ART IN MOTION
Lee Mingwei in Auckland and reactions to Len Lye
Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei’s intimate installations are experiences to partake in, not objects to passively observe. His upcoming show at the Auckland Art Gallery (from Nov 5 to March 19, 2017) is a collection of some of his most potent works. In ‘Sonic Blossom’ (which previously appeared at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art), a vocalist will approach visitors and offer them the gift of a song (above left). ‘The Letter Writing Project’ is comprised of three illuminated booths (right) in which visitors may write a letter offering previously unexpressed gratitude, forgiveness or apology that can then be posted or left for other visitors to read. ‘The Sleeping Project’ (above right) allows visitors to enter a ballot to spend the night in the gallery with Lee Mingwei, an experience the artist says heightens the prosaic experiences of conversation and sleeping. First developed by Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, the exhibition will also offer other works by Lee, all of them promising experiences to treasure.