Mick Douglas & Denise Batchelor

Since encountering their respective practices of place-based art making and oceanic interests in 2015, Bachelor and Douglas undertake their first collaboration at Wellington harbour’s edge.

Mick Douglas is a performance artist whose work explores duration, material intra-action, social engagement, sound, ecological systems, and modes of movement. He has performed and exhibited widely, including at five Performance Arcades, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) Hobart, the Havana Biennale and Venice Biennale. He made a series of ‘Circulations’ installation performances around the world with the medium of salt as part of the Performance Studies International PSi#21 2015 project Fluid States. Mick is Associate
Professor of transdisciplinary creative practice at RMIT University. www.mickdouglas.net

Denise Batchelor is a visual artist working in digital media, both still and moving image. Responding to site-specific environments, Denise creates works of contemplation, quiet moments of reflection within which deeper connections may be experienced. Batchelor offers the viewer access to an interstitial space between movement and stillness, between time and place. Denise has exhibited widely in New Zealand, and internationally in Italy, Germany, Scotland and USA. For further info and to arrange bookings click the website button below.


rise invites coming into relation with planetary uncertainty through video installation, sculptural process and durational performance in correspondence with the incoming tide every afternoon and evening of the Arcade. Pacific Ocean navigation charts – a representational way of capturing and sharing knowledge that emerged with the interests of colonisation and extractive trade and industry – are transformed in paper to relocate the human with rather than separate from earth systems. For every hour of incoming tide, a member of the public is invited to commit to join in bearing silent witness to the rising tide. Over the 5-day duration of the Arcade the witnesses and invocations of Pacific Ocean waters gather as a collection of screened still images provoking questions of our human selves amongst more than human earthly and unknown forces.

Supported by Wellington City Council Public Art Fund

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