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Local Time | outline and history


Year: 2010


Medium: Performance, publishing, collaborations


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Local Time Horotiu, St Paul St Gallery, Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland (link), 2012


Local Time Background

Local time is a collective of artist academics and art/cultural writers based in Auckland / Tamaki Makaurau. Current members are Danny Butt, Jon Bywater, Dr Alex Monteith & Natalie Robertson. The group is cohered with a strong interest in local and Pacific concerns in constellation with international developments and dialogues in new technlogy & culture. Non-urban sites are important to Local Time as a group & many of our projects happen in more remote parts of New Zealand.


Local Time collective members meet regularly to discuss projects and work in an open flexible way between projects of the Local Time collective (Local Time projects) and on more individual projects initiated from any given member of the collective. An annual week-long meeting over the summer period, held at Omaewa (Natalie Robertson Ngati Porou | Donnachiadh), Port Awanui, Ruatoria, East Cape | Ngati Porou, has between 2004 and 2009 evolved towards a wananga situation for artists writers and environmental workers.  


The main current Local Time project is research (towards publication) and interviews with national and international artists and curators on aspects of collaborative practice and new media. This is a University of Auckland and AUT cross collaboration with aspects of the project being jointly supported from both the Elam School of Fine Arts and The AUT School of Art and Design. Interviewees include: Sally Jane Norman (UK), Rachel Rakena (NZ), Bjornstjerne Christiansen (Superflex) & Julia Rodrigues, Sarah Cook (UK), Dominic Smith (The Polytechnic UK) & Brett Stalbaum (c5, USA).


The collaborative process of the group is such that any member can initiate or suggest a trajectory for the activities of the group and roles frequently change. In this form co-authored and collaboratively made artworks have been participated in by the group including:



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White Pages: Dark Matter - The Wellington Collaboratorium with Gregory Sholette

p10 Local Time | ISBN 978-0-473-17119-3

Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, Aotearoa NZ (project link)

International Symposium for Electronic Arts 2009 Belfast Local Time: members Alex Monteith and Natalie Robertson, co-written paper (Butt, Bywater, Monteith & Robertson) at ISEA conference for electronic art and post-conflict societies, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2009.

Waitangi Day Parihaka SCANZ: members Danny Butt, Jon Bywater, Alex Monteith & Natalie Robertson. Feb 2009, Parihaka, Taranaki, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Food & SCANZ artists community event, hosted by Te Miringa Hohaia & Local TIme between the Parihaka Peace Festival site and Te Pae Pae Marae. 


Waitangi Day 2009  performances with  two Landrovers versions 1 & 2 (link): members Alex Monteith and Natalie Robertson, two convoy driving performances with Tino Rangitiratanga Flags, 6th Feb 2009, Taranaki, Aotearoa, New Zealand.


Boil-up | Local Time | Artspace | Rikrit Tiravanija (link): members Natalie Robertson, Alex Monteith and Jon Bywater. Additional contributions: Dion Hitchins, Lawrence Makoare and Michelle Lee. 6th Sept 2008, Artspace, Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand. 


Re-enactment of the Return of the C-Coy of the Maori Battalion, Gisborne, & Te Poho o Rawiri Marae Oct 2009 (link): members Alex Monteith and Natalie Robertson. Co-authoring documentary content of the 3.5km hikoi between Gisborne train station Te Poho o Rawiri Marae. Additional to exhibition the works, the footage was returned to both Maori Battlaion war vets (who were involved at the Powhiri at Te Poho o Rawiri so could not also simultaneously walk the parade route) and the Porou Ariki Kapa Haka group. Works produced:

1. 55min dual channel video documentation and installation, 2xHDV recordings shot from a NZ Army Unimog moving at the front of the Hikoi. Alex Monteith.

Roles: Alex Monteith HDV rigging, shooting editing and post production. Natalie Robertson logistics & crewing.

2. 120mm & digital image archive of the hikoi. Roles: Natalie Robertson 120mm suite of still images, high resolution digital protraits and hand-held video docuementation of the hikoi. Alex Monteith logistics, gear running and crewing.



Waitangi Day Harbour Bridge Protest 2008 | Local Time: co-authoring documentary (photo and video) content at the same time as protesting at the Watiangi Day Auckland Harbour Bridge Protest stage against Transit New Zealand on 6th Feb 2008: members Danny Butt, Alex Monteith and Natalie Robertson. 

Danny Butt: protest vehicle, and Camera rigging 

Alex Monteith: protest Vehicle Landrover (NOUN), Tino Rangitiratanga flag and 2x onboard bullet-cams (comprising the work 1020 meters in 26mins... (link))

Natalie Robertson: protest vehicle, Tino Rangitiratanga flag, photo and video hand-held documentation.


Natalie Robertson and Alex Monteith: R E A & Willie Dohetry.

In Response. Public Programmes, Turbulance 3rd Auckand Triannial 2007 (link)


Local Time academic and cultural publications

J. Bywater (Link TBA)

D. Butt (Link TBA)



Danny Butt Homepage

Parihaka Peace Festival Homepage

Natalie Robertson Homepage

Jon Bywater Homepage