Events @ RAVE by Sen + Sonja – January 2013

Still from The Moving Heart by Sen and Sonja, 2010

Still from The Moving Heart
Te Ngākau Nekeneke
3 min. 34 second video, 2010
by Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn
Music: Whānau Mārama
by Toroa Pohatu
Aotearoa | New Zealand

All events are in at RAVE, 1240 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua

Art is Worship
Sunday: 6 Jan, 2013, 10 – 11 a.m.
a meditation of visuals (of mainly our own work) + sound + music for one hour in Wolhmann House (back entrance to RAVE). Followed by refreshments.

9 Jan, 7:30 p.m. “Videos, Installations and Sculpture
Sonja van Kerkhoff gives a show and tell of some recent art projects in Europe + the U.S. Potluck BBQ + dinner from 6 onwards. http://www.sonjavank.com

12 Jan, 1 p.m. “Learn how to make a website in wordpress or how to make a Facebook group” – Bring your own laptop or take notes on paper.

13 Jan, 1 p.m. “Caravan from Istanbul” – performance by Sonja van Kerkhoff with her origami herd. More about the Caravan is here
The monthly Hot Lakes Craft Fair is also on at RAVE Jan. 13th, from 10 to 2 p.m.
Sen and Sonja will present sculpture, installations and videos, in and around studio 2.

More events from 13 Jan onwards will be announced on this page.

Sen’s RAVE chairs 22 December 2012

Three of Sen's RAVE chairs with three of the RAVE 2012/13 artist in residence, Anna Borrie, Sen McGlinn and  Fabiola Barba, in front of the Rotorua Art Village studios.

Sen’s first three RAVE chairs and three of the RAVE 2012/13 artist in residence:
Anna Borrie, Sen McGlinn and Fabiola Barba, in front of the Rotorua Art Village studios.


Sen's seat in front of the Rotorua Art Village. Photo: Fabiola Barba

Sen’s seat in front of the Rotorua Art Village. Photo: Fabiola Barba


Twins from Denver, Colorado in one of Sen's seats at RAVE.

Twins from Denver, Colorado,
try out one of Sen’s seats at RAVE.

Sen is in residence at the Rotorua Art VillagE (info about RAVE) until Jan 17th with a brief return around Jan 22-24.

Come in any time (official hours are Monday to Saturday
11 – 3 p.m.
when all 8 artists are in action in their studios, but we are open from around 9 to 10 pm) for a sit down or to bring some of your broken furniture for a new lease of life.

By Jan 5th a schedule will be posted of the activities (talks, club and society meetings) planned to happen inside the circle of chairs at RAVE (googlemaps link) 1240 Hinemaru St (corner of Hinemoa St) between the Rotorua Museum and the Polynesian Spa. Tel: 07 – 3489008 (ask for Sen if you are offering wood or old furniture and ring for a long time if ringing outside of office hours so we have time to get to the phone).

See the Sculpture for Community Spirit blog
(5 Nov 2012) for more about this project of Sen’s.

RAVE Rotorua Residency 2012/13 – Sen McGlinn

Sen McGlinn’s project for the December 2012 – January 2013 RAVE (Rotorua Artist Village)

Sculpture for community spirit

I intend to use furniture and recycled timber, and other wood if necessary, to build a sculpture in modules, each containing a seat. The modules can be arranged in a circle to create an internal space that can be used for a jam session or poetry reading, for a club meeting, a prayer or meditation session, or for a small open forum on community issues.

Jam session on 15th July 2012, in Galerie de Pieter, Leiden

Jam session on 15th July 2012, in
Galerie de Pieter, Leiden. More about this work
See a 5 minute video of this jam session

The only condition will be that the events have no charge, and preferably they should be open to the public.

Weather and space permitting I’d also like to place these structures outside at times, so that some of the groups could meet on the grass next to the RAV buildings.

The process will start with a number of wooden chairs, which will be transformed one by one into modules of the sculpture, by myself or others who join in to work with me or perhaps members of the public who would like to drop into the studio at RAV and learn some woodworking and/or sculptural skills.

If you wish to learn how to work with wood from scratch or have a lot of experience with wood and want to work on this project make a comment below giving an idea of your skills and I'll comment back with a time and day we could meet in the RAV studios from December 14th onwards. Later there will details below about the types of workshops that will be on offer.

By early January I hope to have a programme of events to occur inside the work, in the studio or outside.

However the point for me is not only that the sculpture should be used: even when it is not being used, it should speak of the possibility of community. Recycled wood, ideally from broken furniture, will also convey the message of making something new out of what comes to hand, which is a metaphor in itself. Since I will not be bringing broken wooden furniture with me (from the Netherlands), I will be asking for donations of light wooden furniture.

I am also interested in the potential of straw and clay as a sculptural material (and straw bale construction in general), and I would like to contact someone in the area who is building in these materials (architects or home builders) and invite them to give a session at the Arts Village.Detail of a nine part sculpture made from recycled wood in 2012 in The Netherlands.

I will offer workshops myself, on the themes of organic society (a philosophical approach) and of getting in touch with wood (a really basic hands-on introduction to the properties of the material and how to work it).

If you would like to use this sculptural structure for your club meeting, to give a talk, for a bingo session, you name it …, then make a comment below about the type of event you’d like to have or drop into the RAV studios between Dec 14 and 24th.

More photos of the June 2012 nine piece sculpture made in the Netherlands >>

Photos of the “House of Worship” made in June 2012

House of Worship, Gallery de Pieter, Leiden, 4 August 2012. Toroa studies, Sen thinks, Koen improvises on clarinet.

House of Worship, Gallery de Pieter, Leiden, 4 August 2012. Toroa studies, Sen thinks, Koen improvises on clarinet.


Detail of a sculpture made in Leiden in June 2012.

Detail of sculpture in the OpenMakers Studio (a Leiden city Artist Studios Project),
2 July 2012.

Sen McGlinn’s project for the December 2012 – January 2013 RAVE (Rotorua Artist Village)

Sculpture for community spirit

A few photos of a sculpture made in nine parts out of recycled wood in June 2012 in the Netherlands just to give a rough idea.

The RAVE sculpture which will have its own look depending on the wood and the participants involved.

To the main page about the RAVE Rotorua Art project >>

We built this sculpture for two projects. The first was as part of the Leiden city artist studios “OpenMakers” project where artists work in old shop in the centre of the city allowing the public to come in see what they are doing.
For our three month residency this “House of Worship” was the third of our sculptural works. The first was a house-like sculpture “Room of Memories” for the “OpenLuchtHotel” festival which took place in 30 historic locations. Our location was in the courtyard area at the back of these studios which was adjacent to the Leiden Concert hall, the LVC a pop/rock music venue, and the 14th century Aalmarkt buildings. See pictures of what we made here >>

6 July 2012, during the opening, Sen and Toroa read for one hour as a performance. Others there noticed this, found some reading material and sat down to read as well.

6 July 2012 three readers seated in the House of Worship

6 July 2012 three readers seated in the House of Worship

6 July 2012, six seated in the House of Worship during the exhibition opening

6 July 2012, six seated in the House of Worship during the exhibition opening

6 July 2012, Sen reads

6 July 2012, Sen reads

So first we built this sculpture in the Leiden city “OpenMakers” studio and then it ended up in the “ZomerGasten” exhibition in the “De Pieter” gallery which is run by a collective of Leiden artists. The gallery is in an old 1950s post office. Our intent with the sculpture was not only to provide seating ‘inside’ the art and art that could be changed (each piece could be moved) but also to bring some ‘spirit’ into the work as well, so we organized a few events. During the opening there was an hour long performance by Sen and Toroa where both sat and read. Others at the opening noticed this and decided to do likewise and so first they hunted for reading material and then joined in to sit and read. Of course others asked them what they were doing and discussions inside this sculpture ensued.
Then some friends visiting the work said, “wouldn’t it be fun to play music in here” and so our first 2 hour jam session was on July 15th were we supplied a few instruments and others brought their own. We had so much fun that we repeated this on July 22nd and then again on August 4th and the 11th, each time with new people participating either spontaneously as visitors to the exhibition or via the Facebook announcements. Links on Youtube: 2 minute video from August 4th >>
5 minute video from July 15th >>