SHANNON LYONS
A dead mouse and a broken coffee machineA dead mouse and a broken coffee machineA dead mouse and a broken coffee machine (detail)A dead mouse and a broken coffee machineA dead mouse and a broken coffee machine (detail)A dead mouse and a broken coffee machine (detail)A dead mouse and a broken coffee machineLeft: Moana Coffee (existing cafe)
Right: A dead mouse and a broken coffee machine (exhibition view)A dead mouse and a broken coffee machine (detail)
A dead mouse and a broken coffee machine
Moana Project Space
Perth, WA.

12.08.2016 - 03.09.2016
12.08.2016 (Opening Night Performance)

A dead mouse and a broken coffee machine is a site-responsive installation exploring the contemporary art gallery as a place replete with political, personal and poetic content. The exhibition plays with the relationship between the commercial hospitality environment (in this instance, a cafe), and the supposedly non-commercial, contemplative gallery space. Encouraging the audience to consider the relationships between the two spaces, this site-responsive installation comments on the coded social engagements embedded in each, and highlights the gallery as a cultural institution endowed with the ability to poetically transform objects and activities.

Acknowledgements: David Attwood, Michael Buzza from the Academy of Taxidermy, Sophie Johnstone, Karvan Coffee, Ben Kovacsy, Francesco “Frankie” Lo Surdo from Espresso Lo Surdo, Eamonn O’Reilly and Francis Russell.