Monitor 3.1 is the second part of a revisit and update to Monitor, an exhibition of moving image work from Aotearoa and abroad curated by Sean Kerr and David Watson in 1996. This new exhibition builds on the original curatorial framework and includes three programmes: a programme of commissioned collaborative work by emerging New Zealand artists, a three-part programme of recent work by national and international moving image practitioners, as well as a selection of work from the original Monitor exhibition.

This second part of the exhibition features the new collaborative commission Thus the Blast Carried It, Into the World 它便随着爆破, 冲向了世界 by Qianye Lin and Qianhe ‘AL’ Lin. Working with writing, sound, filmed, found, and animated footage, the work traces the story of ‘It’, whose journey unfolds (or folds in) as an unresolved series of beginnings. It is an audio-visual experience that seeks to heighten perception, deals with cognition and meaning structures, and explores narrative and language in their multiplicities.

Monitor 3.1 also contains the second and third parts of the screening programme. The second part curated by Jamie Hanton features a selection of international moving image work by Bona Park (KR), Heechon Kim (KR), Rebecca Moss (UK), and Vajiko Chachkhiani (GE) and runs 23 January – 7 February 2021. The third and final part curated by Sean Kerr will begin on 9 February 2021.

Accompanying these two new programmes is a selection of work from the original Monitor exhibition, including work by: Lisa Reihana and Ani O’Neill, Paul Redican, Nathan Pōhio, Ronnie van Hout, Leigh Houliston, Kirstin Lucas, and Laura Parnes.
We would like to thank Ilam School of Fine Arts for their generous support of both Monitor 3.0 and Monitor 3.1.

Qianye Lin and Qianhe ‘AL’ Lin are siblings who work as a duo. Based in Tāmaki Makaurau and graduates of Elam School of Fine Arts, they work primarily in audio-visual installation, writing, and performance. They are interested in language and perspective through re-imagining and re-contextualizing the experiences of presence and immersion, as well as storytelling in the embodiment of a fragmented linguistic experience. Their recent exhibitions include What a Thrill, WHAT A SUCCESS!! (2020), a one night only exhibition at Papatūnga Gallery curated by James Tapsell-Kururangi.

Exhibition preview: Friday 29 Janaury, 5:30pm