Ever Present Archiving: new methodologies for art histories through fabrication, approximation and invention

Kia ora tātou,

You are warmly invited to Julia Holderness’s Confirmation of Candidature PhD presentation:

Thursday 19th July
12 midday until 1:30 PM

Ever Present Archiving: new methodologies for art histories through fabrication, approximation and invention

Ever Present Archiving explores how an installation-based practice might critique assumed forms of collected knowledge, and develops practices of fabrication, approximation and invention to interrogate archives and their construction of art-historical narratives. Focusing particularly on how representations of the past constitute ‘re-presentations’, this project revisits particular epochs in New Zealand’s art history (such as the Christchurch art collective called ‘The Group’, 1927– 1977), and imagines their possible entanglements with international movements (including for example the Bauhaus). In creating narratives that might or might not have existed – encompassing artists, groups, movements, and exhibitions – this project deliberates on the role of fiction in both the collection and interpretation of material histories, and critiques traditionally held divides between art historical scholarship and artistic fabrication. The making of objects and assemblages based on archival fragments becomes part of an original, reflexive, practice-led methodology for art-historical investigation that highlights both the productive nature of the archive, and gaps and slippages within the information it stores.

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Julia Holderness, fabrications in ceramic and linen, installation detail from Gallery 91, 2017, commissioned for SCAPE Public Art.


Invitation to val smith PGR9

Kia ora tātou,
You are warmly invited to val smith’s Confirmation of Candidature PhD presentation:

Morphic Queering

Transmaterialism, Diagramming and Contra-Somatic Choreography
Tuesday 29 May // 2-3pm​

(followed by snacks and chats)

​WE Building, Room WE305 // St Pauls Street entrance
AUT City Campus

Limited spaces, rsvp to valvalvalsmith@gmail.com
(please note preference will be given to
gender diverse, mvpfaff & lbgtqi+ rainbowy types)

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Performance Artist Antonio Paucar Presentation/Open Dialogue

Kia ora koutou,

The Art and Performance Research Group alongside Te Tuhi would like to invite you to attend Peruvian Performance Artist Antonio Paucar presenting his performance work in the context of growing up in the Andean region of Peru. Antonio will then encourage an open dialogue with the audience to exchange experiences of their diverse upbringings both within Aotearoa, and beyond.

Wednesday 23rd May
Building WF, Level 2
Room WF214
AUT City Campus

Antonio Paucar, (with local and international Artists) is also part of the Te Tuhi Offsite Performance Exhibition: ‘Acts of Passage’ 18 May 2018 – 27 May 2018Silo 6, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland. http://www.tetuhi.org.nz/whats-on/exhibitiondetails.php?id=198

This is a link to his page in his Berlin gallery site


Antonio Paucar

Antonio Paucar
Altar, 2005
(Gallery archive no.:APa-05-0014)
Duration: 2:40 min.
Edition of 5 + 1AP
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin

Antonio Paucar was born in 1973 in Huancayo, Peru. He lives and works in Berlin and in Huancayo.

He comes from a family of artisans and since his childhood he worked as an artisan to elaborate traditional Andean figures and masks. Later, he dedicated many years to beekeeping in the central highlands of Peru. He studied one year philosophy at the Humboldt University Berlin, then visual arts at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee
 and at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, where he later pursued his graduate studies under the tutorship of Rebecca Horn.

His most recent solo exhibitions include: Caminos cargados de memoria, Ministerio de Cultura DDC, Junín, Peru, 2016; International Artist Residency Program, White Cube Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Manila (Philippines), 2015; Antonio Paucar, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany, 2014.

Group exhibitions include: “Unfinished Glossary” in Hello World, Revising a collection, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin (DE), 2018; Extracorporeal (Beyond the body), curated by Edward Hayes at MOLAA, Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles (USA) 2018; Video Art in Latin America, Los Angeles (USA) 2017; In/Tangible curated by Cecilia Fajardo Hill, Gallery Barbara Thumm, Berlin (DE) 2016; Recent Video from Latin America, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, The Getty Center, Los Angeles (USA) 2015; Historias Locales / Prácticas Globales curated by Sharon Lerner and Edi Muka; MDE15 – Encuentro Internacional de Arte de Medellín (Colombia), 2015;  Wall Works, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Berlin (DE), 2014; Movement Matters, Kunstverein, Gottingen (DE), 2014; Ruta mística, MAC Monterrey and Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico, 2013-2014.

Paucar won the Zeitsicht-Kunstpreis prize in 2011 and the LARA Prize in 2013.

Bobby Campbell Luke’s Confirmation of PhD Candidature (PGR9) presentation:

Kia ora tātou,
You are warmly invited to Bobby Campbell Luke’s Confirmation of PhD Candidature (PGR9) presentation:


Date: 3 May 
Time: 12:00pm 
Where: WM02C – Test space 

This research explores the potential for interdisciplinary-based multimedia, performance, and textile design investigations to perform as knowledge repositories. The project aims to restore & revitalise understandings of a Taranaki cosmological worldview that can inform and enhance knowledge exchange through artistic and design research. Moreover, an overview and role of ‘Rongo’ (cosmological deity representing the god of cultivation and peace) and how ‘Rongo’ as an entity can better enhance an understanding of creative design/art practices is explored. From this perspective, the project aims at providing Māori and non-Māori appropriate ways of developing creative methods using holistic cultural frameworks. Such frameworks include evolving Kaupapa Māori theories, Purakau, and significant Māori histories. But more specifically, ‘Taku Taranakitanga’ becomes the overarching perspective of this project and aims to position this research from a Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui, Hāmua, Hāpotiki and Taiporohenui Pā worldview. These frameworks are driven by auto-ethnographic methods and epistemologies of propositional knowledge (undocumented knowledge or anecdotal term).

Rongo plays the vital role in Taranakitanga. Rongo is used as a tool to personify a certain ‘being’ that shows characteristics that are able to enhance a better understanding of traditional and contemporary ideologies. Rongo is recognised in various ways but ultimately personifies characteristics of cooperation, consensus, and commitment. These characteristics result from struggles of colonisation particular to land confiscations in Taranaki and historical events that took place in Parihaka, and more specifically, land confiscation and loss of life in South Taranaki (Ngāti Ruanui). Taonga Tuku Iho (objects passed down from ancestors) carry these characteristics and preserve this knowledge through ‘Hau’ (breath of life). Other ways of activating knowledges through reciting particular Karakia and oral expressions such as Poi Manu, Mōteatea, Karakia and Haka. Accordingly, this project will seek to revitalise new understandings of Taonga through methods developed by way of interdisciplinary design and Contemporary art practices. It will visually examine how Rongo influences Tikanga, a customary system of values and practices deeply embedded a Māori social construct.  specifically, through the concepts of Tapu and Noa.


PGR X: The Next Chapter – an invitation

Kia ora tātou,
You are warmly invited to Rumen Rachev’s Confirmation of PhD Candidature (PGR9) presentation:
PGR X: The Next Chapter Rumen Rachev & CO
17th April
WE718, AUT
This research stems from the author’s practices of undoing theory and knowledge, to provide a practice-led proposal engaging institutional critique. The inertia (combined with urgency) for fixing this PhD project for review and ultimately examination is unsettled by fluid methodologies (Coleman and Ringrose 2013; Koro-Ljungberg 2016), a condition that I term ‘performative uncertainties’ for the purposes of this project. The research critically analyses what is meant by ‘production of knowledge’ in the Art and Design field, through a détournement of macro-managerial practices, and through an active fostering of collaborative practices with other PhD candidates or performers.

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Lucy Meyle: Does A Flower Rehearse for Spring?​

Kia ora koutou,
Lucy Meyle would like to invite you to ​the ​final exhibition of her PhD​, opening Thursday the 19th of April, 2018 at 5:30 PM at AUT’s St Paul Street Gallery Three (63 Wellesley Street East).

The duration of the exhibition will be from Friday 20th – Tuesday 24th of April, 11am – 5pm.

Lucy Meyle: Does A Flower Rehearse for Spring?​
​April 19-24, 2018​
The work proposes a series of situations and events utilising quotidian materials with excessive enthusiasm. Operating across modes of installation, drawing, video, publication, and sculpture, this project explores the political inflection of specific movements that are able to re-orientate our relationships to the familiar. This processual helix encompasses different sites of research as it moves around and through them, turning and returning to the overlooked. By making present the strange or seemingly impossible, this research invites sensitivity towards small, familiar (but nonetheless important) things. The agitations of the practice facilitate a continual drawing and re-drawing of the bounds of the known and unknown; where the untended borders of objective reason open via the co-operative flexing of the absurd and the familiar.

Does a Flower Rehearse for Spring? is the culmination of Lucy Meyle’s practice-led PhD research.

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Asfar by Narjis Mirza

Greetings everyone,
Narjis Mirza welcomes you to attend her opening, details below.Asfar

Narjis Mirza

Papakura Art Gallery
24 March – 28 April

Opening: Friday 23 March, 6pm

‘We are not objects of existence but an act of existence…a gradation of reality’
– Mullla Sadra

For this exhibition Narjis Mirza creates an immersive space, one where we can experience the power of light. Her project explores what it means to be more fully aware of light, patterns, geometry and repetition. She uses Kufic calligraphy in her installation work, one of the earliest forms of Arabic writing to create a space of infinite shadows. In the Islamic world God is known only through revelation (wahi) and signs (ayaat). Mirza uses text and in Islamic culture writing is an important means of communication, a metaphysical and visual gesture of God’s presence.
The title of the exhibition Asfar translates from Arabic as a journey. This installation is inspired by Asfār al-ʿAqlīya al-Arbaʿa ‘The Four Journeys of the Intellect’, by Mulla Sadra, one of the most important philosophers in the Muslim world. For Sadra, ‘being’ is in constant flux, ‘to be’ is a journey, an act, an experience.

Narjis Mirza is an installation artist and a PhD candidate at Auckland University of Technology. Her research examines the confluence of eastern philosophy with virtual reality, highlighting the transcendent philosophy of a prominent Persian philosopher Mulla Sadra. She plans to expand the dialogue through concept films and light installations. Mirza completed her masters’ degree in media and design from Bilkent University Ankara. She also received distinction for her Bachelors in Fine Arts degree at the National College of Arts in Pakistan. Mirza lives and works in Sydney and Auckland.

Image: Narjis Mirza, Asfar, 2018

Narjis Mirza

Art and Performance Research Group Schedule 2018

20170330_100725Welcome to the Art & Performance Research Group for 2018

As most of you know already, we are a research group supporting MPhil and Ph.D. candidates across art and performance. We also invite students and staff from across the School of Art and Design (especially Honours and Masters students) to join us for our activities. On Thursdays, from 12 midday until 1 PM, we host studio critiques, reading groups, on-going PGR9 presentations, and anything else you want feedback on.

To keep yourself updated, check us out on: https://artandperformance.wordpress.com

Please see the schedule below for the year, the dates in blue font are available for you to book a critique/reading group and the dates in red font are semester breaks and holidays. Please email John Vea to book an event on artandperformanceresearch@gmail.com

Thursday 8 March, 12 midday – 1 PM

Thursday 15 March, 12 midday – 1 PM

Thursday 22 March, 12 midday – 1 PM

Thursday 29 March, 12 midday – 1 PM

Thursday 5 April, 12 midday – 1 PM

Thursday 12 April, 12 midday – 1 PM

Thursday 19 April, 12 midday – 1 PM: semester 1 mid semester break

Thursday 26 April, 12 midday – 1 PM: semester 1 mid semester break
Thursday 3 May, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 10 May, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 17 May, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 24 May, 12 midday – 1 PM

Thursday 31 May, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 7 June, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 14 June, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 21 June, 12 midday – 1 PM

Thursday 28 June, 12 midday – 1 PM: end of semester 1 break
Thursday 5 July, 12 midday – 1 PM: end of semester 1 break

Thursday 12 July, 12 midday – 1 PM: end of semester 1 break

Thursday 19 July, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 26 July, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 2 August, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 9 August, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 16 August, 12 midday to 1 PM
Thursday 23 August, 12 midday to 1 PM

Thursday 30 August, 12 midday to 1 PM

Thursday 6 September, 12 midday – 1 PM: semester 2 mid semester break
Thursday 13 September, 12 midday – 1 PM: semester 2 mid semester break
Thursday 20 September, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 27 September, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 4 October, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 11 October, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 18 October, 12 midday – 1 PM
Thursday 25 October, 12 midday – 1 PM

First Studio Critique of the Year

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Kia ora tātou

Welcome to the new year.

Currently we have not yet set a day for our weekly studio critiques or reading group sessions, once we have decided on a day that suits everyones schedule, we will post out the available dates for you to book a critique or reading group session. We will update you as soon as possible.
In the mean time, please come along to the first studio critique session of the year, a Non Performance work by Rumen Rachev and John Vea.

You are no
than your

Wednesday 21st February

12:45 – 1:15pm
In front of WE230

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ST PAUL St Galleries opening tonight: Ziggy Lever + Elliot Collins

Ziggy Lever and Elliot Collins open their PhD exhibitions today 1st December, 5:30pm. The exhibitions will run for one week until 9 December at ST PAUL ST Gallery one and two.

See you there


Ziggy Lever: Title to be specified
ST PAUL St Gallery One
PhD exhibition
Opening 5.30pm Friday 1 December
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Elliot Collins: Surveyor
ST PAUL St Gallery Two
PhD exhibition
Opening 5.30pm Friday 1 December
1 – 9 December 2017unnamed (2)

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