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One Day Sculpture - Intertidal

Lookup NU author(s): Neil Bromwich


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Intertidal consisted of two works by artist collaborations that took place on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua, the largest island in Otago Harbour, close to the city of Dunedin. Ferried to the Island by Sea Cadets, artists and visitors alike enacted an expedition as ethnographers andstorytellers. The island became a ground for their shared experiences; examined and experienced at various points, and in all the spaces in-between. Neil Bromwich and Zoe Walker’s work The Cave of Hope was a performance which took place in a rocky cavern on the edge of the water; a littoral zone between time and tide, fact and fiction. Taking as a starting point the Scottish story of Robert the Bruce’s epiphanic encounter with a spider that serves to explain the maxim: "If at first you don't succeed, try again", the artists created a platform to generate new histories through the exchange of personal stories with a stream of visitors to the cave. For Discover, Adam Hyde and Douglas Bagnall set out to uncover a new species of seaweed. Drawing on nineteenth century botanical and ethnographic research methods that involved collecting, carefully observing and illustrating, their work formed questions around the ever-present potential for new knowledge.

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Bromwich N; Walker Z; Bagnall D; Hyde A

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2009

Number of Pieces: 2

Venue: New Zealand Wide

Location: Quarantine Island, Dunedin

Source Publication Date: June 2008 - June 2009

Media of Output: Sculpture, Performance, Public Event,


Notes: Intertidal Commissioned by Blue Oyster Arts Trust Project Curators: Caroline McCaw and Rachel Gillies One day Sculpture was developed by David Cross, Director of the Litmus Research Initiative, Wellington, and Claire Doherty (of UK-based organization Situations) as Curatorial Director, the continuing series explores contemporary art’s changing relationship to questions of time, space and place; spectacle and event; performativity and duration; and the logic and unfixing of monuments and public memory – terms that were explored in the related symposium ‘On Art, Time and Place’ in March. Citations One Day Sculpture Book, - New Zealand. Co-edited by David Cross, Associate Professor in Fine Art at Massey University, Wellington and Claire Doherty, Director of Situations at the University of the West of England, Bristol. published by Kerber November 2009 (p116-125) ISBN 978-3-86678-33-1 Frieze Magazine - One day Sculpture by Max Delany, Issue 124, June-August 2009 Other commissioned artists include - Thomas Hirschhorn, Roman Ondák, Paola Pivi, Santiago Sierra, Superflex, Rirkrit Tiravanija,