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The Reading Hall by Lisa Crowley 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011 -
Sunday, November 06, 2011


Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts


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The Reading Hall by Lisa Crowley 2011

The Reading Hall shows 24 September 2011 - 6 November 2011

The Vyborg Library in Russia is the feature of the latest video work The Reading Hall by Auckland based artist Lisa Crowley, opening at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in Pakuranga on September 24. Lisa Crowley has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and is a senior lecturer at the Elam School of Fine Arts.

Lisa Crowley wanted to capture the analogue approach to reading as new technologies change the experience. Says Crowley, "something is being changed and lost now that we can access the written word through our ipad or smartphone. It seemed time to pause and reflect back as we watch the marginalisation of certain forms of production from contemporary culture."

A celebrated 1930s modernist building designed by renowned Finnish architect Alvar Alalto, the Vyborg Library and its reading hall is presented alongside footage of the near-obsolete analogue printing process. With these two related subjects, the exhibition gives focus to relics of early 20th Century modernity. In the digital age, the dissemination and consumption of knowledge has changed rapidly and the exhibition reflects on now older forms of the written word.

"It is strange the idea of people doing such a personal activity in a place of such a public scale", explains Lisa Crowley. "The no frills environment of the big hall which has no windows and no luxuries, seemed to conjure a sense perhaps of duty or labour for the people reading within it. Such a solitary pursuit in a public arena is very different from our experience of reading which tends to be in small and intimate spaces."


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