The Dark Pool

In his latest exhibition, New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout considers the point where art crosses a line—and society turns against it.

Art Exhibition previously on at Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) in Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 02 October 2015 to Sunday 15 November 2015

The Dark Pool image

Published by CCP on Monday 28 September 2015.
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In 1971, successful American toy company Aurora and acclaimed film director Stanley Kubrick both released products into the world that generated strong negative reactions. A firestorm of controversy saw Aurora close its doors, and Kubrick retreat from public life, withdrawing his film from view.

Aurora’s toys and Kubrick’s film crossed an invisible boundary—becoming a threat to the normal social and family structures, threatening to throw them into chaos. Society retaliated, pushing these products back, down to the dark pool, to wait for the day they could return.