Things Change: Art and Material Culture in Post-quake Christchurch

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The changes wrought on Ōtautahi Christchurch’s urban environment by the recent earthquakes have had a direct impact on the way in which the material culture of the city is encountered by residents and visitors, and on how art is produced and displayed. As both a disaster and a juncture for opportunity, the sudden transformation of Christchurch has required both processes of commemoration, and the need to identify and enact the future direction of the city. This project seeks to draw together a number of perspectives that consider Christchurch’s art and material culture in the context of this altered – and altering – environment, wherein boundaries between the public and the private, the political and the personal, and the natural and the manmade are ambiguous or in flux. The contingent and provisional nature of life around the rebuild necessitates the convergence of spheres sometimes treated as distinct – art; landscape; social relations; logistics – inviting an interdisciplinary treatment of these issues, referencing a diverse range of theoretical approaches and modes of interpretation.

Garrie BAC. and Ibbotson V. (2017) Things Change: Art and Material Culture in Post-quake Christchurch. Christchurch: Royal Society of New Zealand 150th Anniversary talk: Responding to earthquakes - future perspectives, 02 August 2017. 

Garrie B. (2017) Walking the Post-quake City: (re)making place in Ōtautahi Christchurch. In Grierson E (Ed.), Transformations: Art and the City: 233-247. Bristol: Intellect Press.

Garrie BAC. (2016) Narrative Constructions of the Future City: Artists' publishing in post-quake Otautahi Christchurch. Maastricht University and Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands: Books and the City, 22-24 June 2016.

Garrie B. and Ibbotson R. (2015) Things Change: Objects and Transition in Post-quake Christchurch. Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge, UK: Objects in Motion: Material Culture in Transition, 18-20 June 2015.

Garrie B. (2014) Ruination and rejuvenation: Photography in post-quake Christchurch. Launceston, Tasmania: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference 2014 (AAANZ), 5-8 December 2014.