The Performance Arcade | Gibson & Martelli

From 22 Feb to 4 March 2018 (10am – 11pm), artistic duo Gibson / Martelli will be exhibiting their latest piece WeAreHereAndWeAreEverywhereAtOnce (WAHAWAEWAO), at The Performance Arcade in Wellington, New Zealand.


WAHAWAEWAO was created through an international collaboration between Gibson / Martelli, sound designer Russell Scoones and choreographer Carol Brown.


The piece exhibits movement and landscape in flux, with five figures cut between times and places. With collaging and overlaying environments, the interior of a motion capture studio and the raw physical landscapes of Central Otago, the figures inhabit an uneven terrain, negotiated through increasingly perplexed movements and sensory explorations.


The Performance Arcade is an acclaimed live art event that attracts 40,000 people every year to Wellington Waterfront since 2011. Audiences come for an exciting and diverse program of art, live music, and performance, installed within a special architectural arrangement of shipping containers that are stacked and arranged together to create an innovative new space for performance and arts presentation. This miniature festival offers new encounters between artists and public, creating a vibrant hub that activates the city and exposes communities to new ideas and cultural perspectives. The free admission and waterfront location makes it accessible to a broad community, developing empowered audiences and participants in the creative and cultural life of the city.


Using a series of architecturally arranged shipping containers, The Performance Arcade creates a series of spaces for installation, performance art, sonic art, interactive media, forums and live music. Opening onto the bustling life of the Wellington Waterfront, these sites of encounter engage the public in contemporary art and performance practices outside the familiar constraints of gallery or theatre spaces.

February 23, 2018