What is this all about?

In 2010, Seven Auckland Jewellery Geeks embarked on a mission to get their work out there and seen by Subliminally Infiltrating other people's openings with the work of that evening's Feature Geek.
In 2011, a few more geeks join in the fun and break a few of the original Subliminal Infiltration rules...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sharon Infiltrates the Fingers opening not so Subliminally 23 August 2010

The second attempt at subliminally infiltrating was not so subliminal at all because we made up nearly half the people at the opening..  woops.  I spent half an hour finding a park so arrived late and walked straight into Warwick Freeman, Alan Preston and Ruth Baird - aaargh! the old masters of Fingers and the NZ contemporary jewellery movement all looking at me strangely..  oh no I thought, had they noticed something strange going on?  Were they mad?  Were they wondering how I had convinced all these people to wear my blobbies? I quickly got my glass of bubbles and ran to the collective safety of the other Geeks. Nadene arrived shortly after and we all hung out behind the cabinets away from the big scary people. 

We all went for japanesey afterwards and discussed the pros and cons of this overwelming bombardment infiltration.  Overall, the infiltration was a success as we got noticed (although not subliminally) and we got some sort of message across to the people present.  Nobody asked us about what was going on, though I suspect Mary Curtis may have given them a clue.  My blobs are very loud and out there, so I supose it was fitting that they made a big splash on their first infiltration. Fingers openings are generally packed with other jewellers wearing their finest and favourites, so ideally our next infiltrations there will be less obvious and more subliminal. 
Lynn Kelly's work was pretty impressive and it was great to meet her. She is lovely and she has nice hair.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Gillian Subliminally Infiltrates Masterworks opening 18 August 2010

Our first conscious attempt at Subliminal Infiltration was a great success.  The crowd was huge so it took a while for people to notice that something was going on.  Broach of the Month wearer John Parker was pleased to find out that he was a member of this hip new crowd wearing Gillian Deery.

Infiltrating what?

A brief and unconcise history:

By happy coincidence, 3 auckland jewellery Geeks (yes we are trying to think of a better name) wore Cath Dearsley felty brooches to the Fingers Contemporary Jewellery exhibition opening on 04 August 2010 featuring new graduate work by Nadene Carr (MSVA), Kristin Toller (Unitec) and Debbie Adamson (Otago Polytechnic).

Now, the Geeks have been planning to do some guerrilla actions at openings for a while but hadnt yet found a suitable behaviour to get ourselves out there and noticed without looking like complete dicks.

Being smart and perceptive like we are, we quickly realised the potential of this 3 Cath Dearsley accidental happening and set about creating a cunning plan to subliminally infiltrate the Auckland Contemporary Jewellery and Art scene in the four months leading up to our pencilled in THINKspace show at Masterworks Gallery opening on Wednesday 01 December 2010.

The plan: keep it simple, showcase one Geek's work at each opening leading up to the THINKspace, taking photo documentation and keeping notes on comments and feelings as we go along.

The Geeks are: Kristin D'Agostino, Raewyn Walsh, Cath Dearsley, Nadene Carr, Lynsay Raine, Gillian Deery and Sharon Fitness.

Satellite Geeks who may also be participating are: Joey, Lillian, Rachel, Selina, Renee and whoever else wants to play in our sandpit.

Our general long term goal (after we have chosen a better name of course) is to subliminally infiltrate the world! So watch out, here we come...