James Luna’s performance/installation explored native survival in urban settings. Luna was particularly keen to connect with Maori communities, for them to see, experience and give some insight into the cultural context in which he works.

The marathon performance started at 8am and unfolded over the following eight hours. It was also web–streamed, making it available internationally to people not able to attend the Te Papa performance. Costumed in his self-described character of the Shame Man, Luna performed a series of actions and rituals as he formed a spiral, acting as circus ringmaster, court jester and occasional merchant of venom. James Luna is an internationally recognised conceptual artist who works with installation and performance. This, he believes, offers-

an opportunity like no other for Indian people to express themselves in traditional art forms of ceremony, dance, oral traditions and contemporary discourse without compromise. Within these spaces, one can use a variety of media …so that there is no limit to how and what is expressed.’

Commissioned as part of ‘One Day Sculpture’.

Thursday 14 May 2009, 08.00 – 16.00

Soundings Theatre, Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Funders and Supporters

One Day Sculpture was funded by Creative New Zealand; Massy University College of Creative Arts; The Chartwell Collection; University of the West of England, Bristol and Massy University Foundation.

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