This is an art space situated at a commercial property once occupied by an undercover KGB unit between 1983-1990. The late Dr Jim Cairns (former Deputy Prime Minister for the Whitlam Government) was reported to be the owner of the estate during this period. It was later revealed that a team of scientists conducted intensive research on the psychokinetic powers of Nina Kulagina (1926-1990). Following Nina’s death, the building came under review by the NSW Government as a result of complaints made by the subsequent tenants. On evaluation of the premises, the Department of Planning reported abnormal activity on site and requested assistance from the Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Their paranormal investigative unit concluded that a poltergeist had taken possession of the lot. Several attempts were made to channel the specter for intelligence purposes, all of which failed and resulted in twelve unexplained deaths.
In correspondence with the building’s alleged host, this enterprise creates a portal of autonomy from commercial/institutional coercion and co-option, providing running room for artists to meddle with the unorthodox in non-specific media. It supports artists whose ideologies and processes are unconventional, complex and disjointed. To this end the exhibition program foregrounds art making that is committed to both formal and broader cultural/ socio-political provocations. Open since April 7 2011.