Politics of Sharing – On Collective Wisdom

Kalisolaite ’Uhila

Kalisolaite 'Uhila achieved his Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2010 from Auckland University of Technology, where he is currently studying Performance & Media Arts. His performances and actions explore the links between Polynesian and western culture. With 'Maumau taimi/Wasting Time' Kalisolaite 'Uhila explores traditional Tongan and Western temporal scheme.

"... During our conversations with him in Auckland, there have been close references to Allan Kaprow’s practice, and Ite (Kalisolaite 'Uhila) has clearly brought the necessity of questioning what could be interesting to bring, (or not to bring anything else than himself to Berlin) into the art context, especially whiny work with a cultural  context, a genealogical perspective and a performative approach. We can borrow that Kaprow’s statement here: 'A walkdown 14th Street is more amazing than any masterpiece of art' and reformulate with our contemporary form of anxiety such as: A flight to Berlin itself is already a big waste of time when you work on a piece called Wasting Time, neap? A Tongaen feeling of time with a continental understanding of space will be the only conceptual tool and elements of his abstraction, but nothing else."

Kalisolaite ‘Uhila: Wasting Time; © Kalisolaite ‘Uhila
Wasting Time
Kalisolaite ‘Uhila: Pigs in the Yard, 2011; performance arcade; photo courtesy: Sam Trubridge, © Kalisolaite ‘Uhila
Pigs in the Yard, 2011; performance arcade
photo courtesy: Sam Trubridge, © Kalisolaite ‘Uhila