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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.

My avant-garde is bigger than yours

Boe-Lin Bastian
CJ Conway
Damiano Bertoli
Danius Kesminas
Jessie Bullivant
Lucas Maddock
Madé Spencer-Castle
Marco Fusinato
Nik Papas
Raafat Ishak
Sue Dodd
Tamsin Green
Yvette King

01 November 2013–23 November 2013

My Avant-Garde is Bigger Than Yours provides a critical as well as creative appraisal of the relations characterised by the use of irony, détournement, parody, sarcasm and other forms of humour. The exhibition examines these forms with reference to Sigmund Freud’s Der Witz und seine Beziehung zum Unbewußten (Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious,1905). Yet rather than dwell solely upon Freud’s meticulous catalogue of jokes, or his affinity for the interpretation of dreams and the role of the unconscious in everyday life, this exhibition assesses the basis of innovative praxis by investigating the essential structural features by which jokes become an instrument for playful experimentation.

Image: 19th Century Antique Marble bust was slowly turned into fragments by the DAMP artists, literally an attempt to reconfigure history.

Curated by Nik Papas

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  • Boe-Lin Bastian’s recent projects have included a residency and exhibition with MoCA, Taipei (2014), Built (2014) a solo exhibition at Grass Mountain Chateau, Taipei, and Goal! (2014), an installation at Platform’s SAMPLE space.Boe-lin has exhibited throughout Australia, Asia and Europe and has received grants, commissions and residencies through Australia Council, NAVA, RMIT, Queensland Government, Firstdraft and Asialink.