Current Research

Edited Publications

  • Christina Houghton, Melissa Laing and Becca Wood (eds) 2021, About Walking. 15 months of artist walks in Tāmaki Auckland, (Auckland: Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery)
  • Negotiating Conversational Frequency, Performance Ethics Working Group Report July 2017, (Auckland: University Without Conditions)
  • Melissa Laing (ed) 2012, 978-0-9864650-5-5 (Auckland: ST PAUL St Publishing)

Catalogue Texts

  • Some parallel discussions in Bruce E. Phillips (ed) 2019 Share/Cheat/Unite vol 4, (Auckland: Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts)
  •  ‘Being here, with you’ in Rebecca Lal (ed) Unstuck in Time: After 2015 (Auckland: Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts)
  • Under a Flag, in Bruce E. Phillips and Rebecca Lal (eds) 2012 What do You Mean We?, (Auckland: Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts)
  •  ‘Introduction’ and ‘Negotiating an ethical commons of expression’ in Melissa Laing (ed) 2012, 978-0-9864650-5-5 (Auckland: ST PAUL St Publishing)
  • Into a void, text for Revolutions per Minute, a book on the work of Paul Cullen, 2011 (Auckland: Narrow Gauge)
  • 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 2010 at A Centre For Art
  • Strategic Suspensions in Dabek, R. (ed) 2009 Species of Space, exhibition catalogue for the exhibition Species of Space at West Space, Melbourne

Focus Groups

  • Artists have your say on the Review of the Copyright Act, Facilitated by Melissa Laing with collaborators ST PAUL St Gallery Three, 2019
  • Navigating Conversational Frequency, On Conversation, a research residency at Te Tuhi Gallery, Auckland, 2016

Magazine Articles and Reviews

Performance Ethics Working Group Publications

Academic Publications

  • Shaking the snow-globe and changing the city in Cameron Catiere and Leon Tan (eds.) Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm, Routledge, 2020
  • Airport Art and Uniqueness of Place in Linda L. Lowry (ed) The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism, 2017 SAGE
  • In My Empty House, Studies in Material Thinking, Volume 05, 2011, (Im)materialising Time
  • Air Travel and Omnipresent Disaster, Published in Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergence – 2009 – Proceedings of the 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art (CIHA) – Miegunyah Press – Melbourne University – Australia
  • Through the Transit Zone : between here and there, PhD Thesis, Melissa Laing, 2008
  • Liminal Art in the Transit Zone, Published in Philament an online journal of the arts and culture, vol 9, 2006

Unpublished Talks and Conference Papers

  • A Requiem for the TWA Terminal, Requiem for an Airport, CIty Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, 3 December 2020
  • Whau King Awe Some, presented at Cities in a Climate of Change: Public Art, Environmental and Social Ecologies, IAPA Conference, Auckland, New Zealand 2015
  • Performance Art, Audience Agency and the Institutional Desire for Advance Disclosure of Potential Harm, presented at the Cultural Studies Association Australasia (CSAA) Conference, Wollongong, Australia, 2014
  • Performing Assembly, Together<>Apart, AAANZ Annual Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, 2012
  • 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, 2011
  • The fictional and aesthetic characteristic of politics. The political act of the arts. Contact, AAANZ 2011 annual conference, University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand, 2011
  • The systemic violence of politics, Two performance works that examine Australia’s election rhetoric and asylum seeker policy, paper presented at the 6th ECPR General Conference, University of Iceland, (25th – 27th Aug. 2011), Session: Politics and the Arts in a Time of Crisis and Anxiety, Panel: Senses of violence?, 2011
  • Curating Print, paper presented at the Print Symposium 2011, 15, 16 April, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealan, 2011
  • Museums in Transit: An Examination of the Growing Collaboration Between Museums and Airports, Presented at the AAANZ: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference – ANU – Canberra – 26 to 28 November 2009 – Contemporary Space in Crisis
  • Managing Our Fear of Disaster Through Simulation, Presented at the 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
  • Considering the Border (Art) of the Transit Zone, Presented at the Trans : A Visual Culture Conference – University of Wisconsin – Madison – 2006
  • The Transit Zone : Excluded Space and Art, Presented at the AAANZ: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference – Monash University Melbourne – 2006