Welcome to the Art & Performance Research Group for 2017

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Welcome to the Art & Performance Research Group for 2017

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 Wednesdays, from 12 midday until 1 PM, we host studio critiques, reading groups, on-going PGR9 presentations, and anything else you want feedback on.

Check us out on: https://artandperformance.wordpress.com

We want to thank Ziggy Lever for coordinating the group for the last few years and the amazing job he has done setting up the site and shaping the group.

For 2017 we kick off straight after the Easter break on Wednesday 3 May with two studio critiques with the new Ph.D. candidates: 12 PM Bobby Luke and 12:30 PM Leslieli Finau

Please see the schedule for the year and email John Vea to book an event on artandperformanceresearch@gmail.com

Wednesday 3 May, 12 midday – 1 PM: 12 PM Bobby Luke/ 12:30 PM Leslieli Finau 
Wednesday 10 May, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 17 May, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 24 May, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 31 May, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 7 June, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 14 June, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 21 June, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 19 July, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 26 July, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 2 August, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 9 August, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 16 August, 12 midday to 1 PM
Wednesday 23 August, 12 midday to 1 PM
Wednesday 13 September, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 20 September, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 27 September, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 4 October, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 11 October, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 18 October, 12 midday – 1 PM
Wednesday 25 October, 12 midday – 1 PM


Thursday October 6th 10am – 12pm PhD and Mphil writing workshops for artists and designers Coordinated by Chris Braddock and Janine Randerson


Venue: WF711

This workshop is for current students in the Mphil/PhD programme. Topics include;  ‘voices’ of the exegesis; tips for completing your exegesis; balancing writing and making

PGR9: Lance Pearce

Everything Moves So Swiftly 

Lance Pearce
Wednesday 18th of May


Lance Pearce, A walking pole points toward Kŭmgangsan, North Korea. A walking pole points toward Wolchulsan, South Korea, (2015)


Everything Moves So Swiftly is an art project focused on a singular approach to producing sculpture. The artworks produced within the project take different and distinct forms but all consist of two individual yet interrelated elements: all sculptures are comprised of familiar objects and written language, specifically a title related to its object.


My sculpture consists of unaltered familiar objects, each with a title conveying a context – descriptive or narrative – relevant to its object. The objects have everyday uses, which mean that they contain already existing meanings (function, history, and material) that is the basis of the work. Each title communicates a description or narrative relevant to its object, inviting the viewer to make imaginative connections between different planes of space, time, and meaning. Although the artworks communicate real world stories, albeit sometimes fanciful, they remain nonetheless simple functional objects, so that there is a shuttling back and forth between the registers of the material object and its corresponding narrative. Titling strategies relating to non-conventional linguistic meaning (as an intensifying device and an interruption of representation) becomes a method for checking audience reception, trembling sense and common sense.


Initiated in everyday contexts (an emergence rather than a production) and primarily contextualised by the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, this project aims to extend the existing scholarship on sculptural practice, conceptual art, and viewer participation, in the context of the under-theorised area of the ‘conceptual artwork’ as an affective encounter. Here, what is at stake, is not what the conceptual artwork means or represents, but what it is capable of, what affects it produces. Here, the title of the work, through its operations of naming, narrating, and intertwining, is deployed as a means of complicating notions of truth, representation, and temporality. Notably, I examine examples of conceptual art through the operations of naming or the title, creating a contribution to discourse on New Zealand and international contemporary art.


The project involves a working methodology of intuition. Through the process of intuition, different images and ideas for art works arrive unaccountably, becoming retained in my thinking and recorded in sketches and writing, over time developing and consolidating. As a practical method, some artworks become a kind of evidentiary object through methods where they play a role in an past event, later to be re-presented in an exhibition as ‘proof’ of that event.


Reading Group:


Proust and Signs

Led by Victoria Wynne-Jones and Lance Pearce

1. Gilles Deleuze

Proust and Signs 

//Chapter: Essence and the Signs of Art     p39-51

2. Judith Wambacq
Proust’s Artistic Ontology: A comparison of Merleau-Ponty’s and Deleuze’s readings of Proust’s Recherché.


Thursday 5 May
10AM – 12PM


If you would like to join us please send an email to ziggy.lever@aut.ac.nz and he will send you the readings. Please also suggest further readings relevant to your research.

Reading Group:


Material Intra-actions 


Karen Barad’s 2003 Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter

+ an interview from 2012 Intra-active Entanglements

Thursday 24 March
10AM – 12PM

Events in Auckland: Olivia Webb Workshop

image: Olivia Webb, Scale, 2015 (performance documentation). image courtesy of the artist

image: Olivia Webb, Scale, 2015 (performance documentation). image courtesy of the artist

Te Tuhi Second Saturday Late Night
Saturday 13 February 2016 open until 8pm
Free Entry

Late Night Events:
Artist Workshop

Can you listen, and be heard at the same time? Join artist Olivia Webb for an hour-long singing workshop that gives an opportunity to participate in a live recreation of her artwork Scale. Webb will lead the group through the different musical traditions that exist within the work. No prior singing or music skills required.

Webb is an artist and trained classical singer with experience in both performing and choral conducting. Her work Scale, currently exhibited at Te Tuhi, uses singing to explore cultural diversity within the New Zealand Catholic Church.

Events in Auckland: They come from far away at TE URU




a performance festival 

They come from far away is a live performance series featuring a mixture of visiting artists from Finland, Germany, the UK, and across Aotearoa. The series will explore notions of the familiar/unfamiliar, being alien/belonging, being foreign/local and being seen/unseen.

Co-curated by Leena Kela (Finland), Christopher Hewitt (Germany), and Auckland-based Mark Harvey, the series will be situated in spaces in or around Te Uru as well as further out into the surrounding environment. Live performances will be accompanied by video screenings and public talks.

Artists include:

Stephen Bain (NZ), Matthew Cowan (NZ), Sean Curham (NZ), Mark Harvey (NZ), Leena Kela (Finland), Antti Laitinen (Finland), Nisha Madhan (NZ), Pilvi Porkola (Finland), Claire O’Neil (NZ), Oblivia (Finland), val smith (NZ), Joshua Sofaer (UK) and Eero Yli-Vakkuri (Finland).

The series will take place from 10-13 February. All events are free. We’ll be updating this page with details of when and where performances will take place – so watch this space!

Starts Wednesday 10th February and runs through to Saturday 12th February.

All events are free. Full programme details available here: http://teuru.org.nz/index.cfm/whats-on/events/they-come-from-far-away-a-performance-series/

Kindly supported by the Chartwell Trust, FRAME, Arts Promotion Center Finland and TINFO


The Art and Performance Research Group has formed a reading group, and this week we will be reading Karen Barad’s text Posthumanist Performativity: Toward and Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter (2003) along with an interview titled Intra-active Entanglements.

If you wish to join us, email co-ordinator Ziggy Lever at ziggylever@gmail.com



READING GROUP: The delimiting and fixing of images

The delimiting and fixing of images

1pm December 3


The Art and Performance research Group invite you to a reading of Chapter 4: The delimiting and fixing of images from Henri Bergson’s seminal text Matter and Memory.

Abby Cunnae has suggested the reading along with The Thing by Elizabeth Grosz for contemporary context / a direction for the discussion in terms of materiality, things.

There will be coffee and tea, and the reading group will meet in WM201A at 1pm on the 3rd of December

Film Screening: In the Best Possible Taste – Grayson Perry

In the Best Possible Taste – Grayson Perry

The art and Performance research group would like to invite you to a screening series in the MPMA space (WM201b). Starting this Thursday, we will be watching Grayson Perry’s three part series In the best possible taste. We would like this to be a shared lunch/afternoon tea event! So bring along something to share.

All In The Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry is a 2012 documentary television series on United Kingdom station Channel 4, starring Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry. The series analysed the ideas of taste held by the different social classes of the United Kingdom. Perry produced a series of six tapestries depicting the taste ideas of Britons, entitled “The Vanity of Small Differences.”

Thursday 3rd september 1-3pm

 ep 1 and 2

 + Shared food

“Working Class Taste”

“Middle Class Taste”

Thursday 10th september 1-3pm

 ep 3 and discussion

 + Shared food

“Upper Class Taste”

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