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Is Art our New Language?

1 July 2005

Is Art our New Language?

Artists and educators come together to debate the role of art and technology in the education system in the latest exhibition at the Artstation Gallery.

Between Two Worlds examines the rise of new visual communication methods and looks at how they are used in the learning process to ask: “is art our new language?”

A number of speakers will discuss the issue, including artists who will show their work and educators who will consider how technology and the visual arts can enhance learning.

In a unique move, the debate will be filmed and the recording will form part of the overall exhibition, which features work by numerous different artists.

Those taking part in the debate include James Charlton, Jacqui Clarke, Blair Giles, Maggie Gresson, Anne Mason, Donna Tupaea and Kathy Waghorn.

The organiser of the event, Liz Stevenson, says the conversation is open to the audience and she encourages members of the public to come along and participate.

”Everyone has a story to tell about their own education and this discussion should be both informative and exciting. We are now learning and communicating in much more visual and multi-dimensional ways and our educational institutions have to catch up,” Ms Stevenson says.

She hopes the conversation will shed light on new ways in which schools can operate.

The diverse and exciting exhibition of participants’ art, which accompanies and informs the live debate, includes painting, sculpture, architecture, time-based art and graphic design.

The Between Two Worlds exhibition features:
- A live recording of the debate on art and education, which will replay on a large screen as part of the exhibition

- Donna Tupaea’s tactile paintings, which explore gender expression and social order by referencing hei tiki, kowhaiwhai patterns and raranga (weaving)

- James Charlton’s ‘LOST’ — a scripted balloon that floats and changes in digital space

- Charlotte Graham’s ‘Ko te Tua Tahi’ a treaty-chalkboard painting, that examines how and why Maori are failing in the school system

- ‘Barcode Babies’, an installation by Liz Stevenson featuring 1000 second hand children’s shoes to comment on education in the industrial era.

The exhibition is part of ULearn International Education Conference: Sky City Conference Centre, Auckland NZ.

The live debate on art in education will take place from 3.15pm to 4.45pm on Monday 11 July and the exhibition runs from 12 July to 15 July.

Between Two Worlds exhibition information:
Organisers: Liz Stevenson and the 2K4 e-fellows
Speakers include: James Charlton, Jacqui Clarke, Blair Giles, Maggie Gresson, Anne Mason, Donna Tupaea and Kathy Waghorn
Exhibition: 12 – 15 July 2005
Opening and Event: 3.15pm - 4.45pm, Monday 11 July 2005

Artstation, Auckland City’s community visual arts facility, is located at the old police barracks at 1 Ponsonby Rd, Newton. It is easy to get to by public transport with the Link’s ‘Artstation’ bus stop right outside.

For more information, please contact Artstation on:
Phone: (09) 376 3221
Web address:
Artstation gallery hours: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm
Sat 10am to 4pm


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