Push to Talk  (We Are Optimistic)

Lets Roar Loudly! Conversations about Art and Feminism  (We Are Optimistic)

The Planning Agency for the Patriarchy Free Zone  (We Are Optimistic)

The Patriarchy Free Zone Imagination Station  (We Are Optimistic)

Domestic Terror


Push To Talk

by We Are Optimistic (Kate van der Drift and Clare Fleming)

 Peace Gallery, Auckland May 2013

As part of One Day Wonder Series

 Anteroom, Port Chalmers October 2011

As part of Qubit – A Weekend of Performance Art

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Lets Roar Loudly

Lets Roar Loudly! Conversations About Art and Feminism

 Group Exhibition, Weekend Symposium and Publishing Project

www.letsroarloudly.blogspot.co.nz

by We Are Optimistic (Kate van der Drift and Clare Fleming)

2010

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The Planning Agency for the Patriarchy Free Zone

by We Are Optimistic (Kate van der Drift and Clare Fleming)

2010

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Patriarchy Free Zone: Imagination Statio

 Participatory Installation

Cardboard, PVA, blackboard, chalk, university participants.

Otago University Art Week

by We Are Optimistic (Kate van der Drift and Clare Fleming)

2010

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Domestic Terror

 Exhibited at:

Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, April 2010

SITE Group Exhibition, School of Art Dunedin, November 2009

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WE ARE OPTIMISTIC = CLARE FLEMING + KATE VAN DER DRIFT

We call ourselves We Are Optimistic (WAO). Everyday experiences of difference inspire us. Ideas of conversation and connection between margin and centre, between land and sea, between Maori and Pakeha, between woman and man, intrigue us. Imagining different worlds and new ways of interacting, is what excites us.

We work collaboratively across performance, installation, and curation to make art that hopes to inspire social change. We have worked closely together, sharing a studio and we have worked across distance, emailing from opposite sides of the globe. WAO’s past artworks have been deeply involved with the Dunedin community, in an effort to merge experimental art-making with radical community engagements: We’ve created an imagination-station for a make-believe “Patriarchy Free Zone” in a university lecture hall lobby. We’ve ignited a walkie-talkie conversational performance between the metaphorical margin and the metaphorical centre. We’ve hosted radical feminist thinkers, be-ers and do-ers for a Dunedin symposium and edited a loud little book full of essays and interviews. We’ve talked, doodled and drawn, we’ve curated and created, we’ve roared.