Deborah Rundle and Layne Waerea, Hybrid Spring
Hybrid Spring is an exhibition by Deborah Rundle and Layne Waerea that explores contemporary notions of social hope. Resisting the cultural imperatives of individual resilience, achievement and competition that have become deeply associated with optimism, both artists grapple with the complexities of hope, specifically in relation to collectivity.
An interest in the sociopolitics of capitalism and activism is ever-present in the work of Rundle and Waerea. In the past, they have worked together, both collaboratively and in artistic collectives to explore the vigour of collective resistance—an investigation that continues to anchor conversations between their individual practices in Hybrid Spring.
Hybrid Spring also includes a text by Hugo Robinson, developed in conversation with the artists, to be released during the exhibition.
On Tuesday 9 October, Waerea will be taking Free Arguments to the streets of Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Members of the public are invited to engage in an undirected free exchange with the artist that promises contention and contradiction, but no predetermined outcomes. Stay tuned for updates on the artist's location.