The Performance Arcade brings together visual arts and performance in a specially curated ‘exhibition-event’ of live art practices on Wellington Waterfront. An arrangement of shipping containers and scaffold structures provides a temporary architecture for this unique project, housing a bar space, a programme of live music and events, and new performance installations by NZ and International artists. Open 13 hours a day, this event is free to the Wellington public.

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WAKE MAKE is a commemoration for The Performance Arcade 2016 and 2017 in the form of a limited edition artist book, and momentary performance. It is an acknowledgement that live performance disappears, and also stays. How is the afterlife of performance? How does performance live, die, linger, haunt, reincarnate? Working with the pulse and passage of time, with balloons and breath, with incantations and repetitions in processes, WAKE MAKE is a call to attend to live performance experience and its afterlife. A once only speechless transmission of the afterlife of live performance will be presented from the upper level of the Stage Space in the passage of ten passing minutes. WAKE MAKE asks how a commemorative book and a short, surging, speechless “book reading” might throw into orbit new relations of attending to life, death and performance, before it’s too late.

WAKE MAKE Artist book for sale at Arcade bookshop

Once only “book reading” by Mick Douglas & Amaara Raheem (10 minutes) Sunday 12 March, 5pm, The Stage Space



Mick Douglas presented a three-part series of solo durational performance works for The Performance Arcade: Container Walk (2013), Carriage (2014), and Return (2015). His ongoing series Circulations activates embodied encounters in the dynamic inter-relations of locality and globality through the medium of salt. Mick was artistic director of Performing Mobilities, the Australian cluster of Performance Studies International 2015 project ‘Fluid States’, and leads the Pflab performative creative practice research group at RMIT University, Melbourne.


Amaara Raheem is a choreographer and performer based in Melbourne. Her work has been presented in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Sri Lanka, and throughout Europe. Most recently she was awarded ‘Twenty-three Days at Sea: a travelling artist residency’ aboard a container ship sailing from Vancouver to Shanghai, curated by Access Gallery, Vancouver. Her practice and research interrogates acts of habitation in transitional sites, and situations.


Mick & Amaara presented Wake at PA 2016 and return with their sequel WAKE MAKE


Supported by the Public Art Fund, Wellington City Council


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