Liverpool Biennial 2012 
City States—Wellington
15 September–25 November
Opening: Friday 14 September 2012, 3-5pm
      Watermarking  
      David Bennewith, William Hsu, Marnie Slater  
      Curated by Melanie Oliver and Laura Preston                                                      
              Supported by Creative New Zealand
              and the Chartwell Trust
                     









Installation shots

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Opening

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Press Coverage
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Watermarking text by Melanie Oliver
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Rotterdam's harbour colour completes the page.

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Stack arrives in Rotterdam.

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Thank you to Adam James for the install support.

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Joyce Harrison, a Radio New Zealand National listener
who heard our interview with Lynn Freeman, kindly sent us this poem
she had written about Wellington harbour.

Flying into Wellington

Coralled from the ocean,
harbour waters merge;
tremble as sliding shadow
deepens the opal bay.
On circling hills
houses perch like birds.
Thud! In real time….a rush of green/grey.

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Radio New Zealand interview
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The colour of Taipei's harbour is added.
An electric blue ocean.

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Melbourne's harbour ocean below Wellington's take as first port of call.
The print matter is moving.

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Opening: Friday 14 September 2012, 3-5pm
LJMU Copperas Hill Building, former Royal Mail sorting office,
Copperas Hill, Liverpool L3

The 2012 Liverpool Biennial is organised around the theme of 'hospitality' and will include a series of exhibitions by invited curators brought together under the title 'City States'. Hospitality addresses the welcome we extend to strangers, an attitude and a code of conduct, as well as a metaphor whose conditions and energy inspires artists. In a globalising world, increasing mobility and interdependence are changing the rules of hospitality. Our awareness of such complexity and migration between nations and cultures makes clear distinctions between host and guest increasingly difficult. Hospitality, after all is based on power, a temporary accord between host and guest subject to negotiation. The 2012 Liverpool Biennial City States programme invites artists and thinkers from cities across the world to bring a new understanding of hospitality for our times.
        Departing from the geographical and sociopolitical histories of Wellington city, Aotearoa New Zealand, practitioners David Bennewith, William Hsu and Marnie Slater—all currently living elsewhere—extend connections to the port city of Liverpool through acts of outsourcing and assemblage. Notions of distance, local matter in global circulation, and the fluidity of ocean waters inform and encapsulate the work that takes form as printed material.

Wellington—City States

Today our primary tools for communication are online, posing the potential for the publication to become a deliberate, sculptural object, rather than simply a way to distribute information.Transforming the making of a book into a building process, into the construction of a space. In the context of Watermarking, the book becomes a structure through which to host various publishing practices. Reflecting on the ocean as the still necessary physical and geographical expanse in which industrial enterprises connect, printers from Wellington, Melbourne, Taipei, Rotterdam and finally Liverpool were invited to visualise this space within the pages of a publication, each imagining and inscribing the colour of their ocean.
        David Bennewith (b. 1977 Auckland, New Zealand) is a
        graphic designer based in Amsterdam. As well as undertaking
        commissioned work, he initiates research-orientated productions
        under the moniker Colophon. David earned a Master in
        typographic design from the Werkplaats Typografie,
        Arnhem in 2007.
                William Hsu (b. 1979 Taipei, Taiwan) lives and works in                 Auckland, New Zealand as an artist, educator and as part of                 the team at RM Gallery and Projects. William completed
                his Bachelor of Visual Arts at Auckland University of
                Technology, Auckland in 2001.
                       Marnie Slater (b. 1980 Wellington, New Zealand) lives in                        Brussels, where she spends her days being an artist,                        editor and a member of the collaboration
                       All the Cunning Stunts. Marnie graduated with
                       her Master of Fine Arts from the Piet Zwart Institute,
                       Rotterdam in 2010.

                       IMAGE: Work in production.
                       Photos courtesy of Service Printers, Wellington.

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