We were delighted to reconnect with Choreographer Michael Parmenter from Auckland Talk 3: Embodiment for our Afterthought discussion. Michael was compelling in his reflections on audience questions around performative identity, diversity, technology and the language of dance. We apologise for the helicopter humming overhead, the evening was too glorious to stay indoors!
“I don’t think of myself wanting to communicate something. For me, dance is a way of exploring things that fascinate me. Like an itch that has to be scratched. It’s an area of life that puzzles me, and I’m trying to fathom what that itch is all about… I choreograph through having a desire to explore something that frustrates me, or fascinates me or troubles me about my own life or life around me.” – Michael Parmenter
Dr Pani Farvid on how gender fluidity impacts feminism:
“I think gender fluidity is one of the things that I feel, or I theorised, as have other feminists…as being vital to the goals of feminism which is gender equality. Because in my understanding, you get sexism when you have two distinct categories of gender. They’re seen as being very different and one is elevated and one is degraded in our society…Breaking the binary is the first step of trying to have less sexism, which is one of the goals of feminism.”
We recently caught up with James Meffan in Wellington for an Afterthought conversation that covered our ‘encounters’ with the world, awkward books, the importance of ethics and the relationship between closure and openness.
“Teaching literature is in many ways about teaching students to open themselves – partly through this awareness about the way that texts do their work – to make themselves interested in other possibilities… I think that, as human beings who live in – as the curse goes – ‘interesting’ times, we actually have to – we will be forced to continuously rethink our responses to the world. Fiction, I think, is one of those things that give us an avenue for doing so, but it is certainly not the only one. But some kind of sustained analytical focus will always be needed.” – James Meffan
Tune into our recent Afterthought conversation with Benjamin and Alexander from The Free Store, Wellington.
“I know that I am not the sum the clothes I am wearing, the haircut I have… I know that I am deep and complex and that I have many facets to my being. And so, everybody does. So affording others that same generosity of being willing to see them beyond their external and to acknowledge that I don’t know this person in their fullness yet, and I probably never will, but they are more than what I see, more than what meets the eye…Working from that place of assumption is a really good place to start.” – Benjamin
Afterthought with Toni Duder
We sat down with Toni Duder at the Rainbow Youth offices for a bit of a yarn following her fantastic talk. You guys wanted to hear more about connection, communication, and a dose of human rights.
Afterthought with Hayden Glass
There was a Maori lesson happening right next door to us when we chatted with Hayden Glass, so in amongst our chat about the future of Auckland, general economics and authenticity we were treated to the sweet sounds of a beautiful waiata. Certainly something to look forward to when you have a listen.
Afterthought with April Henderson
We talked with April Henderson and Max Rashbrooke for our Wellington Afterthought discussions.With April, we talked hip-hop, beat production, looking fly, cultures of consumerism and sustainability, and what it means to be part of an empowering community!
Afterthought with Max Rashbrooke
Considering how we live ‘worlds apart’ and the question of inequality in Aotearoa New Zealand, Max spoke to us about facts versus framing, the ways that personal experiences impact how we understand these critical issues, the importance of storytelling, and the way that our values deeply underpin how we make sense of the world.
We caught up with Shruthi Vijayakumar and Riley Elliott our speakers for our very first Afterthought discussions. We had a number of thought-provoking questions submitted to us following the talk. Three themes emerged – visual learning, inequality, and tailoring stories for different audiences.
It was awesome to connect with Shruthi and Riley once again and learn more from their wild and wonderful minds. Enjoy!