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KINGS Artist Run acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

MSG SEEN! – not read.

Callum Harper

Front Gallery
1 Sep 2018–22 Sep 2018
Opening 6pm Friday August 31st

MSG SEEN! – not read. is an exhibition based on a new suite of text and video works with accompanying performances. The exhibition speaks to differing societal attitudes, political standpoints and laws and legislation regarding LGBTIQA+ citizens throughout cities in Northern Europe and Australia.

There is reference to hypersexualised text within the technological era and how we communicate via denotative text.

From Bergen to Kaunas, we no longer have to meet in person to find sex – although the density of suitors and superficiality may differ. Online, we have become accustomed to judging a book by its cover, rather than the substance behind a hot profile picture – but maybe that’s because reading a profile is too time-consuming in this sexy fast paced world.


Image: “the weeks wear me thin”30-minute performance. Documented here at cross][club, Prague, April 25th 2018. Photo Credit-Svetlana Lopato

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  • Callum Harper (Australia) works with notions around LGBT culture, and combines discourse around reality and online life to create dialogue around the disparate differences of communication IRL vs URL. Primarily working with text, video and performance, Harper travels to varied destinations of contrasting political values toward LGBT citizens, and internalises locals opinions and his personal experiences on acceptance and daily life. The amalgamation of this collected experiential information and research data informs the medium and personal responses to experiences within differing contexts. Harper holds a BFA from Monash University in Caulfield, Australia, and a MFA from Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden.