Infectious rhythms

Clark, Nigel (2001). Infectious rhythms. In: Smith, Allan ed. Bright paradise: exotic history and sublime artifice. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, pp. 24–31.


A commentary on the 1st Auckland Triennial, the chapter engages with the work of artists John Lyall, Mariele Neudecker, Michael Parekowhai and Bill Hammond in order to explore the biological and cultural dimensions of inhabiting an island. It links together processes of biological species introduction (and bio-invasion) with cultural transmission, suggesting that there are similar dynamics at work in the biological and cultural realms. As a site of `infectious rhythms' of invasion, catastrophe and creativity, the material experience of island life, it is suggested, is far from that of the tranquillity and timelessness often imagined by distant metropolitan centres.

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