Pussy Riot: Riot Days

I walked in not knowing what to expect. I was both jet-lagged and sick.

Just a little background for those who aren't politically informed with what's been happening in Russia and the wider world.

Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist protest punk rock group based in Moscow formed in 2011. The activist group are fighting for change, fighting for prisons rights, gender equality, world peace and are fiercely opposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom the group considered to be a dictator. Many of the members have spent time in prison, but by the looks of things this has only made them fight stronger.

Riot Days was a combination of a live Art performance/concert/protest/riot/speech and singing purely in Russian with video footage playing behind with subtitles. I just wanted to do whatever was needed to help! Anyone can be Pussy Riot!


1000 DOORS

1000 DOORS is the sibling of the optical illusion maze House of Mirrors, created by the Australian artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney.

After going through the installation last Friday night, I had the pleasure of speaking with Christian. He told me how he had been collecting material for years before beginning this project and that he had always been fascinated by the idea of a labyrinth. He was inspired by the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose with some of his material being sourced from friends and some old black and white photos coming from opshops.

I felt that there was a multitude of doors, some with windows or gateways throughout this labyrinth. As I went through I heard a mix of opinions from fellow observers - some talking loudly about how there can't be a thousand doors, or sharing their wonder about the emotions that the experience had given them. A combination of eerie sounds, strange knocking and phones ringing composed by Tamil Rogeon make for a thrilling and uneasy experience that I can only describe as 'spooky'! I dare you to look and find all of the 1000 DOORS and here is a hint to help you find my favourite door - listen for the knocking.

1000 DOORS will be in Aotea Square till early Feb.

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