In 2020, governments around the world declared States of Emergency in response to COVID-19. Whilst these declarations were for the purpose of exercising exceptional control over subjects during a time of crisis, the state of emergency also holds potential to shake up the established order of things. The disruption of order might then be used to configure new ideas of community. Although here in Aotearoa, rather than hoped-for action for progressive change, recent events outside Parliament buildings saw the democratic right to protest make an unexpected swerve. Meanwhile, the climate crisis and the moribund condition of late capitalism threaten to establish the state of emergency as the rule rather than the exception.
Hātarei 25 Hune -
Hātarei 30 Hūrae
Saturday 25 June -
Saturday 30 July
Tomorrow is Today Now explores the social, the subjective, and ways in which current circumstances remind us how finite, mortal and contingent life is. Emergency finds its origins in the Latin word emergere, meaning to arise or bring to light. Emerge also means to survive and recover from a difficult situation. Drawing possibilities from within these meanings, this exhibition engages with emancipatory imaginings that play across the language possibilities of states of emergency and emerging to suggest that something new might bubble up from within this standstill.
Deborah Rundle is an artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Her art practice principally utilises text in order to investigate the ways in which power plays out in the social and political domain. With a particular interest in the machinations of late capitalism she probes the contemporary world, focusing on slippages within language as a means of opening up alternative meanings and possibilities for change. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Art, University of Auckland. Recent exhibitions include World made of steel, made of stone, The Physics Room, Ōtautahi (2021); On My Volcano Grows the Grass (solo), Parasite Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau (2021); No More the Fruit (solo), RM Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau (2021); How to Live Together, ST PAUL St Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau (2019); The Future of Work, The Dowse Art Museum, Te Whanganui-a-Tara (2019); and Are We Not Ready? (solo) Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau (2018).