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Opening Exhibition Still

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  • Thu 3 Sep ’15, 5:30pm – 8:30pm


Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland CBD


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


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We invite you to join us for the opening of Still. Still by Johann Nortje and Tane Upjohn-Beatson in collaboration with Joe Dixon is an interactive memorial offering an opportunity to connect with people from countries involved in the war, 100 years ago.

6 pm: short introduction to the exhibition, its context, its creative team and the partners
6.30 pm: panel discussion supported by Colab at AUT and facilitated by Dr Sharon Mazer, Associate Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies at AUT.

Defying time?
Still. Fields of crosses. Cenotaphs and memorial arches. Statues. Monuments. Stones. Ceremonies. Dance and theatre. Film and art. Performances unmoving and moving. Remembering old wars in the midst of those ongoing, traversing grief and hope, we again say never again. And we ask: How can objects and acts of commemoration stand for the dead in the presence of the living?

Members of the panel discussion:
– Johann Nortje and Tane Upjohn Beatson / creative team for Still
– Vincent Lipanovich / Museum Director at the New Zealand Maritime Museum
– Helaina Keeley / Programme Development Manager at Auckland Live
– Professor Helen Gilbert / Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, and author of several influential books in theatre studies, notably Performance and Cosmopolitics (2007, with Jacqueline Lo) and Postcolonial Drama (1996, with Joanne Tompkins). From 2009–14, she led a large transnational and interdisciplinary project, ‘Indigeneity in the Contemporary World’, funded by European Research Council to focus on indigenous performance across the Americas, the Pacific, Australia and South Africa. The project’s exhibition, EcoCentrix: Indigenous Arts Sustainable Acts, was shortlisted for a UK national engagement award and is now evolving into an interactive digital version. Her latest books are Recasting Commodity and Spectacle in the Indigenous Americas (2014) and The Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan (2014).

Full details of the Still exhibition in Auckland can be found at http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2015/still/auckland.

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