Maria O’Connor (1965, Auckland, New Zealand) engages approaches to critical-poetic writing and filmmaking that express literary and philosophical underpinnings.
She is an academic (AUT University, 2000—) and supervisors primarily creative-led PhDs as well as other postgraduate research within the fields of art and design. She is the Programme Coordinator for the Art and Design PhD and MPhil programmes. Her supervision circulates around the practices of spatial design, installation, film, institutional critique and creative writing with candidates that have strong philosophical underpinnings in relation to themes of belonging, ethics, memory, space and sexuality. With a PhD in literature and philosophy (2007) that questions sexual difference and its relation to language, her ongoing creative explorations with the essay-film genre critically and conceptually pursues aesthetics of encounter in relation to difference (animal, sexual, human).
A Natural History of Destruction, Eat for Puna Waipapaora Emergent Ecologies & Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland
The Name and The Text, European Cultural Centre, Venice, Italy
Sea-Change, Performing A Fluid Continent, Oceanic Biennial, Rarotonga
Dark Light, shown in Animal Encounters: Performance, Animality and Posthumanism, University of Roehampton, London; A World of Cinemas, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics & Ethics, University College London, UK