EAST 2018 makes de­but in Wairoa

Hastings Leader - - Gardening -

For the first time since its in­cep­tion EAST 2018 is ex­tend­ing to Wairoa, with a free screen­ing of art films by con­tem­po­rary artist Joyce Camp­bell.

The com­pre­hen­sive show fea­tures a se­lec­tion of seven film works pro­duced by the artist who grew up in Wairoa, and now works be­tween Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia and Auck­land where she is an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Auck­land Elam School of Fine Arts.

The films ex­plore the re­la­tion­ship be­tween art and the world we live in, likened by ex­hi­bi­tion cu­ra­tor Bruce E. Phillips to what the­o­rist Donna J. Har­away refers to as “The Dither­ing”, the cur­rent pe­riod of time that’s rife with in­de­ci­sion, af­fect­ing our abil­ity to ad­dress the grave en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues that threaten our ex­is­tence.

Nu­mer­ous art­works within EAST 2018 re­flect Har­away’s ar­gu­ment, says Phillips, while at the same time con­sid­er­ing the com­pli­ca­tions that hin­der our abil­ity to make de­ci­sive changes or to pro­pose ways that we might proac­tively re­build our re­la­tion­ship to the earth.

“Joyce Camp­bell’s 16mm film work

(Mauri rere na te ringa tan­gata), for in­stance, doc­u­ments a for­est re­cently burnt down and cleared for farm­land.

“Haunted by a sound­track of na­tive bird­song, this im­mer­sive in­stal­la­tion al­ludes to the trauma caused by

‘Joyce Camp­bell’s 16mm film work (Mauri rere na te ringa tan­gata), for in­stance, doc­u­ments a for­est re­cently burnt down and farm­land.’ cleared for BRUCE E. PHILLIPS

sac­ri­fic­ing an ecosys­tem for hu­man need.”

An­other work show­ing in Wairoa is

a 16mm film of waves break­ing on an en­dan­gered coral reef in Fiji that ex­plores the anal­ogy be­tween two dy­ing forms — the ana­logue film and cli­mate-stressed en­vi­ron­ments.

The other films to be fea­tured are:


2014, 1998, and 2018.

The free event for all ages will run at the Gai­ety Theatre on the Wairoa River walk­way on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13 from 12pm to 4.30pm.

Dur­ing this time the films will play on a loop over two ses­sions — one from 12pm to 2pm and an­other from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, so peo­ple can pop in and out at their con­ve­nience.

The Eas­t­end Cafe´ next door will be open all day for pur­chas­ing re­fresh­ments. 2002,

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