Two Oceans at Once
Ayesha Green, Ruth Ige, Rozana Lee, Nicole Lim, Jane Chang Mi, Talia Smith, Vaimaila Urale, Layne Waerea, and Yonel Watene
Curated by Cameron Ah Loo-Matamua and Charlotte Huddleston
15 Feb 2019 - 17 May 2019
Jane Chang Mi, Hānaiakamalama, 2014. Still from single-channel video, 16 minutes. Image courtesy of the artist.
Two Oceans at Once: accompanying publication by Yonel Watene
Two Oceans at Once is named from a phrase in a story by Uruguayan journalist and poet Eduardo Galeano. In the story ‘Americans’, from the book Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone, Galeano retells the commonly known history of the world in 600 short episodes. Here it is:
Official history has it that Vasco Núñez de Balboa was the first man to see, from a summit in Panama, two oceans at once. Were the natives blind?
Who first gave names to corn and potatoes and tomatoes and chocolate and the mountains and rivers of America? Hernán Cortés? Francisco Pizarro? Were the natives mute?
The Pilgrims on the Mayflower heard Him: God said America was the promised land. Were the natives deaf?
Later on, the grandchildren of the Pilgrims seized the name and everything else. Now they are the Americans. And those of us who live in the other Americas, who are we?
At face value, it is an account of discovery, naming and renaming as part of historic global exploration in search of ‘new’ territories and resources. The ‘two oceans’ in Galeano’s story are the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. In the context of Aotearoa, Two Oceans at Once takes on the impetus of retelling, where 2018 was the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and 2019 holds the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty and the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Captain James Cook—an arrival that, like Vasco Núñez de Balboa’s, involved naming.
In the retelling of past events as history, dominant sociocultural constructions privilege linear and chronological retelling in a single voice. But within Galeano’s account, as with the events of Cook’s arrival, there are multiple positions from which history can be told. In ‘Americans’, Galeano questions whose voice is heard and remembered in accounts of history. As an exhibition, Two Oceans at Once holds multiple narratives. These are narratives of arrivals, departures, naming, giving voice, being heard, listening, co-habitation, time, place, memory, knowledge, language and love. Recognising that there is no singular past, present or future, the exhibition looks to reorient historical time within the real experiences of communities.
Ayesha Green's work was realised with the support of Creative New Zealand.
Gallery Three: Artists – Have Your Say on the Review of the Copyright Act
Facilitated by Melissa Laing with collaborators
7 Mar 2019 - 15 Mar 2019
Introduction to Copyright Now and the Wai 262 Report
Thursday 7 March, 5.30pm
Melissa Laing in discussion with Dr Bronwyn Holloway-Smith and Professor Pare Keiha about the objectives of copyright and the role of the Wai 262 report
Authorship in Socially Engaged and Dialogical Practice
Tuesday 12 March, 5.30pm
A conversation with Tosh Ahkit, Fiona Jack and Monique Redmond
Resale Royalties and Licensing Royalties
Wednesday 13 March, 5:30pm
Caroline Stone and Judy Darragh in conversation
Radford v Hallensteins
Thursday 14 March, 5.30pm
Art in public spaces and the moral rights of an artist. Artist John Radford and barrister Tracey Walker discuss the court case they took against Hallensteins and what this revealed about our Copyright Act.
Drop-in centre for discussions, and for submitting your feedback on the review of the Copyright Act.
12 – 16 March 2019, 12 – 7pm
The New Zealand Government is currently reviewing the Copyright Act. The review will impact visual artists in multiple ways; it has the potential to shift the balance of rights and opportunities to the benefit of artists and users, or to their detriment. Now is our opportunity to get involved.
As part of the first stage of public consultation, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking feedback on how well the copyright regime is functioning and on further evidence of issues that could be addressed in this review. Some of the important questions for visual artists will include: What are the right objectives for the Copyright Act? Is the right balance being struck between creator rights and user rights? How is collective authorship (including of works arising from social practices) handled in the current regime, and should this change? How should taonga works and mātauranga Māori be protected? Should an artist resale right be incorporated in the new act? Currently, performers have very few rights over what happens to recordings of them – should this change? Currently, if you make a work during the course of employment (including a commission), copyright belongs to the employer – should this change?
Over a 10-day period, Melissa Laing with ST PAUL St Gallery, artists and collaborators will host events to explore these issue and more, and facilitate artists to write submissions on the Review of the Copyright Act. Join us for the panel discussion and subsequent talks, and drop by any time during the opening hours to continue the discussions and submit your feedback.