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Future Hotel Arts Advice Bureau (FHAAB)

February 16, 2016 |  by  |  Future Hotel  |  Share

Future Hotel Arts Advice Bureau (FHAAB)

Practical and creative advice for artists.


We all know what it’s like to momentarily lose our way in the lead up to the opening of a new show or the unveiling of a new piece of art.
Everyone from artists to reception staff can experience difficulties ranging from purely practical to existentially chaotic challenges.
At least nine out of ten of us feel a moment of panic when we realise that we actually have to come up with the goods but are afraid that everyone will discover that we are a fraud.
It’s at these times that you may think “I should just give up,” “why did I say yes?” or “there’s no way we can ever make any money out of this.”

It’s important to know that these thoughts are a vital part of the process and that they are better out than in. Rather than concentrating on eliminating the feeling or letting it keep you up at night, talk to the Future Hotel Arts Advice Bureau (FHAAB) about it.

At FHAAB we provide everything from practical solutions to creative brainstorming.  With us you can rely on an open and patient ear to your concerns and a hands on approach to affect a rich and fulfilling experience.

No problem is too great a burden.  Bring your greatest fears, your haziest uncertainties and we will talk them through with you.
Representatives from institutional arts organisations and political parties are equally welcome.

The Future Hotel Arts Advice Bureau will open from 12-2pm on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of February at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Rd, Titirangi as part of the They Come From Far Away live performance series.

IQ2 – Arrive Alone, Leave Together

April 11, 2014 |  by  |  Writing  |  Share

This is something I wrote and presented at PAANZ 2013 in Auckland.  A summary of the artwork and my feeling about creating it.

IQ2 was created by Future Hotel, a collaboration between myself and Stephen Bain.

IQ2 or Intimate Questions 2 is an inter-active group questionnaire and public choreography using wireless headphones. Participants answer a series of questions with simple movements creating a sort of human pie chart of the personal, moral, and futuristic statistics of the group.

It’s a public and private personality test – private because the public don’t know what the performers are listening to and public because the performers are publicly answering private questions about their lives.

And this is what makes this piece super relevant to the contemporary lives of New Zealanders. It’s made up specifically of people’s immediate responses to questions from economics, politics and health, to social behaviour and of course our attitudes towards intimacy.

We’ve created a structured questionnaire which divide the group, into Yes, No , Maybe, I don’t know camps. The result is a physical chart which authentically represents the unique statistics, thoughts and feelings of that particular group, at that particular time, on that particular day.

As they build confidence we get them to act out some simple choreopraphy, then we pair them up,make them slow dance together and act out a mock wedding, all in a simple personality quiz’s day.

All the while the audience are watching this with a soundtrack of their very own; a narrative about people lost in an airport looking for someone or something accompanied by original music by Jeff Henderson. It’s timed perfectly to the soundtrack in the headphones but the public is unaware of the questions being asked.

Finally, to further unify the group and really test out their singing in the shower voices, the group sings together karaoke style, and have their photo taken as a record and memento of the experience.

Immediately we start to see some of the general statistics. For example we know that 99% of most groups consider themselves honest people and 1% have knowingly lied on an official tax document. Incidentally, we also know that 2% of this group started the performance as strangers but continued an intimate relationship afterwards…for 4 days.

We found that people were all too happy to follow our instructions and publicly answer our questions. And it’s simply because of the private nature of the headphones. They immediately put you in a secure space, in your own little world.

My favourite thing about IQ2 is this: it’s an experience where strangers arrive alone, but leave together, having felt that they were a part of something. They leave having met each other, in fact they leave having danced together. Often with theatre experiences, in fact in daily life itself, we arrive alone and leave alone and barely give a thought to the person sitting next to us, and how much can we even trust that person really…?

My second favourite thing is this:  It’s free.  There was one man who was clutching on to a plastic bag of bread, and when I asked if I could store his bag away for him so he could have his hands free he was very reluctant. It was obvious he was a bit of an outsider, and I found out later that he was in fact homeless…well, I assume this because when I asked him for his email address, he scrawled out a physical address which made no sense,  It didn’t exist.  But by the end of his experience he’d entrusted his sole possession to us and he had danced with a beautiful stranger and sung a song with a group of people and had smiled broadly when his was photo taken.  I love that.  I love that because this is a free and social experience, we made this man feel included.

At it’s simplest, IQ2 is an experience that allows you to learn a few things about the people around you. It leaves you richer in the knowledge that you are not alone. You aren’t the only one who thinks you are better looking than others, and you are not the only one who has told someone you loved them, then regretted it later.

When I think of why I made this piece I think of this passage from an essay by Tim Etchells on Risk and Investment:

“Thinking of investment we ask: when this performance finishes will it matter? Where will it matter? Will the performer carry this with them tomorrow? In their sleep? In their psyche? Does this action, this performance, contain these people (and me) in some strange and perhaps unspeakable Way?

I ask of each performance: will I carry this event with me tomorrow? Will it haunt me? Will it change you, will it change me, will it change things?”

I know that making this work changed me, and I hope you will allow it to change you too.


An Open Letter

March 7, 2014 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  Share



November 2, 2013 |  by  |  Direction & Collaboration, Future Hotel, Public Performances  |  Share

WINNER – Best in Outdoor (NZ Fringe Awards)

FUTURE HOTEL presents IQ2 (Intimate Questions 2)


Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Are you a dreamer or a schemer?

Are you more good looking than most people you know?

Are you looking for someone?

Have you been waiting for someone who will take you into the future?

Find your answers at IQ2, Future Hotel’s latest public and private personality test.

IQ2 is a group questionaire and public happening. Participants answer a series of questions with simple movements creating a human pie chart of the personal, moral, and futuristic statistics of the group.

We have 20 sets of wireless headphones. Put them on. Listen and respond. Meet strangers.

Take a breath.
Think of the future.

COLLABORATORS: Nisha Madhan, Stephen Bain & Jeff Henderson

-4 copy








IQ2 Fringe Programme artwork - NEW

Questions for Quizoola!

April 11, 2013 |  by  |  Insipirations, Writing  |  Share
Dear Forced Entertainment,
Do you consider yourself an honest person?

Do you normally order the cheapest wine on the menu?

Do you normally order the second cheapest wine on the menu?

Will you live longer than your partner, or best friend?

Have you ever knowingly participated in illegal activity?

Have you ever knowingly lied on an official tax document?

Do you think you might be making bad decisions in your life?

Do you suck your stomach in for photographs?

Do you consider yourself better looking than most people you know?

Do you fantasize about your own funeral?

Do you enjoy farting anonymously in public?

Do people notice you when you walk into a room?

Do you often eat the last biscuit on the plate?

Have you ever told someone you loved them, then regretted it afterwards?

Have you ever said out loud that you would do harm to a political figure?

Is your heart racing?

Are you looking for someone?

Have you been waiting for someone who will take you in to the future?

If someone told you how to see the future, would you do it?

Would you consider yourself a leader in your community?

Do you often let calls go through to voicemail?

Do you believe the children are our future?

Do you believe that people need someone to look up to?

Have you ever decided never to walk in anyone’s shadow?

Best wishes for the future.

Future Hotel
Click here to watch Quizoola! live from 11.59pm 12 April – 11.59pm 13 April 2013

The Magnificent Western Park Open

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Future Hotel, Public Performances  |  Share


(Image by Naomi Lamb)


 9 & 10 NOVEMBER 2012



Come and play shadow tennis with Future Hotel. Slicker than your average match, The Magnificent Western Park Open will use a giant, interactive wall, wireless racquets, endless colours and a soundtrack you build all on your own.

COLLABORATORS: Nisha Madhan, Stephen Bain & Drew McMillan

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Intimate Questions

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Future Hotel, Public Performances  |  Share

Conceived for Feeding Habits, a performance night at The Audio Foundation in Myers Park.

IQ (Intmite questions) is a group questionaire and public choreography. Participants answer a series of questions delivered to them through wireless headphones with simple movements creating a human pie chart of the personal, moral, and futuristic statistics of the group.

Come alone, leave together.

COLLABORATORS: Nisha Madhan & Stephen Bain

Fred Talks

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Future Hotel, Production, Public Performances  |  Share

FRED TALKS is a weekly series of local artist talks  hosted by Nisha Madhan.  Guest speakers are invited to talk to an audience for one hour on a subject of their choosing, followed by a light supper. FRED TLAKS was inspired by NIGHTSCHOOL a similar programme run by the Frederick Street Sound and Light Exploration Scoiety.

FRED TALKERS: John Radford, Chris O’Connor, Cat Ruka & Alexa Wilson.

SPECIAL BONUS FRED TALKER: Janet McAllister on Death and Dying in Picture Books.

Beckett Says

November 2, 2012 |  by  |  Future Hotel, Public Performances  |  Share

Headphone experience and performance for public places


Beckett Says is a sound experience and incidental performance in the city. Public participants wear headphones and follow instructions, while passers by and observers are gently invited in to watch, react and interact.

Beckett Says invites fresh ways of seeing and being in public space. It acknowledges the shifts in reality we experience every day, being in an urban environment. To observe and to be observed is part of human nature and in the city we are constantly adjusting our behaviour to this notion subconsciously.

Beckett Says also encourages a sense of intimacy in the city. Like an intimate inner voice, the soundtrack speaks quietly and calmly to you, creating a comforting environment where participants feels freer to be their private selves within this public space. Often in public we feel our behaviour is monitored as the public self. In this way Beckett Says is a way of being private and public at the same time.
The game usually ends in laughter and interaction between participants who did or did not know each other earlier, and between participants and observers.

COLLABORATORS: Stephen Bain, Nisha Madhan with Sam Hamilton and Lara Fischel-Chisholm


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