03 Sep 2015

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NZ at Venice Secret Power Exhibition Book Launch

A major publication from Mousse Publishing and Koenig Books has been released to coincide with Simon Dennys Secret Power presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2015.

Produced in collaboration with designer David Bennewith, this lavishly illustrated guide includes essays by curator Robert Leonard and art critic Chris Kraus, and an interview with Amsterdam-based graphic designers Metahaven. 

The Secret Power exhibition book will be launched in September and October at events in Auckland and Christchurch. 

Auckland book launch and panel discussion 

Auckland Art Gallery
Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
Monday 14 September 2015
6:30pm - 8:30pm
To attend please RSVP to venice@creativenz.govt.nz 

The book launch will be accompanied by a panel discussion about the Secret Power exhibition, and more broadly the impact of New Zealand's involvement in the Venice Biennale. 

The panel in Auckland includes 2015 Venice commissioner and 2007 Venice curator Heather Galbraith, 2003 and 2015 Venice curator Robert Leonard, Metro critic Anthony Byrt, and gallerist Michael Lett. The discussion will be introduced and chaired by Adam Art Gallery director Tina Barton.

Christchurch book launch and panel discussion

C1 Espresso Building
Level 1
209 Tuam Street
Monday 5 October 2015
6:30pm - 8:30pm 
To attend please RSVP to venice@creativenz.govt.nz

The panel in Christchurch includes 2015 Venice commissioner and 2007 Venice curator Heather Galbraith, 2009, 2011, and 2013 Venice commissioner and Christchurch Art Gallery director Jenny Harper, The Physics Room director Melanie Oliver, and Centre of Contemporary Art director Paula Orrell. The discussion will be introduced and chaired by Adam Art Gallery director Tina Barton.

Media enquiries and image requests to:

Sarah Pomeroy
Senior Communications Adviser
Mob: +64 27 677 8070 | DDI: +64 4 498 0725 
E: sarah.pomeroy@creativenz.govt.nz

Additional Information Publication team members for the Secret Power exhibition book:
Editors: Robert Leonard and Mary Barr
Designer: David Bennewith
Other Contributors: Chris Kraus and Metahaven
Photographer: Nick Ash
Publisher: Mousse Publishing
Distributor: Buchhandlung Walther König
Printer: MM Artbook Printing and Repro

The publication was made possible with the generous support of  Galerie Buchholz, Michael Lett, Petzel Gallery, T293 and the NZ at Venice patrons.

The book may be purchased online at Rebecca books.

Designer David Bennewith 
New Zealander David Bennewith was the designer for the Secret Power project, working closely with Simon Denny on the exhibition book, website and marketing collateral.

David contributed a significant research element to the Secret Power project in his discovery of ex-NSA designer David Darchicourt and subsequent commissioning, with Simon, of work from the designer which later featured in the exhibition. 

In the essays section of the exhibition book he interviews the European design studio Metahaven about the visual language of the NSA slides and their significance from a graphic design and broader cultural perspective.

For further information about Simon Denny’s Secret Power project for the New Zealand pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale, visit www.nzatvenice.com.