Colophon: art & design: 11 December 2015

Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design) is peer-reviewed and published annually in November by Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

The series Scope (Art & Design) aims to engage discussion on contemporary research in the visual arts and design. It is concerned with views and critical debates surrounding issues of practice, theory, history and their relationships as manifested through the visual and related arts and activities, such as sound, performance, curation, tactile and immersive environments, digital scapes and methodological considerations. With New Zealand and its Pacific neighbours as a backdrop, but not its only stage, Scope (Art & Design) seeks to address the matters which concern contemporary artists and arts enquirers in their environments of practice.

EBSCO Database: Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design) is catalogued on the EBSCO Database in recognition of academic quality and alignment with international peer review processes.

An online version of the journal is available free at; ISSN (for hardcopy version): 1177-5653; ISSN (for online version): 1177-5661.

© 2015 the authors; © illustrations, the artists or other copyright owners, unless otherwise indicated as reproduced per GPL or Creative Commons (CC) licenses. Please see individual figure captions for licensing specifics for each image.

Submissions for Scope (Art & Design) are invited from artists, designers, curators, writers, theorists and historians. Submissions should be sent in hardcopy and electronic format by 30 April for review and potential inclusion in the annual issue to Leoni Schmidt (Chief Editor) at Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini Ki Otago, Private Bag 1910, Dunedin, New Zealand and with a copy to Please consult the information for contributors below and hardcopy or online versions for examples. Peer review forms will be sent to all submitters in due course, with details concerning the possible reworking of documents where relevant. All submitters will be allowed up to two subsequent resubmissions of documents for peer approval. All final decisions concerning publication of submissions will reside with the Editors. Opinions published are those of the authors and not necessarily subscribed to by the Editors or Otago Polytechnic.

Formats include: editorials; articles; perspectives; essays; artist and designer pages; logs and travel reports; reports on and reviews of exhibitions, projects, residencies and publications; and moving, interactive works (to be negotiated with the editors for the online version, with stills to appear in the hardcopy version). Other suggested formats will also be considered; and special topics comprising submissions by various contributors may be tendered to the editors. All material will be published both in hardcopy and online. Submissions should engage with contemporary arts practices in ways which may contribute to critical debate and new understandings. High standards of writing, proofreading and adherence to consistency through the Chicago referencing style are expected. For more information, please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style; and consult prior issues for examples. A short biography of no more than 50 words; as well as title; details concerning institutional position and affiliation (where relevant); and contact information (postal, email and telephone number) should be provided on a cover sheet, with all such information withheld from the body of the submission. Low resolution images with full captions should be inserted into texts to indicate where they would be preferred; while high resolution images should be sent separately. Enquiries about future submission can be directed to

Design,Typesetting and Onlining: Gregory Thomas, Phototype Press.

Printing: Dunedin Print Ltd.

Cover: Kristin O’Sullivan Peren, The Event in Transit Project (2014). Photograph: Ted Whittaker. The cover is based on an image on page 37 of this issue.

Editorial Team: Leoni Schmidt (Series Editor) and Pam McKinlay (Editorial Liaison), Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic / Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, Dunedin, Aotearoa/New Zealand.

For peer review and editorial advice and comment, the editors rely on a range of appropriate reviewers, but in the first instance on members of the Editorial Board:
Associate Professor David Bell, Dunedin College of Education, University of Otago
Dr Kevin Fisher, Film & Media Studies and Visual Culture, University of Otago
Mahomed Iqbal Dawood Jhazbhay, Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of South Africa
Dr Jane Venis, Otago Polytechnic
Dr George Petelin, Queensland College of Art, Griffi th University, Brisbane, Australia
Dr Khyla Russell, Kaitohutohu, Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini ki Otago
Prof Elizabeth Rankin, Art History Department, University of Auckland
Henry Symonds, Whitecliffe College of Art & Design, Auckland
Peter Stupples, Otago Polytechnic
Grant Thompson, Manukau School of Visual Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology
Associate Professor Linda Tyler, Centre for New Zealand Art Research and Discovery, National Institute of Creative
Arts and Industries, University of Auckland
Associate Professor Soumitri Varadarajan, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Dr Margaret Roberts, The National Art School, Sydney.