I Found It On The Internet: A semi-archival semi-reenactment

RIFF RAFF - Li-Ming Hu & Daphne Simons

(Manaháhtaan / New York & Te Papaioea / Palmerston North)

Live and video reenactments based on The Performance Arcade online archives. Using masks, props, and a lotto machine, RIFF RAFF will be performing opening night speeches, artist interviews and blasts from the present. 

How do institutions and artists talk about themselves? How is what they do documented and remembered? In the 11 years that The Performance Arcade has been running, there have been many interviews with artists and 11 opening speeches. A fraction of these were recorded, and form the basis of RIFF RAFF’s looping performance. 

Beginning with a reenactment of The Performance Arcade’s 2017 opening night speeches by then Mayor Justin Lester and Arcade Artistic Director Sam Trubridge, RIFF RAFF will oscillate between speech and interview modes, via reenactments of past interviews with Arcade artists, and live interviews with their artist peers at The Performance Arcade 2022.


When the performers are off duty, the space will remain animated with sculptural elements and video, including a remake of a promotional video from The Performance Arcade 2018. 

10am - 10pm / live performances 12pm, 3pm & 5pm daily

24-27 Feb | Te Whanganui-a-Tara (behind Te Papa) | FREE

* Li-Ming Hu will be performing live from New York via Zoom


Creative Team


RIFF RAFF is a collaborative art-duo / production house. Riffing off visual art and pop culture conventions, we exaggerate and mould them into ridiculous premises with intentionally questionable taste. Through our performative, multimedia and semi-imaginary projects, we aim to construct cathartic frameworks that respond to the increasing pressures of hyper-professionalism on artists today - albeit with a healthy dose of humour, compassion and self-awareness. They have done projects at Glovebox Ltd, Enjoy Contemporary Artspace, The Physics Room, and The Wassaic Project, NY. 

Li-Ming Hu (b. Aotearoa/New Zealand) is an interdisciplinary artist and recovering actor currently based in New York. Often employing a carnivalesque sensibility, her work engages with the imperatives of our high performance culture, and draws on her past experiences in the entertainment industry to explore the relationships between cultural production and the construction of subjectivities. She has an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, held residencies at the Wassaic Project, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Flux Factory, NYC. 

Daphne Simons (b. The Netherlands) is a visual artist currently based in Palmerston North, Aotearoa NZ. Their work incorporates sculpture, moving-image, and collaborative production methods. These forms allow them to expand the potential of an expansive and self-defined tendency called surRidiculism. They have an Master of Fine Arts from The Piet Zwart Institute (NL). Recent exhibitions include ‘Material Context’, Het Archief (NL). ‘Yikes’, Growing Space (NL). They co-produced a series of comic books and installations titled ‘PLAS- MA FREEZE’ with Josie Perry. They have performed at TWENTY ONE, South- end-on-Sea (UK); Locatie Z, The Hague (NL), and LaVallée, Brussels (BE), and they have undertaken artist residencies at Kunsthuis SYB, (NL), Wassaic Project (USA) and Enjoy Contemporary Art Space (NZ).