Public Programme: Acting Out


Friday 5 May, 6pm
Adam Art Gallery
Acting Out exhibition opening

Saturday 6 May, 2pm
Adam Art Gallery
Join Adam Art Gallery Curator Stephen Cleland for a tour of the exhibition with participating artists Glenn Otto, Sarah Munro and Sorawit Songsataya.

Wednesday 24 May,  6 – 8pm
Two sonic performances: SYNC & Harmony of Spheres
staged in association with Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music (Te Kōkī)
Adam Art Gallery

Composer/ performer duo SYNC (Jan-Bas Bollen (NL) and Alison Isadora (NZ/ NL)) create an interactive electronic environment combining improvised and composed material. Their performance is followed by Brisbane-based cellist John Addison (AUS), who performs contemporary works by composers Philip Brownlee, Alison Isadora, Giancinto Scelsi, and Jack Body (Body’s work features in Acting Out).

Thursday 1 June, 6pm
Film screening: A Clockwork Orange (1971), Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Adam Art Gallery

Join us for a special screening of Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian classic A Clockwork Orange, which features an Edward Bullmore painting in one of the film’s futuristic lounge scenes. We are going to make a night of it with specially themed drinks and the chance to ‘lounge’ alongside Glenn Otto’s large-scale wall painting.

Thursday 15 June, 6pm
Film screening: Invisible Adversaries (‘Unsichtbare Gegner’, 1977), Directed by VALIE EXPORT
Adam Art Gallery
Invisible Adversaries is the first of a series of feature-length films directed by Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT from the late 1970s onwards. This is a rare opportunity to see how this visionary artist adapts her unique language of montage, still photography, and performance to narrative-based cinema.

Saturday 8 July, 2pm
Jennifer Shennan discusses Sexus
Adam Art Gallery
Please join us for this closing weekend event in association with our current exhibition Acting Out. Wellington choreographer Jennifer Shennan discusses collaborating with Jack Body on the multimedia performance Sexus, 1971-72. Working as both the choreographer and a dancer within the performance, Shennan was intimately involved across all stages of producing this gritty stage performance, which involved six dancers, a filmic projection and Body’s distinctive sonic score. The discussion will be introduced by Acting Out’s curator Stephen Cleland, who will then lead a conversation with Shennan about the context surrounding Sexus, Jack Body’s concerns of the period and his subsequent Sonic Circus series at Victoria University. Jennifer Shennan is a writer and teacher in dance history with over forty years’ experience. In 2015 she edited Jack! – Celebrating Jack Body, Composer, a book gifted to the composer prior to his passing in 2016.