City Gallery


The Future of Monuments

2pm Sun 24 October

General Admission


In this lively and discursive session panelists Mark Stocker, Morgan Godfery, Diana Burton and Courtney Johnston, discuss possible futures for public monuments and memorials.

Today, many want to pull down memorials as expressions of bad politics, especially those memorials that legitimise evil and injustice. What memorials need to go what can stay? Are their 'good' memorials—and who decides? Can we make use of 'bad' memorials? Is the form of the memorial itself now compromised? How do we understand miscellaneous contemporary memorial projects, like Peter Eisenman's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin and Ground Zero in New York, or Weta and Te Papa's The Scale of War and Peter Jackson 'colourising' World War I footage? Do memorials have a role moving forward? What form could future memorials take?

Each panelist will present a short talk on a monument to preserve before collectively debating the wider implications of this topic. Chaired by Giacomo Lichtner.

This is an in-person event but as we have limited capacity under level two it will be live streamed and recorded by  Story is King.  All bookings will be advised on where to find the livestream and recording. Check back with us for further updates.

At Alert Level 2, this event has limited capacity to ensure correct hygiene measures and social distancing. If there is a shift in Alert Levels, we will notify all bookings.