New moving-image series launches with installation by Shannon Te Ao
Fresh from representing New Zealand at the Biennale of Sydney, Wellington-based artist Shannon Te Ao is presenting his moving-image installation Follow the Party of the Whale at the Adam Art Gallery from 27 May.
23 May 2014
This is the first of three one-work installations brought together as RELOAD: Kirk Gallery Series 2014. Te Ao’s installation will be followed in July by a provocative video ‘lecture’ by Berlin-based artist, Hito Steyerl, Is the Museum a Battlefield?
Third in the series is a specially commissioned installation featuring the video Collector’s Edition Glitch by Auckland-based artist, Eddie Clemens. This uses the Adam Art Gallery’s architecture as a prop for, and a feature in, a work that montages scenes and outtakes from various movies by and about James Cameron.
Follow the Party of the Whale is a two-channel video projection that uses the strategies of performance art to reflect on the fate of the Māori prophet leaders Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi and their followers, during their two-year incarceration in Dunedin after removal from their pacifist community at Parihaka in Taranaki in 1881.