SCAPE Season 2019 at The Arts Centre
5 October - 16 November 2019 - Across The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora
SCAPE’s Season 2019 is a citywide festival that ignites Ōtautahi Christchurch’s outdoor spaces with stunning new contemporary artworks and events for all.
The 21st season will see more than a dozen new temporary artworks by local and internationally renowned artists installed around the city, plus the installation of a new permanent work, VAKA ‘A HINA by Sēmisi Fetokai Poutauaine.
SCAPE Season 2019 takes the iconic game Rock : Paper : Scissors as its starting point. Managing curator Emma Bugden has selected artworks that bring a sense of solidity and location to Ōtautahi – inspiring us to think about what home means, the emotional resonance of materials, and the patterns and rituals that help us make sense of the world.
Three works will be displayed at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora – Audrey Baldwin’s Touch–Stones (2019), one of Scott Eady’s Princess XL (fountain #1 and #2) (2015) – the other will be located in front of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, and Kazu Nakagawa’s Ka mua Ka Muri (2019).
Touch–Stones is comprised of three parts: public workshops where participants weave the cord; a performance using the finished rope; and finally its installation in the North Quad for six weeks from 16 November. It will then stay on at The Arts Centre over the summer.
Baldwin is a connector – of people, stories and string. To create the artwork, she’s running a series of public workshops where people of all ages learn a simple crafting technique for braiding cord. They’ll be encouraged to contribute stories and an anchor stone – a rock, pebble, crystal or bead – that will be woven into the cord.
“Children collect stones during play, imbuing them with special meaning, often holding onto them and carrying them home,” Baldwin says.
“Many cultures have customs regarding different kinds of stones. Stones hold history, meaning and a sense of place. The finished rope is a repository for conversations and memories shared.”
Eady says his artworks – cast bronze marrows, balanced on top of stools – were sparked by seeing his son playfully brandishing a vegetable grown in the family garden.
“They humorously evoke the history of fertility statues, from ancient civilisations through to early Modernism.”
His Arts Centre-based work will be in front of the Registry building on Montreal Street.
Meanwhile, in Market Square, Nakagawa’s Ka mua Ka muri reflects the city’s unity. A phonetic rendering of a well-known Māori whakataukī that speaks of walking backwards into the future, it features two large open rings that lean in, each depending on the other to stay upright.
“Time folds in on itself as we take our past with us into who we become,” Nakagawa says.