Category: 2014

making do(ing)

making do(ing) presents –

Games Afternoon at RM:

Improvising Games from Slums, Megaregions and Super Cities

// Saturday 2 August 2014, 4pm onwards

Games Afternoon at RM offers up a range of research artifacts as playthings from Cambodian slums, Auckland sub/urban zones, the Tokyo megaregion and more. Fluid game dynamics and warm-hearted late afternoon sustenance provide footholds for experimentation in psychological mapping, conversation, gift giving, ad-hoc archiving, and leveraging the memories of others.

Join us for an relaxing and stimulating afternoon of game playing and making in both finite and infinite modes (we’ll play with junk, and please bring some of your own!).

Frugal food will be offered. Please bring something to contribute to a weird buffet.

Companions and gamers so far include: Aya, Dan, Anna, Tullia, Nitika, Kim, Quishile, Hanna, Steph, Yurie, Hazel, Cole, Mellisa, Jess, Xin, and Chris, for a start.

// At RM, first floor, 307 Karangahape Road,
Newton, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

// * NB: Entrance from Samoa House Lane 

This gathering is part of makeshifting Cambodia & Aotearoa, a research project from Xin Cheng, generously supported by Asia New Zealand & Sa Sa Art Projects


This is the first event in Auckland to accompany RM’s participation in International Artist Run Initiatives at David Dale Gallery. For this exhibition, RM has taken the work of thirteen collectives and collaborative groups to Glasgow. We have also invited the participants in our project at David Dale to look at ways that they might recontextualise their work for our community back in Auckland.

During this time a selection of publications from the project in Glasgow will also be available to view.

University Without Conditions reading group

From Wednesday 16 July, University Without Conditions will be running an open fortnightly reading group in RM’s archive room, starting at 6:30pm.

The reading group will focus on the book After Finitude by French philosopher Quentin Meillassoux about which Alain Badiou wrote it “opened up a new path in the history of philosophy, understood here as the history of what it is to know.” The chapters are short, but dense, and we will discuss a new one each fortnight moving through the book.

The reading group is open to anyone who wishes to participate and is facilitated by Melissa Laing and Robin Paulson who will be learning alongside and with everyone who participates.

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International Artist Initiated

// Opening 6pm, Friday 18 July 2014, at David Dale Gallery.

As part of our participation in International Artist Initiated, alongside Clark House Initative, Cyprus Dossier, Fillip, Fresh Milk and Video Art Network Lagos, RM has temporarily set up office in Glasgow, undertaking a project with contributions from (in reverse alphabetical order):

  • Wednesday night pottery

  • Tamaki Housing Group

  • Raised by Wolves

  • Mata Aho Collective

  • Magasine

  • making do(ing)

  • lightreading

  • FKA Alterations

  • David Ed Cooper & James Wylie

  • Dave Marshall & Ella Sutherland

  • D.A.N.C.E. Art Club

  • Brun Alen

  • Ben Clement & Bob van der Wal

// Show runs until Saturday 3 August 2014

// At Glasgow Transport Boxing Gym, 136 Fordneuk Street, Glasgow, Scotland
(An auxillary space for David Dale and Studios during the duration of the Commonwealth Games)

The participants that we have brought together within this project are collectives and groups who work without a dedicated space, often moving beyond the confines of the gallery system. Though they operate independently of any fixed venue, there is still a strong sense of location in what they do. We have been drawn towards them because of the ways in which they activate local contexts and show a profound awareness of the communities that surround them.

RM is of course defined by the space it inhabits, but in these collaborative groups we see values we share, and things we aspire to. And given this opportunity it seemed to make sense to share this space with them.

Since 2009 an integral part of RM has been the project office – a dedicated part of the exhibition space that allows the co-directors of RM to be present and available for visitors. It is where meetings take place and also where we share food. During gallery hours it provides a place where visitors can sit, view the work, hold conversations and engage with RM’s slowly expanding archive. An open office, RM works on the principle that discussion, meetings, admin and paperwork are visible and not hidden away during exhibitions or events.

For IAI the structure of the RM project office has been transposed to Glasgow and activated by this selection of collaborative groups. Our office in Glasgow is being utilised as a meeting point for these disparate and fleeting, yet always collective and locally responsive activities.

RM’s participation in IAI has been made possible with the support of Creative New Zealand, the British Council and Festival 2014 of the XX Commonwealth Games. The project has been commissioned by David Dale Gallery.

Artist-run-initiatives talking about artist-run-initiatives, and other such things:

During IAI there have been two panel discussions that are available to view online at

International Artist Initiated: Fresh Milk, 19 July 2014
(we’d recommend skipping to 30mins to get to the start of the discussion, unless you particularly like watching chairs being moved and plugs being plugged in)

Notions of common/wealth versus single/wealth’: a platform for representatives of the six invited networks to participate in conversations with each other and the Glaswegian audience. The aim of the conversations will, in part, be to unpack ideas related to the Commonwealth of Nations – the association under which countries gather every four years to celebrate sport, the XX edition taking place in Glasgow in the summer of 2014. The intention is to explore the context of IAI, as a gathering of Commonwealth Nations, and delve into how that relates to the work we all do as artist led initiatives. The concern is to unpack the Commonwealth as a macro, historical entity and understand our relationship to it, if any, and all that entails. Interrelated are ideas about the definition of wealth and value, both single and common, in our local context.

Fillip presents, Institutions by Artists,29 July 2014
(we’d recommend skipping to 18mins to get to the start of the discussion)
Sarah Lowndes & Matthew Richardson. Moderated by Jeff Khonsary.

Fillip presents a book launch and debate focused around current and past institutional practices by artists. Internationally, artists have produced institutional models that act as an alternative to the limitations of marketdriven priorities. Artist-run centres, collectives, and artists’ publishing initiatives form a network of activity that often stands in contestation to dominate economic models, while simultaneously appropriating their language and methods. Using an informal debate format, Sarah Lowndes and Matthew Richardson will address the performance and promise of contemporary artist-run centres and initiatives within the context of Glasgow, the UK , and beyond.

Interrupted expenditure

Dan Bell, Liang Luscombe and Noriko Nakamura

// Opening 6pm, Wednesday 11 June 2014

// Show runs from Thursday 12 June until Saturday 28 June 2014

An exhibition of new works as part of the second iteration of a two-part project by Melbourne-based artists Dan Bell, Liang Luscombe and Noriko Nakamura that was first shown at Dog Park Art Project Space, Christchurch

Dan Bell’s practice involves shifting spatial energies through an ongoing process of fermentation and flux. Utilising alchemic combination of transmutational materials, with outcomes including interventions, sculpture, installation and wearable works. Recent projects include Double Bind: Polysidium glutamate (Lite) at Studio 6, Gertrude Contemporary, Vic; Brimming dissolution, buoyant expenditure at Dog Park Projects, Christchurch; Proliferation beyond solutions, Brunswick Lakes projects, Vic; Alluvial Atomiser at Rice and Beans, Dunedin, and Pwdree Slurr at Y3K gallery, Vic. Bell completed a Bachelour of Visual Arts Sculpture from The Australian National University in 2007.

Liang Luscombe lives and works in Melbourne. Liang Luscombe’s practice is loosely located within painting and in recent work she expanded this to include three-dimensional and spatial qualities that incorporate furniture making, wall painting and wall works. These objects – part-sculpture, part-prop, part-painting – often use existing artworks or design objects to play with painting’s ability to be functional or look to specific locations as their starting point. In 2013, Luscombe was a recipient of the Australia Council British School at Rome Residency. During 2012 Luscombe was the sub-editor of Un Magazine, Volume 6.  In 2011, Luscombe undertook a studio residency at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Non in Casa, 159 Blyth Street, Melbourne, 2013; Bauhaus Fisher Price, TCB artinc., Melbourne, 2012; String Strung Out, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, 2011. Recent group exhibitions include: Dear Masato, all at once, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014;brimming dissolution, buoyant expenditure, Dog Park, Christchurch, 2013; Synonyms for sincerity, Alaska Projects, Sydney, 2013; Please be quiet,  The British School in Rome, Rome, 2013; Signature Style, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, 2013; Navel Gazing, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2013; Menage a Trois, XYZ Collective, Tokyo, 2012; Fresh Paint, Sutton Project Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; Impossible Objects, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2011.

Noriko Nakamura completed a Fine Art Foundation Diploma at Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London, before receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2011. Nakamura experiments with the transformational potential of materials in order to explore the relationship that exists between humans and the material world. She has presented solo exhibitions at Platform Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne; Rearview; and Seventh Gallery. Her work has also been exhibited at ICU, Castlemaine; Murray White Room, Melbourne; National Gallery of Victoria Studio, Melbourne; and TCB art inc, Melbourne. She has received Australian Council ArtStart grant in 2012, Substation art prize and Maude Glover Fleay Award.

Robbie Fraser

A Fridge Full of Condiments

// Opening 6pm, Wednesday 21 May 2014*

// Show runs from Thursday 22 May until Saturday 10 June 2014

*NB, the time in the email was incorrect — the opening is indeed Wed. 21 May

Robbie Fraser 1979 – (Ngati Porou ki Hauraki) works and resides in Auckland, New Zealand. He graduated from AUT University with a Masters in Art & Design in 2013 and is a founding member of FERARI, an artists collective and artist run space based in Auckland. His recent shows include A Sickman Cometh with Anthony Cribb at FERARI (2012), Lost in A Dream (2012), a group show at Snakepit, andFERARI/WENDYLS (2013), a group show at Wendyl’s Green Goddess.

New RM

First Floor,

307 K’Road


* Entrance on Samoa House Lane


On Wednesday 23 April, RM will open the door to its new gallery space with cues, the latest in a series of collaborations between Nell May and Blaine Western.

We are now located on the first floor of the Mazuran Building, at 307 Karangahape Road—right next door to where we’ve been for the last five years. The new gallery shares many of the qualities that we enjoyed about our old space—the modernist mix of concrete, glass and a large open room, a wall of windows, plenty of natural light, a retreat from the chaos of K’Rd and a view of the garden and fale at Samoa House. The new space also gives us the opportunity to open up some new directions for the gallery. In particular, we now have a dedicated archive and research space, which will host a number of long-term projects in the coming year.

Moving next door

During the next few weeks RM will be closed as we move out of our current space and set up the gallery next door at 297 Karangahape Road.

In June 2009 Akiko Diegel and Asumi Mizuo had our very first exhibition at 295 Karangahape Road. And, though it was completely unforeseen when we were planning this show, we are moving again, and Akiko has had the very last show at our current space.

As of next month we will take up occupancy right next door, on the first floor of the Mazuran Building, 297 Karangahape Road, and we will be re-opening in mid-April, with an exhibition by Nell May and Blaine Western.

In the seventeen years that I have been involved with the gallery,  and across the five spaces we’ve occupied, this has been, my favourite location. With our office table set up next to that wall of windows, it has been a really rewarding and productive space in which to work, and hopefully that has been reflected in the experience of visiting the shows we’ve hosted. When taking on this large empty room we had to rethink what it was we were doing, and how the gallery might contribute to the ecology around us. I have enjoyed seeing what has emerged from these new directions, and feel a great sense of gratitude to the artists we’ve worked with for helping make our time at 295 K’Rd so memorable. We are very glad to still be part of this neighbourhood, moving next door, to a space that shares many of the qualities of the current RM, as well as the scope to open up new possibilities for the gallery.

– Nick


More details about the new space will be announced at the start of next month. If you’re on our mailing list keep an eye on your email for details about our grand re-opening soon. And if you’re not on our mailing list you can sign up here

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The RM Archive Project

Help us identify what is in our Archive! We have digitised many slides in our archive and invite participation to identify them. Please click here to access the collection.

Our Boxed Archive
Since 2009 RM has been building an archive of material related to our exhibition and event programme. An index to the collection is available here.

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