Post Project: Mapeo de Bordes Porosos
An artistic experiment in border crossing at a time of extraordinary border control
A series of envelopes each travel to five different countries in the world (we estimate over 20 in total, depending on how many envelopes are lost in transit), with blank artist-paper inside. Artists are invited to keep anything they want to from the envelope, and to contribute any kind of mapping/ writing/ drawing/ notation/ on the paper. They photograph their contribution and send the digital image to the Mapeo de Bordes Porosos project before sending it on.
In creativity research, the value of intuitive, playful and unpredictable studio methods is well accepted. There are times when conventional approaches to writing and the values of proof, explanation, predictability, analysis and linear argument may constrain, rather than enable, creative research. Each SMUDGE SKITTLE card provides a short task that tangles artistic thinking with written reflection. These cards frame writing and knowing as playful, open-ended, idiosyncratic and relational.
Mistranslation Laboratory is a intimate interactive performance work performed in small spaces, creating miniature performances for (and with) audiences of no more than ten people at a time.
Four fallible, dreamy and untrustworthy “choreographic scientists” prepare this buffet of experiments from a menu of 10 works with titles like ‘Rainbow Taming’, ‘Salt Harbour Tuning Dance Laboratory’, and ‘Making Rubbings of Real Emotional Things’. Groups of participants chose three pieces for their experience, which can be shuffled into any order.
Waihi Sketch Diary
Waihi and the surrounding area has a landscape quite unlike any other in New Zealand. For over 150 years miners have dug, blasted and delved in the rocky hills surrounding the town, crushing and squeezing gold from the quartz rock. It’s as if a landscape drawn in pencil has had parts erased, redrawn, erased and drawn again. Entire hills have been moved, forests demolished, moonscapes of rock and dust created before forests of wild pines regrow upon the desolation. In parts of the town I feel like I’m transported into the world of the Lorax, at the far edge of town where the grickle grass grows, strange concrete structures rise, evidence of factories once built to carry out the complex process of extracting gold from rock or to support the now vanished east coast main trunk railway. In the regenerating forests around the town ruined buildings rise from the trees like lost temples. Off the walking tracks entrances to mining tunnels can be glimpsed within areas too dangerous to enter due to uncovered shafts hidden in the undergrowth.
While a modern mining industry still digs deep under the town, the old mining companies with their poor working conditions and safety were an important part of the birth of the trade union movement in New Zealand. The miners strike of 1920 is a moment ingrained in history.
For an artist, the area around Waihi is covered in scars, very evident scars that are changing year by year, that can be drawn, photographed, painted and documented.
Te Ao Live: Experimental Dance Aotearoa NZ in the Early 21st Century. Edited by Alexa Wilson.
Experimental dance in Aotearoa has existed since the late 90s, but has thrived during the early 21st Century in a fast-changing and tumultuous political climate. The movement can be defined by a number of stylistic and conceptual features, these include: the breaking of conventions of contemporary dance in form and concept, whilst existing in and around the wider dance scene, a movement away from Eurocentric modernism, interdisciplinary exploration and influence, somatic/improvisation training and investigations, and theoretical and political activations. Poetic and philosophical dialogue with post colonialism, gender, capitalism, ecology, embodiment and transformation are also some key thematic concerns that coin this movement.
The voices within this publication make moves to sample something from experimental dance in Aotearoa and the strength of dialogue that exists here.
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