Film: “Moving” Christchurch, NZ

02/09/2011 § Leave a comment

In his film, Kiyong asks, “Migrants have often left much behind – emotionally, physically and financially – to start new lives and exist without the support networks of extended family and old friends. How do they cope with the trauma, loss and ongoing physical upheaval and sense of dislocation wrought by a natural disaster so severe that even established, lifelong residents have fled elsewhere?”

The film, by Kiyong Park featured in NZ’s 43rd International Film Festival, following not long after the earthquake in Christchurch on the 22nd of February 2011.

Read the full article and interview here.


Borrowed light

15/05/2011 § Leave a comment

I witness an experiential mirror
it stands in another realm – you see?

It makes me feel and think that I can touch what is of another space and time.
I have been and I have seen but yet hard to phenom that that’s all real.

When I can see the light of spring dawn into view of cyber cams
while I wrap anticipating winter’s chill.
I see fresh faced relatives in their morning light,
while I’ve just seen the setting sun.
They have just witnessed melting snow and freshly opened leaves,
while I prepare for winter’s rest, I smell their smells.

I am the foreign neighbour of their flesh
seeking refuge from orphaned life.

What National Psyche Is

24/04/2011 § Leave a comment

“We will explore the “mental software” which influences the everyday behavior of the average Russian.” – school of Russian and Asian Studies

Im unsure whether to categorise this into poetry or something else.

Its a description of a very interesting course offered to English speaking students studying Russia.

“This practical course is intended to produce future businessmen, diplomats, historians, professors, and other professionals skilled at overcoming cultural differences and culture shock. To achieve this, the arts are used as a starting point to facilitate cross-cultural communication through a better understanding of local culture, beliefs, and mentality. We will explore the “mental software” which influences the everyday behavior of the average Russian.

This course invites students to think critically about a range of issues that affect everything from diplomacy to daily life. We will explore the Russians’ use of patronymics and other ways of addressing people. We will discuss the role of the smile in Russian culture. We will learn why so many Russians believe that corruption is a permanent fixture of their society and why a “good tsar” is best to lead their country. We will understand better the role of language, religion, and history in modern Russia.”

Educational Texts: The Russians by Hendrick Smith; Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russiaby Orlando Figes; and The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich (The Squabble)by Nikolai Gogol.
As well as: Lefty by Nikolai Leskov; The Bronze Horseman by Alexander Pushkin; The Twelve, by Alexander Blok; and Heart of a Dog, by Mikhail Bulgakov.

Thoughts of the week:

11/03/2011 § Leave a comment


Its not easy realising that you can never be happy in any one place.


I was talking ‘culture’ with someone the other day.
She thought it was knowing your history.
And I said that I had though it was so much more.
I said it was manerisms, cusine, the little things, the practical things.. I halted after I heard myself say
‘its part of your presence.’

Doesnt that sum it up nicely?

It seems innate, out of control and ephemral, all at the same time.


If the cycle of life states: you have to loose in order to recieve
then it seems that you have to loose some of one presence to gain some of another.

..that seems reasonable.

But then that also means that if you gain some of one kind of presence then you also have to….
it means you loose some of the original kind of presence.

..and that seems unfair.



Fringe Festival 2011

21/02/2011 § Leave a comment

If you are in Auckland there are meny exciting things happening there within the next month. Here are some on the Lost and Found topic:

Fri 25 Feb – Sun 13 March

“Ruru will navigate the urban environment and roost in various locations. Illusion of Displacement is an interplay between urban and nature, ephemerality and structure, time and space…” –

“The Ruru is a watchful guardian. Ruru will navigate the urban environment watching, prevailing, collecting, projecting. Roosting in various locations. Open yourself to chance sightings or try and track them on the web. Illusion of Displacement is an interplay between urban and nature, ephemerality and structure, time and space.” –

click on the burd to go their website > > > > > >> > > >

Sat 26th Feb 10am – 4pm
Mangere Arts Centre

I would love to see how Pigs are comment on influences of different cultures in Mangere. As I won’t be able to attend, if anyone could contribute photos of this event that would be great!

“Pig is an offensive word for an unpleasant, greedy or dirty person. Pig reflects on the European’s influences and different cultures, values and tradition. Pig can also be seen in slavery and imprisonment. This new work by Kalisolaite ‘Uhila deals with connecting with people, individuals and cultures.” –

Fri 25 Feb – Sun 13 March







Tiffany Singh’s work collaborates with the community at different locations throughout the city through the making of ‘thought flags’.

Supporting Organisations:

  • Artstation
  • Depot Artspace Devonport
  • Te Karanga Gallery
  • Verona Cafe
  • Avondale Markets
  • Mangere Markets
  • Auckland Fringe Festival
  • First Thursdays K rd.
    Flags will also be made in Albert Park & The Domain

Fri 25 Feb 12pm or 7pm

” The performers explore their own experiences of journeys in all their forms: real, imagined, internal and life journey. A common thread begins to emerge that binds members of the group, but ultimately everyone is travelling on their own journey. With original music composed by the group and Flying Dance, this promises to be an intriguing and moving piece of theatre.” –

Fri 25 Feb – Sun 13 March
Te Karanga Gallery (K Rd)

Other inspiring links from this festival:

The Herd

01/02/2011 § Leave a comment

“The Herd are an Australian hip hop outfit from Sydney. Unusual for a hip-hop outfit they have a full band format which permits more dynamic live shows. The Herd are composed of MCs Ozi BatlaUrthboy and BerzerkatronUnkle Ho (beats), Traksewt(piano accordion, clarinet and beats), Sulo (beats and guitar), Toe-fu (guitar), Rok Poshtya (bass) and singer Jane Tyrrell. Their songs often feature politically-oriented lyrics.


Traksewt (Kenny Sabir)
Rok Poshtya (Dale Harrison)
Ozi Batla (Shannon Kennedy)
Urthboy (Tim Levinson)
Unkle Ho (Kaho Cheung)
Toe-Fu (Byron Williams)
Sulo (Richard Tamplenizza)
Jane Tyrrell

The Herd’s first single to attract Triple J airplay was Scallops in 2001, a song about ordering food at a take-away shop. Later tracks included “77%” which featured the line ‘77% of Aussies are racist’, referring to the number of Australians announced in a survey that agreed with the Australian Federal Government’s response to the Tampa affair, and Burn Down the Parliament, which was to be interpreted metaphorically, but was released the same week as the Canberra bushfires of 2003.”

Source: Wikipedia!

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The Trip Series: In Flight

31/01/2011 § Leave a comment

Last page of Aeroflot magazine.

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Russia's national airline publishing mistakes mid air...

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