Artist Talk: Dane Mitchell

Artist Dane Mitchell and curator Nina Tonga discuss Post hoc, Mitchell’s presentation at the Biennale Arte 2019 in Venice. Presented in partnership with Creative New Zealand.

  • When | Āhea Sun 15 Dec 2019, 11.00am–12.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Rongomaraeroa, Level 4
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

Dead words. Extinct species. Ghost towns. Former nations. Destroyed art works...What do these things have in common? They are a few of the countless phenomena that existed but are now no more. These disappearances are at the heart of Dane Mitchell’s presentation Post hoc for the New Zealand pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2019.

Hear about the process of researching and creating Post hoc from the artist, Dane Mitchell, in conversation with Nina Tonga, Te Papa’s Curator Contemporary Art.

This event is presented in partnership with Creative New Zealand.

Read more about Post hoc

A tree, part of the artwork, is flanked by Venetian buildings, street lights, and a bridge over a canal


Dane Mitchell, Post hoc (installation view), 2019, mixed media installation. New Zealand Pavilion – 58th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. Photo courtesy of New Zealand at Venice

About the artist

Dane Mitchell’s practice is concerned with the physical properties of the intangible and visible manifestations of other dimensions. It speculates on what is material and explores systems of knowledge or belief and people’s experiences of them.

Mitchell has an extensive national and international exhibition history, including participation in a number of biennales across Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Asia, including Thailand’s first Biennale, Krabi. He has held solo exhibitions at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Institut d’Art Contemporain, Viilleurbane/Lyon, as well as participated in a citywide project in Belgium, PLAY Kortrijk. This year Dane held solo exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, Hopkinson Mossman, Wellington, and Château de Rentilly, Bussy-Saint-Martin, France.

Portrait of Dane Mitchell


Dane Mitchell, 2018-19. Photo courtesy of the artist and New Zealand at Venice