AuthorRenee Gerlich

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October 4, 2015

“No school system can claim to be just which is organised in such a way as to favour children who have been socialised in one, rather than another part of the social structure of the community that nourishes them.”

September 27, 2015

The current refugee crisis has many times been framed as the “worst humanitarian crisis since WWII”. It seems this framing functions to counteract numbness in the West, much like the viral sharing of that gut-wrenching photograph of Aylan, the three-year-old boy taken from this world by what looks like an unfeeling, indiscriminate Mediterranean Sea. That […]

September 10, 2012

We’re arguably as indebted to writers and teachers for the work we love as to its makers, and at best the marriage of art and language is magic.

August 6, 2012

Renee Gerlich has a chinwag with Richard Bartlett of Nineteen Tory Street – an ‘open source community gallery’ and ‘world where there’s no money and everyone has a good time’. One of my first experiences of 19 Tory street involved about a dozen people on scraggly couches absorbed in a discussion about relative meanings and applications of […]

June 5, 2012

You might think there’s nothing really new happening in contemporary art. We rehash the past, wrap it in new esoterics and slap on some buzzwords, but there’s no shock of the new. Everything seems vaguely familiar. Think again. An international network of ‘bioartists’ are playing God with biotechnology, making art with embryos, stem cells and […]

June 5, 2012

I’ve been craving the taste of a raw Wellington language. Something less polished than its acclaimed authors, more considered than its small-talking streets and mouthy pubs. I’ve been after it in its frankest expression; played with like bath foam blown in the air or slapped on the chin as a beard. Words bind, and people […]

April 30, 2012

One cause could be considered the encapsulation of many competing goods and interests: the need for New Zealand children to have sustainable access to locally produced nutrition.

April 2, 2012

Alongside research and development in the interests of war and security, the equal and opposite motivator in science is pillowtalk.

March 26, 2012

Contemporary movers and shakers are traversing the art/science boundary to explore the issues bringing these two widely misunderstood disciplines closer together.