Elisabeth Pointon

"Under the guise of ‘double agent’ - defined as having a day job (as the Bookings Coordinator at a luxury car dealership) - that feeds into my art, my practice investigates how shared spaces are becoming sites for communal isolation. Informed by Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s writing, my practice considers the implications of championing artistic spirit into the work environment, in an attempt to overturn the dominant corporate language, and the power attributed to it. In my workplace, the drive for profit is used to shape our cultural environment, and our relationships with one another. I attempt to re-shape the workplace into a micro-utopic community through “the big, romantic gesture of art”, employing public intervention, performance, sculpture, text, and video made in collaboration and discussion with my colleagues, as points of departure to activate our public spaces. Over the past year, my position as Bookings Coordinator has been re- configured to include 'Official Artist in Residence'. The philosophies and practices that form the central tenets of my research stem from my Hindu, Fijian-Indian mother." - EP

Selected Exhibitions (all group shows unless noted as solo)

Upcoming
Would you look at that. (solo), play_station, Wellington, February 2019
Better living, everyone. (solo) Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin, March 2019
Moving forward. First Draft, Woolloomooloo, Australia, June 2019

2018
Special Offer. (solo) Te Tuhi, Auckland
Don’t miss out. (solo) The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington
Human Resources, collaboration with Gwyn Easterbrook-Smith, Meanwhile Gallery, Wellington 
How to say something with fewer words: Objects without object, play_station, Wellington
The Mood Machine, Satellites, Auckland 
The Gates, Millers O’Brien, Wellington
A guide to effective implementation of self-service, as part of Worth your while with Dilohana Lekamge, curated by Laura Duffy, Masons Screen, Wellington

2017
The Welcoming Party Presents Warm Handover for Riff Raff’s Telethon, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

2016
The Welcoming Party’s Official Launch Party for Complimentary Service, Philosophy House, Wellington
The Welcoming Party Presents Complimentary Service, Performance Arcade, Wellington
The Welcoming Party Presents Free Time, Meanwhile Gallery, Wellington

Education
Masters of Fine Arts, Massey University, Wellington, 2017