The Performance Arcade 2011 Auckland, Livelab Programme

The Livelab container becomes home for works of a shorter duration than the surrounding projects, where each day a new work is set up by a range of invited artists:

Saturday 15th – (A)ROUSING BODY, Anita Barry
This work has been shown at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial and the 2010 Live Repeat Playback exhibition at St Paul St Gallery, Auckland. A series of clear plastic harnesses hold the performer’s body in a position of conditioned acceptability. Video footage documents this arrangement and allows the participant to assume the same pose in between performances.

Sunday 16th – STILL LIFE I, Ian Hammond
A series of ice busts of the artist stand on plinths, with projected light reflecting onto the walls of the space. This simple arrangement shifts as the ice begins to melt, with the features disappearing, and the light casting through melted holes to reveal a projected portrait of the artist. Ian Hammond’s work examines nostalgia and identity through poetic relationships such as this between projection and raw materials. His 2009 work Digger was a featured in the 2011 Prague Quadrennial and the 2010 Live Repeat Playback exhibition at St Paul St Gallery. He also directed one of the four films in the film project Quarters (NZ International Film Festival 2010).

Monday 17th – OBJECT OF LABOUR, Amber Pearson
An assortment of strange shapes upholstered with bright fabrics make up this installation. A figure in a large costume inhabits the space, operating the objects with an inexplicable sense of purpose. This work evokes the familiar aesthetic of children’s TV programmes with a melancholy or surreal strangeness. The work has been featured in the St Paul St Gallery exhibition Live.Repeat.Playback (2010) and the 2011 Prague Quadrennial.

Tuesday 18th – SECRET LIFE OF SWEATYS, Lydia Bittner-Baird, Georgie Goater, Shanelle Lenehan, Molly McDowall, Kelly Nash and Lydia Zanetti
One take wonders. Love fool. Self tree. Hi it’s god speaking. Sorting hat. Peeping toms – watch TV. Sweaty Heart Productions examine their process in an anarchic dance-performance lab where the company are given a set of parameters for an 8 hour improvisation. Over this time the work swings between bureaucratic order and anarchy, between sense and nonsense, between pop-culture and fine art, between exhaustion and inspiration.

Wednesday 19th – INSTRUCTIONS FOR RE-MEMBERING, Becca Wood
Instructions for re-membering invites ‘inter-active’ listening and participation in a perceptual performance of space, place, community and the body. Invisible, sonic ‘choreographies’ are presented as vocal recordings of place, heard through headphones and embodied as ‘somatic-maps’. The work was presented at The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2011 at Live Repeat Playback at St Paul St Gallery 2011.

Thursday 20th – BODY OF WORK: ATHENA,  Josephine O’Sullivan and Ban Abdul
Body of Work
is a series of studies into the construction of female identities through performance cultures and media. The first Body of Work: Venus was presented in The Performance Arcade 2011 on Wellington Waterfront: a live fashion studio attempted to sculpt a range of individuals into idealized feminine forms. In Athena the notion of ‘embodiment’ is examined, where the woman’s body is affected in order to tie her to a particular culture. As a prelude to a full exhibition at Toi Poneke later in the month, O’Sullivan will work with Auckland performer Ban Abdul to examine her embodiment of Eastern femininity.

Friday 21st – Matt Gruiters
Performance in present tense; are actions limited to a time and space, immobile by the universal laws of physics? This video installation explore this question by controlling the performance of objects and actions within a static space. Imagination collides with reality. Playful action creates the conditions for this new dialogue of space.

Saturday 22nd – ARCHITECTURAL DIALOGES, Nick Kapica
The German choreographer Sasha Waltz makes intensive encounters between musicians, artists, and dancers in very specific locations making the architecture an important protagonist in the resulting performance. Six video stations offer a glimpse at ‘Dialogues’ that took place between 1999 and 2009 in the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Neues Museum in Berlin and the MAXXI National Museum of the XXI Century Arts in Rome.

Sunday 23rd – STILL LIFE II, Ian Hammond
A series of ice busts of the artist stand on plinths, with projected light reflecting onto the walls of the space. This simple arrangement shifts as the ice begins to melt, with the features disappearing, and the light casting through melted holes to reveal a projected portrait of the artist. Ian Hammond’s work examines nostalgia and identity through poetic relationships such as this between projection and raw materials. His 2009 work Digger was a featured in the 2011 Prague Quadrennial and the 2010 Live Repeat Playback exhibition at St Paul St Gallery. He also directed one of the four films in the film project Quarters (NZ International Film Festival 2010).
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