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This week on Standing Room Only: expat Jennifer Flay making art world waves as General Manager at International Art Fair FIAC in Paris; film animator Jodie Mack follows the path of Len Lye, Pati Solomona Tyrell of FAFSWAG on his Walters prize nominated work; two French films - psycho thriller Double Lover and bubbly comedy C'est la vie in At The Movies; we talk photographic publishing with Michael Itkoff of Daylight Books and about Auckland Photo Day, we visit the Paekakariki studio of Kuki Koori the brainchild of Fat Freddy Drop's Iain Gordon aka Kuki and artist and artist Mick Finn aka Koori; Court Theatre artistic director Ross Gumbley is on The Laugh Track; poet Therese Lloyd discusses her new book and reads; we talk about Alexander Turnbull's gift one hundred years ago with Chris Szekely and Rachel Underwood; on My Heels are Killing Me Sonia Sly talks to Olivia Fleming in New York and in the Drama at 3, Justin Eade's family drama Cliff's Last Mission featuring Simon Ferry and Aroha White. With Simon Morris and Mark Amery, featuring music in the English language which mixes in a bit of French.


12:15    Expat Jennifer Flay making art world waves at FIAC in Paris

As General Director of leading international art fair FIAC in Paris since 2010, Jennifer Flay is a New Zealander playing an important role in the contemporary art world. Jennifer left New Zealand for France 36 years ago to study art history staying on to work in dealer galleries, including running her own during a resurgence in the French art scene in the 1990s.She became the Artistic Director of FIAC in 2003. Since she took over as General Manager the fair has had a resurgence and is again one of the world's leading art fairs.

Jennifer was back in New Zealand this week to receive a Kea World Class New Zealand Award - recognising her outstanding contribution as an expat to the world of fine arts. She spoke to Mark Amery about the changes in the French art scene over the last 40 years and New Zealanders role in it, including Paris-based new expat artist web publishing platform Contemporary Hum.



12:30 Experimental Film Animator Jodie Mack follows the path of Len Lye

American artist Jodie Mack has been described as "the most exciting experimental film-maker of her generation".  She works mostly in the abstract animation field, often using textiles, magazine clippings and wrapping paper.  And the end results - like the short film Curses below - are often stunning. Mack is completing her first feature length animated film The Grand Bizarre- The Pleasure of the textile.

Jodie Mack's approach, her techniques and her end results are often reminiscent of another abstract experimenter - New Zealand's legendary Len Lye.  So it's not surprising that she's been invited to the home of all things "Lye" - New Plymouth's Govett Brewster Gallery. 

A survey of Jodie's film is being exhibited at New Plymouth's Govett Brewster, and this Thursday evening she's presenting a screening of some of her films with moving image organisation Circuit and fellow America artist Fern Silva at Wellington's The Pyramid Club. There will be a support act, a brand new 25 minute multimedia performance by the mysterious artist known as Fistkisser. "Draped in projections of found video and animated motifs, Fistkisser will reveal a spontaneous sonic narrative, freshly squeezed from the dreamy fruit of '80s cinematic pathos."



12:45 Being Pacific, Artist and Queer: Pati Solomona Tyrell of FAFSWAG

All this month on Standing Room Only we're talking to the people behind the shortlisted exhibitions for the Walters, New Zealand's top art prize - a glimpse into some of the most exciting artwork being created in the country.

Pati Solomona Tyrell is known as a cofounder of art collective FAFSWAG. Only 18 months ago his shortlisted work for the Walters Prize Fāgogo, was his graduate exhibition from his degree with the Manukau Institute of Technology.  It was later shown at the St Paul Street Gallery in Auckland and Dunedin Public Art Gallery to acclaim. Mark Amery spoke to Pati about his work. The Walters Prize exhibition opens at Auckland Art Gallery August 18.



1:10 At The Movies

Two French films - psycho thriller Double Lover and bubbly comedy C'est la vie.



1:33 Photographic publishing: Michael Itkoff of Daylight Books & Auckland Photo Day

Photographers are no longer just thinking about presenting their work blown up on the wall in exhibitions - or in the pages of magazines. The digital and web age has brought new forms of online  publishing, and conversely it's also seen - like the revival of the vinyl record - a rise in interest in the physical photo book.

A leading independent photography publisher is Daylight Books, co-founded in the United States by Michael Itkoff, a rather fine photographer himself. Daylight have done everything from handing our throwaway cameras to citizens in Iraq in 2004 to publishing a collection of iphone photographs after Hurricane Sandy.

Mark Amery caught up with Michael while he was in Auckland for the Auckland Festival of Photography, judging this week's Nikon Auckland Photo Day competition.The Photo Day winners and finalists work can be seen here. Online voting in the people’s choice category of Nikon Auckland Photo Day closes Friday, 29 June Simply visit here.



1:50 Kuki Koori - Fat Freddy's Drop keyboardist and an artist VJ

An audio visual spectacle which combines live digital painting and and improvised electronic musical performance, Kuki Koori is the brainchild of Fat Freddy Drop's Iain Gordon aka Kuki and artist and VJ Mick Finn aka Koori. Mark Amery visited the pair in Iain's Paekakariki studio, gearing up for a special event at Te Manawa in Palmerston North on July 7. Kuki Kuri In The House will be full of sounds, images and characters based on the museum's collection of objects, from Moa bones to an old dentists chair.



2:06 The Laugh Track - Ross Gumbley

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Court Theatre Artistic Director Ross Gumbley shares his comedy favourites and discusses the demise of Fortune Theatre, and his current productions The Biggest and the touring Songs for Nobodies with Ali Harper.









2:25 Poet Therese Lloyd discusses her new book and reads

This month in our literary slot we're focusing on poets with interesting new volumes of poetry. The Facts is the second book of verse by Therese Lloyd, following 2013's Other Animals, published by Victoria University Press.

In her new  book Therese deals in art, poetry and honesty - gently opening out the more awkward and less said territories within relationships. As the book cover says: "the end of a marriage, a toxic love affair, age and aging, and the deeper question of spiritual meanings". Mark Amery spoke to Therese.



2:40  Alexander Turnbull's gift - Chris Szekely & Rachel Underwood

If you research anything in New Zealand, sooner or later his name will crop up - but who knows much about Alexander Turnbull, apart from the fact he gave his name to one of our great libraries? Simon Morris talks to Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library Chris Szekely and Rachel Underwood, President of the Friends of the Turnbull Library, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the gift of Turnbull collection to the state. Centenary events are launched On 28 June, the Hon. Grant Robertson will host the Friends of the Turnbull Founder Lecture, ‘Books and their Readers’, given by Lydia Wevers. This will be followed by the launch of the Turnbull centenary celebrations in Parliament’s Grand Hall. The launch marks a 30-month period of celebrations, culminating with the centenary of library’s opening in 2020.



2:49 My Heels are Killing Me - Olivia Fleming in New York

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The fashion industry is a hungry beast and beyond its glossy facade are people who work tirelessly behind the scenes. But what is it like to be in the thick of it as an editor for a top international publication in one of the major fashion capitals in the world? Kiwi Olivia Fleming is doing just that. She’s the Senior Features Editor for and has been based in New York for the better part of ten years. Sonia Sly spoke to Olivia for an episode of My Heels Are Killing Me to find out about working in NYC and her label, Olivia Kane Jewellery.



3:06 Drama at 3

Justin Eade's stirring family drama Cliff's Last Mission featuring Simon Ferry and Aroha White


Music this week

Artist: Bill Wyman

Song: (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rockstar

Composer: Bill Wyman

Album: Bill Wyman

Label: A&M Records

Played at: 12.04pm


Artist: Doug Kershaw

Song: Diggy liggy Lo

Composer: JD Miller

Album: The Cajun Way

Label: Warner bros

Played at: 12.31


Artist: ABBA

Song: Voulez Vous

Composer: Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson

Album: Antologia

Label: Carnaby

Played at: 12.57pm


Artist: Mitzi Gaynor

Song: Dites-Moi

Composer: Rodgers & Hammerstein

Album: South Pacific (An Original Soundtrack Recording)

Label: RCA Victor

Played at: 1.05pm


Artist: Emmylou Harris

Song: (You Never Can Tell) C'est La Vie

Composer: Chuck Berry

Album: Luxury Liner

Label: Warner bros

Played at: 1.45pm


Artist: One Republic

Song: Au Revoir

Composer: Brent Kutzle, Ryan Tedder

Album: Native

Label: Interscope

Played at: 1.58pm


Artist: 10CC

Song: Une Nuit A Paris

Composer: Godley & Creme

Album: The Original Soundtrack

Label: Mercury

Played at: 2.05pm


Artist: Flight of the Conchords

Song: Foux Du Fafa

Composer: Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement

Album: Flight of the Conchords

Label: Sub Pop

Played at: 2.37pm


Artist: Beyonce

Song: Deja Vu

Composer: Beyoncé Knowles, Delisha Thomas, Keli Nicole Price, Makeba, Rodney Jerkins, Shawn Carter

Album: B day

Label: Sony Urban Music

Played at: 2.57pm


Artist: Motorhead

Song: Coup De Grace

Composer: Not available.

Album: Aftershock

Label: UDR

Played at: 3.04pm


Artist: Labelle

Song: Lady Marmalade

Composer: B. Crewe, K. Nolan

Album: n/a

Label: Epic

Played at: 3.55pm