Saturday, 26 March 2016

Reading list for 26 March 2016

If you read one thing this weekend, make it Tara Robertson's 'Digitization: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should', on putting copies On Our Backs, a lesbian porn magazine published between 1984 and 2000, online. A thoughtful and well-researched examination of the consideration that should be undertaken when putting material made in non-internet eras or cultures online.

An even-handed review in Nature by David Hurst Thomas, archaeologist and anthropology curator at the American Museum of Natural History, of Tiffany Jenkins' Keeping Their Marbles on museum repatriation and Samuel Redman's Bone Rooms, on the collecting and display of human remains.

A throwback, but new to me: David Osa Amadasun on his outreach work, '“Black people don’t go to galleries” – The reproduction of taste and cultural value'.

Simon Denny features in a lengthy article in the Guardian by Hannah Ellis-Petersen, about what the Generation Y avant garde might look like.
Though celebratory in spirit, ‘ “Revolution” raises difficult questions, as “Wack!” did, one being whether all-women shows, unless driven by strategic necessity or shaped around an incisive theme, are a healthy idea. Do such roundups — several are scheduled at American museums in the year ahead — help correct the gender inequity of the art world, which is very real (look at auction figures and exhibition schedules), or perpetuate it? Do they give women a visibility that will lead to their full integration into the larger art system? Or do they position them forever as outsiders, separate but, in terms of rewards, unequal?
'Are all-women shows good or bad for art?' - Holland Cotter in the New York Times on Hauser Wirth & Schimmel's opening exhibition, Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016.

NPR will not explicitly promote its own podcasts, or their NPR One podcast player, in broadcasts in deference to local stations with whom it has a distribution agreement. Reminds me of the way newspapers will still cite a website or webpage in a piece of coverage online, but not hyperlink it.

My own long-weekend reading; the first Culture white paper from the British government since 1965. (link is a PDF).

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Broadsheet 110, June 1983: 'Special feature on feminist art'

Broadsheet Issue 110, June 1983

Special feature on feminist art | Pakeha women respond to Maori sovereignty

Cover: Claudia Pond Eyley

Juliet Batten was asked to write an article about New Zealand feminist artists; she had recently returned from a trip to America and was interested in the differences she saw between American and New Zealand women artists.
“In America the term “feminist artist” didn’t appear to be a loaded one, it was freely used, apparently without difficulty. In New Zealand the term seemed fraught with danger. It aroused fear, confusion and distate on the part of women artists. I suspected it wasn’t simply a matter of disliking lables per se. It seemed to be a matter of this particular combination of labels. Like oil and water, art and politcs don’t mix – or so we have been indoctinated to believe. Despite the “personal is political” stand of the women’s movement, most women artists still seem to believe feminism and art are indeed like water and oil.”
Batten described a gendered double standard: while Ralph Hotere could show work critical of development at Aramoana, Pat Hanly show anti-nuclear paintings, and Don Binney show work protesting environmental destruction,
“To be a declared feminist artist is to sign one’s death warrant as far as the art establishment is concerned: this at least is the fear. When we note what misogynists hold the power in the art world (witness the anti-woman line of Art New Zealand) the fear becomes understandable.”
Rather than write a definitive article assigning women artists as feminists, Batten decided to send two questions to 35 artists ‘whose work might suggest a feminist perspective’:

  1. When you use the term ‘feminist artists’ for yourself, what do you mean by it?
  2. Was there a turning point for you when you suddenly began to define yourself in this way? When did it happen, and what were the important factors leading to the change?

18 artists replied, (‘of these, 13 accepted the label “feminist artist”’) and Batten also interviewed Hariata Ropata.

Batten broke the responses into four categories:

A group of two women in their early 50s, Jacqueline Fahey and Vivienne Lynn. ‘Each tells of her struggle to find her direction before the days of the women’s movement. Each produced what might be now understood as feminist work. … For both these women, the definition “feminist” is primarily one that gives permission to draw on the content of their own lives, to identify the “problem without a name”. It also means bringing a political consciousness to bear on this material.’

A group of women mainly in their late 30s or early 40s ‘whose responses show a lack of clarity or even avoidance of question 1. This may reflect the fact that artists do not necessarily express themselves easily in words. It may also indicate fear, or isolation. One woman came up with an answer for Question 1 only after being prompted, and said she feared writing anything the art establishment might use against her.’

A group who ‘finds no problem fusing the terms feminist and artist. … This is also my own position’.

A group for whom ‘there is an assumption that a feminist artist is one who produces only political work’.


Jacqueline Fahey

Claudia Pond-Eyley

Di Ffrench

Carole Shepheard

Hariata May Ropata

Jane Zusters

Juliet Batten

Barbara Strathdee

Anna Heinz

Anna Keir

Janet de Wagt

Jill Carter-Hansen

Stephanie Sheehan

Vivienne Lynn

Each contribution includes the responses to the two questions, brief biographical information, and the reproduction of two works.

(While Batten notes 18 respondents, only 14 artists – including herself – are featured.)

The section in the magazine opened with a black and white image of a Jacqueline Fahey work, No. 11 (painted 1958, destroyed 1962).

“This series of paintings started in 1959 were the result of my first brush with suburbia. The touching vulnerability of these cloistered women. There are no bars on the windows but there might as well be. In their isolation they have fallen back on magic. Hand reading, interpreting tea-leaves and the signs and portents – the omen at the window.” Jacqueline Fahey destroyed this and others in the same series of paintings after they were turned down for exhibition at the Barry Lett (now RKS) Gallery.

Antic 1986 - 1990: full list of contents

Antic was a magazine of literary and visual arts criticism and discussion published between 1986 and 1990. There were seven issues in total; the editors were Susan Davis, Elizabeth Eastmond and Priscilla Pitts originally; Tina Barton joined as an editor from the fourth issues; and Elizabeth Eastmond stepped down after the fourth issue. Laurence Simmons guest edited the seventh and final issue.

This statement was published in the first issue:

The idea for this magazine was first floated at the ANZART Feminist Art Seminar in May 1985. Concern at the general lack of a forum for critical discussion, especially in the visual arts, was voiced frequently during the weekend seminar. We were also aware that And was shortly due to publish its last issue.

A chance meeting at a pre-Festival screening of No Time for Tears led to a further discussion: we decided to put out a limited issue magazine ourselves.

Antic is exploring issues in critical practice, theory, and related work in fiction; encouraging dialogue between disparate disciplines, approaches and texts.

Antic hopes to foreground aspects of a growing body of work dealing with recent directions in feminist and other theoretical practices often ignored by existing art publications in New Zealand.

Page art is an integral aspect of the magazine.

Below is the entire contents list for Antic. Article abstracts, where available, have come from the Index New Zealand website. an invaluable record of New Zealand's journal and magazine publishing history.

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Antic 1
June 1986

Editors Susan Davis, Elizabeth Eastmond and Priscilla Pitts

Copyright reverts to authors on publication

Published with assistance from The Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand and The New Zealand Literary Fund

Price: $8

Cover: Jenny Dolezel


Julie Ewington
Past the Post: Postmodernism and Postfeminism

Merylyn Tweedie
The woman

Dawn Danby
The Power of The Word

Ngahuia te Awekotuku in conversation with Elizabeth Eastmond and Priscilla Pitts

Maria Olsen

Anne Maxwell
Poststructuralist and Feminist Literary Theories: The Problematic Relation

Francis Pound
Nationalist Antitheses: A Compendium

John Hurrell
Driving on two wheels down a one-way street

Lita Barrie
Remissions: Toward a Deconstruction of Phallic Univocality
87- 104

Altared Positions: A Conversation between Stuart Morgan and Lita Barrie

Roger Horrocks
‘Reading’ and ‘Gender’ – Watching Them Change

Susan Davis and Margaret Maxwell
Silence and Animosity: Futures in the Gender Debate

Denys Watkins
They have their families their leisure they know what to do with their lives

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Antic 2

March 1987

Price: $9.50

Editors Susan Davis, Elizabeth Eastmond and Priscilla Pitts

Copyright reverts to authors on publication

Antic is published with assistance from The Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand

Cover: Megan Jenkinson


Juliet Batten
The Edmonds Cookbook and the Ivory Tower
Responds to 'Remissions', an article by Lita Barrie (Antic, 1) about feminist artists and critics. Examines the relationship of theorist to artist, and the question of the artist's audience. Discusses the treatment by critics of female sexual imagery in feminist art, and the response of artists to criticism. Looks at the problem of criticism becoming prescriptive or proscriptive rather than descriptive.

Lita Barrie
Further Toward a Deconstruction of Phallic Univocality: Deferrals
Considers the re-presentation by Lacan of the theory of Freud on women. Analyses academic French feminism since 1968, especially the work of Julia Kristeva, Helene Cixous, and Luce Irigaray. Discusses the nature and methods of feminist art criticism. Examines the work of artist Christine Hellyar. Comments on artists Mary Kelly, Claudia Pond-Eyley, Marte Szirmay, Barbara Kruger, Merylyn Tweedie, Pauline Rhodes, and Jacqueline Fraser.

B.A. Smith

Adrian Hart
3 Figures

Anita Segerberg
Puzzleheaded Girls
Using 'The puzzleheaded girl', a story by Christina Stead, as a starting point, this essay aims to establish the puzzleheaded girl as a type. Considers some of the ways in which this type is represented in film and literature, and discusses female heroes. Looks at 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' by Truman Capote and 'Play it as it lays' by Joan Didion in both book and film versions. Comments on the films 'Desperately seeking Susan', 'Plenty', and ' Vagabonde'.

Christine Webster
A Woman. A Place

Rod Barnett
House and Garden: A Discourse of Landscape in New Zealand
Considers conscious attempts to inscribe culture on the land, making the artefacts we have come to call gardens. Looks at these inscriptions as a matter of mythologies which move in and through their societies. This paper looks at one myth (Nature) and its effect on a discipline. The discipline is a number of affiliated activities which find their locus in the creation of landscapes and environments for people.

Christine Hellyar
Landscape Sculpture

Ian Carter
Death from a (Formerly) Tenured Position
Looks at the origins and structure of the university system. Analyses and compares British and NZ university novels. Considers the novels of Kingsley Amis, Malcolm Bradbury, David Lodge, M. K. Joseph, Dan Davin and C. K. Stead.

B.A. Smith

Lita Barrie
The Simulated Thrust: A Discussion of ‘Wild, Visionary, Spectral: New German Art’
Discusses this exhibition of the work of thirteen German men artists. Considers the deconstruction by Hal Foster of German neo-expressionism. Questions the absence of women artists in the exhibition. Looks at the work of contemporary German feminist artists.

Robert Leonard
The Adventure That Never Was
Replies to a paper by Francis Pound, 'Modernism hyphen post hyphen modernism'. Analyses Pound's theories of NZ nationalist art history. Discusses his rejection of the 'hard light' theory as fetishism and argues that Pound is himself guilty of fetishism.

Georgina Murray
‘Peace’ and Meaning
Looks at definitions of peace, peace consciousness and practice. Explores how the ideological form of art reflects the present moment of peace consciousness. Considers the work of Nigel Brown, Andrew Drummond, Scratch and John Nicol.

Jill Studd
Garuda Crosses the Potomac

Jill Studd
Garuda Over Mont-Saint Michel

Derek Schulz
Savage Love 9

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Antic 3

November 1987

Price: $9.50

Editors Susan Davis, Elizabeth Eastmond and Priscilla Pitts

Copyright reverts to authors on publication

Antic is published with assistance from The Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand

Cover: John Reynolds


Anna Neill
French Romance

Robert Leonard
Just as Revolutionary
Considers the deployment of ambivalence in advertising. Discusses the citation of radical politics to create positive associations around advertised commodities. Considers the pocket computer PSION ad and the Apple logo. Quotes A. R. D. Fairburn.

Richard Killeen
History of Destruction

Richard Killeen
Organic fourness

Richard Killeen
From the ashes

Anne Maxwell
Reading ‘the bone people’: Toward a Literary Postcolonial National Discourse
Considers independent nationalism in peripheral nations. Examines the ability of the discourse of 'The bone people' to resist cultural imperialisms, and to give political voice to an emerging concept of nation. Discusses a unified NZ cultural identity, cultural appropriation and modernism. Compares 'Living in the Maniototo' by Janet Frame, 'The heart of darkness' by Conrad and 'The waste land' by Eliot.

Billy Apple
Addendum to ‘Subtraction’: The Given as an Art-Political Statement

Stephen Davies
The Marriage of Susanna
Comments on 'The marriage of Figaro' by Mozart. Considers the character of Susanna as deliberately proto-feminist, and discusses her role in the opera and its title.

Donald Bassett
Third Empire? Variation on a Nineteenth Century Theme in New Zealand Postmodern Architecture
Comments on French motifs and roof types. Discusses the Skyline Restaurant, the Wellington Club, the Chateau Regency Hotel and the Parnell 'La Maison de distinction' townhouses. Mentions Peter Beaven, Roger Walker and Ian Athfield.

Sarah Treadwell
Disturbances: The Architecture of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs – Description of an Architectural Study
Criticises the narrow roles assigned to women students at the School of Architecture. Describes a study by 21 women and 14 men students at the University of Auckland. Uses feminist postmodern theory to relate the tradition of architecture to women. Studies Wellington Government Centre buildings, including the Beehive. Outlines proposals by Justin Marler, Jenny Cook, Tonia Williams, Jane Baldwin, Michael Pepper, Craig Moller, Linley Hindmarsh, and Annette Jones.

Julia Morison
Accessories for a Soft Machine II

Alex Calder
The Closure of Sense: Janet Frame, Language and the Body
Relates sense to nonsense in the closure of 'State of siege'. Explores the textual unconscious. Discusses 'Jabberwocky' in 'Through the looking glass' by Lewis Carroll. Considers interpretations by Humpty Dumpty, and Antonin Artaud. Looks at how Artaud rewrote the poem. Refers to schizophrenia.

Richard Killeen
Organic House

Plastic is Leather, Fuck You: Chris Kraus talks to ANTIC
Quotes from 'Foolproof illusions' and 'How to shoot a crime'. Mentions Paul and Denise Maunder. Discusses Mabou Mines, and exploitation of women.

Roger Blackley
The Exhibitions of Maori Art in Auckland 1884-1885: Documents of the New Zealand Art Students Association
Quotes from a speech by Kennett Watkings. Discusses Maori art and its relationship to Pakeha artists. Relates Watkins' comments to the appropriation of a specifically NZ tradition, and contemporary genocidal discourse.

City Group
Deconstruction in Camera. First Part: Helmar Lerski 1871-1956
Features the Verwandlungen durch Licht (Metamorphosis through light) exhibition of photographs of Mr Uschatz. Includes translations of criticisms. Considers the portrait as gaining meaning through the movement of inner life as reflected in a given expression.

Juliet Batten
A Question of Gender, a Question of Audience

Heather McPherson

Wystan Curnow
Landscape and the Body
Discusses expressive realism and cultural nationalism. Considers that photography has fetishised landscape and the body, draining the potency of their metaphorical conjunction. Explores the female embodiment of the land and the phallic vision, of expressive realist ideology. Suggests that women are excluded from NZ national identity.

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Antic 4

October 1988

Price: $9.50

Editors Tina Barton, Susan Davis, Elizabeth Eastmond and Priscilla Pitts

Copyright reverts to authors on publication

Antic is published with assistance from The Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand

Cover: Judy Darragh


Fiona Makea Pardington
They’re Lucky in Sweden

Roger Horrocks
Re-Locating New Zealand
Letters from London and New York. Focuses on English and American perceptions of NZ, cultural identity, and the relationship of the arts to society.

Jane Zusters
Self Portrait Refusing to Provide Interpretation

Andrew Bogle and Denys Watkins
Immendorff in Auckland – an interview
Jorg Immendorf talks about painting, radicality, Duchamp, Picasso, Penck, Lupertz and Kiefer.

Merle Hallahan
Knitting Pattern

Stephen Davies
The Marriage of Susanna
Examines the characterisation of Susanna in 'The Marriage of Figaro' by Mozart. Considers why her importance is often overlooked in favour of the master/servant relationship between Figaro and Count Almaviva.

Laurence Simmons
‘Tracing the Self’: The Self-Portraits of Rita Angus
Considers the relationship of the 'painting self' and the 'painted self' in self-portraiture. Discusses some of the fifty-five known self-portraits of Rita Angus using the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan. Focuses on four paintings, dated 1929, 1936-7, 1960-1 and 1966.

You Must Be Barbara Kruger! – an interview (Merylyn Tweedie, Priscilla Pitts, Robert Leonard)

A Project for Antic by Ralph Paine

Down Under Deconstruction: An interview with David Wills
Discusses the writings of Jacques Derrida and their acceptance by academic institutions in France, America and Australia. Considers the political effects of deconstruction on teaching institutions and teachers. Mentions Sarah Kofman, Jane Gallop and Irigaray. Comments on the relationship between psychoanalysis and French feminism.

Sarah Shieff
Reading Gertrude Stein: The Rejection of Closure
 'Melanctha, Or Each One As She May' is the central novella in Stein's collection Three Lives, first published in 1909. It is one of her earliest-published works. The story chronicles the life of Melanctha Herbert, a 'subtle, intelligent, attractive, half-white girl', whose curiosity and wandering ways lead her through variously unfulfilling relationships, always in search of an elusive and ill-defined 'wisdom'. This essay is in five main sections. The introductory section is a collage of voices relating to the creation of 'Melanctha'. Sources are included at the end of each fragment. Within each of the two following sections, 'Rejecting Closure' and 'Wandering', the main axis within each of the parallel strips is generally vertical. Horizontal, 'across-the page' readings form a secondary axis.

Derrick Cherrie
New Physics

Nick Perry
Am I Rite? And Am I Write? Or Am I Right? Decoding the Singing Detective
A textual analysis and cultural interpretation of the British television series. Considers the varying emphases of television criticism. Mentions Camille Guy, Clive James, Marshall McLuhan, Kenneth Tynan and George Bernard Shaw. Examines cultural differences between British and American film and television drama as expressions of high culture / popular culture. Mentions George Orwell, Raymond Chandler and Dilys Powell.

Jane Zusters
K. Road Boys

Rebecca Tansley
Psycho and Fatal Attraction: Gender Transgression, Feminine Dread and the Mother
A feminist critique of 'Fatal attraction', a film by Adrian Lyne. Discusses its debt to 'Psycho' by Alfred Hitchcock. Compares the treatment of the principal female characters in terms of the changes in social mores in the intervening period.

Sigrid Jottkandt
‘Oh Bondage Up Yours’ Punk Rock: Towards Feminist Solutions
Examines the implications inherent in the responses of women to the punk subculture in Britain in the late 1970s. Discusses the increased participation of women in music. Focuses on a female punk rock band, 'The Slits'. Analyses punk images of male and female sexual identity. Argues that punk permitted a liberation for women from certain kinds of sexist behaviour.

Merylyn Tweedie
Dore re-constructs a debate about the vaginal vs. the clitoral


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Antic 5

June 1989

Price: $9.50

Editors Tina Barton, Susan Davis and Priscilla Pitts

Copyright reverts to authors on publication

Antic is published with assistance from The Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand

Cover: Patrick Reynolds


Ngahuia te Awekotuku
Towards 1990
Discusses whether Maori have anything to celebrate at NZ's sesquicentenary.

Camille Guy
A ‘Women’s Book’: Is there such a thing?
Argues that the term woman does not describe a homogeneous group. Questions assumptions about women's reading reflected in the choice of books at the 1988 Women's Book Festival.

Graham Ley
Saturday Night or Sunday Morning?

Rebecca Tansley
Feminity From Folklore to Film
Contrasts attitudes to accepted norms of womanly behaviour in 'Little Red Riding Hood' and the film 'Vigil'.

John Nixon
Special Project for Antic
1 Flower
2 Ode to the Epic
3 Untitled Photograph (Russian Porcelain)
4 Cross
5 Manifesto
6 Proposal for Schloss Herrnsheim, Worms, West Germany

Gary Sangster
NZXI: Positions
Considers the functions of exhibitions. Backgrounds the development of an Australian national identity, both generally and culturally. Criticises the proportion of resources assigned to the importation of foreign exhibitions, while conceding their value in stimulating debate and encouraging wider understanding of contemporary art. Comments on the trend of Internationalism. Questions the approach of critics who judge Australian art as if in competition with overseas work. Argues that national context is important but also that artificial borders should not prevent efforts to discover commonality.

Jane Pountney
Mt Martha

Robert Leonard and Stuart McKenzie
Pathetic Projections: Wilfulness in the Wilderness
Discusses the artistic development of Colin McCahon as a reflection of different philosophies. Analyses, as examples representative of different periods and styles, the paintings 'Takaka : night and day', 'The promised land', 'On building bridges', 'Fourteen stations of the cross' and 'Untitled (the days and nights in the wilderness-)'.

Andrew Drummond
Three Tablets for the Manukau

Jacqueline Fraser
The Wishing Trees

Alice Shopland
Dinner at the This World Café

Rod Barnett
Agriculture Proxima Sapientiae
Outlines schools of thought in the history of landscaping. Discusses natural and non-natural meanings in the context of garden design theory. Analyses the design of the garden Villa Lante, near Rome.

Ruth Watson
The Soul is the Prison of the Body

Christina Barton and Priscilla Pitts
Unearthing Nature: land projects by 4 artists, 1969-1980
A photoessay of installations in natural surroundings, and naturally occurring artistic effects by Christine Hellyar, Boyd Webb, Pauline Rhodes and Andrew Drummond.

Alexis Hunter
Nine pages from a sketchbook
An illustrated retelling of snatches of Maori folklore. A paragraph on the significance of Maori legends, drawing parallels with Western myths.

Maureen Lander
Kohukohu or Horeke? An investigation of Charles Heaphy’s ‘View of the Kahu-Kahu, Hokianga River’ 1839
Discusses confusion over the location illustrated in the ink and watercolour by Charles Heaphy. Examines contemporary writings and pictorial evidence to identify it.

Bruce Barber
Examines the etymology of the word perform and its derivatives.

Lucy Macdonald
The Capture of Manuka

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Antic 6
November 1989

Price: $11

Editors Tina Barton, Susan Davis and Priscilla Pitts

Copyright reverts to authors on publication

Antic is published with assistance from The Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand

Cover: Julia Morison, from Quiddities I – X, 1989


Ngahuia te Awekotuku
He whakaaro, he whakaahua

Lita Barrie
Cindy Sherman’s Elaborate Masquerade

Ruth Watson
Much ado about some bodies: Adventures in the Shed

Tony Lane
St Eustace: a sequence of images

Giovanni Intra
20, 78, 102

Lloyd Geering
McCahon and Christianity

Barbara Tuck

Stuart McKenzie
Celestial Lavatories

Andrew Bull
Soul of the City

Imants Tillers and Wystan Curnow
An Exchange of Notes

Molly de ama
Handguide to Muses and Museology: an excerpt

Jennifer French
Bush Series 1-4

Bridget Sutherland
Sign of the Cross

Luise Fong
Moments of Bloom

John Hurrell
A brief look at Gilgulim, the doctrine of metempsychosis, and other tents of Lurianic Kabbalism, as revealed on p. 19301 of Imants Tillers’ Book of Power when that was displayed in Wellington in 1989, and in his earlier books Rendezvous with Configuration P and Three Facts

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Antic 7

June 1990

Price: $11

Editors Tina Barton, Susan Davis and Priscilla Pitts

Guest editor: Laurence Simmons

Copyright reverts to authors on publication

Antic is published with assistance from The Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand

Cover design: Mary-Louise Browne

Endpapers: Ken Orchard, Marginal


Laurence Simmons
Editor’s Note: The Resistence to Psychoanalysis

Alex Calder
The Sand in My Eyes: Pleasure, Politics and Watching TV
Reviews television programme 'The Sandbaggers' commenting on its literary characteristics and its depiction of reality. Examines the fantastical elements in the programme and discusses psychoanalytic theories of fantasy.

Michael Harrison
The Way Animals Behave: Some Appropriations

Claudia Marquis
Principled Pleasures: Exploring Fantasy in Children’s Literature
Examines similarities between fantasy in creative-writing and psychoanalytical experience as seen by Freud. Refers to the psychic adventure of the boy Barney in 'The Haunting' by Margaret Mahy. Discusses phantasy as defined by Lacan and investigates the problematic of the subject in Mahy's 'The Tricksters'. Claims that there is a workable relationship between what literary critics call fantasy and what psychoanalysts call phantasy.

Margaret Dawson
KEA nestor notabilis

Stephen Zepke
Repetitions: Toward a Re-Construction of Phallic Univocality
Responds to articles by Lita Barrie 'Remissions : toward a deconstruction of phallic univocality' and 'Further toward a deconstruction of phallic univocality : deferrals' (in Antic 1 and 2). Discusses her reactions to feminism in art and the post-structuralist thinkers. Examines work entitled 'A Map of the Dark Continent which is neither dark nor unexplorable' by Ruth Watson.

Neil Pardington

Bridget Sutherland
Psychoanalysis and the Art of Cbristine Webster

Rhonda Bosworth
Figure Study/In the Workroom
Ever/out (1989)
h/with (1989)
Their wedding/Mask (1985)

Laurence Simmons
Language is not Neutral: Killeen’s Feminism
Examines a series of paintings entitled 'Social Document' by Richard Killeen, which have feminism and a male painter's relationship/reaction to feminism as their central issue. Refers to the writings of Freud. Discusses the politics of difference and stereotypical images of women in art. Outlines the message in Killeen's work and mentions feminist discourse.

Popular Productions, NZ Today 1990
Don’t say a word just look at the pictures

Terrence Handscomb
How Theoretical is my Neurosis? Schizoanalysis contrecoup Psychoanalysis
Discusses function of the ego in an analysis of art theory, mentioning traditional psychoanalysts in comparison with Lacanian analysts. Argues that the pertinence of any composite image is not its negotiable meaning, its political, historical or commercial viability, nor its contiguity with a particular body of theory.


Antic 8

December 1990

{This issue was not held by the National Library of New Zealand and I have reconstructed this list using Index New Zealand.}

Ruth Watson
Forget me not : a consideration of Edward Bullmore's 'Self portrait', 19 59
Reflects on the male and female attributes suggested by the image. Comments on the effect of period on its interpretation.

Robin Craw
Visible difference : nationalist repertoires and the semiotics of place in New Zealand science
Discusses the effect of the local environment in developing scientific study with a uniquely NZ perspective. Considers how far art and science conform to the notion of the Nationalist Landscape proposed by Francis Pound.Tony Green    

Marie Shannon
Calling out around the world

Ewen McDonald
There are only lovers and others : an interview with Rosalie Gascoigne
The expatriate artist talks about her work, focusing on the materials she uses. Briefly discusses Colin McCahon.

Allen Meek
Grey mythologies
Considers the implications of Grey's preface to 'Polynesian Mythology', his collection of Maori narratives. Emphasises the link between ethnography and colonisation. Explores the role of writing in both over-simplifying/distorting and preserving knowledge. Compares Grey's treatment of the original Maori material to the literary revision by Antony Alpers in 'Maori Myths and Tribal Legends'. Comments on attitudes revealed by the use made of Maori legendary figures by pakeha poets and critics James K Baxter, Keith Sinclair and C K Stead.

Rangihiroa Panoho
Another view of the photographs of Laurence Aberhart
Argues against the interpretation that the photographer's work represents a colonised Maori culture in a state of decay. Suggests that the images trigger associations for Maori of which Aberhart is unaware. Notes that culture is continually evolving.

George Hubbard and Robin Craw
Choice! : beyond kia ora : the paraesthetics of Choice!
In a commentary which accompanied the exhibition, questions the definition of Maoriness in relation to art.

Stephen Zepke
Choice! : difference without binary oppositions : a chance for a Choice!
Reviews the Auckland exhibition, focusing on the issue of Maori and Pakeha identity as reflected in art.

Bill Hammond

Derek Schulz
The making of 'History and its theatre' : Wayne Barrar, Joanna Margaret Paul, Matt Pine, Frances Jill Studd, Aromea Tahiwi - with Rangihiroa Pan oho inside the Wanganui Regional Museum
Backgrounds the creation of the exhibition. Discusses contributions of the individual artists, commenting on differences of approach between Maori and Pakeha.

Preface : thoughts on a lost tradition
Muses about the nature of art and modernism in the arts.

Constructuralist production
Isabella and Lorenzo

Deborah Lawler-Dormer
Feminine tactical strategies: 'the experimenting video'
Identifies the issues being explored in feminist experimental videos. Discusses some of the techniques used to change the habitual ways of viewing film. Notes similarities to the theories of writer Luce Irigaray. Includes stills from 'ESOteric EGG SandWitches' by Lynda Earle and 'Lost narratives' by Fiona Gray.

Judy Millar
The elegance of anxiety : a two-page poem

Peter Wells
I ain't no faggot
Describes how the 1 minute 59 second film 'A Taste of Kiwi' points out the relationship between a Steinlager television commercial advertising rugby and male homosexual pornography.

Michael Stevenson
Moon fever hits Inglewood

Rebecca Tansley
Self-centred cinema : language and the writer in 'An angel at my table'
Explores the nature of autobiography and that of role transfer in the filming and acting of autobiography. Discusses the importance of language to Frame as revealed through the written autobiography, and indicates ways in which the film adaptation tries to show this.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Reading list, 19 March 2016

The new CODE | WORDS project, a series of back-and-forth conversations about aspects of museums in the digital age, is unfurling. The latest is an exchange between John Gordy and Rachel Ropeik on the metaphor of museum as platform. They began by politely disagreeing on MuseumHack (something I wrote about a while ago with respect to founder Nick Gray's talk about Webstock in February).

The Cooper Hewitt marks the first year of operation of the Pen (their digital visitor aid, which allows you to collect information about exhibitions and objects on display, and use interactive tables in the gallery spaces) by opening up the data collected thus far.

A lengthy article about the history of humans feeling bad about the way they smell, from ancient Egypt to modern day feminine scented wipes. Fascinating for the way product marketing has come to dictate how we feel about the body's natural functions.

Whether you're feeling it yet or not, the technology industry is reshaping our workplaces, not just with the tools it develops and sells, but through the philosophy it espouses. I find myself strangely defensive when it comes to the remote-first, no-meeting, always-chatting workplace (crossed with the 'venerate the real worker, four hours of flow' mantra). I think it's because I find it culturally one-eyed, and I'd love to know how a Samoan, or Indian, or Nigerian workplace might be organised, and see what we can learn from those values and methods. Nonetheless: Annalee Newitz on the Slack take-over, and Virginia Heffernan on the elimination of meeting culture.

I feel like so much of the online aesthetic milieu that surrounds me is summed up in this lengthy article of Kinfolk and its kith, 'The Last Lifestyle Magazine'. I was particularly struck by the quote "[Editor Nathan] Williams doesn't have a personal Instagram and the official magazine account only posts once or twice a week, but #kinfolk is used about once a minute."

I found this "exit interview" with the departing director of the Honolulu Museum of Art, Stephan Jost, really fascinating. It's the first time I've heard an American art gallery director use the concepts of an indigenous culture to describe their work. OTOH, this article in The Star about Jost's recruitment as the new head of the AGO in Toronto has all the trappings I associate with North American institutions (boards! dinners! wealth managers! a "coronation"!).

Monday, 14 March 2016

Art snark and web page annotations

I've been interested in Genius (the annotation website that started out as Rap Genius but has expanded its model outwards in the last couple of years) for a few years now. I've only just caught up with the fact though that there's a Chrome plug-in that can be used to add annotations to any web page. Accompanying that is News Genius, which describes itself as " a community of prize-winning writers, passionate readers, artists, designers, engineers, students ... pushing the limits of how people have traditionally read and related to the news by annotating new stories every day". In this Google spreadsheet you can see a list of news and magazine stories that have been annotated.

I first came upon all this in the wild over the weekend, when Carolina Miranda, an LA Times visual arts columnist and blogger, linked to an annotation of a NY Times by Conrad De Aenlle, 'Los Angeles Art Scene Comes Into Its Own'.

Before I downloaded the plug-in, the annotated article looked like this:

(You can see this version of the page here.) After downloading, it looked like this:

Now, most of Miranda's annotations are West Coast - East Coast snark (for example, First quote goes to guy who doesn’t live in L.A. and works for a European art fair company that operates in Miami.) But I'm quite fascinated by the tool nonetheless.

On one level, it allows for semi-private unpicking, criticism or ridiculing of the content of a web page (I *think* you can annotate and share any page by creating an account and then appending '' to any page.) You could imagine, for example, a group of people sharing around an annotated exhibition listing from any public gallery website, any CNZ media release, and EyeContact review.

On the other, it could be a simple and powerful tool for crowd-use of any piece of digital or digitised content, regardless of whether the site the content is hosted on has enabled that themselves. Take the amazing resource that is the digitised copies of Te Ao Hou and imagine all those article and images available for annotation, cross-referencing, and linking into the rest of the web.

I am currently thinking about ways I want to extend the beginnings I made by starting the timeline of feminist art movement in New Zealand on Wikipedia. Annotation and cross-referencing is very much on my mind. I'm looking for a tool (probably Evernote, but I'm open to suggestions) to help me gather and annotate texts and while Genius isn't it (the problem being that most of the text I want to work with isn't already online) it's given me a few inklings ...

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Reading list, 12 March 2016

Like wiggling a loose tooth or slowing down to rubberneck at a car crash, I can't stop myself from following Tiffany Jenkins' promotional pieces for her new book, which is an argument against repatriation of objects from British museums. In her latest, for 'populist capitalist' website CapX, Jenkins makes yet more of those blatantly tone-deaf arguments that incensed me last week, including the assertion that "Instead of repatriating artifacts, we need to appreciate them in the institutions which care for them – our great museums. For it is here that their true value and meaning is realised.". Read at your own peril.

A list of long-form articles about archives and archiving, from punk rock to cemeteries. Chosen partly because one of the articles was originally a keynote given by Ed Summers at my beloved NDF conference (proposals being accepted now ...)

Christopher Knight's review of the opening show at LA dealer gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947-2016, reminds me a great deal of Priscilla Pitt's 1998 survey Contemporary New Zealand Sculpture. There's also an interesting observation at the end that a quarter of the works in the show are on loan from 13 public institutions.

Anne Salmond's eulogy for Ranginui Walker.

ACMI in Melbourne has announced the plans for its blended staff and co-working offices; staff move into the new spaces this month and tenants start moving in in April. An interesting trans-Tasman link for Te Papa's forthcoming Innovation Hub?

All of Christchurch Art Gallery's publications, all online, all in one place. Awesome.

Finally, today at The Dowse we open this is the cup of your heart, curated by our 2016 CNZ/Blumhardt Foundation curatorial intern Alice Tappenden. This isn't an encouragement to read anything, but you should definitely come and see the show.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Reading list, 5 March 2016

The Rauschenburg Foundation widens access to images of the artist's work for non-commercial purposes: Because of the policy change, the foundation expects to lose nearly half its image-rights income — which has been slightly more than $100,000 a year — but Ms. MacLear said she believed the loss was well worth furthering Mr. Rauschenberg’s legacy and supporting scholarship.

The annual TrendsWatch report is out from the AAM's Center for the Future of Museums: you can download it at this link. Philip Kennicott writes up two of the trends identified - changes to the way we work, and changes to how we regard and value happiness - in his argument that museums need to 'focus on the question of leisure and how we can recapture it'.

Four Berlin museums, sponsored by the German culture ministry, are working together to train and pay (a bigger deal than it sounds) Syrian and Iraqi refugees to give native language tours for fellow refugees.

Two of the stories from E-Tangata that have stuck with me this week: ‘How many brown faces are there in your reporting team?’ by Steve Deane and Confused about tikanga? Join the club by Moana Maniapoto.

The university year has started, Salient is being published, and Ruby Joy Eade has written a great piece about Dashper & Friends at City Gallery Wellington. You (I) forget that more art writing is probably taking place in student publications than in mainstream newspapers these days.

What might have been a blah article outraged by an Australian art gallery not stocking art magazines on Artshub turns into a fascinating piece on where art magazine publishing is looking for new stockists and readers, and what visitors at various institutions want to buy.