The Consumers of the Future, a commissioned project by White Fungus
Ron and Mark Hanson, the editors of Wellington and Taipei based White Fungus magazine, have been invited to prepare a series of posters to accompany the Wellington Media Collective and Martha Rosler exhibitions. Unfolding over the eight week duration of the exhibition in the Adam’s Window space, this poster sequence and its associated free newsprint publication will take this remark by current Prime Minister John Key as a point of departure: “Our children are important… They are the consumers of the future.” Reflecting upon the concrete impact of neo-liberal thinking on Wellington’s urban and architectural fabric over recent decades, the White Fungus brothers talk back at local brandings of the city as New Zealand’s ‘Creative Capital.’ An emphasis on print publication ties the magazine’s zine aesthetic to a legacy informed by the Wellington Media Collective, and the project proposes the protest poster as at once a mode of still-contemporary activism and the formal expression of a local style. The Adam Art Gallery will run a Poster Competition to accompany the White Fungus commission, judged by Wellington Media Collective, White Fungus, artist John Lake, and Kate Daellenbach, School of Marketing and International Business, Victoria University of Wellington.
Gallery closed for summer break from 22 December 2012 to 21 January 2013.