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Interloper by Mark Harvey

15 Nov 2018 to 18 Nov 2018
4pm-6pm Thurs/Fri and 11am-1pm Sat/Sun
A public performance work that speaks to the ongoing tensions and problematics of colonisation and patriarchy.
Event type: 
Art, Live event, Public Art
Wellington City


Interloper will be a series of four solo performances that speaks to the ongoing tensions and problematics of colonisation and patriarchy. Over the period of Performance Art Week Aotearoa, Mark Harvey sparks conversations with spectators in relation to what might otherwise be concealed in political discourses, histories, and potentialities about the surrounding context. Interloper incorporates physical endurance and duration into the performative conversation, raising questions about the way selected sites perpetuate ongoing patriarchy and coloniality that span time and space.

4:00-6:00pm Thursday
Parliamentary Grounds

4:00-6:00pm Friday 
Plimmer Stairs 

11:00am-13:00pm Saturday 
Jack Iliot Green/Civic Square

11:00am-13:00pm Sunday 
Te Aro Park


Mark Harvey is an Aotearoa -based artist of Pākehā/Māori descent working mainly in performance art and video. His practice is conceptually driven and often tests out notions of minimal endurance with a focus on constructions of idiocy, social justice, environmental politics, political dynamics, public social psychology and cultural contexts by drawing on visual arts and choreographic influences.

Some of the galleries and related events he has presented in include the Anti Festival, Koupio, Finland (2018), Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax (2018); Physics Room, Christchurch (2002, 2006, 2017, 2018); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile (2017); Te Tuhi Auckland (2012, 2014, 2016); Carmo Archaeology Museum, Lisbon (2017); New Performance Turku Festival, Finland (2014, 2016); Prague Quadrennial (2015); Te Uru, Auckland (2016, 2017); the 55th Venice Biennale for Visual Arts, Maldives Caravan Show (2013); TEZA, Letting Space, Porirua, (2015), Christchurch (2013); City Gallery Wellington with Letting Space, New Zealand Festival of the Arts (2012); Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway (2012); Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2006); the Pärnu International Video and Film Festival Pain in the Class, Estonia (2006); Blue Oyster Project Space, Dunedin (2006, 2015); Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington (2003).

Harvey has also written in a number of publications such as The Live Art Almanac(2013), Performance Research (2013), and The South Project (2013). He has also co-curated exhibtions suach as at Ramp Gallery (2014), Te Uru Gallery, and Chiado (Lisbon, 2018, with Paris, Poland and Guss Fisher Gallery re-showings). He lectures at The University of Auckland and has a PhD in practice from the School of Art and Design at AUT.

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Performance Art Week Aotearoa

3 Nov 2018

PAWA is radical new platform for performance art in New Zealand running from the 14th-18th of November in Wellington. PAWA brings together a wide variety of performance artists from around New Zealand and the world with the intent to stimulate critical discourse, broaden audienc