Daniel Beban – The Middle Kingdom: Made in China 2002–2017 (3/05/2018 – 2/06/2018)

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Please join us for the opening of The Middle Kingdom: Made in China 2002-2017, a exhibition by Wellingtonian artist, Daniel Beban.


Daniel Beban first travelled to China in 2002 on an overland trip en route to Europe. He stayed 3 months in the backwaters of Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan and Gansu provinces with a mindisc recorder and a camera. He’s been back to China for four other extended trips, performing, making and exploring. This exhibition is a collection of work made in China over these 15 years. It includes sound installations, audio, video and photographs.


Daniel Beban is a musician and sound artist who lives in Wellington. He performs on a number of different instruments in groups including Orchestra of Spheres, Imbogodom, The Stinging Nettles, Micro Soft Voices and UMU. He builds sound sculptures and invented instruments out of found objects and recycled materials. Through his work as a radio sound engineer, Daniel has experimented at length with reel-to-reel tape machines. The tape machine has formed the basis of much of his electronic work.

In 2009 Daniel founded the Frederick Street Sound and Light Exploration Society and was director of the associated venue Fred’s. Fred’s was an important centre for creative music and arts in Wellington from 2009–2012. After it closed the group opened the Pyramid Club, a venue for experimental music and sound.


Opens – Thursday 3 May, 5.30pm (w. refreshments from Liberty Breweries)
Hours – Tuesday – Saturday, 12.00pm – 4.00pm.
Closes – Saturday 2 June 4.00pm.