May 10

MEDIA AND MOOD STICKS

Tipene and David Broker

Tipene and David Broker

Nat&Dave went to the media launch of the 5th Auckland Triennial yesterday morning which marked the start of an art orgy (of events). The first pleasant surprise of the day was a beautiful big Rosalie Gascoinge in the VIP lounge at the Auckland Art Gallery. Curator Hou Hanru gave a quickie (talk) about the Triennial which is called If you were to live here … and said the the title was not so much a theme or a theory but more a stimulation to start the process of thinking about what it could all mean. Nat took the notes on her fantastic purple colour hide spiral ringed pad and looked a treat with the spectacular backdrop of Albert Park. Then Hanru took them (and several others) on a tour through the gallery. Nat&Dave were having such a lovely time they were easily distracted and needed to be moved along on more than one occasion. They certainly love their tours!

In the afternoon they went to the Auckland War Memorial Museum for Phase 3 of Peter Robinson’s If You Were to Work Here : the Mood in the Museum. 240 felt covered mood sticks in red, green, yellow and blue were delivered by students in a procession from the gallery to the museum. The procession was a great spectacle and speaking logistically, quite tricky. Once inside the museum the handover was marked by a solemn, somewhat moving, ceremony and for a moment Nat&Dave felt like ceremony crashers. But hey, there were a lot of cameras and they sure know how to sniff out a spectacle if not a solemn ceremony. In the final phase  60 staff will select a stick that reflects their mood and place it somewhere among the Museum’s exhibits. Thus from its original installation in the gallery the work is performed by many people and dispersed, part art, part artefact. Brilliant.

After an all too short day of art and a sublime  sunset  it was soon to be party time and and our intrepid art critics and social photographers girded their loins for what would be a very long night …..

Photos: Nat&Dave

a funny thing happened on the way to the gallery

a funny thing happened on the way to the gallery

Auckland Art Gallery Acting Director Viv Beck welcomes the guests

Auckland Art Gallery Acting Director Viv Beck welcomes the guests (with big Rosalie Gascoigne)

Hou Hanru talks about work by Saffron Te Ratana, Ngataiharuru, Taepa and Hemi Macgregor

Hou Hanru talks about work by Saffron Te Ratana, Ngataiharuru Taepa and Hemi Macgregor

Claire Healy and Sean Sean Cordeiro

Claire Healy and Sean Sean Cordeiro

Mood sticks installed in The Auckland Art Gallery

Mood sticks installed in The Auckland Art Gallery

hikoi (procession)

hikoi (procession)

arrival 1

arrival 1

arrival 2

arrival 2

young mood stick bearer

young mood stick bearer

Peter Robinson (right) and Marcus Brown meet the procession

Peter Robinson (right) and Marcus Brown meet the procession

ceremony

ceremony

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sunset at the museum