Dieneke Jansen - Visual Arts

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Senior Lecturer – Visual Arts / Urban Practices Minor Leader

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 # 8754/ +64 21 1179056

Email: dsjansen@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

WM508a office, 40 St Paul St, Central City
Wellesley campus, AUT University

Postal Address:

School of Art and Design
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


  • Master of Art & Design, First Class Honors, AUT University, New Zealand
  • Teaching Diploma – Auckland College of Education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts – Elam school of Fine Arts; Auckland University

Memberships and Affiliations:

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.

Teaching Areas:

  • Bachelor of Visual Arts: Photo & Lens based Media, Visual Arts Theory
  • Supervisions: Master of Visual Arts, Master of Philosophy
  • Minor: Urban Practices: Encountering the Urban, Urban Ecologies, The Urban Imagined, Urban Strategies and Interventions

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.

Masters Thesis supervisions:

  • 2018. C. Athena. Nonhuman Persons: A Photographic Love for Aotearoa’ s Natural Environment
  • 2017. A. Schipper. Dynamic Intervention
  • 2017. B. Quilter. From Destroyer: Descanting the Insalubrius 2017. C. Manning. Systematically Unsystematic
  • 2016. B. Luke. Hau Rongo: The Breath of Rongo
  • 2016. M. Taulangau. Kapau ‘oku ke fai ha Ngue, fai’aki ho’o kotoa 2016. A. Schipper. Past/Present/ Presence: The Dynamic ‘Self’ 2015. J. McCormick. This was Now Here
  • 2015. S. Hendeles. Searching for magic in Dog Town
  • 2015.L. Jackson. Way of the process painter: The Coexistence of Process & Painting within a Wayfaring
  • 2015. T. Ahkit. Homeless doesn’t mean hopeless creating authentic representation through co-curation.
  • 2014. A. Dempster. An Intuitive Confession
  • 2014. T. Turner. Social Sculpture and the Thirsting Millions

Research Areas:

Expanded documentary practice, photography, video installation, event and site-based practice, socially engaged art

Research Summary:

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

Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2018 – 90DAYS+ [solo exhibition],Te Tuhi, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2016 – Dwelling on the Stoep,St Paul St Gallery, Auckland
  • 2015 – Marunda: Dwelling on the Stoep, Jakarta Biennale 2015, ‘ Maju Kena, Mundur Kena: Bertindak Sekarang’,  Jakarta, 15 Nov 2015 - 17 Jan 2016
  • 2015 – Areas A & B, a three-part project in partnership with Te Tuhi and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Auckland
  • 2012 – Between a Brick and a Tender Place, Hommes Galerie, Charlois, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


  • Collaborative practice with Jenny Gilliam across three projects from 2012 to 2015
  • 2015 – FIXED for Good, Dieneke Jansen & Jenny Gillam. Tidelines project, Waterfront Auckland, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2013– An Urban Quest for Chlorophyll (book), co-edited by Dieneke Jansen and Jenny Gilliam, published RIM books, Auckland, N.Z
  • 2012 – Ever Green, Dieneke Jansen and Jenny Gillam Courtenay Place Park light box project, 2012, Wellington City Council, New Zealand
  • Collaborative practice with Biddy Livesey across a residency project in 2012 and exhibition project in  2013.
  • 2013 – There are Remnants of Small Fires on the Ping-pong Table in the Park, Dieneke Jansen and Biddy Livesey, RM, Auckland, N.Z.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • 2019 – A Disobedient Gesture of Remembrance in Shifting Landscapes curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe
  • 2017 – 90DAYS+ Why is it necessary for you to Move. FotoNoviembre Biennial Official Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
  • 2015 – Areas A & B: Housing in New Zealand (1946-) Circuit short film program Place Unmaking, New Zealand International Film Festival
  • 2015 – Lay of the Land, Papakura Art Gallery, curated by Anita Totha for the Auckland festival of Photography, Auckland
  • 2011 – Rapid Change, McLennan Development, Papakura Military Camp, 2011, curated by Bruce E. Phillips for Te Tuhi Centre of the Arts, Auckland, N.Z.

Selected Refereed Presentations and Publications:

  • 2013– An Urban Quest for Chlorophyll (book), co-edited by Dieneke Jansen and Jenny Gilliam, published RIM books, Auckland, N.Z


  • 2017 – Film Screening, co curated with Accompany Collective, Government Issue, St Paul St Gallery, New Zealand
  • 2017 – Film Screening, Social Matter, #ThisHomeisOccupied, co curated with Louisa Afoa, RM, artist run space, Auckland.
  • 2014 – The Street House: Confronting Myths, Confirming Realities. Project leaders: Andrew Douglas, Dieneke Jansen, Project team: Tosh Ahkit, Ziggy Lever, Mark Schroder, Auckland Council: Sophia Beaton, N.Z
  • 2013 – Transforming Topographies [The Lab Project]. 5th Auckland Triennial, If You Were to Live Here, curated by Hou Hanru, Auckland Art Gallery, N.Z. Project leaders: Albert Refiti, Elvon Young, Emily O”Hara, Lars Jerlach, Monique Redmond, Dieneke Jansen
  • 2012 – In Spite of Ourselves: Approaching Documentary. 08 Sept - 02 Dec 2012. Co-curated exhibition, Jansen, D., Amundsen, F., & Mey, V,St Paul St Gallery Auckland & Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, New Zealand

Conference, Symposia presentations:

  • 2016 – Paper Presentation:  Where it Dwells. Circuit:  Phantom Topologies Symposium, Wellington
  • 2016 – Paper presentation:  Dwelling on the State, Psi#22: Performance Climates Conference, University of Melbourne
  • 2015 - Cities in a Climate of Change: Public Art, Environmental and Social Ecologies
  • Conference Paper: Places for Agonistic Storms and Murmurs, University of Auckland
  • 2015 - DOCUMENT research symposium: The Documents through the Lens: Archives, Whakapapa, Ethics. – Convener of symposium and paper presentation.
  • 2014 - Photoforum Pecha Kucha, Auckland: Vol 40: A Special Celebration 40 years of PhotoForum & Pecha Kucha AKl's 40th event 4 June, Q Theatre
  • 2013 – Creating Intensive and Immersive Learning Experiences: The Impact of an Off Campus Intensive Residential Camp. The Eight International conference on the Arts in Society, University Budapest Hungary
An Exhibition by Dieneke Jansen
An Exhibition by Dieneke Jansen

Dwelling on the Stoep, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland 2016.

An Exhibition by Dieneke Jansen
An Exhibition by Dieneke Jansen

90DAYS+ Why is it necessary for you to Move. FotoNoviembre Biennial Official Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, 2017.

An Exhibition by Dieneke Jansen
An Exhibition by Dieneke Jansen

90DAYS+ [solo exhibition], Te Tuhi, Auckland, New Zealand, 2018.


  • 2017 – Physics Room Residency, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2015 – Invitation to make new work for the Jakarta Biennale 2015, ‘ Maju Kena, Mundur Kena: Bertindak Sekarang’
  • 2013 – National Contemporary Art Award [winner] judge: Jon Bywater, Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga O Waikato, New Zealand - work: Morrison drive, Hobsonville 2013
  • 2012 – Selected as international artist in residence for the Hommes Foundation CK12 residency, Rotterdam, The Netherlands