Auckland exhibition and performance – Robert Carter

Robert Carter – Sometimes A Great Notion


When Elsie MacPherson purchased Simplicity pattern 2523 at the Avondale hospice shop in November 1982, she did so with the intention of producing a practical and attractive garment for her six year old granddaughter, Elisa.

It is unlikely she would have foreseen that, 30 years later, the instructions for making this child’s one-piece playsuit would form the structure of an orchestrated improvisation of sewing machines.

We live in strange times.

Robert Carter describes himself as “an occlusion of the geek, engineer, tinkerer with the mystic, agnostic, seeker”. He improvises with artifacts of technological accretion, and searches for ways to revive the dead, respect the old, and find humility in the consumer onslaught.

NOTE: There will be a performance by Robert (day and time yet to be decided). If interested, keep an eye on the Audio Foundation website:

Exhibition runs until Saturday 31 May at the Audio Foundation: Sub-Basement of the Parisian Tie Factory, 4 Poynton Terrace (Off Pitt St or behind St Kevins Arcade) AK Central

Special thanks to Creative New Zealand and Becks for their support.

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