ST PAUL St’s 2016 Symposium, Ako mai, ako atu, takes its shape around questions of knowledge: knowing, learning, relationships of accountability. We believe that considering the institutional conditions within which we talk about knowledge is a fundamental concern for contemporary curatorial practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is important in the educational context that ST PAUL St Gallery occupies, for an increasing number of contemporary practitioners who situate their practice as researchers, as well as within a wider history of the public gallery performing an educative role.
A threshold for this discussion is articulating what we mean by knowledge and knowing. The knowledge we want to focus on here is contingent on its context; Ani Mikaere writes, ‘It is not handed down to us in perfected form from on high; rather, each generation takes the knowledge acquired by generations past and develops it further in light of their own needs and understandings.’ In Aotearoa New Zealand, we are specifically concerned with critique of the colonising logic of globalisation, acknowledging that processes of knowledge sharing, propagation and maintenance are always conditioned by context.
Extending the discussion of research ethics which was a core focus of 2015, this year’s programme centres on the implications of the idea of innate access or ‘right’ to knowledge as a complex and culturally-mediated thing, and how this works in practice/s, as well as in formal pedagogy. As Alison Jones has written, ‘Pedagogy and research, especially at university, become predicate on the possibility of and entitlement to an accessible and shared terrain of knowledge.’
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Run of events
9.45am Welcome and introduction
10am Alison Jones: Lessons from the hyphen: Māori-Pākehā work
10.50am Question time
11am Albert Refiti: A spatial exposition of the role of the person, the artefact, displays and curatorship in Pacific ontology
12.20pm Question time
12.30–1.30pm Lunch: ST PAUL St Gallery (shared lunch provided)
1.30pm Grace Samboh: Taking and giving: friendship as a way of thinking and doing
2.20pm Question time
3pm Olivia Blythe and Nikau Hindin: Knowledgeledge
3.50pm Question time
- Auditorium, lower ground level