Resetting the Coordinates

An anthology of performance art in Aotearoa New Zealand

Edited by Christopher Braddock, Ioana Gordon-Smith, Layne Waerea and Victoria Wynne-Jones

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A history of performance art

The first anthology/reader of performance art of Aotearoa New Zealand, Resetting the Coordinates offers a lively, 50-year critical survey of Aotearoa New Zealand’s globally unique performance art scene. 

From the post-object and performance art of the late 1960s to the rich vein of Māori and Pacific performance art from the early 1990s, its 18 chapters by researchers and practitioners is a major reference for art and performance communities of New Zealand, Australia and further afield. 

It discusses the influential work of Jim Allen, Phil Dadson, Peter Roche and Linda Buis, performance art initiatives in post-earthquake Christchurch and queer performance art, among many other topics. 

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  • CATEGORY: Art, design and architecture
  • ISBN: 9781991016546
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 12/09/2024
  • PAGE EXTENT: 392
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Christopher Braddock, artist and writer, is professor of visual arts in the School of Art & Design, Auckland University of Technology.

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Ioana Gordon-Smith (New Zealand/Sāmoa) is an arts writer and curator.

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Layne Waerea (Ngāti Wāhiao, Ngāti Kahungunu) is a Tāmaki Makaurau-based artist and educator.

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Victoria Wynne-Jones is an art historian and curator, and an honorary research fellow in art history at the University of Auckland.