Art & Performance Research Group Schedule for 2019


See the schedule below for this year, the dates are available for you to book a critique/reading group session. Please email PhD candidate John Vea to book an event on artandperformanceresearch@gmail.com. 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.

7 March

14 March

21 March

28 March

4 April

11 April

2  May – Me & White Supremacy Workbook, Day 1: You & White Privilege by Laura Marsh

9 May

16 May – Discussing systems of value in creative research and practice by val smith

23 May

30 May – Me & White Supremacy Workbook, Day 7: Part I Review by Laura Marsh

6 June

13 June

20  June

25 July

1 August – Me & White Supremacy Workbook, Day 14: Part II Review by Laura Marsh

8 August

15 August

22 August – Me & White Supremacy Workbook, Day 21: Part III Review by Laura Marsh

29 August – How To Live Together, AUT St Paul ST Gallery 

19 September – Me & White Supremacy Workbook, Day 28: You & Your Commitments by Laura Marsh

26 September – How To Live Together, AUT St Paul ST Gallery

17 October – How To Live Together, AUT St Paul ST Gallery

24 October

31 October

7 November

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Me & White Supremacy Workbook

Dear Art & Performance crew

As part of A&P Research Group facilitated by Laura Marsh, a series of approximately five meetings will be held over the rest of the year to engage with the Me & White Supremacy Workbook, written by Layla F. Saad in 2019. This workbook is for “any person who holds white privilege”, which may include “biracial, mixed race or white-passing people of colour who benefit under systems of white supremacy…” (p.28, Saad 2019).

(Download the book for free via this site https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/, or check out the copy near the red couches WELevel3)

This workbook is a 28 day programme of personal reflection, designed to “interrogate your complicity within a system of privilege” (p.29, Saad 2019) – this potentially will be confronting, challenging and uncomfortable.

The programme is designed as four brackets of 7 days, six days each working through a different aspect of the implications of white supremacy, and the seventh being a review day. Our meetings (after the initial one on 2nd of May) will focus on the review days, and therefore it will be best if participants of a meeting have worked through the preceding 6 days of the bracket.

The initial meeting on Thursday 2nd May 12-1.30pm will have the intention of getting a feel for what is to come throughout the workbook by focusing on Day 1: You & White Privilege. And also of establishing a practice of working with the recommended group dialogue structure called The Circle Way, which “provides a… skeletal structure that strengthens and organises dialogue” (Baldwin & Linea 2016). The Circle Way Pocket Guide can be found here http://www.thecircleway.net/booklets – I recommend reading it before attending.

 

This initial meeting will be useful for participants to establish whether they are interested in committing to working through the following 27 days of the workbook. Following meetings will be approximately 1 month apart, hopefully leaving enough time for our busy minds to get through the 6 days of contemplation and journaling.Any questions, please email – Laura Marsh get@lauramarsh.nz

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Day 1: You & White Privilege – THURSDAY MAY 2nd 12-1.30PM
Day 2: You & White Fragility
Day 3: You & Tone Policing
Day 4: You & White Silence
Day 5: You & White Superiority
Day 6: You & White Exceptionalism
Day 7: Part I Review – THURSDAY 30 MAY 12-1.30PM

Part II: Days 8-14
Day 8: You & Seeing Colour
Day 9: You & Black Womxn
Day 10: You & Black Men
ay 11: You & Black Children
Day 12: You & Racist Stereotypes
Day 13: You & Cultural Appropriation
Day 14: Part II Review – THURSDAY 1 AUGUST 12-1.30PM

Part III: Days 15-21
ay 15: You & White Apathy
Day 16: You & White Centering
Day 17: You & Tokenism .
Day 18: You & White Saviourism
Day 19: You & Optical Allyship
Day 20: You & Being Called Out
Day 21: Part III Review – THURSDAY 22 AUGUST 12-1.30PM

Part IV: Days 22-28
Day 22: You & White Feminism
Day 23: You & White Leaders
Day 24: You & Your Friends
Day 25: You & Your Family
Day 26: You & Your Values
Day 27: You & Losing Privilege
Day 28: You & Your Commitments – THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 12-1.30PM

We welcome all members of the A&PRG, and understand that this series of meetings may not be useful for everyone 🙂
This Thursday’s meeting will be in the ‘Yoga Room’ WELevel3, bring a cushion!

Discussing systems of value in creative research and practice

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Kia ora tātou

Please come along to the first in a series of topic discussions regarding artistic research & practice-led research – facilitated by val smith

Discussing systems of value in creative research and practice

Conventional Western market economies, ‘alternative’ economic models and Indigenous economies define, uphold and/or create value in different ways, enabling particular systems for the exchange of knowledge, resources, experience, and relationships.

One way to approach a conversation about systems of value in creative research and practice might be to say that Western value systems and a market driven discourse provide a hegemonic context for rethinking arts economies. We could also talk about how Indigenous and ‘alternative’ economic models are already being employed and explored by artists and artist-researchers, such as with gift and land based economies, manaakitanga and mauri ora, or traditional subsistence models.

How might we, as a diverse collective of practitioners working within and/or outside the institution, discuss the place of art in a world dominated by the systems of money, orders, hierarchies, class structures, and White governance models?

How do our artistic practices respond to, reflect, or counter economies and positions on power, control and agency?

What is the role of art in redefining and reimagining value, or in asserting older Indigenous practices and values?

Thursday 16 May
12-2pm
PhD Studios level 3, WE Block
AUT School of Art + Design
(Entrance 23 St Paul St)

Any questions, please email – valvalvalsmith@gmail.com

Three texts are offered here as a point of departure to consider these questions:

  1. A video discussing the exhibition “From the Shore”, curated by Ioana Gordon-Smith
  2. A podcast in conversation with Brian Massumi and Erin Manning on the economic challenge to collectively reorganize how we value money
  3. The article “R-words: Refusing research” (2014) by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

1.
“From the Shore”, an exhibition curated by Ioana Gordon-Smith currently showing at Pātaka Art Museum, Porirua, considers the relevance and influence of pioneering Māori filmmakers Barry Barclay and Merata Mita, through six works by six artists. As discussed by Gordon-Smith in the video link below, the artists consider how to make work that could be self-determined, in non-colonial ways, “thinking about ways that the lens can be used to be mana enhancing, to tell stories that heighten particular Indigenous values”

“From the Shore” video link:
https://www.facebook.com/PatakaArtMuseum/videos/487131685157220/

2.
Brian Massumi and Erin Manning discuss the economic challenge of collectively reorganising how we value money in the interview linked below. The 30 minute podcast looks at the Three Ecologies Institute in its’ explorations of a gift economy, and the Institution’s attempts to centre the value of qualities of experience in an embodied context. Manning and Massumi’s current work is rethinking arts in the academy, experimenting with what it might mean to study, foregrounding emerging values, and values not accounted for, in dominant economies.

Podcast link:
http://somaticstoolkit.coventry.ac.uk/s02-episode-03-brian-massumi-and-erin-manning-on-the-economic-challenge-to-collectively-reorganize-how-we-value-money/

3.
Tuck, E., Yang, K. W. (2014). R-words: Refusing research. In Paris, D., Winn, M. T. (Eds.), Humanizing research: Decolonizing qualitative inquiry with youth and communities (pp. 223-248). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Accessible via Eve Tuck’s website:
http://www.evetuck.com/writing

Won the DCT Research Award 2018 for the “Research Team Award”

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Chris in Quebec City 7 Dec 2018

Congratulations,

The Art & Performance Research Group has won the DCT Research Award 2018 for the “Research Team Award”. Thank you to everyone who has been involved this year.

Have a good Christmas break and Happy New Year,

Janine and Chris

CANCELLED: Dialogue Workshop 3

 

CANCELLED: Dialogue Workshop 3
Kia ora tātou,

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Dialogue workshop 3 is cancelled for today.

Nga mihi nui
Art & Performance Research Group

Kia ora tātou,
Come along to the third Dialogue workshop with Chris Braddock.

Dialogue suggests “a stream of meaning flowing among and through us and between us. This will make possible a flow of meaning in the whole group, out of which will emerge some new understanding. It’s something new, which may not have been in the starting point at all. It’s something creative. In this shared meaning is the ‘glue’ or ‘cement’ that holds people and societies together” (David Bohm, Schouten & Nelissen: 2).

The workshop may be recorded, please contact Chris for any questions: chris.braddock@aut.ac.nz

Thursday 22 November 2018
12 midday until 12:45PM
PhD studios level 3, WE Block

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Dialogue Workshop 2


Kia ora tātou,
Come along to the second Dialogue workshop with Chris Braddock.

Dialogue suggests “a stream of meaning flowing among and through us and between us. This will make possible a flow of meaning in the whole group, out of which will emerge some new understanding. It’s something new, which may not have been in the starting point at all. It’s something creative. In this shared meaning is the ‘glue’ or ‘cement’ that holds people and societies together” (David Bohm, Schouten & Nelissen: 2).

The workshop may be recorded, please contact Chris for any questions: chris.braddock@aut.ac.nz

Thursday 8 November 2018
12 midday until 12:45PM
PhD studios level 3, WE Block

David Bohm image on dialogue 1 (1)

Kathryn McCully Studio Critique


Kia ora tātou

Please come along to Kathryn McCully’s studio critique next week.

Tuesday 23rd October
midday-12:30pm
WE305

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The DIY Museum collection explores the institutional framework of the traditional museum model and its associated adherence to a structured brand of professionalism. The institution of the museum/art gallery is a façade which aims to strip away what the museum world often perceives as contextual interference from the outside world thus placing the object/artefact in isolation and repositioning it as an exhibitable art object. This displacement from the site, and lived experience of its production isolates the work from the wider social scenes that informed its creation and further reinforces a brand of museum professionalism that positions artists and communities as ‘visitors’ to whom a structured brand of knowledge should be disseminated.

Listening & Dialogue Workshops


Kia ora tātou,

Come along to workshops with Olivia Webb & Chris Braddock. This session is divided into two parts. The first half-hour is dedicated to ‘Listening’, led by Olivia. The second half-hour is dedicated to ‘Dialogue’, led by Chris. If you have any questions prior to the ‘Listening’ workshop, please email Olivia at oliviawebbartist@gmail.com. The Dialogue workshop may be recorded, please contact Chris for any questions: chris.braddock@aut. ac.nz

Thursday 25 October 2018 
12 midday until 1 PM
PhD studios level 3, WE Block

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Dialogue suggests “a stream of meaning flowing among and through us and between us. This will make possible a flow of meaning in the whole group, out of which will emerge some new understanding. It’s something new, which may not have been in the starting point at all. It’s something creative. In this shared meaning is the ‘glue’ or ‘cement’ that holds people and societies together” (David Bohm, Schouten & Nelissen: 2).

David Bohm image on dialogue 1

 

Studio Critique


Kia ora tātou

Please come along to Olivia Webb – critique of work in progress: Sung Family Portrait.

Thursday 18th October
Midday – 12:30pm
WM201c PG Test Space Room

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Voices Project, Olivia Webb, 2014

Art and Performance Reading Group: Lisbeth Lipari’s Ethics of Listening


Another Art and Performance Reading group to look forward to.
Thursday 4th October
12 midday to 1:30 PM
WE building level 3, between the PhD studios (see image below).


Reading Group: Lisbeth Lipari’s Ethics of Listening

Lisbeth Lipari’s 2014 Listening, Thinking, Being: Toward an Ethics of Attunement discusses philosopher Emmanuel Levinas’s notion of the face-to-face encounter with another as a meeting that must embrace difference. As such, we emphasise practices of listening that acknowledge difference and where encounters with participants are an ethical response to neighbours and strangers alike. Lipari terms this mode of being as “listening others to speech” and “listening otherwise” as she writes: “The listening,” in contrast to “the heard” is an enactment of responsibility made manifest through a posture of receptivity that can receive the other without assimilation or appropriation. “The listening” is a process of contraction, of stepping back, that creates a distance so that the other may come forward. In “the listening” I create a space to receive you, letting your speech enter me, flow through me (2014: 197-8).

There are two readings to look at before coming to the reading group. Please RSVP to John Vea and he will send you the readings. Emailartandperformanceresearch@gmail.com

– pages 175 – 204 from Lipari, Lisbeth. (2014). Listening, Thinking, Being: Toward an Ethics of Attunement. Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University press. This section is called “Listening Others to Speech”.

and

– “Listening Others” from On Listening ed. Angus Carlyle & Cathy Lane. This is a super short essay that gives an intro to the topic/ideas.+

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