With Hikalu Clarke, Rainer is half of the duo who created Crowd Source, a temporary installation artwork commissioned by Britomart as part of our partnership with the Auckland Art Fair in 2019.
Your projected work is called Crowd Source 2019. What are you hoping to communicate with it? Britomart serves as a transitory exchange hub and the multicultural masses of people moving through the CBD everyday are the largest numbers throughout the country. When thinking about how a collaborative artwork might work in Britomart we wanted to consider the important role that the individual has in defining the area’s collective identity and how this might parallel some broader themes we were interested in. By tapping into a variety of linking visual languages including sports, politics and digital based representation, Crowd Source hints at a fluid proximity between community and competition, kinship and xenophobia, the collective body and the individual.
This is the second time you’ve worked together. Who does what in your collaborations? Our collaborations take the form of a creative partnership right from the ideation phase through to the production. For this project we spent a long time in conversation just exchanging ideas and trying to wrap our heads around what we were trying to achieve. When it came to production we worked on the content and the edit simultaneously to rapidly iterate on what was and wasn’t working. It’s hard to differentiate between what each of us contributes to the overall package because the final work was only one of many other versions which didn’t make the cut.
What does an event like the Art Fair do for artists, and for contemporary art in general? The Art Fair provides artists an opportunity to network and to expose their work to a large and engaged audience base. The Fair is also a great place to binge-view art and find out what other creative practitioners are making at the moment.