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Outer Nebula Drifter

Outer Nebula Drifter, Telecom Prospect, 2004

Exhibitions

CITY TOURS REDUX
As part of the group exhibition “Nine Dragon Heads”
Sarajevskazima 2010 – Sarajevo International Arts Festival
Turkish Cultural Institute, Sarajevo
Bosnia Herzegovina
2010

ANOTHER LOVELY DAZE
Physics Room, Christchurch
Collaborators Gillam, J, L. Agnihotri-Clark, D.
2008

INSIDIOUS POP II (DRIFT)
New Zealand Film Archive Mediaplex
Collaborators Gillam, J, L. Faris, P. Syme, G. Shaw, D. Agnihotri-Clark, D. Reddaway, R, M. Rowe, S. Dr Kron, J.
2007

IT’S A LOVELY DAZE
Ocular Lab, Melbourne, Australia
Collaborator Gillam, J, L.
2006

VIDEO SUBURB
Canary Gallery, Auckland.
Collaborator Gillam, J, L.
2006

GREENBELT VIDEO SUBURB
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington.
Curator, Melanie Hogg.
Collaborator Gillam, J, L.
2006

VIDEO GARDEN
Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin.
Collaborator Gillam, J, L.
2006

MACROFUN
SHOW gallery, Wellington.
Collaborators, Parton, S, J, Faris, P. Gillam, J, L.
2006

OUTER NEBULA DRIFTER – VIDEO PATCH 2
As part of the group exhibition “World Famous in New Zealand”, a survey of contemporary New Zealand Art
Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra Australia
Collaborator, Urbahn, T
2005

LASER GUIDED DREAMSCAPE
As part of the group exhibition ‘ What’s in the picture ‘
Expressions Upper Hutt city gallery, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Collaborator, Gillam, J. L.
2005

INSIDIOUS POP
SHOW gallery
Wellington, New Zealand
Collaborator, Dr Kron, (John Malcolmson, NYC )
2005

REX’S CYBERNAUTIC DREAMSCAPE RELEASE CANDIDATE 10.1
As part of the group exhibition ‘That Last Moment’
Michael Hirschfeld Gallery , City Gallery Wellington
2005

OUTER NEBULAR DRIFTER
Shown in Telecom Prospect New Art New Zealand, City Gallery Wellington
Host institution, New Zealand Film Archive (inaugural exhibition project)
Collaborators, Gillam, J. L., McAvoy, E, Morris ,S.
2004

SIMON MORRIS THREE ORANGE LINES
SHOW Gallery,
Wellington New Zealand
Collaborators, Morris, S. M. , Jenkins, K.,
2004

INTERSCULPT 2003
Snow White Gallery,
Auckland, New Zealand,
Collaborator, Gillam, J, L.
2003

SELF PORTRAIT c.1985, PT 3
CD title – Aircandy.
ISBN 0-473-08322-1.
Enzyme,
Auckland, NZ.
2003

PORT REPLICATOR
Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington,
Collaborator, Morris, S
2003

REX’S CYBERNAUTIC DREAMSCAPE RELEASE CANDIDATE 9
As part of group exhibition ‘Whare’
SOFA gallery, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Tandanya Gallery, Adelaide, Australia.
Scape 02 International Art and Industry Urban arts Biennale. Re-exhibited in the 2004 Adelaide International Arts Festival, Adelaide, Australia.
2002, 2004

TECHMACHRA VS. THE MATING DAMSEL FLIES
(Collection of Simon and Julie Endres, New York, New York, USA)
As part of the group exhibition ‘Look This Way’ 125th Jubilee Anniversary,
CoCA, Christchurch,
New Zealand
2002
Performance 2002 – 2010

CITY TOURS REMIX
As part of group exhibition “Diagram”
Engine Room, Wellington NZ
2010

CITY TOURS
Wellington
As DJ rexo loco
Collaborator Bennett K
2009

ELECTROLUXXE
Sugar Night Club, Christchurch
As vjRex, Resident VJ Electroluxxe
Electroluxe Promotions
2008

ANOTHER LOVELY DAZE
Physics Room, Christchurch
Collaborators Gillam, J, L. Agnihotri-Clark, D.
2008

INSIDIOUS POP II (DRIFT) PERFORMANCE SERIES
New Zealand Film Archive Mediaplex
Collaborators Gillam, J, L. Faris, P. Syme, G. Shaw, D. Agnihotri-Clark, D. Reddaway, R, M. Rowe, S. Dr Kron, J.
2007

ELECTROLUXXE 1-14
Feb ’06 – Dec ’08
Sandwiches Night Club, Wellington
As vjRex, Resident VJ Electroluxxe
Electroluxe Promotions
2006 – 2007

VJ RESIDENCY AT ELECTROLUXXE
VJ residency at Electroluxxe
Sandwiches
Wellington
2006

UNTITLED PERFORMANCE
for the opening of Scape 2006 “Don’t Misbehave”
Christchurch City Art Gallery
Curators, Natasha Conland & Susanne Jaschko
As vjRex with DJ Sorry and DJ Prepay
2006

GREENBELT VIDEO SUBURB
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington
Curator, Melanie Hogg
Collaborators Kaleb Bennett, Gillam J, L.
2006

OUTER NEBULAR DRIFTER – VIDEO PATCH 2
Exhibition title, ‘World Famous in New Zealand’ A survey of contemporary New Zealand Art.
Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra Australia
Collaborators, Gillam, J, L, Bennett, K.
2005

OUTER NEBULAR DRIFTER VIDEO PATCH
Performed during Telecom Prospect New Art New Zealand, City Gallery Wellington.
Host institution, New Zealand Film Archive (inaugural exhibition project)
Collaborators, Gillam, J. L., McAvoy, E, Bennett, K.
2004

WAIKOHU, TE REA
Waikato Maori Performing Arts School
Hamilton, New Zealand
2004

SOUNDTRACKS 4
Shed 11, Wellington, New Zealand
Host institution, New Zealand Film Archive
Collaborators, Rotaction,
2004

4PLAY
Shed 11
Wellington New Zealand
2004

PORT REPLICATOR RC1
Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand
Collaborator, Penny, O.
2003

PORT REPLICATOR RC2
Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand
Collaborator, Whatiri, K.
2003

PORT REPLICATOR RC3
Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand
2003

PORT REPLICATOR RC4
Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand
Collaborator, Bennett, K
2003

UNTITLED PERFORMANCE
Soliton, Regent Theatre
Auckland, New Zealand
Colaborator Penny, O
2002

Curation

SHOW 30 curated exhibitions
co-curator and co-director, Gillam, J, L.
Feb 2004 – Sep 2006
Co editor of Catalogue for SHOW curatorial project 2009

Prizes and awards

Wellington City Council, Public Arts Panel
Towards No Naianei (Intercultural public art project)
2007

Creative New Zealand, Visual Arts Panel
Towards the publication of a catalogue documenting SHOW gallery
2007

Strategic research fund, School of Fine Arts, Massey University
Towards a Video Machine
2007

Overseas research fund Massey University
Towards ‘Outer Nebular Drifter 2’ installation and performance Canberra Centre for Contemporary Arts,
Canberra, Australia
and
Towards ‘international curatorial research SHOW gallery’
Sydney, Australia.
2005

Research fund, Massey University
towards ‘New Work’
2002

FIET Grant Massey University (fund for innovation and excellence in teaching)
Team member
Towards a virtual Gallery
2002

Editorial/Refereeing

Member of curatorium Telecom Prospect 2004 New Art New Zealand.
City Gallery Wellington.
the only artist selected to exhibit who was then also seconded to the curatorium which assured the quality of exhibition project.
2004

Conference Addresses

Spark 2005, Creative Industries Research Centre, School of Media Arts, Wintec, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2005.
A conference of national & international presenters around issues in contemporary arts.
A presentation discussing two areas of research – my art practice and a joint presentation with Jenny Gillam about SHOW gallery.
Full list of participants at http://www.spark.mediarts.net.nz/
2005

Video Star
Massey University School of fine Arts,
Previous to my employment by the institution. Invited panelist, other panelists L.Budd et al, T Urban, L Crowley. Keynote speaker Brian Massumi, Montreal, Canada.
3 Oct 2001

Favourable Reviews

Lino, Issue 5 p118-121
Green Belt Video Suburb exhibition at Enjoy Gallery, Wellington reviewed.
2006

Urbis, It’s Easy Being Green issue,
Green Belt Video Suburb exhibition at Enjoy Gallery, Wellington featured.
2006

Aaron Kreisler, It’s a wild world, The best art of 2005, judged by Listener critics pg42 and 43 The Listener
Favorable mention of Artist Run Project SHOW of which I was Co-Director and Co-Curator
24/12/2005

Mark Amery,
Resisting (almost) the urge to name names,
The Dominion Post, 23.12.05 pB8
‘Ironically, in 2005 the most dynamic public work -often by mid career artists working at their peak – was being shown in the hardest-to-find space with the shortest opening hours in town. I’ll relent and provide one ‘best of’ gong: to project space Show in Knigges Ave for providing since its establishment in 2004 consistently engaging contemporary art.’
23/12/2005

Marcus Moore
SHOW Solo
Art New Zealand Number 116, 2005 pp60 – 63
An article about SHOW’s exhibition programme in a broader discussion about opportunities for mid career artists to exhibit experimental solo projects.
01/11/2005

David Cross. That Last Moment: Recent Wellington Video Art
Photofile Magazine 74: winter05, Melbourne Australia pg65
Favorable review of Rex’s Cybernautic Dreamscape release candidate 10.1 as exhibited in That Last moment City Gallery, Wellington.
01/06/2005

John DiStefano Art Asia Pacific, Almanac 2005/2006 pg 124-128
Favorable mention of the Artist Run Project SHOW of which I am Co-Director and Co-Curator.
2005

William McAloon
The Listener
Dec 2004 p45
Included in an article of Best Art of 2004 comparing a range of local galleries’ programmes.
“Show is the initiative of Jennifer Gillam and Eugene Hansen, and it’s aptly named. They show work that they like, and they do it well. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.”
01/12/2004

Mark Amery, Art urban jungle style,
The Dominion Post pg B8
Favorable mention of the Artist Run Project SHOW of which I was Co-Director and Co-Curator favourable review of the exhibition Surface Tension exhibited at the above artist-run project.
20/08/2004

Mark Amery,
The Dominion Post,
20.08.2004 pB8
Exhibition review of SHOW 7, Surface Tension.
10/08/2004

Marcus Moore, Episode 2,
Telecom Prospect 2004: New Art New Zealand, Art New Zealand #112 Pg64 – 69
Favourable mention of the work Outer Nebular Drifter in a critical review of the Prospect Beinnale.
01/03/2004

John Di Stefano, New Work New Zealand
Art Asia Pacific, New York, spring 2004
2004

Rebecca Rice
Art New Zealand Number 112, 2004 p52
Exhibition review of SHOW 5, Simon Morris “Three Orange Lines”.
01/01/2004

Josie McNaught
Review of the Exhibition Rex Republica,
Dominion Post
23/06/2002

Citations

Laura Preston,
Contemporary New Zealand Video Art,
MA thesis, art history, Victoria university.
2005

Dr Deidre Brown,
Vague Landscape – Post Objectivity in the work of Eugene Hansen, Colloquium post object Symposium,
Robert McDougall Gallery, Christchurch
2004

David Cross
Outer Nebular Drifter – vjRex,
un magazine, issue 2, pp58-59, Melbourne, Aus 04.
“Rex is an artist whose practice is concerned with how we filter and experience intensive and continuous stimulation.””His spaces are amorphous simulacra of urban sites, part drum and bass club zone… and part postcolonial wonderland.””One of the strengths of the work is the balance he achieves between sonic and visual vibration, and the static discrete object.”
http://www.unmagazine.org/un/un2.pdf
2004

About vjRex

I have been practicing and exhibiting professionally for over twenty years now. I trained as a sculptor in the late eighties and early nineties at Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand.

For the past ten years I have been making multimedia installations. In a true sculptural manner my approach to working with Audio and Video is as much about the physical properties of the materials as their metaphoric, symbolic or narrative potential. Since 2002 these installations have often included live audio and video performances and more often than not have been collaborations.

So why vjRex?

Because in 2000 when I was doing my first live video gig I needed a VJ name and I had been making this work so my girlfriend named me vjRex and its stuck ever since.

vjRex aka Eugene Hansen

Born 1969 Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand

Current position

Senior Lecturer (staff research officer)
School of Fine Arts
Massey University
Wellington
New Zealand

Qualifications

Bachelor of Fine Art (sculpture) University of Canterbury 1991
Diploma of Teaching Christchurch college of education 1992
Masters of Fine Art RMIT university Melbourne Australia 1999