Review: pile of carpet wins NZ art award

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State Block by Kirsty Lillico

 

The week before last I attended the opening of a national art award celebrating excellence in the medium of Drawing.

The Parkin Drawing Prize is a yearly competition that receives 400-500 entries and exhibits around 90 finalists at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington.

The award is run by hotelier Chris Parkin, who each year selects a different panel of judges to curate the finalists and select the winner.

Mr Parkin has no input in judging process, leaving all decisions up to the panel, which this year consisted of top gallery owners and artists from around the country.

I arrived at the gallery and joined the other guests for a drink and a squint at the finalist’s work. The audience was your typical assortment of well dressed White people enjoying a glass of wine, a canope and a nice wee dose of high culture.

The art works on show covered a huge range of approaches towards drawing, and you could tell that the judges had made a point of selecting some of the more unusual approaches to the medium; as well as exceptional examples of more traditional, illustrative drawing practice.

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The Tyranny of Good Intentions by Harry Mcalpine

The show did have a very contemporary feel that would likely trigger the heck out of most readers.

There was one thing that seemed out of place. Down one end of the gallery was a pile of carpet dumped on the floor that gave a sloppy appearance to what was otherwise a well curated show. I didn’t think much of it at the time and continued doing the rounds.

I hadn’t had a chance to view even a fraction of the art work when the award ceremony began.

Ding ding ding

“If I could have everyone’s attention…”

We then had to endure some rather boring speeches from head honcho Chris Parkin and judge/artist of the minute Seraphine Pick, before the winner was announced.

After counting down 10 merit awards for highly commended works, the big moment came.

“And the winner of the 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize is…..Kirsty Lillico for State Block”

No one in the room really knew any of the titles of the art works, so at first the announcement did not really mean anything.

“Her work is the carpet down the end”, Ms Pick clarified.

It suddenly dawned on me that out of all 84 works in the gallery, the prestigious judges had selected the pile of carpet I saw earlier- it turned out to be an art work- as the best drawing in the room, and granted it the $20,000 prize money.

My brain jarred with cognitive dissonance. I knew the judges were “at the forefront” of contemporary art practice and would select something unusual, but this was something else entirely.

I felt the atmosphere in the room grow heavy as the other guests twigged on to who the winner was.

Mr Parkin re-took the podium and as he tried to speak the most awful microphone feedback filled the room. My theory is that this was the collective horror of everyone in the audience manifesting itself in the audio equipment.

“Well, to be honest this would not have been my first choice”, Mr Parkin said once the feedback was fixed.

Yeah, no shit. You now have to find a home for this monstrosity.

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Arc in 3 States by Karyn Taylor

One thing of note was that the justifications by the judges for selecting State Block were not actually evident within the work itself. Seraphine Pick announced that the work was chosen because of it’s relationship to architecture and the housing crisis in Auckland; something she could not have known from just looking at the work.

I know for a fact that when artists enter the Parkin Prize there is no place on the entry form to describe the work; they can only submit a photo.

As it turns out, State Block is over a year old and has been exhibited before, which was when the narrative that the judges were regurgitating was first constructed.

So what basis were they judging the work on?

Over the last two weeks since the competition there has been a fair bit of controversy over the decision. The New Zealand public are beginning to get used to objects that they would not consider art getting given prestigious awards, but this still didn’t stop the comment threads lighting up with stern disapproval.

The main argument that critics have put forth is that State Block is not a drawing, and so should not have won a drawing prize.

I do not have much of an issue with whether this work is a drawing or not. I think a case can be made in today’s art world that Ms Lillico drew her lines with a knife, and the resulting work sort of resembles a drawing in space.

I also can’t really argue that the prior knowledge that the judges had about the work was the main problem, as no rules were broken, and it would be a pretty hard thing to police.

The main issue is that the work itself looks lazy and tired. It is poorly executed- not even in a hip ‘anti art’ sort of way- and appears like something a first year art school student would make. I can think of a dozen ways that the same concept could have been executed that would have been far more effective.

In the end Chris Parkin selected an elite panel of judges to add a new art work to his collection, and all it got him was a pile of crap that he is wondering what to do with.

“As I was walking around I thought, gosh, that’s a big piece. If that wins, where am I going to hang it?”

Says it all really.

Anti racism campaign targets Whites

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By Tough Love for Red Ice

My good friends at the Human Rights Commission have launched their 2017 campaign in a new attempt to stem the rising tide of racism in New Zealand.

The Give Nothing to Racism campaign has set out to “stop casual racism from growing into something more extreme”. Their website states that “we can give it no encouragement. No respect. No place. No power. We can give it nothing”.

To help get their message across, The Commission has enlisted the help of celebrity New Zealanders to lend their faces to the campaign. The most notable of this talented bunch is acclaimed film director and 2017 New Zealander of the Year Taika Waititi, who is currently helming the latest Marvel romp Thor: Ragnorok.

It may be of interest that Mr Waititi has a Maori father and a mother of Russian Jewish heritage. His Wikipedia page declares that he has used his mother’s surname, “Cohen”, for some of his work in film and writing.

Last year the Human Rights Commission launched the That’s Us campaign, asking New Zealanders to submit their stories of racism they have experienced. The results were published on their site, which failed to include any stories from European New Zealanders; stories that they certainly received, as I sent some in myself.

This year The Commission have taken a much ‘hipper’ approach to get their propaganda across by using the edgy tool of Irony, and who better to deliver it than master of post-ironic comedy himself, Mr Waititi-Cohen.

The main video for the campaign is produced like it’s an NGO shilling their cause; the twist being that instead of poor Africans, they are asking the viewer to give to the cause of Racism. The whole piece is sarcastic, snarky and dripping with the kind of ironic humour that has catapulted Waititi-Cohen from small time short film maker to Hollywood director and Disney script writer.

“I’m calling on every one of my fellow Kiwis to help support a very important cause- racism needs your help to survive.

You don’t have to be a full on racist, just being a tiny bit racist is enough; a smile, a cheeky giggle, even a simple nod in agreement. It all adds up and it gives others the message that it’s okay.

Remember, the only thing that can keep racism alive and make it grow is feeding it and nurturing it, and that’s where you come in. Will you help it flourish? What will you give to racism?”

The real irony to all of this is that the story of a European hero- Thor- is being commercialised by a Maori Jew, who has cast a black man to play Heimdall, the guardian of Asgard in Norse myth. If the roles were reversed you can bet there would be howling accusations of cultural appropriation and racism by the Left.

The upside is that as usual the racists dominated comment sections on Facebook and Youtube, giving a healthy reminder that many people are not buying this sort of insane propaganda.

“I wasn’t planning on any racism but I feel more positively inclined towards it after watching this video. Thanks guys – Questor55

“You’re against colonialism but you’re using the internet and a computer, which were made by the descendents of the very colonialists you hate. Why don’t you stop being a hypocrite and live somewhere like Africa? They got no white guys down there. I hear that continent is doing just fine- New Canadian Turtle

“Yep. must be election time again. Susan Devoy is a national party stooge. They’re using this campaign to try and shut Winston up- The Timberjac

“What if we gave nothing to the NZ Human Rights Commission?- Questor55

“what a patronising twat- Sean Mcgann

“No mention of the NZ govt’s (the foreign banks) ethnic cleansing of whites and Maori and the undemocratic recolonization of NZ?- Mc Leo NZ

“Causal Racism” is Progressive agitprop jargon utilised to keep whites silent while they are being replaced by mass Third World immigration.- Glenn Baxter

“…there is some real concerns in NZ that we are being invaded at a huge rate 120,000 a year and it’s ruined our housing, and roads are jammed, the infrastructure can’t cope, our schooling is dismal, we can’t fund our own super or retirement, foreigners are buying up all of NZ…who is the fascist racist?? Oh that’s right only white people can be racist right?? -Campbell Spotswood

The Give Nothing to Racism website also has short videos of various celebs laughing hysterically at the camera and then snapping suddenly into a stoney cold stare. The site also offers a function where anyone can upload their own video.

I suggest you get filming.

TL

NZ Politics and the Treaty of Wai-Cucky

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By Tough Love for Fash the Nation

2016 has seen the emergence of new political parties in New Zealand, least notably the excessively vibrant New Zealand People’s Party that exists for the sole purpose of lobbying in non-white interests; and the Opportunities Party who claim to be establishment outsiders “like Trump”, but then signal against everything else the new President-elect stands for.

The most (marginally) promising of the newcomers is Hobson’s Pledge- Okay it’s a Trust rather that a party, but it is political- whose big issue is putting an end to special privileges given to those of Maori descent and denied to everyone else. These privileges take many forms and are all based on the highly flawed modern interpretation of New Zealand’s founding document The Treaty of Waitangi.

Hobson’s Pledge is helmed by white-fucking-male Don Brash, a politician who is very well known to New Zealanders, having been spot-lit in various high up positions in government over the past decades. Brash has a history of speaking out against the modern distortion of The Treaty of Waitangi and has been associated with grass-roots political party One Law 4 All, who have lobbied for similar interests as Hobson’s Pledge though on a much smaller scale.

Hobson’s pledge is named after Governor William Hobson, who co-authored the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. His pledge was in the final line of the Treaty “We are now one people”, meaning Maori were given British citizenship equal to European settlers in exchange for giving away their sovereignty. The modern, revised reading of The Treaty says that Maori never ceded sovereignty to the British Crown and instead entered into a “partnership” with it.

The results of this modern interpretation are systematically attacked by Hobson’s Pledge, whose Party Issues range from the abolishment of unelected Maori representatives in government, endless financial settlements to tribes whose naughty ancestors had land justifiably confiscated six million years ago, and Maori spiritual beliefs influencing resource policies.

Brash’s right-hand-woman is Casey Costello, a Maori ex-detective sergeant and former vice president of the New Zealand Police Association, who can say things that can’t be immediately dismissed as racist. In a recent speech she made some very important points:

“When I became involved with Hobson’s Pledge I was aware of an increasing level of concern and frustration that exists broadly among New Zealanders in regard to separatist policies that were creating racial division. Unfortunately this was a subject difficult to discuss for fear of being labelled racist and anti-Maori.

“We are so frequently told that there is a need to make special allowance and extra compensation to those with Maori ancestry because without this we will not see Maori succeed.

“We are asked to believe that Maori are so poorly represented in the all the worst statistics due to racial disadvantage and prejudice. It is never about poor personal choices and lack of responsibility or accountability.

“The strongest message we are bombarded with is that there needs to be a putting “right”, to make amends; but this isn’t being done through creating opportunity, but through separatist legislation, erosion of our democracy and lastly handing over money without any condition or control on how it should be used”.

While the issues that Hobson’s Pledge are pushing are at the troubled heart of New Zealand as a nation, the party is unfortunately operating under core values of “equality” and a “multi cultural New Zealand”. Their party logo is literally two hands cupping an ‘equals’ sign, and the home page of their website has a photo of every racial minority under the sun gathered shoulder to shoulder behind a New Zealand flag, and cheering.

I understand that the only way Hobson’s Pledge will be successful with their core issues is to play the equality game- after all, this what the Treaty of Waitingi set out to make Europeans and Maori- but New Zealand has huge problems with multiculturalism and a party like Hobson’s Pledge has no issue with it at all. Their vision, in fact, is to have a multi-racial New Zealand based on equality, which was not mandated by The Treaty of Waitingi in 1840, when all immigration was to come from the British Commonwealth. There is no article in The Treaty that says New Zealand has to be a multi-racial country

So if Hobson’s Pledge managed to achieve their goals of ending special privileges for Maori, it would likely then be business as usual in the demographic replacement of European New Zealanders.

Perhaps our biggest hope is with New Zealand First, who at least speak out against the importation of immigrants who “don’t share our values”. I’ll leave you with a quote from their leader Winston Peters, in an attempt to leave things on a high note.

“…if mass immigration continued and for example [created] a parallel state- where you’ve got a state within a state-because of separatist racist laws ,then we will not go down that path and I’m saying it right now.”

“In every other country in the western world there is a legitimate debate about immigration but the moment you debate it in New Zealand critics want to call it racist.

“…current immigration policy brings in a lot of low-skilled low qualified people but his party would “bring people here that we need, not people who need us

“They can come from anywhere in the world, it’s not race based – we want them to salute our flag, respect our laws, honour our institutions and don’t bring anti-women attitudes with them”.

Okay, so it’s not exactly what we want, but it’s getting somewhere.

Libugees Not Welcome Down Under

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By Tough Love for Fash the Nation

Since Trump won the election there has been a lot of talk about people wanting to leave America for Canada, Australia and New Zealand. According to Immigration NZ, traffic to their site has increased 2500% since the voting results were announced.

The last thing we need in New Zealand is more shit-libs to add to our existing problems. This tiny island harbours enough vibrancy and liberal race-cuckery to see us well into the future, and then some.

New Zealand is currently 30% non-white, with over 200 ethnicities competing for a piece of Kiwi pie. As these communities grow they are seeking to ‘have their voices heard’ by running for local government and lobbying for their own concerns. Part and parcel with this activity are the usual allegations against the white population of racism and prejudice, serving to erode the existing structures and thus granting the newcomers easy access. This year has seen headlines such as ‘Is Auckland Council Too White?’ and ‘Dunedin Street Names Too White’; and just the other week a Maori professor suggested that the name of the university that employs him should be changed because the Prime Minister it is named after was apparently a white supreme-ist.

New Zealand actually used to be a majority white nation, and had policies to keep it that way. Between 1901 and 1919 only 63 people from outside the British Empire immigrated to NZ (most of them were from other European countries), with the ‘Undesirable Immigrant act 1919’ having “98% British” as it’s decree. By 1970 this was all changing and laws were altered to allow the non-white hordes from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond to infest our shores.

The typical leftist justifications for multiculturalism in New Zealand are that a) whites arrived here to occupy land already owned by the natives and b) we’re a pacific island anyway, so importing vibrancy from surrounding islands is natural. These attitudes have resulted in the kind of rent seeking to be found in countries like America: if you brow beat the productive population with guilt-speech you’ll get free stuff from them.

The only Trump-like politician in New Zealand who could even begin to sort this mess out is (ironically) a part-Maori who has been in the political game for a long time, but never had a shot at being Prime Minister. Like Donald Trump, The Hon.Winston Peters has advocated for a hard-line stance on immigration from countries that ‘don’t share our values’. He has expressed concern over the way Muslim men treat women, and also over the Chinese ownership of New Zealand assets getting out of control. Mr Peters is also opposed to the modern (mis)interpretation of our founding document that has allowed Maori rent-seeking to go increasingly bananas for the past 40 years. No one calls him racist because of his darker skin tone, which surely works to his advantage.

If Mr Peters came to power he would hopefully have a similar no-nonsense attitude towards liberals, and institute some sort of vetting process for when they try to enter the country. Perhaps he could also have a deportation program that would kick out any foreign nationals already here, including those who are about to flee the Trumpen Reich. It’s these people who allow the rent-seeking to happen, and we certainly don’t need any extra influence from more seasoned American shit-libs and their bigger, bolder, shinier cuckery.

If you know anyone thinking of moving to New Zealand in an attempt to get away from Trump, please tell them it’s a bad idea, as there is a similar leader gaining in popularity, and we could soon be heading the same way as America. Even if this is not entirely true it could help to redirect the the American ‘tards to Canada or Australia instead of our tiny shores.

TL

Johnny, you’re white

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Here is a poem sent to me by an American living in the UK.

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Johnny you’re white

and that’s alright

said his mother

each time she said good night.

 

But Johnny was nervous

when he went to school

cause the kids said

all white guys are bully’s and cruel.

 

But Johnny loved learning

and learning to love

and he loved most the same

as to put none above

 

cause that

Johnny thought

that wouldn’t be fair

and how could he let others

know how he cared?

 

He spared his opinion

each time that he got

and did only  nice things

just like he’d been taught

 

but the kids at his school

all different than he

just called him a joke

which he found

unfunny

 

Johnny with blue eyes

and sun golden hair

found each day

he felt

more in despair

 

History taught

that his kind brought the slaves

and took all the land

from the native land braves

and told all the world

as to how best behave

and led all those trusting

straight to their graves.

 

And ideas and pity

and guilt all in one

no wonder poor Johnny

felt he was no fun.

 

But Johnny knew more

from deep down inside

that there had been secrets

that history hides.

The men just like him

who had all lived before

who fought for the rights

that now make whites

more poor.

 

And all who explored

and implored about life

and learned that they’d turn

to great skills from their strife.

 

And the pain that they suffered

for dreams they endured

all with the hopes that this freedom

could soon be secured.

For the true of thought

and the pure of heart

and those who knew

we’d need a restart.

and all those willing

to fully take part

and find a way to mend

their weary warrior hearts,

stand on their ships

and study the charts.

Singing old songs

and creating new arts.

So much more

than the movies all showed.

And trusting this

helped young Johnny to grow

Up and stand tall with the men just like he

and ready to fight for truth

and their right to just be.

Message from a goy in japan

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This entry is from an email I received  from an Aussie guy living in Japan. I thought it was a nice insight and worth posting.

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Living in Japan (since 2004) meant that when I awoke from the leftist delusion of oneness, etc. (I have lefty folks and a BA in screenwriting:), I woke up fast. Living as a minority is something all whites would benefit from.  I know you know this, but peoples really are different – brain structures are just as different as bodies and skin color. My soon-to-be-ex wife is Japanese. I can speak the language enough to see the difference in thought process and philosophy without needing translation. They are really smart people but they can’t think more than a few steps ahead and have a definite blind spot with empathy.  I’ve actually tested for this countless times with high level students – they have absolutely no idea what other people’s lives are like, how they think, etc.
It makes me think that empathy is a solely anglo-cultural concept. I think it may be related to this; other cultures have a lot of trouble with the concept of individualism, which I think is also tied to a limited ability to imagine and to innovate.  All of these are within a pattern of being able to think outside of oneself or objectively. In some ways I think Anglo thought is too much controlled in this way as we are so susceptible to guilt. I feel that this empathy-imagination-guilt-altruism complex is something specifically European and is very much tied into our idea of ‘soul’.
At first I thought this was cultural, but now I consider it predominantly structural.  An interesting fact regarding the structural difference is that when they (the Japanese) speak, the speech centre is in the left brain. English is a right brain language.  It is common to think of the brain as something malleable as it is unseen and thought is intangible, but brain structures are as fixed as any other biological difference.