Simon Cuming & Saskia Leek
Layla Rudneva-Mackay & Warren Olds

Daniel Malone

Ascot Place
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Readings Nite

Performance Nite

Simon Cuming & Saskia Leek
Kindle Me, Protect My Barren Matter
Wednesday 16 January 2002

On the 16th of January, Cuckoo opened its first series for 2002 at the artist-run space rm401 in downtown Auckland. First up was Simon Cuming and Saskia Leek's "Kindle Me, Protect My Barren Matter" - there was Simon's "The Art Moon" (comprising a map of both the near and far sides of the moon with all the crater names, many of which were named for artiss it seems, and a series of related drawings on graph paper. He, a total charlatan, was offering to, for a small fee, name craters for opening punters.) and a series of Saskia soap sculptures and two forlorn paintings. On the night we were treated to Sean O'Reilly on guitars and Colleen on drums.

bonus artist Sean O'Reilly performing at the opening


Cuckoo is an artists' initiative from Aotearoa/New Zealand, operational since late 2000. We put on shows in other peoples' galleries, or rather, we make people give us their gallery to run our programme in.

An artist-run space without a space, a non-financial organisation, we are an informational entity rather than a room. We've been through all that, tracing our lineage through various old school artist-run spaces and public galleries.

We organise shows according to the time and energy we have for our ideas and the opportunities that come that come up for us to realise them. The Cuckoo core are five artists and writers: Jon Bywater, Judy Darragh, Daniel Malone, Ani O'Neill, and Gwynneth Porter. Our internet and design stuff is looked after by Warren Olds.

A PDF of our documentary publication 01/01-06/03 is available for download here:



For the Next Wave Festival in Melbourne in March 2006 - two projects!

A. Cuckoo presents Richard Maloy

For Cuckoo’s container in the container village, the marvelous Richard Maloy built a nest out of all sorts of things. This was another in his series of welcoming, crafted occupations (tree-hut, kissing booth etc.).

B. Silver Clouds

Cuckoo and the Melbourne artist-run project CLUBSproject came together to present "Silver Clouds". Or more correctly, CLUBS hosted Cuckoo, the good ole brood parasite...

Two things happened:

  • Cuckoo sent a team over and they made work, in a two-a-day relay at the CLUBSproject's Next Wave container.
  • The SCs and CLUBS also presented work at an offsite location on the rooftop of the store Order and Progress.
CLUBS is Michelle Ussher, Cate Consandine, Nadine Christensen, Bianca Hester, Terri Bird, Spiros Panigirakis, Chris Hill, Marcus Keating, Laresa Kosloff and Lizzie Newman.

The Cuckoo Silver Clouds team was Dan Arps, Nick Austin, Fiona Connor, Janet Lilo, Kate Newby, Seung Yul Oh, Sriwhana Spong and Ben Tankard.

Visit the CLUBS website at: http://www.clubsproject.org.au

Visit the ORDER + PROGRESS website at: http://www.orderandprogress.com.au

Visit the NEXTWAVE website at: http://2006festival.nextwave.org.au

Cuckoo Next Wave