Students install work in Window Gallery

29 May 2017
Dexter Edwards, Elle Loui August, Lisa Samuels, Irene Corbett and Anjula Prakash at the opening of the installation.
Dexter Edwards, Elle Loui August, Associate Professor Lisa Samuels, Irene Corbett and Anjula Prakash at the opening of the installation. Image: Tony Chung/CLeaR

Students in English are currently displaying an installation in the Window Gallery in the foyer of the General Library.

'Shortly after emergence, and at any subsequent stage or growth', is a composite presentation of material developed by students in ENGLISH 305 Modern Writing and Critical Thinking, with wall rendering by Maximillian Quy.

Course coordinator Associate Professor Lisa Samuels worked with curators Elle Loui August and Dexter Edwards to turn the words and ideas of her students into an installation in the gallery.

The course explores how writing functions in paper, installation and digital environments, and how we construe and read literary and non-literary texts for different purposes.

One of the key themes in the course is Lisa's concept of 'liquid writing', which denotes imaginative responses of the writing subject/s that form passages through a variety of experiential and ideational texts and contexts.

This term has been extended to a consideration of the visual, conceptual and physical dimensions of expanded fine arts practice with the assistance of curator and writer Elle Loui August.

This semester part of the assessment for ENGLISH 305 included working on the installation for Window Gallery. The curation of the installation was funded by a SEED grant from CLeaR, a fund that aims to sow innovative teaching practices across the University of Auckland and support them with the resources they need to germinate and flourish.

Irene Corbett, one of the students who contributed to the installation, says that "'When looking at 'Shortly after emergence, and at any subsequent stage or growth' I am struck by the synthesis of texts, frames of reference, and artistic skill it literally and figuratively reflects."

"I am proud that our collaborative effort has produced such a beautiful product and am thrilled that it represents students and curators alike experiencing the power of language."

'Shortly after emergence, and at any subsequent stage or growth' runs from Tuesday 16 May to Thursday 15 June.


Shortly after emergence, and at any subsequent stage or growth