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SCAPE 7 - Level Playing Field

by David Cross 

For six weeks only, Christchurch hosted the world premiere of the action-packed sport, Powerslide, the world's newest thrills and spills sport.
Investigating the interplay between sport and participatory art, David Cross's Level Playing Field was a pop-up structure, which acted as a playing field for the game, Powerslide. Residents were encouraged to put together a team and take part at scheduled times.

Image & video credits:

Level Playing Field,
David Cross, 2013

© SCAPE Public Art & David Cross


David Cross

David Cross works across performance, installation, video and photography. His practice brings together performance art and object-based environments, focusing on relationships between pleasure, the grotesque and phobia. His works often involve inflatable objects and structures that draw audiences into unexpected situations and dialogues as Cross seeks to explore contemporary experiences and understandings of participation in art.

David Cross holds a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and is currently Associate Professor in Fine Arts at Massey University. Cross has exhibited extensively in New Zealand, Australia, Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom. He has performed in international live-art festivals in Poland and Croatia, and was selected as a New Zealand representative at the Prague Quadrennial in 2011. Cross was commissioned by the National Institute of Experimental Art, University of New South Wales and the City of Sydney to develop Drift, a large-scale public art commission for Taylors Square in Sydney in 2011, and his installation, Lean, was included in The Obstinate Object at Wellington City Art Gallery, 2012.

His work, Hold, was selected for inclusion in ‘Liveworks’ at Performance Space, Sydney, 2010 and featured as part of the Arts House season in the Melbourne Festival, 2012. His work, Bounce, was included in the New Zealand survey of performance ‘Mostly Harmless’ at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 2006. Cross also writes on contemporary art and his curatorial projects include the large art in public space projects One Day Sculpture across New Zealand, 2008–09 (co-directed with Claire Doherty) and Iteration: Again in Tasmania, 2011.