Art, Activism and Social Change will take place on the 29th, 30th and 31st
of August 2003
Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Cultural Provocation is a marae-based hui and conference bringing
together leading theorists, critics, artists and activists.
Local and international contributors include project collaborator,
writer and cultural theorist John Welchman (UK/USA), film maker Merata
Mita (Ngati Pikiao) (NZ), art historian and critic Grant Kester (USA),
Yes Men initiator, artist and activist Andy Bichlbaum, Parihaka
(Taranaki Iwi) musician, activist and historian Te Miringa Hohaia (NZ).
Aotearoa/New Zealand's social and political history has been punctuated
by dramatic acts of "cultural provocation," symbolic gestures that have
continued to challenge the values of the dominant culture. From the
invasions of Parihaka and Maungapohatu, through to the 1981 Springbok
Tour, Bastion Point, and a Nuclear Free nation, Aotearoa/New Zealand's
distinct political identity has been fueled by and articulated through
the images and iconography of artists.
From Hone Heke to Tame Iti, Maori have been at the forefront of this
tradition in Aotearoa/New Zealand and have played a central part in its
examination, pointing up the conflicting values of coloniser and
The core planning group consists of John Welchman (UK/USA), Joyce
Campbell (USA/NZ), Ann Shelton (NZ), Jonathan Bywater (NZ), Natalie
"Cultural Provocation - Art, Activism and Social Change" is sponsored by
Manukau School of Visual Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology, Creative
New Zealand, Artspace and The University of Auckland.
For information, and registration visit
our website at
Sean Cubitt * Screen and Media Studies * University of Waikato *
Private Bag 3105 * Hamilton * New Zealand * seanc(a)waikato.ac.nz * T:
+64 (0)7 838 4543 * F: +64 (0)7 838 4767