The Performance Arcade 2011 Auckland, Container Series

NAG – Marcus McShane with Andrew Shaw
A self-powered studio is built, where customised bicycles supply the energy to run laptops, printers, worklights, and a record player. This mechanism ejects printed rants and digital drawings as two artists furiously try to keep up with their imaginations and dwindling power supply. NAG was presented in 2010 at Toi Poneke Gallery, Wellington, and The Performance Arcade 2011 on Wellington Waterfront. This design has gone on to become a feature of the Wellington 2040 exhibition and the Green Party election campaign. http://www.marcusmcshane.com/

GEOPING – Interrupt Collective
This live media installation involves three interactive elements: a soundscape, projected patterns of light, and a tessellated geometry filling one end of the container. This setup responds to the presence of the public, creating an interactive surface and a physical state of play with the digital media. Interrupt Collective were formed in 2010 from a group of digital media designers, VJs, sonic artists, programmers, and spatial designers. Their work Inside the Frame was presented in The Performance Arcade 2011 on Wellington Waterfront. GeoPing was first presented in the Lux Symposium, Wellington.

THE LIVELAB – Selected Artists
To complement the other six containers a seventh space becomes home for works of a shorter duration than the surrounding projects, where each day new works are preseted by a range of invited artists. See the Livelab programme here.

HIDDEN CITY MAPS – LudiCity
This work offers a private experience of the city, where visitors are invited to wander the streets around Aotea Square equipped with a personalised soundtrack on an MP3 player and a specially packaged performance kit. Hidden City Maps has received considerable profile and interest in a range of festivals and public events since its first expression in late 2010 in the Massey University Blow Festival programme. It was a feature of The Performance Arcade 2011 on Wellington Waterfront, It was then a part of the Creative NZ 21st Century Arts Conference at The Edge, Auckland and the 2011 Prague Quadrennial.

PIGS IN THE YARD – Kalisolaite ‘Uhila
The artist spends the duration of The Arcade sharing the shipping container space with a live pig. The work considers the pig as a colonist. Through Uhila’s attempt to co-habit the space he is able to investigate the importance of this animal to his native Tongan culture and ongoing colonial concerns in the Pacific Islands.  Pigs in the Yard was first presented at Mangere Arts Centre in early 2011, where it won the Auckland Fringe Festival award for best Visual Arts work. Uhila’s work consistently addresses his Tongan / Pacific culture through performance art by adopting cultural processes and stories into his performance language.

WHISPERING AUCKLAND – Courtney Norman and Fiona Priest
A shipping container is filled with hanging white umbrellas. Lighting catches these forms making them appear as clouds. Upon closer investigation, the visitor notices sound coming from each umbrella – a mixture of whispered answers to the questions such as “What do you like most about Auckland?”

LTTV COLLABORATIONS– Tuafale Tanoa’I (aka Linda T)
Linda Tanoa’i utilises conversation or casual chat to construct spaces of exchange and facilitate new events within a video performance-based installation aesthetic. Her portable makeshift ‘set’ evokes TV ‘lounges’ where a host personality interviews their guests. From this set Linda T will gather contributions from a variety of local artists and personalities, prioritising the gifting of voice to Maori and Pacific communities. Guests will share stories, music and poetry. In this sense they are not so much interviews as conversations – casual, non linear, topical and fresh. Samoan born Linda T was granted the CNZ Emerging Pacific Artist Award in 2008. She showed her media work at the Artspace Architecture for the Nation new artists exhibition in the same year. Since then she has made a name for herself with her unique brand of collaborative video installations that investigate Pacific Island verbal traditions in the context of a mediatised society.
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