Senior Lecturer – Visual Arts / Urban Practices Minor Leader
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 # 8754/ +64 21 1179056
WM508a office, 40 St Paul St, Central City
Wellesley campus, AUT University
School of Art and Design
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
Private Bag 92006
The Documentary Practices Research Group [DRG] aims to establish AUT as the leading university for research focusing on documentary practices that are able to effect political, ethical, ecological and socio-cultural change. These concepts are explored through their individual visual arts practices via exhibition and written dissemination. They function as a cluster through shared commitment to rethinking documentary practice; through decolonising methodologies that position Mātauranga Māori frameworks through which to consider ethics, archives and whakapapa. Within their research, they share a collective desire to shift away from the dominance of Eurocentric bias within documentary discourses.
DRG members; Fiona Amundsen, Dieneke Jansen, Nova Paul, Janine Randerson and Natalie Robertson.
Dieneke Jansen is a senior lecturer who teaches on the Bachelor of Visual Arts, the Urban Practices Minor and the Master of Visual Arts programs at AUT University, New Zealand.
Expanded documentary practice, photography, video installation, event and site-based practice, socially engaged art
Dieneke Jansen’s artwork employs tensions between documentary practice and site-responsive interventions to explore spaces in confrontation with power to productively challenge inequality. Her photographic and video work functions as activism that displaces conventional borders between art and politics. In recent years, this has aimed to raise the visibility of social situations generated by the idea that housing is a fundamental human right. Specifically, this entails working with at-risk communities in Public|State|Social Housing. Jansen’s 2015 Jakarta Biennale project Marunda: Dwelling on the Stoep, and the 2016 St Paul St Gallery project Dwelling on the Stoep focussed on the socio-political spatiality of ‘failed’ housing projects in Jakarta (Indonesia), in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and in Auckland (New Zealand).
Her work engages with and participates in communities, exploring possibilities at the confluence of private and public social space. Jansen’s practice focusses on possibilities that arise after top-down solutions to housing low-income citizens fail. They demonstrate the capacities of community building and how connective-ness sustains. Jansen interfaces with agonistic bottom-up actions that reside at the ‘stoop’ to create aesthetic encounters with social, economic and geopolitical issues. Jansen works with multiple site and lens registers, linking precarious dwelling and activism with an art world’s material and social support through immersive installations and off-site events.
Selection of recent projects
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Selected Refereed Presentations and Publications:
Conference, Symposia presentations:
Dwelling on the Stoep, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland 2016.
90DAYS+ Why is it necessary for you to Move. FotoNoviembre Biennial Official Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, 2017.
90DAYS+ [solo exhibition], Te Tuhi, Auckland, New Zealand, 2018.