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Haegue Yang, The Intermediate – Hairy Tele Digi-Big-Bang Fanned Out, 2018, (detail). Courtesy of the artist. Photo Carl Warner

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…

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…

Ulaanbaatar City. Photo by Sena Park

Anyoung Haseyo, Sain Baina Uu and Hi! Part 1: Encountering Mongolia

Sena Park is a Paihia-based artist, whose sculptural works explores language through material relationships. Park was selected to take part in the 5th Land Art Mongolia 360o Biennial earlier this year, where she undertook a residency to develop new work. The 2018 edition, titled WHO ARE WE NOW?, and curated by Lewis Biggs, asks: how…

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Country, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2018

In Conversation with Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

AISHA JOHAN | Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan are a husband-and-wife team who emigrated from the Philippines to Australia in 2006. Their artworks often address themes of displacement, change, memory and community. Together they have exhibited at a number of international exhibitions including the 50th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia…

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…

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…

Fresh Off the Page with Ellison Tan

CHYE-LING HUANG | In July, Fresh Off the page will present Conflict Circle, Singaporean playwright Ellison Tan’s foray into the absurd. With three professional productions under her belt, Ellison’s Conflict Circle challenges the nature of theatre and the futility and absurdity of performance…

Mass grave at Blitar, East Java. Part of the Mass Grave Project, ongoing. Photo by FX Harsono

In conversation with FX Harsono

AISHA JOHAN | FX Harsono is a leading figure within the Indonesian contemporary art scene. Over the past four decades, his work has developed against the backdrop of the rise and fall of the Soeharto regime, through revolution and reformation. On the eve of Jakarta’s election, which have incited simmering racial and religious tensions in the world’s most populous Muslim country, Harsono’s practice resonates with the national search for plurality. Aisha Johan caught up with the artist to talk…