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Shannon Te Ao, Towards doing more

Shannon Te Ao, Towards doing more

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  • Sat 8 Mar ’14, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun 9 Mar ’14, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tue 11 Mar ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 13 Mar ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 14 Mar ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 15 Mar ’14, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun 16 Mar ’14, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tue 18 Mar ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 19 Mar ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 20 Mar ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 21 Mar ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 22 Mar ’14, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun 23 Mar ’14, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tue 25 Mar ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 26 Mar ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 27 Mar ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 28 Mar ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 29 Mar ’14, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun 30 Mar ’14, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tue 1 Apr ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 2 Apr ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 3 Apr ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 4 Apr ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 5 Apr ’14, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun 6 Apr ’14, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
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The Physics Room, 49-59 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Towards doing more
Shannon Te Ao
8 March – 13 April 2014
Opening Friday 7 March, 6pm

Artist Talk Saturday 8 March, 2pm

Combining informed research with direct, physical responses to a location, Shannon Te Ao’s performative installation and video works retrace the complex histories and relationships associated to a specific place or situation.

The accumulative accounts of the events begin to describe a small number of conflated narratives. Based around basic physical tasks and embedded within an event of discursive ambiguity, mechanical and material events are woven into temporary moments of social ambivalence. An argument wrapped around a job – within space that is not necessarily communal but engaged with by audience members that formalise some kind of sparseness rather than connectivity.

Materials elements brought to The Physics Room will be used to initiate a new performance work that offers a further response, a rejoinder to Te Ao’s previous exchanges within the gallery context, reflecting on the social and linguistic models common to this space.

Towards doing more will also feature a series of video works to be shown sequentially over the duration of the exhibition: Untitled (After Rakaihautu) (8 - 23 March), Untitled (McCahon House studies) (25 March – 6 April) and Untitled (Andersons Bay studies) (8 – 13 April). This trilogy of works share a specific approach to working within a site, though each are grounded in a precise location and its history.

A new publication, Untitled: Three works, will accompany the exhibition, featuring documentation alongside writing from Christina Barton, Caterina Riva and Anna Marie White, designed by Bepen Bhana.

Shannon Te Ao is an artist, writer and curator whose current research interests include performance and video art practices. The majority of Te Ao's recent artistic output has seen him investigating and responding to material drawn from Māori paradigms, testing the implications of alternative creative, social and linguistic models in relation to contemporary video art and other performative practices. He teaches at Massey University College of Creative Arts.

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