Mark Harvey

Political Climate Wrestle

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Image: Political Climate Wrestle at The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show, Venice Biennale 2013.

Political Climate Wrestle is a performance artwork where Mark Harvey explores, tests out, and generate concepts through a performance art practice in a public context. He invites viewers to constructively argue and debate with him about their perspectives on climate change, as well as political change in the Maldives, while physically ”wrestling” with him. In Venice 2013 Harvey performed this work for a week, 8 hours each day‚ keeping regular office hours. At most of the other venues of The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show since, Harvey has made the effort to show up to argue and wrestle for one day, which always is a pleasure.

With special thanks to Creative New Zealand: The Arts Council of Aotearoa New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, for their generous support.



Mark Harvey is a New Zealand based artist working in performance. His practices are conceptually driven, and often dialogue driven, while testing out notions of minimal endurance with constructions of idiocy, seriousness and deadpan humour. His practice draws from both his visual arts and contemporary dance influences.

He has shown in a range of international contexts such as Working the room (Trendheim Kunstmuseum, Trendheim, 2012), Productive bodies (Letting Space/City Gallery, New Zealand Festival of the Arts, Wellington, 2012), the Wrap me up series (The Physics Room, Christchurch, Govett Brewster gallery, Taranaki, Tari, Malaysia, and ZET, Amsterdam, 2005-2112), Outlet (Action Attraction, Hamburg, 2013, and Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 2012), Work! (Luleå Cultural Centre with Johaness Blomqvist, Luleå, 2012), the Lie down series (Zagreb, and St Paul St, Auckland, 2009), Security First (with Oreet Ashery and Johannes Blomqvist, Den Frei, Copenhagen, 2012), Gaphoomph (with Soren Dahlgaard, Te Tuhi Gallery, Auckland, 2012), and Private Dancers (Parnu Video Art and Film Festival: Pain in the class, Estonia, 2006). He recently completed a PhD at AUT in the School of Art and Design in performance art/choreographic live art practice, and he is currently a Senior Lecturer in National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries at The University of Auckland.