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Objectspace National Symposium on Craft, Applied Art and Design

Event / 26 August 2016

Objectspace National Craft, Applied Art and Design Symposium

Join Objectspace and Auckland Museum for a two-day national symposium exploring the state of contemporary practice in the fields of craft, applied art and design. International speakers will be joined by a range of local voices discussing the forces of most influence on making today. 

Full programme download available here:


Object Unrest: Auckland Museum Smart Talk in collaboration with Objectspace

On the subject of how objects, artefacts and making practices contribute to, and tell the story of manifestations of unrest, change, upheaval and activism. 

Bookings required: 

Saturday August 27, 10am

Objectspace National Craft, Applied Art and Design Symposium
Auckland Museum, Auditorium, Level 1

10am opening remarks: Kim Paton, Director Objectspace

10.15am: Keynote 1 / Misun Rheem (Sth Korea)
Shaped by the impact of the colonisation and post-colonisation process, curator Misun Rheem’s keynote maps the contemporary situation for craft based practice in South Korea. Traditional art forms and histories of making practice, diminished throughout a period of modernisation reside today in the present but demand re-thinking and a re-imagination.

Misun Rheem graduated from the department of ceramics in the Hong-ik University with a master's degree in crafts and design and has a PhD in Art Criticism. She is now working as director of the Made in Korea-craft, a major touring exhibition throughout cities in Sth Korea. 

Misun’s travel to New Zealand is supported by Asia New Zealand Foundation

11am: Panel discussion / Object_Memory_Archive: art histories, formal knowledge and the power and problem of what we remember
Panelists including art historian Barbara Garrie, curator Sean Mallon and artist Julia Holderness will examine accepted methodologies for recording art histories and material culture.

11.50am: Keynote 2 / Goliath Dyèvre (France)
Designer Goliath Dyèvre will present on the nature of his own journey as an object designer and the paradoxical nature of this kind of work. Situated within an international industrial design practice Dyèvre’s presentation addresses his own uncertainties and questions about the responsibilities designers face located within consumer-based contemporary society.

Since his degree at ENSCI he has been the recipient of several prizes including the Cin na contest, The Jardin, the Agora Bordeaux and The International City of Aubusson tapestry. Dyèvre has been awarded several fellowships, including CRAFT of Limoges and Villa Kujo yama Japan, and regularly works with major companies such as Hermes.

Goliath is in New Zealand as part of the Te Ataata residency at Colab, funded by Auckland University of Technology and the Cultural Office of the French Embassy in New Zealand.

12.30pm: Break
Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be served in the auditorium entranceway

1.20pm: Blumhardt Foundation announcement  
The Blumhardt Foundation is New Zealand's only charitable trust dedicated to contemporary craft/object art. Trustees Kaye McKinlay & Philip Clarke announce the Foundation's exciting new five year programme of support for the New Zealand craft/object art sector. 

1.40pm: Practice / Practise: 5 perspectives on making now
An individual's creative practice is situated within a local and global context of change, disruption and upheaval (culture, economy, gender, politics, environment). We hear perspectives from artists, designers and makers regarding what is most pressing, important or vital for them, operating from a place within this context.

Panelists include artists Luisa Tora and Jasmine Te Hira, fashion designer, Areez Katki, and architect Sarosh Mulla.

2.30pm: Threaded Magazine Issue 20
Threaded magazine shares insights into a range of practitioners and their practice to bridge the gap between established and emerging practice, across the creative industries. This international collaborative project curates these insights into practice through discussion and presentation of practice, thinking and process. In this presentation we take this time to acknowledge a collaboration and co-edition with Ngā Aho, the network of Māori Design Professionals.

Kyra Ta-Waka Clarke is of Ngāti Hau decent and has worked with many iwi and marae on design projects based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Clarke is the founder and co-Creative Director of  the International award-winning publication Threaded magazine.

Carin Wilson is a furniture maker, sculptor and design educator. He was a leader in the country’s craft movement in the 1970s, 80s and 90s and was one of the inaugurators of the design showcase Artiture in 1987. The Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design conferred Wilson with an Honorary Diploma in Art and Design; in 2002 he received an inaugural Toi Iho mark, a registered Māori trademark of authenticity.  

3.20pm  Keynote 3 / Pravu Mazumdar (Munich)
Philosopher Pravu Mazumdar will present an historical and philosophical reflection on gold in the context of the cultural sedimentations impeding any artistic access to it, along with examples from contemporary jewellery showing how practices today not only resist expectations concerning form and content, but also our habitual interpretations of the materials they play with. Pravu studied physics in New Delhi and Munich and has a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Stuttgart, West Germany. His book on jewellery was published in 2015 under the title Gold and Mind: Prolegomena towards a Philosophy of Jewellery. Berlin: Matthes & Seitz. 

Pravu is in New Zealand as part of a partnership between Objectspace and the Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic.

4.15pm Closing remarks

Evening continues at Objectspace


Exhibition openings
Beauty is in the Street, curated by Elle Loui August
ForgedJohanna Zellmer
Threaded ED. 20 Launch at Objectspace

Sunday 28 August
10am – 4pm Curatorial workshop with Misun Rheem
For practicing curators with a specialist interest in craft, applied art and design

11am – 3pm Writing workshop with Pravu Mazumdar
For early career writers and curators with a specialist interest in craft, applied art and design

Very limited places are available for both of these workshops, to register your interest please contact: info@objectspace.org.nz or call 09 3766216