Past event

05 November 2017

Constancy Projections by Mark Harvey

05 November 2017. Free entry.

Constancy Projections
Mark Harvey
Sunday 5 November, 11am–4pm

In collaboration with physicist Shaun Hendy

Constancy Projections is the fifth and final action of Mark Harvey’s Nonlocality performance series at The Physics Room in 2017. This live performance reflects on the sociopsychological and politico-spatial context of The Physics Room within the realm of quantum mechanics and in relation to the Law of Conservation of Energy. Also known as the First Law of Thermodynamics, it states energy can never be created or destroyed, but only converted from one form to another (such as sunlight into electric power). The amount of energy in any isolated system remains constant. Working within this principle, Constancy Projections asks what can become of histories, genealogies, and related collective politics, and processes of manual labour residing within a single system?

Nonlocality will conclude with two concurrent moving image works operating across different spaces in January 2018.


Mark Harvey is a New Zealand-based artist mostly working in performance and video drawing on political, psychological and social approaches and physical endurance. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries at The University of Auckland and has a PhD from AUT University in related practice. He has recently published a book on a sample of 14 years of his practice titled Play Book (Index Design and Publishing).

Shaun Hendy is a physicist and Director of Te Pūnaha Matatini. His recent book Silencing Science reflects on the value of science and how it has been so often silenced when it comes to public policy. He served as Deputy Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology from 2008-2012 and as President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists from 2011-2013. He has won a number of awards, including the Prime Minister's Science Media Communication Prize and ANZIAM's E. O. Tuck Medal. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Hendy is a Professor of Physics at the University of Auckland.