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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Telesthesia of Time is a psycho-active surrealist audiobook installation combining the tale of zoomorphic sentient-sloth planets with experimental soundscapes.

The narrative is inspired by a philosophical relationship between time's relativity and human consciousness, looking at how neoliberalism has made us experience time in a condensed manner that collapses boundaries between privacy, commodity, and consumerism. This installation seeks to challenge this experience and create an opportunity for the audience to lose themselves in synesthetic and telesthetic transformation, heightened by the leisurely aesthetic created within the container.

Relaxing in this environment the work participants on an intimate experiential journey through time, outer space, and beyond where rainbows of sound slow a moment into an eternity and connect our own bodies with the Cosmos, the Ethos, and what it means to Be Sloth.

Friday 10 March - Sunday 12 March only.



Marika and Heleyni Pratley are sisters who first worked together on the theatrical production Volcanoes are Awesome in 2007. Both are artists with a diverse background in music
improvisation, fine art, and performing arts. In 2012-13 Heleyni adapted Richard Meros’ novella Privatising Parts into a solo theatre production and trans-Tasman tour. In 2014-15 Marika's avant-garde musical experience A Symphony of Sloths was nominated for the Most Original Concept and Best Music/Cabaret for the 2014 NZ Fringe and received an Honourary Mention in Music Production at Auckland Fringe 2015. Marika’s freelance work has involved collaborating with various artists exploring gender, sexuality, free improvisation,  and radical relaxation. Meanwhile Heleyni has worked on numerous theatrical productions such as set design for The Intricate Art of Actually Caring (The PlayGround Collective) as well as solo painting exhibitions and playing various bands. Heleyni invited Marika to perform in her art band project The Happy Plaster which performed in The Performance Arcade 2016. 

Supported by the Public Art Fund, Wellington City Council

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