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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About 80 percent of the life on this blue-green planet lives in the ocean, and we tend to ignore all this life unless it’s on our plate.  Which is pretty self-serving, but that’s humanity for you.  But perhaps we ignore it because we just find the ocean so damn alien.  We can’t live there, we can’t even exist there for more than a few minutes without help, and we’re about as graceful and comfortable in the depths of the sea as an octopus is in a forest.  We spend billions each year listening for messages from outer space, but we spend nothing listening for messages from the ocean that’s right here, all around us.


This doesn’t mean the messages aren’t there though.



Marcus McShane is one of New Zealand’s most prolific lighting designers, having installed over three hundred designs.  In 2016 he designed For The Birds for the New Zealand International Arts Festival, which attracted an audience of over 12000 and was reviewed as a festival highlight.  In 2015 he had lighting designs and installations in the NZ New Performance Festival at La MaMa  in New York, and he was chosen to represent New Zealand at the Prague Quadrennial.  He designed Heat in 2009, a theatre piece lit by custom LEDs which toured it’s own wind and solar power system and became the world’s first self-powered and emission-neutral piece of professional theatre, and in 2010 worked with Peter Stenhouse and 59 Productions on a commissioned work to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the New York MET. His first solo installation work Nag showed in 2009 at Toi Poneke Gallery and has since reshowed seventeen times including The Performance Arcade 201, during which time his designs have been installed in 27 countries.  He has five awards for design and visual art, two New Zealand Designers Institute Best awards, and five Chapmann Tripp awards, including Chapmann Tripp lighting designer of the year for 2011 and 2013.
Supported by Creative NZ Creative Communities
& Wellington City Council Public Art Fund,

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