All There Is Left Public Programme

City Gallery Wellington
Friday 19 July, 6pm

Lieko Shiga lives and works in Kitakama, Japan, a seaside village that was destroyed in the 2011 tsunami. Her photographic project RASEN KAIGAN (THE SPIRAL SHORE) has been conceptualised in the wake of this disaster. In this lecture Shiga draws on stories and narratives excerpted from a novel-in-progress that will eventually act as a literary framework for the photographic series.

Lieko Shiga’s lecture is co-hosted with City Gallery Wellington.

Friday 9 August – Saturday 10 August, 2013

A symposium bringing together artists, architects and designers to present projects that imaginatively reflect on the consequences of natural disaster.

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Keynote Lecture
Seismicity: Lebbeus Woods and Architecture’s Fault Lines
Joseph Becker, Assistant Curator Architecture and Design, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Friday 9 August, 6pm
Lecture Theatre VSLT1/2
Faculty of Architecture and Design, Te Aro Campus
139 Vivian Street, Wellington

Architect Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012) dedicated his career to probing architecture’s potential to transform the individual and the collective. His influence on the field of architecture over the past three decades is perhaps unmatched, despite the few built projects to his name. His legacy is felt not only through his impeccably produced graphite and ink drawings and exquisite models, but also through his collaborations and writings, teaching, lecturing, and his unwavering desire to explore the boundaries of architectural practice. His work presents an original perspective on the built environment — one that holds high regard for humanity’s ability to resist, respond, and create in adverse conditions. “Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules,” he once said. Woods was interested in what architecture could become, and spent his life’s work posing questions and probing the potentials.

Becker co-curated the exhibition Lebbeus Woods, Architect, which opened in SFMoMA in February 2013.

Joseph Becker’s visit is funded by New Zealand Institute of Architects. His lecture in Wellington is co-hosted with the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington.

Day Symposium

The aim is not to disturb the stability, but to provide strategies for adaptation when transformation occurs. Even more, [to] celebrate change and the energies driving it, as the essence of existence.
Lebbeus Woods

Sparked by the example of visionary ‘paper’ architect Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012), this symposium invites artists, designers and architects to present their thoughts and projects in response to natural disaster and its consequences. Rather than dwell on pragmatic solutions to restore equilibrium, speakers will explore the imaginative potential unleashed by hidden forces. If Woods is correct in thinking that change is the ‘essence of existence’ then in what way does this precariousness impact relations between nature and society? How might it require us to recast our thinking about history or renegotiate our approaches to loss and reconstruction?

Saturday 10 August, 10am-6pm

Adam Art Gallery and Allan McDiarmid Building, Room 101
Victoria University of Wellington
Access via Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Wellington

10.00 Coffee and late registration, Adam Art Gallery

11.00 Christina Barton (Director, Adam Art Gallery), Welcome and introduction to All There Is Left

11.20 John Walsh (New Zealand Institute of Architects), Help: in theory and practice

11.45 Ian Athfield (architect), The Purgatory of Christchurch

12.15 Andrew Just and Barnaby Bennett (Christchurch-based architects), Amenity, plus opportunity, plus…

12.45 Lunch in the new Kelburn Campus Hub, provided by VicBooks

1.30 Gavin Hipkins (artist), The Quarry

2.00 Simon Twose (Victoria University of Wellington) and Camia Young (Christchurch-based architect), Studio Christchurch Summer School 2013: The Green Frame

2.30 Jeanette Budgett (Unitec), The Unstable City

3.00 Afternoon tea

3.30 Philippe Campays (Victoria University of Wellington) with postgraduate architectural students Nigel Hughes, Erika Wilson, Vikram Jayawant, and Sigourney Lowel, Spatial Markers (Collective Memory)

4.00 Sarah Treadwell (University of Auckland), Five Drawings

4.30 Responses from visiting curator Joseph Becker and Michelle Menzies (Curator, Adam Art Gallery)

5.00 Drinks at the Adam Art Gallery for a final viewing of All There Is Left

Simon Wilson, editor of Metro magazine participates throughout the day. Wilson is the author of Anger and Hope: The Battle to Build the City We Deserve (Metro, June 2013), on the Auckland Unitary Plan. (read online or download)

After the Event is organised by Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, in association with the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, with funding from the New Zealand Institute of Architects

$20 waged, $15 Students & unwaged

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For further information please contact Michelle Menzies:

Adam Art Gallery
Victoria University of Wellington
Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
PO Box 600
New Zealand 6140
Tuesday–Sunday, 11am-5pm