25-28 Oct 2019
FRI 25 OCT :: 12PM – 8PM
SAT 26 & SUN 27 OCT :: 12PM – 8PM
MON 28 OCT :: 10AM – 1PM
SILO 6 & SILO PARK
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Te Whāinga is a convergence of world-class artists, scholars + cultural practitioners – all critically examining the notion of civility.
Silo 6 & Silo Park are situated in the area of Te Waitematā, a place of rich cultural narratives and meaning to the 19 recognized iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau and a meeting place between land and the sea.
Visitors to Te Whāinga will immerse themselves in over a dozen new and original art experiences, performances and interactive activities.
Today's Scheduled Happenings
Programs & timings subject to change
Sunday 27 Oct
10am-12pm @ Lit Lawn (20 people max)
WĀ HINE (Wānanga Rātapu) w/ Qiane Matata-Sipu, Vicky Tamariki & Rebecca Ann Hobbs
Ongoing throughout the day @ Silo Park Waterfront (around 3pm, 5pm & 7:30pm)
TANGATA TUUTAHI performance w/ Rodney Bell & Dancers of Difference
Ongoing throughout the day @ Silo 6 Entrance
Here, but also here tours w/ Erin Fae
12pm @ Lit Lawn
Durational reading of Hone Tuwhare's ontology
1pm-4pm @ Silo 6
SATELLITES Pop-up: Knotting workshop w/ Wai Ching Chan
5pm-6:30pm & 7pm-7:30pm – every half hour beginning in Silos
WHAKARONGO embodied tours w/ Jack Gray
6pm-8pm @ Silo 6
SATELLITES Pop-up: Goal Shoot w/ Vanessa Crofskey
6:30pm beginning in Silo 6
BACKHAND MAIDEN activation w/ Rosanna Raymond
Reckoning with Civility
2019 situates us in a host of collisions between our complex histories, enduring systems and beliefs, greater awareness of our ecological pressures and our future aspirations.
This year marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s arrival in Aotearoa New Zealand, UNESCO has declared 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages and the New Zealand Government has delivered a landmark action on climate change.
Meanwhile, people throughout the world and from various walks of life have recognized that the solutions to today’s greatest challenges, inevitable tensions and intersections can only be realized by seeking compatibility of aspirations without denying these fundamental cultural and cognitive complexities amongst one another.
Te Whāinga is a unique opportunity to engage and collaborate with some of today’s most creative talents to explore what it truly means to coexist within our communities, societies, and humanity.
Culture Labs are community-centred museum experiences where kaupapa are shared to nurture collective imagination that prioritize equity, peer-to-peer learning.
Te Whāinga is the fourth in a series of Culture Labs introduced by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center beginning in 2016, and the first in partnership with the Auckland Museum.
We believe that museums engaging communities should be built upon:
A culture of memory.
Every place embodies genealogies we must honor. Amplifying hidden histories builds empathy. Intervening in public space enriches our collective memory.
A culture of representation.
Prioritize local artists, participants, and organizers. Nothing about communities without those communities.
A culture of becoming.
Open yourself to growth through conversation. Push both your ideas and practices.
A culture of imagination.
Place value on daydreaming. Not everything is a logistic. Find the amazing in the margins.
A culture of presence.
Live-time interaction — nothing replaces human contact. Make all spaces maker spaces.
A culture of equity.
Pay artists. Pay artists fairly. Dismantle hierarchies. Everyone shares in the work.
A culture of community.
Create lasting collectives. Come to museums to be challenged, to change, to fall in love.
A culture of intersectionality.
Step outside the silos that constrain our narratives. Allow yourself to think, feel, and remember in the same complex ways that we live.
A culture of relevance.
Choose to engage in what matters right now.
A culture of belonging.
Forge brave space. Extend welcome and safety to all peoples and communities. Make room for the marginalized, especially by questioning what marginalizes them.
A culture of beauty.
Who gets to decide what counts as beautiful? Question aesthetic classifcations and priorities.
A culture of inspiration.
Open the process. Dream together. Make together.
A culture of fun.
Play is innovation. Play is care. Play is life.
A culture of action.
We have a social contract with one another to protect the vulnerable and ensure human rights for everyone.
A culture of sustainability.
Treat your space as if you are preparing for 40 generations of inheritance. Strive to leave a small footprint, but a major impact.