9 things to see and do this week

AMY WENG | The year of the pig has barely begun with lunar festivities still winding down, yet there’s no sign of rest and relaxation ahead. Here’s our top nine things to do this week to keep the celebrations goings…

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Acid and Lost Time

A short story by AKEMI HOMULETTE | The Ache is leaving. Three years languished by dead end jobs, drugs and friends. Last week above a bagel store, the sun morphs mute amidst travelling clouds, indifferent fluctuations of light on an otherwise featureless day…

Actor and social media influencer, Tian Tan

A Korero with Tian Tan

AUSTIN TSENG | Tian Tan is one of those Kiwi legends that, like those crunchy bits in a serve of hot chips, pop up here and there but always leave a memorable impression. An actor, Tan has appeared in such productions as The New Legends of Monkey on Netflix, and the hit web series Baby Mama’s Club. Many will also know him as Main Man Tian Tan from his videos on Facebook and Youtube, where he posts comedy sketches and life advice…

Yoko Ono, Add Color Painting (Refugee Boat), 1960/2016-2018. Participatory installation. Dimensions variable. Collection of the artist. Installation view: “Catastrophe and the Power of Art,” Mori art Museum, Tokyo, 2018. Photo: Kioku Keizo. Photo courtesy: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

The Aestheticization of Catastrophic Art: Capturing the Imagination of Disasters

KAORU KODAMA & RUMEN RACHEV | From the exhibition description of Catastrophe and the Power of Art, currently on show at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo until 20 January 2019, the text stipulates: Catastrophe and crisis can drive us to despair, yet it is also true that the energy released as we try to recover can simultaneously spark imagination, and boost creative output…

It Follows – TCAC at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

DAMP OCEAN | a contemporary art space in Te Whanganui-a-Tara: is it? should it? could it? would it? The exchange show between Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC) and Enjoy Public Art Gallery comes in two parts. A survey opening up the space to the voice of the New Zealand viewer, reworking the questions that stimulated the founding of TCAC here to gauge the voices that are, should, could, would in an unfamiliar space…

Left to right: Nikita 雅涵 Tu-Bryant, Chye-Ling Huang and Marianne Infante in Tide Waits for No Man: Episode Grace

In Conversation with Nikita Tu-Bryant

JESS HONG | Tu-Bryant is a musician, actor, writer, visual artist, puppeteer and director who identifies as a storyteller of Taiwanese and New Zealand European descent. She had just driven back to Wellington with a car full of set pieces, having rehearsed for several weeks in Auckland for her upcoming devised show Tide Waits for No Man: Episode Grace…