TOP 16 – Janet Lilo

MEDIA RELEASE 26/09/2007

In association with Louise Tu’u and AUT University, TOP 16 is the latest show from innovative Auckland-based video artist, Janet Lilo, a recent graduate of AUT’s Master of Art and Design programme. TOP 16 refers to a popular application amongst users of a personal webpage called Bebo, which easily identifies a user’s or a group’s most important and popular friends, family members and fans.

Based on the idea of profiling one’s self or identity, Lilo manifests her inspiration from this virtual space by using it as a template for the installation-based works. TOP
16 is an exploration of these two spaces merged, with the gallery serving as a physical space for viewing, commentary as well as exhibiting current profiles of Bebo members.

Given the recent media hype regarding the violent death of 17-year old Augustine Borrell and the online surrender of the main suspect that was followed with a hasty closure to the suspect’s bebo website, TOP 16 seeks to highlight the overlap between public and private space: censorship of the individual and the community, appropriation of image and text, audience appeal and popularity and the wider context of popular culture and networking.

Curated by Louise Tu’u, TOP 16 opens on Thursday 4 October, 6-8pm

TOP 16 show dates: Opening hours to the general public:
Friday 5 – 12 October 2007, 10am- 5pm (Not open on the

Location: Gallery 3, 39 Symonds St, Corner of Symonds St and Mount St, Auckland Central (It’s a brick building). Entry is free.