In the spirit of the ubiquitous "New Year, New Me" attitude, we have taken it upon ourselves to let you know what we are looking forward to this year. Optimism and hope are two very good things and at the risk of sounding sanguinely earnest, we thought we'd capitalise on the New Year cheer before it dissipates. Whoa, bad buzz. Let's hop to it and stay on the good buzz!
1. Museums Australasia 2016
This year, for the first time ever, Museums Aotearoa and their Australian equivalent Museums Australia will be hosting a joint 3-day conference. When we found out about it, we decided to submit a proposal for a panel in which we would talk with people who have identified gaps in the sector and created initiatives to fill them themselves. We were super chuffed when it was accepted and keenly anticipate the dialogue that will come with the stellar people we have asked to be on, and convene, the panel. Watch this space.
2. On the Level
One of the most widely-read sections on Tusk has been our interviews with established people in the sector in tuakana. Given how insightful the interviews have been into each of the people featured thus far, and given what our initial aim was for Tusk (that is, to provide a platform for people at emerging levels of their careers) it made sense for us to have a teina equivalent in which we ask ourselves and our peers similar questions about the sector. These are incoming and are one of the new features we want to introduce this year.
3. Matariki: Museums Studies alumni network
Apart from the annual impetus to 'better myself' (which this year manifests in the resolutions to iron my work clothes and bake more bread), one thing I am looking forward to doing is working with the staff in the Museums Studies department at Vic to set up a network for current and previous graduates of the programme. We are positively littered throughout the sector and though we're not sure what shape this network will take yet, ideas are floating around and we're generally excited about connecting people up.
4. Nina: Curation stations...
As part of my official 'try not to be pessimistic but instead be posi-vibes and step outside the comfort zone' approach to 2016, I am taking up a role as curator of a small gallery in Christchurch. Absolution is a tattoo and piercing studio that also began functioning as a gallery in 2015. First show up this year is the wonderful Sarah Hudson's Manatū Ahu Matua, a photographic and video series which looks at “the ethics and effect of our 'Primary Industries' on the land, people, and in turn, the auta,” interpreted through the aesthetic of BDSM. So basically, really kick-ass - I couldn't feel more stoked to have Sarah on board. And thank goodness, as the kick-assness of her and her work is quelling my bubbling feelings of 'dread/horror/what have I got myself into this time.' I think another 2016 mantra will definitely be 'fake it until you make it.' But really, being able to work with art and artists (and pretty much entirely under my own stead) is a pretty damn posi-vibes way to start the year. Thanks (Fa)Absolution!
5. Ummmmmm.....D'Angelo is coming
So it may come as a shock that we have thoughts and feelings and needs outside the cultural sector. Well, one of those needs is D'Angelo and holy faaaaa guys he's coming to Wellington this year. I think it's safe to say that we have both subconsciously been preparing for this moment for the last 15 years and indeed the night that we finally see Untitled (How Does it Feel) live will be some sort of apex/climactic point of our existence. Heeelllooooooo 2016!
On that note.....