Group Show | Innocent Bystanders

Launch event Wednesday May 9, from 5.30pm

The Physics Room, Christchurch 

Artists in open residence: Wednesday 2 – Saturday May 19
Performances daily: Thursday 10 – Saturday May 19 2018
Closing performance & artist talk: Saturday May 19, at 2pm

Innocent Bystanders proposes a series of experimental encounters across Ōtautahi with The Physics Room as a central axis. Blurring the boundaries between contemporary art and dance, performers Julia Harvie, Josie Archer, Kosta Bogoievski & David Huggins will set up a framework from which to examine dynamics between audience, performer, and site.

Beginning with a week’s residency at the gallery, they will tease out the interconnectivity between themselves and the ideas at play. They will determine exact sites of exploration and outline their significance. Pivotal choreographies responding to The Physics Room will also emerge during this period, to be performed at a launch event, Wednesday May 9. The following week improvised performances in public spaces around the city will occur daily. It is hoped that these will be attended by The Physics Room’s audience, however, the encounter with innocent bystanders – those not expecting to engage with a performance – is a central premise to the work. These performances are as field research; uncontrolled arenas in which to test public reactions.

Artists will be in an open residency at The Physics Room from 2–19 May. During this time our hours will differ from the usual open hours.

The gallery will be open daily 11am–3pm from Wednesday  May 2 – Saturday May 5 and again Tuesday May 8 ahead of the launch at 5.30pm, Wednesday May 9.

Details of off-site performances will be released closer to the opening.

Supported by Recycle Boutique and styled by Oscar Bannan.

Image: Daegan Wells

The Physics Room

Date(s) - 02/05/2018 - 19/05/2018
All Day