Ultra Vires is a series of architectural propositions toward a fictional, socially progressive nightclub complex. Each room in the club was designed by an individual architect and the building coalesces in the pages of the publication. We inhabit the space at 7.00am when the evening is winding down.
With the aim of imagining what we have trouble practicing and practicing what have trouble imagining, Ultra Vires rematerialises a necessary communal space within the built environment—an idea that is echoed throughout its design and production process. The publication is an edition of 200, printed on an Indigo press with silk-screened detailing and hand-finished elements.
Contributors include Hera Lindsay Bird, Angela Cho, Abbey Gould, Sukaina Kubba and Craig Mulholland, Nick Rebstadt, Raphaela Rose, Amber Ruckes, Susana Torre. The publication was co-published by lightreading and 8fold.
Cloakroom (detail) - Nick Rebstadt
Dance floor for Josephine Baker - Raphaela Rose
Mixing Room curtain detail - Amber Rukes
Private Hire - St Paul Street
Spoken performance with car, window tints and hand blown glass sculpture. 2015 (The first iteration of this work was exhibited at David Dale gallery in Glasgow 2014.)
Shown as part of The things we talked about curated by Abby Cunnane at ST PAUL Street Gallery. Works by Ruth Buchanan and Alicia Frankovich can be seen in some of the shots.
Thanks to Abby Cunnane and ST PAUL Street, to Patrick O'Connor for loaning us the Maserati, to Sam Hartnett for the documentation and also to Sarah Smutts-Kennedy.
Script for Private Hire (excerpt)
Two works for the forthcoming Unstuck in Time publication produced by Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts.
Who's behind those foster grants? Printed page work (above): double sided offset print with foil text.
Script for Private Hire Moving image work for digital publication (below)
Script for Private Hire
Moving image, 2014
Digital publication commissioned for Unstuck in Time, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts.
Reception light (Gloss)
Programmed LED sign reading the word 'gloss' spelt phonetically in Hangul.
Gloss was a New Zealand television series produced and screened between 1985 and 1990. The plot revolved around a publishing company and a fictional magazine by the same name. The series became interesting to lightreading when we realised it was conceived of and set in the period of publishing history in between the early eighties – when Apple developed computers specifically for graphics layout and thereby revolutionising the production of publications – and the subsequent rise of the internet in the nineties, which fundamentally changed the way information moved between groups of people. To us, the series represents a particular bubble of time in publishing history.
View episode one here.
Shown as part of Lilac Chaser, part of a residency at The Banff Centre, 2011-12
Black and white print on paper + black and white print on acetate film
594 x 841mm
News travels faster in a room with no walls
lightreading curated an exhibition on behalf of Newcall Gallery, for the Artspace New Artists Show 2009. The exhibition involved a number of Australasian artists and a lightreading collaborative artwork.
Put where it was not
Part I The Artspace reading room was relocated from the office into the main gallery.
Part II: The Artspace library was slowly transposed with the library of FormContent - a projectspace in London - whenever we found someone travelling between the two cities.