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18 February 2023

The chronicle of cognition: Opening address – Paula Booker

The chronicle of <cognition> contributors Eugene Hansen (left) and Bruce E. Phillips (right) at Paula Booker – The chronicle of <cognition>: Opening address (2023).

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About Paula Booker
Paula Booker has held leadership, editorial, programming and outreach roles in diverse artist-run centres, galleries and heritage organisations since 2004. Trained as an artist and raised in farming on confiscated and stolen Ngāi Ta and Tainui whenua, she is a life-long organic gardener, with an ongoing practice in habitat restoration.

Seeking to be Tangata Tiriti, Paula is a settler both here in Tāmaki and on Coast Salish territories in British Columbia, Canada, where she currently works. Paula believes that work in the arts that supports Indigenous sovereignty can be both reparative and generative of new spaces for social justice, and this is the focus of her research. She holds a Master’s in Critical Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia, where she researched Indigenous analyses of colonization, unsettlement, issues of place and representation.

About The chronicle of <cognition>
This event is part of the series of live events that are contributing to The chronicle of <cognition>, a collaborative project tracing histories of human and non-human cognition through live events, online contributions and a large-scale wall work.

With an emphasis on neurodiversity in Aotearoa, The chronicle of <cognition> project addresses how the topic of cognition inherently intersects with global discussions concerning white supremacy, disability, gender, sexuality, animal rights, biodiversity and artificial intelligence. Each contributor to the live event series has been asked to present a narrative thread that situates this discussion in relation to key events in a range of disciplines, such as science, technology, policy, activism, art, film or literature.

For more about The chronicle of <cognition> click hereThe chronicle of <cognition> is part of the group exhibition Who can think, what can think

Watch Paula Booker's opening address below.

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