We Need to Talk about Talanoa Mau
Lockdown Film Festival
The Show Means Something and Absolutely Nothing

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Heavily touted event Talanoa Mau was supposed to be an inclusive and safe space for vulnerable dialogues and critical exploration. But did it meet those expectations? A reflection by artist Jessica Thompson Carr.

Talanoa Mau began around 8:30am on a Monday, the karanga welcoming us into Te Papa. An anticipated event in the line-up of New Zealand Festival of the Arts 2020, it was described by curator...

Screen

As a cinematic salve to the current situation, Auckland-based film critic Amanda Jane Robinson has curated a film festival you can host from your couch.

Each mini-programme consists of one short film and three feature films. The films are on a variety of online platforms – some free, some paid – all accessible in Aotearoa New Zealand.

It’s not even one week into lockdown and it already feels like...

Theatre

On not-finishing.

Before you open a show you think a lot about the audience. You dream about them; you wonder what they like; you obsess about how they’ll read a moment onstage. Your relationship with your imagined audience becomes intimate, like a teenage crush, and it’s all completely in your imagination until there are bodies in the room.

Covid-19 has affected so many lives in ways immediately...

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We Need to Talk about Talanoa Mau
Screen
Lockdown Film Festival
Theatre
The Show Means Something and Absolutely Nothing
On Girls and Gays
Read Time: 17 mins
An essay by Tayi Tibble on that real hold-you-down...
Literature
On Girls and Gays
By Tayi Tibble
Loose Canons: Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho
Read Time: 7 mins
Loose Canons is a series in which we invite artists...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho
By Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho
Resisting the Spectacle: Gregory Kan
Read Time: 6 mins
Gregory Kan writes about what drove his book-length...
Literature
Resisting the Spectacle: Gregory Kan
By Gregory Kan
One Foot After Another: A Response to Strands
Read Time: 18 mins
Kassie Hartendorp takes us on a journey through Strands...
Art
One Foot After Another: A Response to Strands
By Kassie Hartendorp
The Friction in the Collection / Or, Ruth Buchanan Rubs up Against the Govett-Brewster
Read Time: 22 mins
Ruth Buchanan’s 'The scene in which I find myself /...
Art
The Friction in the Collection / Or, Ruth Buchanan Rubs up Against the Govett-Brewster
By Lucinda Bennett
Saving Palmerston North’s Art Gallery ... From What Exactly?
Read Time: 1 minute
Retraction and apology to Bronwyn Zimmerman – 31 March...
Art
Saving Palmerston North’s Art Gallery ... From What Exactly?
By India Essuah
Finding Feminism with Fabio: How Romance Novels are Unlikely Testaments to Female Power
Read Time: 16 mins
Romance novels are more than cringey sex and shirtless...
Literature
Finding Feminism with Fabio: How Romance Novels are Unlikely Testaments to Female Power
By Alie Benge
Leave Behind the Desire to Ask, “But Is This Poetry?”
Read Time: 10 mins
Veteran of Auckland’s spoken word scene Tim Heath...
Literature
Leave Behind the Desire to Ask, “But Is This Poetry?”
By Tim Heath