Dr Alex Monteith
Born Belfast, Northern Ireland
Alex has exhibited solo project Exercise Blackbird Alex Monteith at the Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt (2012), the 4th (2009) and 5th Auckland Triennials (2011), as well as time-based screenings at Centre Pompidou, Paris. She was a recipient of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award (2008), a Walter’s Prize finalist (2010) and was a board member of Artspace (2012-2015).
She is also a member of the collective Local Time (Alex Monteith, Danny Butt, Jon Bywater, Natalie Robertson), and is a some-time political and environmental activist.
Research | Current
Alex Monteith’s works often explore the political dimensions of culture engaged in turmoil over land ownership, history and occupation. Her work traverses political movements, contemporary sports, culture and social activities. Alex’s projects often take place in large-scale or extreme geographies. Her surfing-related projects connect museum spaces directly to local geography through participatory performance projects.
Local Time has been named as a collective since 2007, usually working in collaboration with maintainers of local knowledge in specific sites. Our individual practices engage in debates concerning colonial histories and cross-cultural exchange through time-based art projects, contemporary art teaching and critical writing. Our shared past includes two international symposia, which attempted to incorporate bi-cultural principles in their staging as well as in their thematics, establishing settings for exchange and dialogue shaped by tikanga Māori. This genealogy reflects our attempt to reconcile our experiences of colonial and indigenous knowledges and temporalities, the connection between the aesthetic and the political, and so with the way the cultural is political.
Formed to consolidate and extend this history of collaboration, our name was chosen to reflect the idea of being ‘on local time’, adapting to local conditions while remaining sensitive to the way they are structured by ‘global’ formations. Our collective activities combine opportunistic responses and long term, ‘slow burn’ engagements. The purpose of Local Time is open-ended, embracing instability and experimentation, staying open to discovery in and across political, community, and art contexts.
Recent sites for Local Time projects have included Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga (2015), Mangere maunga (2014) and the Waitemata Harbour (2013) in Aotearoa New Zealand; Footscray, Australia (2014); and Delhi, India (2013). A Project is currently under development for Indonesia (2017).
Teaching | Current
- New media art
- Art education theory and practice
- Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award 2008
- Breton Award, International Surrealist Film Festival 2004, Overall festival winner
- Walters Art Award 2010, finalist, Passing Manoeuvre with two motorcycles and 584 vehicles for two-channel video installation, 2008