This publication has been produced as a companion to the exhibition ‘Spooky Action at a Distance’, shown at Bus Projects in January 2016. Curated by Danish Curator Nanna Stjernholm Jepsen, ‘Spooky Action at a Distance’ presented works by artists Amalie Smith, Amitai Romm, David Stjernholm, Rasmus Myrup and Valérie Collart who work with sculpture, installation and digital media to investigate the relationship between physical and digital spaces, the embodiment of information and transitions between the two, three and four dimensional.
Spooky Action at a Distance is the second part of an exhibition project organised by curators Kim Brockett (AU) and Nanna Stjernholm Jepsen (DK). It involved an exhibitions at Værelset, Jepson’s curator-run project space in Copenhagen in 2015, and at Bus Projects in 2016. The exchange began in May 2015 with ‘held in a half globe, as if by cupped hands’. Comprising of two new, site-specific installations by Melbourne artists Kate Meakin and Virginia Overell, the exhibition looks at the links between art and beauty in hand crafted and ready-made objects (Meakin), and oceanic history and how media coverage maps its narrative (Overell).
The resulting publication has been edited, designed and produced by Eller med a, a Copenhagen and Oslo-based independent publisher and graphic design studio. It consists of contributions from the participating artists responding to an invitation to extend their work into the format of the publication, either as a text, images or a version of the work transformed into pages. Along with these creative contributions, reflective texts have been provided by Kim Brockett, Kelly Fliedner, and Sara Thetmark.
Kate Meakin is a Melbourne based artist. Recent exhibitions include Lurid Beauty – Australian Surrealism and its Echoes at NGV Australia, Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow at Punk Cafe and held in a half globe, as if cupped by hands, with Virginia Overell at Vaerelset, Copenhagen. From 2013 -2015 Kate also ran the exhibition space Flake.
Kim Brockett is a curator, writer and fundraiser. She is the Deputy Chair of artist-run initiative Bus Projects and works at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).
Kelly Fliedner is a writer, curator and podcast-maker who is currently working on a series of radio plays for the Next Wave Festival 2016; is one of six Australian artists taking part of the Biennale of Sydney’s experimental writing project, The Bureau of Writing; and is developing On the Beach, a new podcast that focuses on the convergence of critical and creative discourses surrounding contemporary art.
Image credit: Gone Phishing, 2016 David Stjernholm Pneumatic tubes, nylon mesh, cable ties, sensitive documents (detail)