Travelling Places: A Non-Symposium

Friday 22nd March, 10am - 4pm.

How can place travel?

Through networks of migration, trade, and exchange engendered in both deep time and every day, place and travel are integral to contemporary Indigenous experiences. Perhaps we can understand migration, trade and exchange as forms of commuting, and understand ourselves as commuting cultures. With commuting cultures come commuting knowledges which travel, exchange and take form over time and cross distance.

This notion of commuting is the framework of how the Visiting Curators* – a curatorium of five curators, artists and writers from across the Great Ocean – are collaborating. Over three exhibition projects we have been interrogating the interconnection of both place and travel through a series of commissioned works by artists also located around the Great Ocean. In considering the conditions that engender our mobility as arts workers as well as the desire to build meaningful exchange across the waters, the curatorium has sought to foreground complex, wide-ranging experiences of Indigeneity that are inclusive of both ancestral knowledges and global connections.

'Travelling Places: A Non-Symposium' is a day of storytelling, skill sharing and dialogue centred on notions of place. As a Non-Symposium, the event rejects the authorial, academic voice in favour of asserting multivocality and openness as imperative to building understanding and collective futures.

*The Visting Curators are Sarah Biscarra Dilley (yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash, Chicana), Freja Carmichael (Quandamooka), Léuli Eshrāghi (Sāmoa, Irān, Guangdong), Tarah Hogue (Métis, Dutch Canadian) and Lana Lopesi (Sāmoa).

'Layover' is the second iteration of an ongoing curatorial project which was initiated in 2017 at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane culminating in the exhibition 'The Commute', with the third iteration, 'Transits and Returns' to open at the Vancouver Art Gallery in September 2019. 'Layover' then marks the midpoint of this journey.

'Travelling Places: A Non-Symposium' is supported by Auckland Arts Festival and Vancouver Art Gallery. Schedule

10.00am - 10.05am Mihi Whakatau

10.05am - 10.10am Welcome by The Visiting Curators

10.10am - 11.30am Storytelling Invite 4 storytellers to share a story. Possible people include: Ngarimu Blair, Daniel Twiss, Melanie Rands, Qiane Matata-Sipu (invited)

11.30am - 12.45pm Break Outs Choose a session with either Sarah, Freja or Lana

tpɨtɨ, tpɨlipɨʔ: acorn cake, elder jam, and relations across łpasini, Sarah Biscarra Dilley (yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, Chicana)

Chatting over acorn cake and elderberry jam, like many generations past and future, Sarah will talk particular histories and cultural confluences of yak titʸu titʸu (Indigenous peoples) across łpasini, the sea, in places now known broadly as California.


  • Fri 22 Mar


  • 10:00 am — 4:00 pm

Artspace Aotearoa

  • Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road
  • Newton
  • Auckland