Month: October 2014

WWMD? In Conversation with Mark Amery

WW..D? Is an interview segment where we get to know awesome people that are a part of the creative community in New Zealand. This week we spoke to curator Mark Amery, of Letting Space. As well as being a curator Mark has been an instrumental art writer over a wide variety of platforms. Read more for What Would Mark Do? How did you first get into the art industry and how has that developed over time? Back in the day: through music and alternative media. All I ever wanted as a teen in the 80s hanging out in K Road and back in suburbia was to play music on bFM, really. With an interest across music, art and theatre I got really excited when I got involved in radio and then in an independent crossartform art mag Stamp in all the things my contemporaries were doing – thinking about it through discussion and commentary felt important. That led to a lot of work as a radio and print arts producer and editor, and amongst it the interesting arts community crosspollination that …

Mo’ui Tukuhausia at The Auckland Art Gallery

Blindspots   I have returned from Biel/Bienne, a small town caught between lakes and hills in the part of Switzerland that from French speaking becomes German, hence the double languages in the signage. I never thought using two languages could have been so confusing, when trying to order at the bakery I think I managed to use four languages in one sentence. I was there to follow the time based performances constituting the 2014 Swiss Sculpture Exhibition. Bodies rather than objects, interacting or reacting to the city, its public constituted by amused, confused or blind passerbys and art professionals, prepared to witness anything and following a strict time schedule. Almost concurrently I was receiving updates from the Walters Prize and in particular news in regards to the endurance project Kalisolaite ‘Uhila has undertaken : Mo’ui Tukuhausia. Being in Europe, I am reliant on other people’s physical interaction with the project or chance encounters with Ite, on the perimeter around the AAG in Auckland’s CBD. Natasha Matila Smith in a response on the prize finalists she …