The Order of Things

Media: 35 A4 documents

Finalist NZ Contemporary Art Award 2016


An audit of the Waikato Museum by Feng Shui expert Brigitte Seum that aims to improve the lives of the people who use the building. By taking careful note of the land, wind and water, we find that aesthetics and geography coalesce to create an ancient discipline of health and well-being. Based on science and academic learning, Feng Shui offers an alternative way to categorise and assign value and in so doing constitutes a kind of institutional critique, not just of one individual location, but our whole way of ordering and categorising. This helps us to view the world not just as a resource but as an organism that we need to have an affinity with, rather than just seeking to exploit it.