Adam in the City Art Forum Series 2011
Adam in the City Art Forum Series 2011 3. Rehearsal Adam Auditorium, City Gallery Wellington Wednesday 17 August 2011,
5.30-7pm with a drink to follow
Why are so many contemporary artists treating acts of rehearsal as the basis of their practice? Why has there been a
re-examination of performance art histories recently? What is the relationship between the repeated act and an ultimate
act? Could the interest in rehearsal be a reflection of online modes of communication, where the self is continually
performed and identity perpetually edited?
These and other questions will be debated by a chaired panel of speakers in the second of a series of discussions
designed to engage key topics that are galvanising thinkers and practitioners.
For further information on this event and to download the related readings: http://www.adamartgallery.org.nz/past-exhibitions/adam-in-the-city-artforum-series-2011/
The participants: David Cross (Chair) is an artist, writer and curator. He is Associate Professor at Massey University
School of Fine Art, and Co-director of the Litmus Research Initiative. His artistic practice focuses on investigating
performativity, often through large-scale installations which incorporate and extend contemporary theories of
participation. He writes extensively on contemporary art for local and international journals.
Alex Monteith is an Auckland based new media artist, film maker and lecturer at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of
Auckland. She majored in photography at Elam for her Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Intermedia and the time-based
arts for her Master of Fine Arts, and researched experimental film, video and performance for her Doctorate in Fine
Arts. Her large-scale works involve collaboration with specialists from outside the art-world including sheep-dog
triallists and New Zealand racing motor-cyclists. Monteith is also a competitive surfer.
David O'Donnell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English Film Theatre and Media Studies at Victoria University of
Wellington. He is co-editor (with Marc Maufort) of Performing Aotearoa: New Zealand Theatre and Drama in an Age of
Transition. Widely renowned as a theatre director, his areas of research include performance studies and the
performative act in everyday life, with a focus on New Zealand and Pacific Island theatre.
Helena Reckitt is a critic and curator currently posted as Senior Lecturer in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of
London. She is the 2011 Clark Collection Critic/Curator in Residence at the Victoria University of Wellington Formerly
Senior Curator of Programmes at the Power Plant, Reckitt has previously held curatorial and programming positions at the
Institute of Contemporary Art, London, and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, GA. Reckitt's research focuses on
performance art and feminism.
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