Lee Ming­wei in Auck­land and re­ac­tions to Len Lye

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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.

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