Heather Galbraith’s essay accompanying the exhibition Competitive Plastics, describes Judy Darragh’s interest in the work of contemporary French philosopher Catherine Malabou’s concept of ‘the fold’, which considers how the brain is impacted by repetition. Additionally, the theory looks at how creative and critical agency are in play when an action is carried out more than once.

For this Ockham lecture, Finn McCahon-Jones will explore ideas around ‘everyday’ and intentionally slow making.  Can reflexive action through analogue making be an antidote for digital saturation?

Finn McCahon-Jones has been making under the moniker Finn Ferrier since 2002.  His practice has centered on ‘Wharfware’, vessels that are constructed with the idea that they could be made at sea by a sailor, passing time be creating decorative objects for their surroundings.

These vessels are intended to reflect a simple and elegant use of rope and rhythmic forms that allude to the processes of making and cyclical time.

Hospitality will be provided. This event is free to attend and booking is required here.


Finn McCahon-Jones lives in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and is a curator and artist.  He has been exhibiting his ‘Wharfware’ since 2002.  His practice is focussed on the object, storytelling, materiality and place.

Finn McCahon-Jones portrait with his work. Photographer: Samuel Hartnett.

Finn Ferrier, Frondless Vase, cotton rope (2021)