In Conversation with Renee Liang and Hweiling Ow

AMY WENG | What can a farcical relationship between a man and a woman teach us about language, loss and living? This winter, Eugène Ionesco’s Les Chaises (The Chairs), has been adapted by four Aotearoa theatremakers into Pākeha English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan and Cantonese. Editor Amy Weng caught up with the Cantonese season producer Renee Liang, and director Hweiling Ow, to reflect on the importance of language on and off the stage…

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Table during the small modifications workshop I ran at Rancho Electronico, including some of the timely floating wholemeal bread. Photo by Xin Cheng

Many Other Worlds are Possible: chance encounters, gathering points, following the sweet potato rhizomes in Mexico City

XIN CHENG | A few days after listening to ‘The Danger of the Single Story’, I headed to the other side of the earth, to join the class Design for the Living World at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts. Quite a change of scenery — yet the questions remain, this time through the lens of ‘solidary societies’, as we prepared for a research residency in Mexico City…

The Red Gateway. Photo by Austin Tseng

On the Ancestor’s Trail

AUSTIN TSENG | An account of the New Zealand Chinese Association’s (NZCA) SS Ventnor Tour, 7-9 April 2018. In the early 20th century, the lives of Chinese migrants in New Zealand were often fraught with difficulty. Not only did they have to deal with the struggles of making a living in a new land, but also significant…

Yukari Kaihori: The emotional landscape

NATASHA MATILA-SMITH | Yukari Kaihori is a Japanese artist based in Whanganui-a-Tara who creates paintings which examine the intersections between physical and metaphysical landscapes, often employing chance mark-making that invites rich associations between nature and the psychological. Her current exhibition at Corban Estate Art Centre runs until 27 May 2018…

Eat My Rice by Louie Bretaña at Performance Art Week Aotearoa 2017. Image courtesy of PAWA. Photo by Essi Airisniemi

In Conversation with Louie Bretaña

AMY WENG | Louie Bretaña is a graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts and the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines. His work actively challenges Euro-western colonial histories through relational practices, encouraging a respectful engagement with culture via conversation and food…

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In search of real Asian fusion

SHARON LAM | In this next instalment dedicated to food, writer and architectural graduate Sharon Lam reflects on the nature of fusion food and asks whether an Asian New Zealand fusion cuisine exists.

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tender surrender

XIN CHENG | In Desire Armed, Landstreicher proposed desire as a creative impulse to follow one’s own inclinations, independent from the spooks of society, in relation with the specific other people around oneself. I feel, an important distinction then, is to realise the situations where I can do something…