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12 December 2016 —
19 March 2017

Jem Noble:
Dream Dialects

Jem Noble, helppeopleandmachinesandgadgetstodoabetterjob (Eternal Cigarette), 2016 (detail). Zine, photocopied media & translations, inverted plexiglass cover. With Camille De Kok, Dina Wadi, Enrica Perra, Fidele Rosine Ngoue Biboum, Karyel Keene, Laura Liesche, Tiago Gomes (via Upwork); Julia Craig, Amy Weng. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, Dream Dialects, 2016 (site plan). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
Jem Noble, helppeopleandmachinesandgadgetstodoabetterjob (Eternal Cigarette), 2016 (detail); improveconstantlyandforever (Sudden Party), 2016. Six part cello composition, performance, recording & Youtube video. With Christel Vinot (via Upwork), Christopher Eugene Mills. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, Dream Dialects, 2016 (installation view). Carpet tiles, partially surfaced wall, 9:16 screen, door installation, inkjet print. 57cm x 44 cm. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, State of the Union, 2014-2016 (installation view). Single channel HD video, 9:16, 0:44 sec, looped. $10 logo design jobs, with Adil Ghaffar, Bd Info, Fatemeh Imani, Messaoudene Koceila, Nasrin Parvin, Nazmul Hoque, Nippon Roy, Quang Thai Ky, Ramila Kamal Ranasinghe, Sayed Hasan Sahin (via Upwork). Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, ceasedependenceoninspectiontoachievequality (You Can’t Stop The Massacre), 2015–2016 (detail). Door installation & inkjet print, 57cm x 44cm. With Camilo Esteban (via Upwork). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, adoptthenewphilosophy (100mph Bitch), 2016 (installation view). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, adoptthenewphilosophy (100mph Bitch), 2016 (detail). Mock Laser Disc release (Arabic), side 1/front cover; with Will Black (via Upwork). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, adoptthenewphilosophy (100mph Bitch), 2016 (detail). Mock Laser Disc release (Arabic), side 2/back cover; with Will Black (via Upwork). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, driveoutfear (Me & My Limo), 2016 (installation view). Wooden rifle, waterjet cut, hand-finished Pohutukawa, dye, polyurethane lacquer, with Graham Hoyte (via Upwork). Floor-mounted 60" LED TV, HD video animation, 60 seconds, seamless loop, with Wiktoria Kannabiz (via Upwork); Max Bellamy. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, alongtermrelationshipofloyaltyandtrust (Fragments Of A Lost Freak), 2016. Six Laserjet & inkjet prints on aluminum, mixed sizes. With Maxim Golubchikov, Xu Yinyin (via Upwork). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, Dream Dialects, 2013–2016. Single channel HD video with audio, from Super 16mm film & DVD, 13 mins. Profile-cut floating screen & pinched projection. With Linda Siboto, Cross the Jordan Youth Group, Edible Audio, Victor Dladla, Wiktoria Kannabiz, Grey Jabesi, Khaled Arfaoui (via Upwork), Ian Powell (Reversal Cine), Max Bellamy. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, problemsofproductionandinuse (Warmth Took Me For A Ride), 2016 (installation view). Machined & hand finished wooden form, swamp Kauri, carpet tile, plexiglass cover; with Graham Hoyte (via Upwork). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, Distributed Asterism, 2016 (composited installation views). Digital video animation segment on profile-cut screen with pinched projection, laser-cut book, machine & hand-finished wooden form, swamp Kauri. With victor Dladla, Graham Hoyte (via Upwork). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett, compositing by Jem Noble.
Jem Noble, constancyofpurposetowardimprovement (Transparent Samurai), 2014-2016 (installation view). Partially covered wall/corridor installation, A3 laser-printed paper on mounted clips, selected contracts & correspondence (via Upwork). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, thesecretandinexorableclaimtowhichourlifeintheageofmassesandmachinessubjectsus (Everybody Needs At Least One Mojo), 2016. Wall/corridor/window installation, disco ball, light & music with Ivan Stojanovic (via Upwork). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, thesecretandinexorableclaimtowhichourlifeintheageofmassesandmachinessubjectsus (Everybody Needs At Least One Mojo), 2016. Wall/corridor/window installation, disco ball, light & music with Ivan Stojanovic (via Upwork). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, thetransformationiseverybodysjob (Faith Isn’t Real), 2016 (installation view). Organic New Zealand whey protein with with Alibaba & eBay-sourced Niobium & Tantalum (conflict status unknown). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, adoptthenewphilosophy (100mph Bitch), 2016 (detail). Sleeping Dogs (Roger Donaldson 1977) excerpt, Air New Zealand economy class entertainment system. Single channel video, 4 mins 30 secs. With Max Bellamy. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, adoptthenewphilosophy (100mph Bitch), 2016 (detail). Variations on Police Violence; from Sleeping Dogs (Roger Donaldson 1977). POV camera shot recorded from 16 video sources, mixed formats (slowed 50%). Single channel video with audio, 36 secs. With Max Bellamy. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, adoptthenewphilosophy (100mph Bitch), 2016 (detail). Parallax View; Man Alone (John Mulgan 1939) cover illustration, digitally reconstructed, adapted & animated. Single channel video animation, 1 min, seamless loop. With Xu Yinyin (via Upwork); Max Bellamy. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, adoptthenewphilosophy (100mph Bitch), 2016 (detail). Pull up to the bumper; from Sleeping Dogs (Roger Donaldson 1977). 10 home-video distributor bumpers. Single channel video, mixed formats, 4 mins 5 secs. With Max Bellamy. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, adoptthenewphilosophy (100mph Bitch), 2016 (detail); trainingonthejob (Satin Relaxation), 2016-2017. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, Dream Dialects, 2016 (installation view). Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Harnett.
Jem Noble, The Blush Response, [2012] 2016–ongoing (offsite). Site & time-specific media performance via iOS and Android app, 25 mins. 70 international locations including Sky Tower, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. With Differenz Solutions, Peter Mikkelsen, Amir Aslam (via Upwork); Vi Vo, Chris Eugene Mills. Photos by Jem Noble. All QR code images by Jem Noble.

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‘How does entanglement in the technical circuits of ‘progress’ shape not just dreams, but the capacity to dream?’
– Jem Noble

Dream Dialects is a solo exhibition of online, offsite and gallery-based artworks by Jem Noble (CA/UK), a mixed-media artist based in Vancouver (unceded Coast Salish territories) and Melbourne (unceded territories of the Kulin Nation). In this Te Tuhi-commissioned exhibition, Noble draws from ongoing research investigating technical media artefacts and processes as intimate entanglements of matter, subjectivity and culture, through which the conditions of globalisation are both produced and contested. To do so, Noble takes materials and ideas on diverse journeys of intermedial translation and transformation, featuring widespread and obscure forms of technical media including but not limited to 16mm film, VHS, DVD, Laserdisc, books, posters and networked devices – fabricated, documented, ordered, outsourced, collected, uploaded and broadcast.

Specifically, the exhibition includes a series of responses to the New Zealand film Sleeping Dogs (1977), directed by Roger Donaldson, and to the novel Smith’s Dream (1971), by C. K. Stead, on which the film is based. Both the novel and film tell a fictional tale of an insidious authoritarian power supplanting liberal democracy under familiar mantras of economic crisis and national security. Dream Dialects takes the contemporary resonance of this story as a starting point to consider the material and technical media through which narratives circulate, and how such mediation affects the nature of subjectivity and its capacity for political action.

2021

In 2021 Noble was invited by Te Tuhi to enrich the documentation of Dream Dialects via the gallery’s updated online exhibition platform, and the artist responded with a series of trompe l’oeil modifications to exhibition photography by Sam Hartnett. Noble’s pictures include distorted yet functional QR codes, which are best viewed on a desktop computer or tablet, encouraging awkward congress between multiple devices in order to scan the codes and activate a virtual tour of exhibition content and contexts. Please note, in order to view these images on a mobile phone without automatic cropping, devices should be tilted in landscape orientation, but may not resolve at large enough scale for the QR codes to be scanned successfully.

Bio

Jem Noble (CA/UK) is a mixed-media artist whose wide-ranging practice explores the mutual composition of environment and experience through poetics of force, form, fabrication, and feedback. Exhibition contexts for Noble’s work include Artforum International (pull-out poster with Te Tuhi, March 2021 issue), NGV Triennial (Melbourne), Performance Studies International/Fluid States (with David Cross), dOCUMENTA 13 (with GRADCAM DIT and EARN), Manifesta 7 (with Piråtbyrån), and ICA London. Since 2012 Noble’s practice has been informed by his status as first-generation European Settler on unceded Coast Salish territories, and a pansexual Queer member of a polity including Indigenous peers.

Press

→ ArtBank interviews Jem Noble – 95bFM
→ ‘Sleeping Dogs’, ‘Smith’s Dream’, and more – EyeContact review

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