Time-based works by Ziggy Lever and Joanna Margaret Paul
Curated by Paula Booker
28 May – 19 June
Opening Preview: Wed 27 May, 5-7pm
Thinking Feeling is an exhibition about our experience of time, place and moving image. The exhibition features the work of the late filmmaker, poet and painter Joanna Margaret Paul and the artist Ziggy Lever who is based in Tāmaki Mākaurau, Aotearoa. It is curated by Wintec graduate Paula Booker, who recently completed a Bachelor of Media Arts Honours (Hons First Class) at Wintec, exploring affect theory in relation to exhibition making.
The selected works on show share careful construction in relation to viewers' sensations.Thinking Feeling seeks to activate the space of the viewer by engaging with the corporeal senses and the film works unfolding over natural, (real)time spent with the works in the space. Works by Ziggy Lever and Joanna Margaret Paul both reveal an interest in duration and the examination of local spaces.
Paul’s films depicted the artist’s own domestic and local environments – specific localities that were carefully framed by her own perspective. She used close-ups of formal patterns and adjacencies to give intimate glimpses that create an affective dimension to her films.
Lever’s current project probes the tenuous relationship that memory and perception have to reality through the creation of video structures as time-based documents. His project reflects on what it means to lose time (as if in a waking dream) or distrust the relationship memory and perception have to states outside of the body. He is currently undertaking a practice led PhD at AUT University of Technology.
Leading up to this exhibition, Ziggy Lever has put out an invitation for participants to collaborate with him to create works that will be shown in Ramp Gallery, using mobile phones. We encourage locals to get involved in this low-fi filmmaking opportunity. This event will be held at the Hamilton Gardens on Saturday 23 May. For more information visit the Facebook event here. Please email Ziggy Lever to book a place.
The exhibition was commissioned by RAMP Gallery, and is also showing at The Physics Room, Christchurch. It will be accompanied by a catalogue published by RAMP Press, which will be launched at the opening event.
Joanna Margaret Paul’s work is presented courtesy of the estate of Joanna Paul and CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand.
Image: The world is not flat. It is incredibly spiky (2014) /
Still from moving image work by Ziggy Lever