Wednesday, July 29

Bloggers no more

Here at Window, we have decided that we are not natural bloggers.

We will archive this blog in perpetuity as an homage to the great Window bloggers of the past, and an opportunity for the great Window bloggers of the future, but in acknowledgment of our non-greatness we will no longer attempt to blog.

Apologies to those of you who were breathlessly awaiting our next post.


Wednesday, June 17

In Real Life

The exhibition In Real Life  invited online art initiatives to participate in a 4-hour residency inside the space of a gallery. The event attempted to explore how the distribution, production, analysis, and consumption of culture rapidly are evolving in an online context.


Jean Jullien (

Kate Newby

(Newby images sourced from the  Gambia Castle website)

Tuesday, June 16

Sunday, May 17

For free.

Complete publications, online, downloadable in pdf form. Includes the following:

Cookie Mueller - Walking Through Clear Water In a Pool Painted Black

Lloyd Kahn - Domebook 2

The Unforgettable Fire - Pictures Drawn by Atomic Bomb Survivors

Thursday, April 2

Henry Darger and the Vivian Girls

Henry Darger, author and illustrator of the epic 15,145-page The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, lived a modest life working as a hospital janitor in Chicago. His magnum opus, The Story of the Vivian Girls..., was discovered by accident, post-humously. I am awed (and admittedly, a bit baffled) by the thought of a work like this being created without its maker ever seeking an audience.

Some excerpts from Darger's illustrated novel:

Sunday, March 29

A little more on publications.

Bidoun magazine (born 2004) is a refreshing springboard for critical and contemporary ideas about arts and culture from the Middle East. As editor Antonia Carver observes in this Guardian article, artists from the Middle East are perpetually struggling against being read exclusively in terms of their geographic location, religion, and heritage. An internationally distributed publication, with an impressive editing staff based in Cairo, Dubai and New York, Bidoun is one platform that addresses this narrow frame and transcends it. Beautiful work and slick, intelligent writing. I have yet to find a local vendor for Bidoun, but in the meantime there's always subscription...

Meanjin - literary magazine in the truest sense - is a quarterly put out by Melbourne University Publishing. I say truly literary because its content covers interviews, critiques, reviews, fiction, poetry, contemporary concerns and issues - all sorts, and always impeccably put together by current editor, Sophie Cunningham. I am especially fond of their issues themed 'On Translation' (#4, 2005), and 'On Drugs' (#2, 2002). Meanjin is locally housed by the General Library at University and Central City Library has a few copies too.

For those of you that didn't catch the inaugural issue of Matters, the publication Newcall Gallery launched last year, you haven't quite missed it all out - the publication's got CNZ funding, so we should be seeing more issues quite soon.

Tuesday, March 17

Soanyway ...

Lisa Stansbie (also currently showing at Window online) is the co-editor, with Derek Horton, of the newly launched online magazine Soanyway.

Soanyway is a extended collaborative meditation on stories and the nature of story-telling: "
We interpret the idea of a ‘story’ very openly, in relation to fact and fiction, narration or implication, and structure or a lack of it. And we regard most history, theory and critique as stories about stories."

A bit of a sucker for the strange eccentricities of history, I particularly enjoyed Keith W Roberts' 'Funeral Meme' in the Now and Then issue. Joe Mawson's 'Heck' in the same issue seems like a beautifully thoughtful work, and I also really liked Horton's 'Citizenship' in the Somewhere and Nowhere issue. Plenty to look at, and it seems that Stansbie and Horton are setting a cracking pace for publication with seven issues produced since the publication's launch in January this year.

“There's a thousand sides to everything - not just heroes and villains. So anyway, ... so anyway, ... so anyway… “So anyway” ought to be one word. Like a place or a river… Soanyway River.”
(Zabriskie Point, 1970, Michelangelo Antonioni)

Thursday, October 16

Friday, September 26

Something for artists and philanthropists to aspire to

"Untitled (Paper Plates, Glue)" (2003)

"Colony" (2005)

"Untitled (Styrofoam Cups)" (2008)

New York artist, Tara Donovan, is amongst the 2008 recipients of the MacArthur "genius" grant. This has to be the most utopian award I've ever heard of: it's open to practitioners in any field, has no application forms, an entirely anonymous nomination process, a thoroughly confidential selection process, no obligations, and half a million dollars paid in regular installments over five years.

Saturday, September 20

For anybody that hasn't visited the Deitch Projects website and had a good look around - go go now. (Don't let the cheesy music in the intro put you off) 

Friday, August 22

Martijn Hendriks

Stills from Martijn Hendriks' Give Us Today Our Daily Terror, 2008
Exact copy of Hitchcock’s 'The Birds', from which all birds have been digitally removed.

Also by the same artist, 12 Glowing Men (2008)

Tape loop

Zilvinas Kempinas, 'O Between Fans', 2006

(That's video tape flying in the centre there. More installation images of this and other tape works here.)

Wednesday, August 20

Paper Instruments

A really interesting project by Christopher Priglinger - experimentation into electronic uses for paper. Check out this link to hear sound samples from the project, along with a huge host of other goodies on the rest of the site.

Friday, July 11

New Curators announced

Window is pleased to announce the new curation team.

Talented graphic designer and artist Nell May will be evolving the Window identity, and focusing on promotion material and a possible publication.

Continuing on from showing and curating and spaces like Happy and rm103, Mythily Meher will be organising exhibitions, kicking out more great writing like this, and be general dynamic duo with current curator Ash Kilmartin.

And finally Anna Parlane will be coming on board a little later in January, coming off her Postgraduate Study in Museums and Cultural Heritage to produce shows with slightly more recent objects de arte.

Congrats to these three and thanks to all who applied. We had some great applications and, as always, are really open to ideas, writing, and general contributions from other outside the curation team.

Saturday, June 21

Out with the old, in with the new

Readers of will have noticed a large hiatus in posting. We're undergoing a transition as we phase out an On Site and Online curator (myself) and bring on a new team. We'll be conducting interviews on Monday to narrow the list down. Thanks to all who applied.

For those interested, I'll be focusing more on a couple projects. The Ribbon is a band consisting of myself and Campbell Birch, with keyboards, guitar, vocals, laptop, and various instruments, hovering somewhere in the grey space between dance and pop. Werkhaus, my interactive work for clients like HP, Coke, Karen Walker, and Toyota always keeps me busy. And finally we've just launched a new portfolio site for my wife, Werkhaus partner in crime and illustrator Kimberlee Munn.

Wednesday, May 21

From cosmology to calligraphy at Crystalpunk

Stumbled upon Crystalpunk today, a loose organisation and series of workshops under the banner. In their words, the site " is a long-term research project that seeks to develop speculative knowledge that subverts ordinary ways to employ, experience and measure space, time and language.

The day to day reality of is filled with projects. For most of them we encourage participation by persons known and unknown. Some of our projects are like whales, most are like plankton: the small ones feed the large ones."

Among the standouts, a Virtual raindrop installation by Tao Sambolec, a poem on e.coli bacteria, and the masks of Marcel Janco. General areas of continued interest seem to include the patterns and profundity of Go, Chinese calligraphy, bioengineering, and soft hardware. Where else could you find titles such as, "Quilts, Dreams and a Haunting by Cellular Automata".

Monday, May 19

Shadowy wiki editors unmasked with logo_wiki

Wayne Clements writes to let us know his wiki project, evolved as part of Window's online programme last year, continues with logo_wiki.

"logo_wiki identifies military, corporate, and governmental editors of Wikipedia ('the Free Encyclopedia'). It does this by tracing back the editor's IP address. logo_wiki shows recently edited 'diffs' pages (with changes highlighted) and shows who the shadowy editor is. logo_wiki does this by replacing the Wikipedia logo with the editor's logo. Military, corporate and governmental users are responsible for many thousands of unacknowledged alterations to Wikipedia pages. logo_wiki reveals this process occurring in real time."

Tuesday, May 13

Curatorial positions open

Window is seeking new curators to run its University of Auckland exhibition space. Window has been operating for over six years as an Auckland-based, University supported art project exhibiting parallel programmes of contemporary art in the physical gallery space, and virtual art online. Window prizes an emergent focus and provides a well-regarded platform for the work of young artists and curators educated at the University of Auckland both during and following their study. As a correlative, Window aims to increase the visibility of and digital projects initiated by New Zealand practitioners through its Online programme and Archive. The right applicants will be able to take advantage of an open structure to gain valuable practical experience, develop their own career and build on the strength of the current programme.

Full details available in the PDF (Adobe Acrobat format, 42K)