ROSEBANK, Auckland’s Documenta

Yesterday, we rode our bikes and headed to ROSEBANK, curated by Marcus Williams. Involving 18 artists and their projects, ROSEBANK activated different sites on this industrial and suburban road that is Rosebank Road.

Events we highly recommend are Kerryn McMurdo’s Trauma, agency, new vision, whose exploration of three different sites on or near Rosebank Road challenged our definition of what, where and how the sacrosanct, quotidian and popular culture intersect.

Then and now

Left: Jomac Place where Kerryn’s performance ended as a market garden and now, what remains.

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We then checked out Kathy Waghorn’s The fluid city, where we listened to different perspectives and relationships to water and saw for ourselves with the guidance of an on-site microbiologist, sediment and protozoa from various Auckland water sources.

We finished our time, riding to the West End Rowing Club, who served up sumptuous slices, biscuits with tea and coffee for only $2 a pop. As we hungrily devoured our homebaked goodies, we saw the Flotilla Whau float by. So we didn’t get to every event but what we did get to, gave us a great idea as to how the rest of ROSEBANK was shaping up: fantastic.

Why do we reckon ROSEBANK is Auckland’s Documenta? Because it is a genuine engagement of Rosebank Peninsula from local artists and businesses alike, is accessible (we rode to every event and didn’t need our car), had free passenger shuttle vans and attracted curious audiences, made up of families and individuals, eager to learn more about one of Auckland’s oldest communities.

Here’s to this, becoming an annual event.

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