Otago Polytechnic

4 MAY - 8 JUNE, 12.00 - 1.00PM, P152, LECTURE ROOM, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST (off Albany St)

International and national speakers will present on a variety of topics in a weekly seminar series on Thursdays lunchtimes at Dunedin School of Art.
All events are held at 19 Riego Street Dunedin, Lecture Theatre P152, except where stated otherwise. Times are included with each event.
Note: All Thursday seminars are scheduled for 12-1pm. All listed events are open to the public – all welcome, no RSVP and no charge.
This program is supported by the Fred Staub Open Art.
In accordance with the Otago Polytechnic MoU with local Kai Tahu Runaka, we observe tikanga in our lecture and gallery spaces and thus request all attendees to refrain from eating and drinking during events (except water) and from sitting on tables, thank you.
All enquiries to leoni.schmidt@op.ac.nz except where otherwise indicated.

Thursday 4 May, 12.00 -1.00pm, P152
What is art? Why does it matter? Who defines a work of art? - WAYNE GILBERT
Wayne Gilbert is an ordinary artist in an extra-ordinary city full of great artists and art. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston in Painting with a minor in Art History 1984. He has a Masters Degree from Rice University in Liberal Studies 2012. He was a founding member of the Rubber Group, along with Bill Hailey and Ramzy Telley in 1996 until 2004. Their multiple disciplined extravaganzas were bohemian rough and stayed well out of the mainstream.
Wayne has been a guest speaker at Bard College, Annandale on the Hudson, New York, Rutgers University, New Jersey, and Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas. He has curated exhibitions, in Trujillo, Peru, Santiago, Cuba, Salwedel, Germany, Seattle ,Washington, Marfa, Texas, Arlington, Texas to name a few.
Thursday 11 May, 12.00 -1.00pm, P152
Painting to Think -  JENNA PACKER
Jenna Packer paints works which can look to be historical observations, but present alternative social and colonial narratives. She uses techniques drawn from watercolour and fresco traditions, referencing a type of historical genre painting. She thinks the disconnect between what we recognise as factual and familiar, and an alternate version, make it possible to confront preconceptions and assumptions, and pose new questions.
After graduating from Ilam School of Art in 1988 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Jenna Packer went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in History (First-Class Honours) at the University of Canterbury the following year. Through the 1990’s she continued her education with time spent at the Glasgow Print Workshop, Otago Polytechnic, The Slade School of Art (London) and La Rouelle Studio (France). A painter, printmaker and illustrator, Packer has been exhibiting her work since 1990 both within New Zealand and abroad.
Thursday 18 May, 12.00-1.00pm, P152
The Art of Politics - METIRIA TUREI
Olafur Eliasson in his 2016 article “Why Art has the Power to Change the World, wrote:
“I believe that one of the major responsibilities of artists — and the idea that artists have responsibilities may come as a surprise to some — is to help people not only get to know and understand something with their minds but also to feel it emotionally and physically. By doing this, art can mitigate the numbing effect created by the glut of information we are faced with today, and motivate people to turn thinking into doing.”
What if we replaced ‘artists’ with ‘politicians’?   How we would understand our political power?
And would we really, finally change the world?
Metiria Turei is the Co-leader of the Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand.
Thursday 25 May, 12.00 -1.00pm, P152
Reflected on Black Water: He waiata aroha - RACHAEL RAKENA
Rachael Rakena will discuss a series of works that make up the ‘verses’ of a visual love song. Celebrating the relationship between tūpuna and mokopuna, these works connect generations across black oceans of time and space, exploring the nuances of cosmology narratives, whakapapa and Pacific diaspora within her own whānau.
Rachael Rakena (Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Puhi) is a video artist who works, frequently in collaboration with others, to create richly-layered performative installations, videos and photographs. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada; Haka Peepshow, The Octagon, Dunedin; Aniwaniwa, 52nd Biennale di Venezia, Venice; Pacific Styles, University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, UK;  Mo Tatou, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.
Thursday 1 June, 12.00 -1.00pm, P152
Artist Residency in Vladivostok, Russia, 2016 - SCOTT EADY
In April 2016 Scott Eady received a surprise email awarding him the first Martin Tate Wallace Artist Residency in Vladivostok, Russia. On 1 July he bordered his flight to the city described as ‘exciting and exotic’. Eady will share some of his experiences including preparing work for an exhibition equipped with only a camera and pocket knife.
Scott Eady is a Senior Lecturer in the Dunedin School of Art and teaches in the sculpture studio. He exhibits regularly both nationally and internationally.
Thursday 8 June, 12.00 -1.00pm, P152

Expiry: 10 Jun 2017