Due to the impact of COVID-19, Gus Fisher Gallery is closed.

Algorithms are problem-solving operations. They are a set of rules that help us calculate, decode, and define. But what happens when these set of rules are ‘queered’?

Gus Fisher Gallery presents a timely and relevant show, tapping into pressing issues facing local and global queer communities.

This exhibition brings together a plurality of voices where identities are understood as always multifarious and in flux. Assuming a polyvocal and intersectional standpoint, Queer Algorithms features artists whose artworks have and are in the process of reconfiguring new algorithms for change against continued systems of exclusion.

Gus Fisher Gallery is proud to be working with the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and Ending HIV on the presentation of a selection of individual panels from the National Aids Memorial Quilt as part of the exhibition. Queer Algorithms includes artworks by ground-breaking artists never seen before in Aotearoa working in the mediums of video, installation and internet art.

Queer Algorithms continues until Saturday 2 May.

Additional Events

m_Doomsday {Shitney (exorcism)} – a performance by John Walter
Prominent UK-based artist John Walter will be visiting the gallery to perform one of his iconic ‘jestered drag’ personas in response to his work in Queer Algorithms.
Gus Fisher Gallery
Thu 12 Mar 7.00pm

Tarot reading with John Walter
Have your fortune read by artist John Walter with his very own artist-made and ‘queered’ tarot cards.
Gus Fisher Gallery
Fri 13 Mar 4.00pm

Film Screening: Leitis in Waiting
As part of a series of events organised by artist Bronte Perry for Gus Fisher Gallery’s exhibition Queer Algorithms, we will be screening Leitis in Waiting. All welcome, refreshments provided.
Central City Library, Ground Floor
Thu 19 Mar 6.00pm

Panel Talk: Banning Conversion Therapy
Presented in collaboration with Protel and Sennheiser, this workshop invites creative practitioners to witness the latest technology in binaural and immersive soundscapes – and to explore sonic experience creation as a potential avenue for future projects. Hosted in the state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos theatre at Department of Post.
Gus Fisher Gallery
Wed 25 Mar 6.00pm

Remembering Brandon: a kōrero on trans visibility
Expanding upon and coming into conflict with the seminal work Brandon by Shu Lea Cheang, researcher and community health worker Max Whitehurst leads a discussion on trans histories, dissensus, and the politics of recognition.
Gus Fisher Gallery
Sat 18 Apr 10.00am
FREE (bookings are required)

An evening of poetry with essa may ranapiri and friends
Join essa may ranapiri with fellow poets Te Inuwai Nathan, Simone Kaho and Tāwhanga Nopera for an intimate poetry reading. 
Gus Fisher Gallery
Wed 29 Mar 6.00pm

Queer Conversations
Curated by artist Bronte Perry, this series will take the form of two different events relating to the wellbeing and empowerment of trans folk and gender minorities.
Gus Fisher Gallery
Dates and times tbc


A Virus Walks into a Bar, 2018 (film still) by John Walter, part of ‘CAPSID’, co-commissioned by Southwark Park Galleries London and HOME Manchester – supported by a Large Arts Award from Wellcome and Arts Council England Grants for the Arts. Image courtesy of the artist. 

Exhibition presented in partnership with

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