others, including Darcell Apelu (NZ) and Cora-Allan Wickcliffe (NZ).


Eamon Wells (and band) performing Green House as part of the 'Caravan Cultural Seminar Series'

WeakForce4 intends to act as an organisational infrastructure with a ‘pooling’ impetus. Selected individuals, students, and research projects that work with [other international and national] academic individuals, institutions and research organisations gathered together under the auspices of the UFT PROJECT to collectively build the agency and application of co-operative visual art research outcomes.

Art practices in and of themselves, are able to transgress discipline divides and can give form and expression to critical perspectives not readily generated, or accepted, within a specific subject discipline. This capacity of art to reframe problems, envision new perspectives and propose alternative models to the [rationalist and capitalist] status quo, is deployed by WF as a means to build critical understanding and self-knowledge across and within various disciplines – including those of particle physics, business, the environment, education and the arts.

WeakForced - Deborah Rundle

Transdisciplinarity (rather than multi - or inter-disciplinary approaches) is co-opted WF as the fundamental premise and common object of its inquiry. Artist researchers will work with their respective individual creative practices and disciplines to examine co-operatively, the language, systems, structures and stereotypes that often determine types and qualities of power/energetic relations between individuals, groups, objects, and sites and spaces. Artists will variously deploy spatial and sculptural (e.g. objects, sound, video, installation, landscape/architecture) practices, and/or use more socially oriented art practices (e.g. institutional critique, political, participatory modes of art making) to achieve shared, or integrated goals and creative outcomes with potential positive application beyond individual discipline fields or territories.

Among the works in the show were 26 'Bad Form' mugs, used for drinking tea and coffee by the artists anytime they got a break from their busy schedules. Playing on notions around failure and bad social etiquite, the outside of the 'badly' glazed mugs became more stained as the exhibition went on. Finally the 'Bad Forms' were preserved in a food safe epoxy and bidders were encouraged to haggle for a starting price of $40.

"The justification of the modern work of art as future-orientated and prophetic, which unavoidably triggers a high tone in the corresponding kind of critical writing, certainly means an overvaluation of the work of art - but at the same time also a possible undervaluation, should it emerge that the future looks different from what the work of art ostensibly promised." (Boris Groys on Heidegger)


- text adopted from U/F/T


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Projects from the Caravan - WeakFORCE4

Installation View vitrine detail, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Installation View video detail, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Installation View slide detail, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Installation View 1, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Making Ground, Projects From The Caravan, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Real as, Andy Thompson and Daniel Von Sturmer, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Tea break, Projects From The Caravan, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Viewers, Projects From The Caravan, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Towers, Andy Thompson and Anthony Cribb, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Installation View, Paul Cullen 3, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Installation View, Paul Cullen 2, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Cognitarian T–shirt, Projects From The Caravan, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Caravan Seminars jazz band, Projects From The Caravan, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Caravan Seminars Lucy Meyle, Projects From The Caravan, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Fat Chance John Cage, Projects From The Caravan, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Installation View, Foucaults Pendulum, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Installation View, Paul Cullen, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Installation View, Paul Cullen, Liz Bird, Benji Bradley 2, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Installation View, Paul Cullen, Liz Bird, Benji Bradley, WeakFORCE4, 2013


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Caravan Seminars, Projects From The Caravan, WeakFORCE4, 2013