In 2016, Rebecca Ann Hobbs and Harriet Stockman collaborated on a series of rubber lava bomb replicas, with the aim of throwing them alongside participants via a site-specific walking event at Rangipuke (Albert Park). For twisting, turning, winding: takatāpui + queer objects, Hobbs and Stockman offered one such lava bomb replica as their contribution, relating the peculiar shape of the aerodynamic rubber rock as queer and/or non-normative. 

For this event, Grayson Goffe will join Hobbs and Stockman to extend the walking, throwing, and sharing protocol of the original work in an attempt to connect with and respond to Opoutukēha (Grey Lynn Park). 

Beginning at Objectspace, our joint walking and storying will propel participants to Opoutukēha to throw, bounce, and catch rubber lava bombs.

Goffe, Hobbs, and Stockman hope this participatory event will create an opportunity to learn more about the diverse and multi-layered histories of Opoutukēha and the surrounding area through sharing stories.

Originally from Black River, Wulgurukaba country in far north Queensland, Australia, Rebecca Ann Hobbs has lived in Aotearoa since 2005. Her socially located research practice prioritises collaboration to create interdisciplinary artworks that celebrate dynamic bodies and their relationship with specific sites. As an educator, she affirms diverse standpoints through methods that are collaborative, consultative, contextual, embodied, experiential, and reciprocal.

Harriet Stockman was born in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and grew up in Hokianga. Her art practice is led by making, sharing, supporting, relationships, technicity, event, object, and installation. Her shifting focus is led by her interests and the needs of varying projects, however, a consistent companion to this milieu is clay and its associated environs. Stockman is a founding member of the Public Share Collective.

As a Māori arts practitioner with a lived experience of colonisation, and intergenerational trauma, Grayson Goffe (Taranaki) intentionally places himself within resilient communities approaching adversity as opportunities for growth. Grayson believes in the transformational potential creative practice/process can have within a community, enabling individuals to reimagine, disrupt and rebuild our future both collaboratively and equitably.

This event is weather dependent and may be postponed if needed. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and refreshments will be provided at the end of the event.

Rebecca Ann Hobbs & Harriet Stockman, Rubber lava bomb, 2016

Throwing replica rubber lava bombs, Harriet Stockman and Rebecca Ann Hobbs, Tāmaki Makaurau, 2016. Photographic documentation by Elliot Collins.