We are proud to present this year's artists for The Performance Arcade 2020. We have an array of performances to bring to you from drag to marathon runners and award-winning international artists from all over the globe. Find them in the hidden Speakeasy or out in the Wellington harbour. Come and explore all the wonderments our artists have to offer you.
We can shift the world together
An Aotearoa based Pākehā/Māori artist (Matawaka iwi) who works in performance and video. His work often engages with promises of productive idiocy, physical endurance, duration, social psychology, social justice, politics, climate change, and various perspectives in ecology. He has presented in a range of international contexts such as: the 55th Venice Biennale for Visual Arts (2013), ANTI Contemporary Art Festival, Finland (2018), New Performance Turku Festival, Finland (2014, 2016), Performance Space, Sydney (2017), Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway (2012), ZET, Amsterdam (2011), Hitparaden, Copenhagen (2014), Live Art for Born, Aalborg, Denmark (2016), Laznia Contemporary Art Centre, Gdansk (2016), Climarts Festival, Melbourne (2016), The Prague Quadrennial (2016), Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax (2018), Artspace (2019), The Physics Room (2002, 2009, 2017-2018), City Gallery and the NZ Festival(2012), Te Uru Gallery (2016, 2017, 2019), Te Tuhi Gallery (2012, 2014, 2016) and Govett Brewster (2006).
We Can Shift The World Together
An endurance work somewhere between social sculpture, performance art, and audience participation. With help from spectators, Mark Harvey will attempt to move an empty shipping container through manual labour and dogged persistence. Key to this series of actions he will regularly (and politely) invite spectators and passers-by to give him a hand in these actions. Besides the physical work, conversations between the artist and public will be a crucial part of the work.