Peter Robinson

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan by Peter Robinson

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‘He aha te tikanga mō tēnā? Mō te aha?’ – ngā pātai a ngā toi a Peter Robinson. Ko tēnei pātai – he pātai tūturu, he pātai whakatoi rānei – he mea e puta auau mai i ngā hanganga huhua i te raupapatanga nei, i tīmata ai i te wā e noho nei a Robinson i Tiamana. He tini ngā reo o tēnei toi: ngā reo Māori, Ingarihi, me te reo Tiamana o te kaitāpoi, o te mita ōkawa o te tari poari hoki. Kei roto rā ngā rautaki 18 ‘āwhina-whaiaro’ (‘Mitihia nga tou, whakahinutia te kapu ringa o te tokomaha’) mā te ringa toi ā-ao. Kī tonu te toi nei ki ngā arotakenga atamai mō te ao toi i te taha o te wairua rangirua, koia pea tētahi kōrero e pā ana ki te rerenga ahurea huri noa i ngā reo, i ngā horopaki – he mea e hiahiatia ana i roto i ngā ringa toi Taketake.

‘He aha te tikanga mō tēnā? Mō te aha?’ (What is the protocol for that? For what?) asks Peter Robinson’s work. This question – issued earnestly or tongue-in-cheek – is raised in many forms throughout the series, begun while Robinson was living in Germany. The work operates in multiple languages: te reo Māori, English, and loosely phonetic or tourist’s German, as well as the corporate register of the boardroom. Included are 18 ‘self-help’ strategies (‘Kiss as much ass and grease as many palms as possible’) for international art careerists. Loaded with witty critiques about the global art world while registering a sense of discombobulation, this work could also be read as a comment on the cultural fluidity, across languages and contexts, demanded of many Indigenous artists.

Title
Strategic Plan
Artist/creator
Production date
1998
Medium
oil and acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
2500 x 5000 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1999
Accession no
1999/30
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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