Urban Whitescapes in W[h]anganui

David Batchelor’s Chromophobia starts with a chapter titled ‘Whitescapes’. It is a treatise on the long history of the expulsion of colour and the triumph of white in various fields of artistic endeavour. Batchelor points out how active the denial of colour has been. He writes “To mistake the colourful for the colourless or white […]

Posted at 2:20 am on June 8, 2014 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , | Continue reading

Ornamental nationalism for the modern Maori

I initially had a bad reaction to Tim Codyre’s opinion piece in the January 2014 edition of Architecture New Zealand. Granted, my first reading was clouded by my preconceptions of this journals poor treatment, elucidation, or at times even recognition of Maori architecture and design. To read a piece that seemed to argue for a […]


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