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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Phase space

CUSS Group
Firas Shehadeh
Gerald Machona
Joe Hamilton
Larissa Sansour
Curated by Christopher Williams-Wynn, Samantha McCulloch

30 October 2015–21 November 2015

The artists in Phase Space examine the tensions and possibilities of urban space through virtual and filmic representations. Contemporary sociological accounts of urban space advance the notion of a ‘mobility turn’. By this account, life, and urban life in particular, is conceived as sets of relations between people, objects, signs and systems. The city may be conceived in terms of dense relations between these social elements, each of which are themselves in constant circulation, and in shifting relations with one another. However, these relational elements are also subject to confinement, thereby challenging neoliberal claims to a smooth space of free and unhindered action. These forces of movement and containment operate in a field termed a ‘phase space’. This exhibition proceeds by examining how images structure an understanding of lived reality, specifically urban realities, while also positing alternative experiences, rather than simply reflecting the status quo.

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  • Cuss Group is a collective of artists based in Johannesburg. The group was founded by Ravi Govender, Jamal Nxedlana and Zamani Xolo and has over time extended its members to include Lex Trickett and Bogosi Sekhukhuni. Their projects are often collaborative, stretching across a range of disciplines. In 2013 the group created its own initiative to help grow and promote the culture of video art in South Africa. This ongoing project is titled Video Party. In 2014 they received ProHelvetia funding to intervene on the fringes of Harare Festival of Art in Zimbabwe. Additionally they were recently invited to exhibit in Private Settings: Art After the Internet (2014) at the Modern Museum of Art in Warsaw.
  • Firas Shehadeh (Amman, Jordan, 1988) lives and works between Barcelona and Amman. By the use of images, sounds and public interventions he explores his relationship with space and the influence of authority in altering collective consciousness and identity. His work has been exhibited in Morocco, Palestine, Spain, Germany and Jordan. In 2014 he was selected for the 64th Berlinale - 9th Forum Expanded and in 2015 for the Espai Cub - La Capella, as part of BCN Producció program.
  • Gerald Machona is a Zimbabwean born Visual artist practicing in South Africa. He has a Masters Degree in Fine Art (MFA) from Rhodes University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town. Machona's current work engages with issues of African migration and diaspora, social interaction and xenophobia on the continent. He is represented by Goodman Gallery and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Johannesburg, Switzerland and Berlin.
  • Joe Hamilton (b. 1982 Tasmania) makes use of technology and found material to create intricate and complex compositions online, offline and in-between. His recent work questions our established notions of the natural environment within a society that is becoming increasingly networked. Hamilton holds a BFA from the University of Tasmania and an MA from RMIT in Melbourne. His work has been shown to great extent internationally with recent group exhibitions at The Moving Museum Istanbul, The Austrian Film Museum (Penetrating Surfaces), Pablo’s Birthday in New York (Like New Landscape), The London Art Fair (Photo 50) and Palazzo Peckham in Venice.
  • Larissa Sansour was born in 1973 in East Jerusalem, Palestine. Her work is interdisciplinary, immersed in the current political dialogue and utilises film, photography, installation and sculpture. Central to her work is the tug and pull between fiction and reality, predominantly within the realm of Middle East politics.