HEAT: performance programme

The Heat performance programme is part of HEAT: Solar Revolutions, a programme of art events and installations that ask how the sun’s energy may
 catalyse climate-friendly conversations, collective actions, speculations and interventions. Heat is explored as a transformative condition that sparks making (or un-making) processes. Solar radiation is channeled as an artist’s medium – in the sense of a constitutive ‘material’, like clay or paint – in solar drawings or prints, in solar-sound works, in durational solar performances, in plant-based artworks or as wood that is burnt to fire ceramics.

HEAT presents a week of performance programmes and associated activities, culminating in a Rooftop event on Saturday 18 February from 6pm.

Download the PDF Performance Programme here.

Image: Mohini Chandra, film still from Paradise Lost: Kikau Street and Forty Ships, 2017

Amanda Yates and Harold Barton
Solar Revolutions

Solar Revolutions is a durational drawing installation that performs solar radiance over the course of a day. The work indexes solar and planetary oscillations via daily tracings of charcoal – ephemeral shifts in solar intensity or weather become inscribed as a recording of solar affect.

Wednesday 15 February – Sunday 19 February
Window Space outside Te Uru

Rachel Shearer

Solar energy powers a single channel audio file, oscillating the sonic emissions in response to the variable intensities of energy received from the sun. At the right ambient temperature, Wiriwiri complements the natural sun-modulated chorus of cicadas. There will also be an improvised performance as part of HEAT‘s Rooftop event on Saturday 18 February.

Wednesday 15 February – Sunday 19 February
Te Uru Main Entrance

Improvised Performance
Saturday 18 February, 7-7.30pm
Rooftop Terrace, Lopdell House

Saskia Schut
Moving towards, away from and parallel to the rising sun as air expands outward, the temperature drops and earth’s shadow is cast on it’s atmosphere, 2017

A series of walks, open to participants, that span the morning twilight, an occurrence with three distinct phases named astronomic, nautical and civic, each denoting major shifts in visible phenomena. Each walk will begin at Te Uru and will move either towards, away from or parallel to the rising sun and earth’s shadow. Register interest with Saskia by email at saskia.schut@rmit.edu.au

Find additional information on the walks here.

Wednesday 15 February, 5am
Thursday 16 February, 5am
Friday 17 February, 5am
Saturday 18 February, 5am

Leave from Te Uru front entrance

Christina Houghton
Lilo Safely

Lilo Safely is a solar float/sun worshipping live art experience in response to the polluted waters of the twin harbours of Tāmaki Makaurau (the Manukau & Waitematā). This performance responds to forgotten sites of colonisation, modification and environmental degradation through somatic actions for wellbeing.

Thursday 16 February, 2.30pm
Friday 17 February, 3.30pm
Sunday 19 February, 4.30pm

French Bay Beach, Otitori Bay Road

Public Share
Last Run

Picking up on the ‘can-do’ origins of Crown Lynn, whereby the company manufactured anything from domestic ware to electrical insulators, the Public Share collective has built a raku kiln to fire ceramic mugs based on a never produced Crown Lynn design. Fragments of Crown Lynn pottery, left behind after the factory’s closure in 1989, have been reduced to grog and incorporated into these new objects as a means to reactivate relations with what was, prior to market deregulation, New Zealand’s main ceramics manufacturer. After firing, Public Share will be hosting drinks and nibbles on the Lopdell House Rooftop Terrace – with drinks served from Public Share raku mugs, direct from the day’s firing. Read more

Raku Firing event
Saturday 18 February, 10am-4.30pm
Te Toi Uku, Crown Lynn Museum
8 Ambrico Place, New Lynn

Talk at Te Toi Uku by Geologist Hugh Grenfell from Auckland Museum
Saturday 18 February, 1.30pm

Public Share display at Te Toi Uku
15 February – 31 March, 2017

Raku Serving event
Te Uru will be hosting drinks and nibbles on the Rooftop Terrace using Public Share mugs fired at Te Toi Uku
Saturday 18 February, 6pm
Rooftop Terrace, Lopdell House

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding
Transmission from the Sun

As part of HEAT‘s Rooftop event on Saturday 18 February, a performance from David Haines and Joyce Hinterding will include a composition between earth and sky that involves the manipulation of live transmissions in the VLF part of the radio spectrum involving custom-built antennae that enables listening to the sound of the solar interaction with the ionosphere within the magnetic field lines, along with the background noise of the milky way and the local electromagnetic environment.

Saturday 18 February, 7.45-8.30pm
Rooftop Terrace, Lopdell House

Mark Harvey
Weed Wrestle

In Weed Wrestle, Mark Harvey will attempt to obsessive-compulsively pull invasive weed trees out of the ground along the edges of native forest in Titirangi. Employing physical endurance, the work not only intends to generate a sense of somatic heat, but is a reflection on the efforts many of us are all taking to combat the effects of climate change.

Sunday 19 February, 10am
Leave from Te Uru main entrance

Monique Jansen
Overcast – A Carbon Drawing

Overcast is a ‘live’ drawing event using bio-char (charcoal). Made in situ through the duration of the HEAT performance programme, the drawing will accumulate and grow over the five days, filling the gallery wall. Overcast will be made using bio-char on acid free paper with the intention that the paper and accumulated bio-char is returned to the soil via the artist’s compost heap.

Live Drawing Performance
Wednesday 15 February – Sunday 19 February
Gallery One

Biochar Talk and Discussion with Levi Brindson and Sarah Smuts-Kennedy
Sunday 19 February, 2pm
Gallery One

Nina Czegledy
On Ecological Art Activism

In response to our HEAT: Solar Revolutions programme, internationally renowned artist/curator/educator Nina Czegledy discusses ecological and environmental art activism, particularly with regard to the potential of cross-disciplinary concerns in new media and electronic arts. Read more

Saturday 25 February, 12.30pm
Te Uru Learning Centre

Hoopla: Projects for the Whau
Flotilla Whau

The popular annual Flotilla Whau aims to bring the river back to the attention of local residents. Now in it’s fifth year, it looks set to have more vessels than ever. The flotilla will be led by the historic steamboat Puke (built in 1872) from the New Zealand Maritime Museum. Read more

Find the Facebook event page here.

04 March, 12:30 pm-12:30 pm