Performance Commission— 

Newtown as Material

As part of AURA 2019 four student artists were commissioned to mak new performance works which responded to the suburb of Newtown.

The four selected artists were Anna Brimer and Max Fleury, Raewyn Martyn, Louie Neale. The three resulting works were presented on Saturday 28 September, as part of the group installation Home Movies, a project which sought to highlight Newtown's cultural diversity. The commissioning of student artists for this project was designed to acknowledge the role of young artists in shaping future communities.

Two of the works (by Anna Brimer with Max Fleury and Raewyn Martyn) were unadvertised performances which took place in public space in Newtown in the week leading up to Home Movies. These were documented and represented on video, while the third work by Louie Neale was presented in Home Movies as a live performance at the charity stor Opportunity for Animals.

Scroll down for documentation from the three works:
Featuring commissioned performance works by:

Anna Brimer & Max Fleury 
Raewyn Martyn 
Louie Neale


Threads Through Wardrobes (2019) - Louie Neale
"(Opshops) are places where the community comes to buy and donate domestic items that are used to build individual and collective identities ... I aim to subvert the logics placed on people’s bodies today such as gender and movement norms” Commissioned by CIRCUIT for AURA, Louie Neale’s performance took place in Opportunity for Animals, a charity store dedicated to animal rights.

Photos by Jacob Giles.

Glory (2019)—Max Fleury and Anna Brimer
One of three performance works in Home Movies commissioned by CIRCUIT as a response to Newtown itself, Glory was made using material drawn from local charity shops and a tap outside the public toilets.

Photo by CIRCUIT.

Photo by CIRCUIT.

Photo by Jacob Giles.

biobitumen (2019)—Raewyn Martyn
biobitumen began on the footpath outside the pop-up as a temporary installation, using bacterial polyester and finely ground greywacke pigment melted into place on the pavement. Presented later inside the venue as a video and sculptural installation, the work referenced the settlement of Wellngton by both Mana Whenua and colonial Pākehā, who used aggregates of natural materials  to form pathways and areas of foundation. Videography by Rachel O‘Neill.

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