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Local Time - Waiariki 9 May – 11 August 2013 (+1200)

Local Time - Waiariki 9 May – 11 August 2013 (+1200)


Year: 2013


Medium: Action


If I were to Live Here 5th Auckland Triennial 

Curated by Hou Hanru


Waiariki 9 May – 11 August 2013 (+1200)

For If you were to live here... Local Time asks the Triennial’s host venues to make a simple gesture of hospitality to artists and audiences. We have previously explored histories of the the waterways in what is now Auckland’s CBD within our project Local Time: Horotiu (2012). In the wake of our discussions with both the traditional guardians and the contemporary occupiers of the site, we made a daily collection of natural spring water to serve at the events we hosted while working in ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT. For the Triennial, we invite the staff of Artspace, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, George Fraser Gallery, Gus Fisher Gallery and ST PAUL St to take up this gesture. We are providing specially ozonated water containers and directions to Waiariki, an old source of drinking water within the pre-European flows on and under the land that the Triennial’s venues occupy. Galleries will use this infrastructure to serve the spring water to guests during public events.

Water Actions 10 May – 11 August 2013 (+1200)

In April 2013 the New Zealand Government passed the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill into law. The Act includes provisions that outlaw certain protests at sea. In response, Local Time will be initiating actions over the course of the Triennial that reflect New Zealand’s long history of ocean-based activism, and aim to raise awareness of water quality in the Waitematā Harbour.