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Curriculum Vitae

 

Curriculum Vitae

2016

bookwork
Wrong In The World vol IV
Boat Dates
writing
Review: Free Happiness, Pantograph Punch, 15.08.2016 http://pantograph-punch.com/post/review-free-happiness
brokering
Whau Community Arts Broker, an intitiative to support temporary arts activations in the Whau area, supported by the Whau Local Board. Auckland Council
research
Lead Researcher, On Converstion, A collaboration between the Performance Ethics Working Group, University Without Conditions and Te Tuhi as part of the Share/Cheat/Unite exhibition
boat dates, an ongoing collaboration with Christina Houghton
film
Controlled Environment Laboratory film in development. www.melissalaing.com/climatelabs

2015 bookwork
Wrong In The World vol I - III
writing
'Being here, with you' in Unstuck in Time, Te Tuhi, Auckland
'Out at Sea' Pantograph Punch, 04/06/2015 http://pantograph-punch.com/post/Out-at%20Sea-On-Taking-a-Year-off-and-Building-a-Boat
'Displacing, Detaching: Good and Bad Refugees in Fortress NZ', Pantograph Punch 16.09.2015 http://pantograph-punch.com/post/displacing-detaching-fortress-nz
conference paper
Whau King Awe Some, presented at Cities in a Climate of Change: Public Art, Environmental and Social Ecologies, IAPA Conference 2015, Auckland, New Zealand
brokering
Whau Community Arts Broker, an intitiative to support temporary arts activations in the Whau area, supported by the Whau Local Board. Auckland Council
lecturing
Guest lecture, performance studies paper, School of Art and Design, Auckland University of Technology
Guest lecture, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
film
Reduction, https://vimeo.com/142360327
Controlled Environment Laboratory film in development. www.melissalaing.com/climatelabs
2014 brokering
Whau Community Arts Broker, an intitiative to support temporary arts activations in the Whau area, supported by the Whau Local Board. Auckland Council
festival
a facilitated discusion and launch of Episode 1 of the Performance Ethics Working Group Podcasts at The Festival of Uncertainty, organised by Feasting House at the Old Folks Ass. - Auckland - New Zealand
exhibition
The Daily Hansard at Between the Tides - organised by jersey - Westmere Beach - Auckland - New Zealand
bookwork
Climate Laboratory Newsletter, Laing Publishing, Auckland
podcasts
Episodes 1 - 9 of the Performance Ethics Working Group, published by the University Without Conditions. Re-issued by The Big Idea.
writing

“Slippery Questions: Ethics in Art”, Pantograph Punch 14/10/2014 http://pantograph-punch.com/slippery-questions-the-role-of-ethics-in-art/
"Negotiating Consent" Artists Alliance Blog, 9/9/2014 http://artistsallianceblog.com/2014/09/09/melissa-laing-negotiating-consent/
research
Lead researcher for the Performance Ethics Working Group, an interview based reasearch project into ethics and contemporary performance, dance, theatre and live art. University Without Conditions. http://universitywithoutconditions.ac.nz/?page_id=201
Member of Dissenting Histories, a gathering of people interested in highlighting New Zealand's histories of activism and how they inflect our present.
conference paper
Performance Art, Audience Agency and the Institutional Desire for Advance Disclosure of Potential Harm, presented at the Cultural Studies Association Australasia (CSAA) Conference 2014, Wollongong, Australia
film
Auckland Action Against Poverty Mangere Impact 2nd day video
Controlled Environment Laboratory film in development. www.melissalaing.com/climatelabs

2013 exhibition
Hither and Thither, curated by Claudia Arozquet, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
bookwork
These undesirable immigrants, lunatics, people on these boats. we do not want these people to come - and I make no apology for it, 2013. Risograph printed by Index Ltd, 12 pages 297 x 210 mm
residency and open studio

July, Rumpus Room, Melbourne, Australia
feature
Commonly Occurring: A Guide for Airport Incident Spotters, Pantograph Punch, March 2013
http://pantograph-punch.com/commonly-occurring-a-guide-for-airport-incident-spotters/
performance

dull, dull, dull. Interesting people talk about boring things curated by Bronwyn Bent, Auckland Fringe Festival
research
Lead researcher for the Performance Ethics Working Group, an interview based reasearch project into ethics and contemporary performance, dance, theatre and live art. University Without Conditions. http://universitywithoutconditions.ac.nz/?page_id=201

Member of Dissenting Histories, a gathering of people interested in highlighting New Zealand's histories of activism and how they inflect our present.
2012 edited book
978-0-9864650-5-5, edited by Melissa Laing, with essays by Melissa Laing and Sarah Laing and artworks by Tessa Laird, Taarati Taiaroa, Jennifer French and Asumi Mizou. Published by ST PAUL St Publishing, December 2012
bookwork
Commonly Occurring, limited edition publication, Laing Publishing
curatorial

Assembly, co curated with Charlotte Huddleston and Vera Mey, ST PAUL St Gallery One, 16 April - 11 May
New Work For Screen: Air New Zealand Inflight Entertainment, http://www.colab.org.nz/node/1027
writing
Exhibition text for What do you mean we?, Te Tuhi, Auckland, curated by Bruce Phillip.
conference presentations
Why don't we talk more often?: Points of Convergence Between Visual and Performing Arts Spaces, 2012 AAANZ Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia. Convened by Melissa Laing and Damian Lentini. http://aaanz.info/aaanz-home/conferences/2012_conference/
research
Lead researcher for the Performance Ethics Working Group, an interview based reasearch project into ethics and contemporary performance, dance, theatre and live art. University Without Conditions. http://universitywithoutconditions.ac.nz/?page_id=201
fellowships
Research Fellowship to undertake research in the Public Art Development Trust Archive, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK
2011 curatorial
Print Season 2011 - ST PAUL St Gallery Three - Auckland - New Zealand - Febuary 24 - April 30
conference presentations
Contesting the national identity with the movement of your body - Postcolonial Studies Research Network Conference - Citizenship in an Era of Global Crisis - University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
The fictional and aesthetic characteristic of politics. The political act of the arts. - Contact - AAANZ 2011 annual conference - University of Victoria - Wellington - New Zealand
The systemic violence of politics - Two performance works that examine Australia's election rhetoric and asylum seeker policy, 6th ECPR General Conference, University of Iceland, 25th - 27th Aug, 2011. Section: Politics and the Arts in a Time of Crisis and Anxiety, Panel: Senses of violence?
writing
Melissa Laing: Peter Simpson, Fantastica: The World of Leo Bensemann, New Zealand Books, A Quarterly Review, Volume 21, Number 2, Issue 94, Winter 2011
In My Empty House: Ruark Lewis with Loma Bridge, Studies in Material Thinking Volume 5 (2011), (Im)materialising Time, ISSN 1177-6234
lecturing
Guest lecturer - Product department - School of Art and Design - AUT University - Auckland - New Zealand
Lecturer - Visual Arts Theory and Professional Practice - School of Art and Design - AUT University - Auckland - New Zealand
Lecturer - Contextual Studies - Manukau School of Visual Arts - Auckland - New Zealand
collaborations
Manifesto's for thinking and living - Sarah and Melissa Laing - for: Make Something - a collection of collaboration - Auckland - New Zealand
2010 solo exhibitions
a small metal pin, a piece of rubber, a section of metal pipe with securing nut, two red engine plugs and red ribbon, a reverse thruster hatch stopper bush, some down strapping, a signal horn, a piece of brake lining, a screwdriver, a broken omni directional threshold light, multiple bird, bat and turtle carcasses, a plastic water bottle, a block of wood, a beer can and a piece of paper - Blue Oyster - Dunedin - New Zealand
group exhibitions
The Weeds drawing project - a drawing exchange between the Manukau School of Visual Arts - Auckland - New Zealand & Newcastle University - NSW - Australia
Between the Tides - organised by jersey - Westmere Beach - Auckland - New Zealand

curatorial
Sculpture Season 2010 - ST PAUL St Gallery Three - Auckland - New Zealand - Febuary 11 - May 01
In My Empty House - Ruark Lewis with Loma Bridge - ST PAUL St Gallery One - Auckland - New Zealand
Bricolage Disco - Wade Marynowsky - ST PAUL St Gallery Two - Auckland New Zealand
writing
Dk'D, Catalogue text for Dk'D - exhibition catalogue for Dk'd - an exhibition by Jersey at Artstation - Auckland - New Zealand
Managing Our Fear of Disaster Through Simulation, Catalogue text on Simon Glaister for the exhibition ‘I try to help them give form to the many options available to them.’ curated by Daniel Munn at A Centre For Art - Auckland - New Zealand
Into a Void - in Revolutions per Minute - a catalogue on the work of Paul Cullen - Narrow Guage & Paul Cullen (forthcoming)
reviews
JOHANNES KLABBERS - Not the void exactly: Species of Spaces - Art Monthly Australia (#229, May 2010) PDF
lecturing
Guest lecturer - Product department - School of Art and Design - AUT University - Auckland - New Zealand
Guest lecturer - Sculpture department - School of Art and Design - AUT University - Auckland - New Zealand
Lecturer - Contextual Studies - Manukau School of Visual Arts - Auckland - New Zealand
2009 group exhibitions
Species of Space - Westspace - Melbourne - Australia
Between the Tides - organised by jersey - Westmere Beach - Auckland - New Zealand
festivals
Sydney Festival First Night - performer in The Hoofer by the Fondue Set - Sydney - Australia
publications
Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergence - Proceedings of the 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art (CIHA) - Miegunyah Press - Melbourne University - Australia
conference presentations
Managing Our Fear of Disaster Through Simulation - AAANZ: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference - ANU - Canberra - 26 to 28 November 2009 - Session 15: Real Emergency: Art And The Crises Of The Contemporary World
Museums in Transit: An Examination of the Growing Collaboration Between Museums and Airports - AAANZ: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference - ANU - Canberra - 26 to 28 November 2009 - Contemporary Space in Crisis
2008 solo exhibitions
Melissa Laing : Thirty Two Heavy - PhD degree show - SCA Galleries - University of Sydney - Australia
festivals
Underbelly - Limn file presents Banal Peepshow Obsession - Carriageworks - Sydney - Australia
presentations
Crossing Cultures - 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art (CIHA) - University of Melbourne, Australia
tertiary qualifications
PhD - Sydney College of the Arts - University of Sydney - Australia - awarded December 2008
2007 group exhibitions
Postgraduate Degree Show - Sydney College of the Arts - Sydney - Australia
Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize 07 - At the Vanishing Point - Sydney - Australia
Limn file : exhibition two - High St Project - Christchurch - New Zealand
Limn file : exhibition one - China Heights - Sydney - Australia
Drawing Show - Peloton - Sydney - Australia
performances
A Turbulent Mind - Direction and Sound: Melissa Laing - Performance: Paul Gonzalez and Nick Nestorovski - Night time #1 - A night of short works - Performance Space - Sydney - Australia
Happiness in two parts - video with live monologue - Vive le Bonheur - Workshop Showroom - Sydney - Australia
publications
Z/X - Contemporary Landscapes - Issue 3
presentations
PhD and Academic Staff Seminar Series - Sydney College of the Arts - Sydney - Australia
tertiary qualifications
PhD candidate - Sydney College of the Arts - University of Sydney - Australia
lecturing
Experimental Drawing - Sydney College of the Arts - Sydney - Australia
residencies
Trinity Grammar School - Sydney - Australia
collectives
Limn file
2006
group exhibitions
Post it - Peloton Gallery - Sydney - Australia
JOC Jewelry Out Of Context - The Muse - Sydney - Australia
publications
Jewellery out of Context : An exhibition of New Zealand artists - First Edition Ltd - Wellington - 2006 - ISBN 1-877391-46-8
"Liminal Art in the Transit Zone", an short excursion published in Philament - an online postgraduate journal : http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/publications/philament/issue9_contents.htm
presentations
2006 AAANZ conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Trans : A visual culture conference, Universtiy of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Critical Animals - Creative Research Symposium - The University of Newcastle - Australia
PhD and Academic Staff Seminar Series - Sydney College of the Arts - Sydney - Australia
projects
Shopping Mall (2002)  also titled Teil 6 - 2.30 min section of Track 2 from - Trip - remix your experience - a visual music-film with live performance which was shot over 4  years in 12 countries and incorporates 4 feature-length films, 36 directors and 14 musicians. Directed by Frank Otto and Bernt Koehler-Adams - Premiered Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan - Hamburg Film Festival 2005 - European premiere, 59th Festival de Cannes, Marché du Film, 2006 - Toured Germany 2006. www.tripmovie.de
tertiary qualifications
PhD candidate - Sydney College of the Arts - University of Sydney - Australia
Collectives
Limn file
2005 group exhibitions
Quinta-essentia - PPg Gallery - Auckland - New Zealand
Armchair Collective - Newspace - Sydney - Australia
residencies/scholarships
University Postgraduate Award - University of Sydney - 2005 - 2007
tertiary qualifications
PhD candidate - Sydney College of the Arts - University of Sydney - Australia
2004 solo exhibitions
A video, a tent and accessories - Rm 103 - Auckland - New Zealand
group exhibitions

Tourist City - Kulturzentrum Schlachthof - Bremen - Germany
tertiary qualifications
Masters candidate - Sydney College of the Arts - University of Sydney - Australia (subsequently changed to Phd candidature)
2003 solo exhibitions
Harbouring I by Tentline - Damm4 - Vienna - Austria
Transit Survival 1 - Blick Box - Berlin - Germany
Shifted Rotating Door - Mercer Union - Toronto - Canada
group exhibitions

International Stopover - Pugh Pugh Barney McGrew Cuthbert Dibble Grubb - Berlin - Germany
Experimental - Museu de Arte Contemporãnea do Ceará - Fortaleza Ceará - Brazil
Surviving Berlin - Jewelbox Projektraum - Berlin - Germany
artist run initiatives
Blick-Box - Co-curator - Friedrichshain - Berlin - Germany
2002 solo exhibitions
The City’s Open Spaces - Einsichten Ausblicke - Display Window - Kastanienallee - Berlin - Germany
Untitled - Einsichten Ausblicke - Display Window - Kastanienallee - Berlin - Germany
group exhibitions

Sempur Sursam - Te Manawa - Palmerston North - New Zealand
Ritual Comforters - Collaborative exhibition with Robyn Laing - High St Project - Christchurch - New Zealand
publications
Physics Room Year Book - Physics Room - New Zealand
artist run initiatives
Einsichten Ausblicke - Co-curator - Kastanienallee Berlin - Germany
2001 solo exhibitions
Epic(2) - Physics Room - Christchurch - New Zealand
group exhibitions
Starting Now - Four gallery exhibition - Sixty4Steps - Toronto - Canada
Hide and Seek - Villa Weiner - Ochtrup - Germany
Goggle Box - Light Box - Auckland - New Zealand
residencies/scholarships
Goethe Institute - Scholarship for Language and Cultural Exchange - Berlin - Germany
Huygens Scholarship - Postgraduate Study in the Netherlands - Dutch Art Institute - Enschede - The Netherlands
tertiary qualifications
One year of postgraduate study - Dutch Art Institute - The Netherlands
2000 solo exhibitions
The Interior, The Trace - rm212 - Auckland - New Zealand
Epic/Episch - Video Screening - Basis Wien - Vienna - Austria
group exhibitions

Rezone: Our Generation - Central Post Office - Auckland - New Zealand
Traces - ASA Gallery - Auckland - New Zealand
Open Studios - Artists in Residence House - Vienna - Austria
Up and Coming - Articule Gallery - Montreal - Canada
residencies/scholarships
Artist's Residency - Federal Chancellery of Austria & UNESCO-ASHBERG Bursaries for Artists - Vienna - Austria
publications
Log Illustrated - Lest We Forget - Issue 11 - New Zealand - 2000 - ISSN 11742216
artist run initiatives
Rezone - Co-curator - An ongoing public art exhibition project - Auckland - New Zealand - 1998 to 2000
1999 solo exhibitions
He regarded the elements of fiction as the cards in the pack. They were always all there. There was no surprise; solitaire always came out if you cheated - Lift Space - High Street Project - Christchurch - New Zealand
group exhibitions
reAnimator - rm3 - Auckland - New Zealand
Fairytale - Centre for Metamedia-Plasy - Czech Republic
We Really Care - rm3 photography show - rm3 - Auckland - New Zealand
Inappropriate Occupations and Transient Preservations: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - Public Art Project - Rezone - Auckland - New Zealand
residencies/scholarships
Artist's Residency - Centre for Metamedia-Plasy - Czech Republic
publications
Fairy-tales - Exhibition Catalogue - Centre for Metamedia-Plasy - Czech Republic
Gal, Violet Faigan - the Pander online edition (exhibition review)
1998 solo exhibitions
Always a Body : Always a Dame - Mt Roskill Library - Auckland - New Zealand
Small Change - Lift Space - High Street Project - Auckland - New Zealand
group exhibitions
Group Show - ASA Gallery - Auckland - New Zealand
Rezone 3 - Grey Ave Car Park - Auckland - New Zealand
Rezone 1 - Portage Rd - Auckland - New Zealand
1997 solo exhibitions
Retract - rm3 - Auckland - New Zealand
group exhibitions
The Polaroid Show - High Street Project - Christchurch - New Zealand
a/v - Moving Image Show - Pilot Project Room - Auckland - New Zealand
intercourses - Pilot Project Room - Auckland - New Zealand
tertiary qualifications
1995 - 7 - Bachelor of Visual Arts - Auckland Institute of Technology - New Zealand
1994 tertiary qualifications
Certificate in Intermediate Studies - ASA School of Art - Auckland - New Zealand

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