GEMMA SYME – ARTIST CV

EDUCATION

2009 – Master of Fine Arts – Massey University, Wellington
2008 – Bachelor of Fine Arts – Massey University, Wellington

ABOUT

Gemma Syme works in time-based arts and printmaking. She has been involved in a number of performance works and exhibitions at venues including Wellington City Gallery, Enjoy Gallery, The Physics Room, Adam Art Gallery and The New Zealand Film Archive. She was included in a group show of video by female graduates from Massey University entitled Typical Girls, curated by Bryce Galloway. As an adjunct to the show she formed a band/performance group with three other artists from the group show, Bek Coogan, Sarah Jane Parton and Claire Harris entitled Fantasing, with whom she continues to work.

Gemma was a member of the performance group Trimasterbate and creates music and art as Instant Fantasy. She also makes music and has been in bands including Holiday with Friends, 47 Diamantes, Diana Rozz and Fem Screm.

On her video work:
“Gemma Syme holds a cheeky attitude towards ideas of gender and sexuality. She addresses issues of gender without holding onto lingering binarisms, and begins to blur lines of conventional sex differences. Her works plays along the fine line between objectification and empowerment, but doesn’t present any sort of closure on these issues.” – Abby Cunnane.

RESIDENCIES

Audio Foundation 2016 Artist in Residence – Fantasing
The Physics Room 2015 Artist in Residence – Fantasing

EXHIBITIONS

2019

Compilation
Group show, photographic and print work
Penny Lane Records, Christchurch
12 December – early 2020
https://www.facebook.com/events/814568558973715/

Small Gestures II / Roast World
Printmaking Exhibition with Pat Kraus
Strange Goods, Auckland
28 November
https://www.facebook.com/events/2436457809972020/

A Short Run: A Selection of New Zealand Lathe-Cut Records
Fantasing record in group show
Object Space, Auckland
19 Oct–30 Nov 2019
http://www.objectspace.org.nz/exhibitions/a-short-run-a-selection-of-new-zealand-lathe/

Small Gestures
Printmaking Exhibition
Art Hole, 336 St Asaph St
13 – 17 August
https://www.facebook.com/events/2436457809972020/

Reverie: an exhibition of new works on paper
Drawing work – Madonna 1990
Winter Wander at The BNZ Center, 111 Cashel Street, Christchurch
https://www.facebook.com/events/496600661106341/

Shared Lines : Kaikoura
FANTASING performance
Memorial Hall
21 February
https://www.sharedlineskaikoura.com/

2017

Shared Lines : Wellington
FANTASING performance
Thistle Hall
20 October
https://sharedlines.wordpress.com/slw-2017-artists/fantasing/

2016

Printmaking Exhibition
Drypoint prints
Fiksate Gallery, Christchurch
4 – 6 November
http://www.rdu.org.nz/archives/event/printmaking-exhibition

Seen & Unseen
Prints: canterbury-goth1, canterbury-goth2, canterbury-goth3, canterbury-goth4
Depot Artspace, Auckland
30 April – 13 May
http://www.depotartspace.co.nz/uncategorized/seen-heard/

2015

Women in Electronic Music – panel discussion for Audacious Festival
Chaired a panel discussion with artists Sarah Ann Kelleher, Kerry Coulshed, Stainer-Black Five, and Flo Wilson.
The Auricle, Christchurch
25 October
https://www.facebook.com/events/736526343120153/

KHAL performance – A performative iteration of Helga Fassonaki’s project Khal
Instant Fantasy – performing ‘One Song Two Sides Bold Breathing’
The Auricle, Christchurch
9 October
http://auricle.org.nz/khal-performances/

Rocked Stars
FANTASING exhibition
The Engine Room, Wellington
31 March – 24 April
http://theengineroom.org.nz/projects/rocked-stars/

2014

Goodnight Kiwi – Online NZ Art Film Festival
Video: This is driving me quackers
http://filmessay.com/
20 December – 4 January 2015

Stars Rocks
FANTASING residency and exhibition
Physics Room, Christchurch
12 December – 15 February 2015
http://physicsroom.org.nz/exhibitions/stars-rocked

Two in the Pink – with Imogen Taylor
Video: Stunt Double
North Projects, Christchurch
October 31 – November 22
http://northprojects.co.nz/two-in-the-pink

Ogogago – Curated by artist Seung Yul Oh
Video: Smile
Wellington City Art Gallery
17 August
http://citygallery.org.nz/events/artists-films-sunday-screening-seung-yul-oh-ogogago-and-duncan-campbell-it-others

Gaze #7: Generation Loss
Video: UNDA PRESSURE (Naive Melody)
San Francisco, USA
March 27
https://www.facebook.com/events/643123239057455/
http://gazefilmseries.wordpress.com/

Camp A Low Hum
Co-curator with FANTASING
Wainuiamata, NZ
February 7-9

2013

Goodnight Kiwi or; Tonight’s broadcast has now ended, regular transmission will resume at 6am
Video: This is driving me quackers
Ikono on air Festival, Berlin
Sept 6 – 29
http://www.circuit.org.nz/project/goodnight-kiwi-or-tonights-broadcast-has-now-ended-regular-transmission-will-resume-at-6am

The Porn Project
Video: Lightning Flasher
Karangahape Road
August 8 – 18
https://www.facebook.com/events/292455890899491/

2012

Remade
Video: Chris chilling to The Chills – as remembered by Jana and Gemma, Dom listening to Pink Frost about to kill girl in bathtub – as remembered by Jana and Gemma, Lulu and Minnie dancing to The Chicks – as remembered by Claire and Gemma
Film Archive
November 22 – February 2
http://www.circuit.org.nz/blog/remade-new-zealand-film-archive-wellington-231112-2213

Imaginary Geographies
Photo: EFGH
Courtney Place Park Light Box Project
February – April
http://wellington.govt.nz/~/media/services/community-and-culture/arts/files/light-box-guidelines.pdf

Camp A Low Hum
Performance/Video: Fantasing
February 10 – 12

2011

Performance: DEFEND!
Adam Art Gallery
November 30
http://gfab.tumblr.com/post/13765313971/performance-at-adam-art-gallery-wellington-30

10:13 – Graduate Fine Arts students from SOFA’s first 10 years
Print: The Doors of Perception (this is all too real)
Engine Room
November 4 – 19

Typical Girls
Video: UNDA PRESSURE (Naive Melody)
October 13 – November 26
http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=38911

Campus A Low Hum
Performance: Donald Dumb – QUACKERS LIVE
Flock House, Bulls
February 11 – 13
http://gfab.tumblr.com/post/31261432845/performance-and-video-work-at-camp-a-low-hum-2011

2010

The Second Enjoy Five Year Retrospective Catalogue
Work: WHY?
Published Nov 2010
http://gfab.tumblr.com/post/12233094056/why-2010-published-in-the-second-enjoy-five

A Horse Walks into a Bar
Video: I’m QUACKERS (2008)
Film Archive lounge
October 6 – November 20

2009

Square2
Video: I’m the King of the Castle (2008)
Square2 Gallery – Wellington City Art Gallery
June 29 – July 26
http://citygallery.org.nz/exhibitions/square2-archive

Popular Fictions
Installation and video: I’m the King of the Castle
The Engine Room – Massey University, Wellington
May 28 – June 29
http://theengineroom.org.nz/projects/popular-fictions/

2008

Workshopping Performance Series
Performance by Feline Groovy
Enjoy Gallery
May 15 – 31
http://www.enjoy.org.nz/node/470

2007

Insidious Pop II (drift)
Performance: Feline Groovy with Eugene Hansen
New Zealand Film Archive
Nov 1
http://vjrex.info/jennygillam/index.php?/projects/brinsidious-pop-ii-drift/

Hey Student!
Video: Pounding Pussy
New Zealand Film Archive
Sept 21- Oct 13
http://artbash.co.nz/events/exhibitions/hey-student

Fronting Up: A Show of Performance for Video with Ronnie Van Hout, Terry Urbahn, Sarah Jane Parton, Campbell Patterson, Tahi Moore, Gemma Syme
Video: Gummie Panties
Enjoy Gallery
August 2 – 11
http://www.enjoy.org.nz/node/94