Miss Pokeno and her Roadkill Art

Remember the Thompson Twins? Where are they now? Well, Alannah Currie, the blond one, is making art and currently has a show of furniture made with roadkill: England Bloody England, The Miss Pokeno Show

A Collection of Chairs to Honor the Godless

And as it turns out, she has had quite an interesting life. One I plan to pretend I had on my next rainy day. I went to New Zealand once and decided to move there one day, when my ship gets unstuck on a sand bar and I get unevacuated and it finally comes in. I check my inbox each day for an invitation from Alannah Currie. I check my post office box as well. I look under the bed and in the freezer. I look in unmarked boxes never unpacked from moving 6 years ago. I look in my coffee grounds and tea leaves. Alannah–this is a hint.  And so I quote from wikipedia:

Alannah Currie

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Currie emigrated to England in 1977 after training as a radio journalist.

After squatting in various places in South West London, she ended up in Lillieshall Road, Clapham Old Town. In 1979, with her across-the-road neighbour, Trace Newton-Ingham, she co-founded the dread-punk-improvising group, The Unfuckables. The Unfuckables performed one spectacular gig at an Anti-Psychiatry Conference in early 1980, held in the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London. For this performance, the group comprised the two founder members, plus a stellar array of musicians drawn from London’s ‘underground’ music scene – Viv Albertine [[The Slits], Gareth Sager [The Pop Group], Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward [This Heat], Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins), Jimmy Cauty ([The KLF] / JAMMS etc) and jazz maestro [Steve Beresford], amongst others.

She went on to become one third of the final line up of the hugely successful 1980’s British based group, the [Thompson twins].

By 1992 Currie and her partner, fellow Thompson Twins band member Tom Bailey, mutated into the electro trip-hop outfit Babble, featuring Currie as lyricist, percussionist and visual artist.

In 1993 Currie and Bailey, and their two children, Jackson and Indigo, emigrated to New Zealand, Currie giving up music to work as an artist and environmental activist. As an artist, she specialised in working with glass. An interest in the functional aspect of art production was emerging – the art object as a utilitarian device.

In 2001, in New Zealand, she formed the notorious anti-GM activist group, MAdGE, organising protest marches and campaigns, primarily aimed at mobilising women across NZ to boycott supermarkets.

In 2003, in order to provoke an ethical debate on the use of human genes in cows milk, she designed a highly controversial billboard advertisment, featuring a naked, four breasted, woman attached to a milking machine. Both the public and the advertising standards authority were outraged, however, her billboard work went on to win several international art prizes and has since become a piece of iconic NZ activist art.

In 2004, the billboard appeared in the exhibition DNA – Art and Science held at the University of Southern Florida Contemporary Art Museum. In 2005, it featured in From Mini-FM to Hactivists:A Guide to Art and Activism curated by Mercedes Vincente at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ.

In 2004, Currie moved back to London, in order to gain more skills… ” fuck art I want to make something useful” and enrolled at London Met University, learning traditional furniture production.

In 2007, she successfully graduated with an Advanced City and Guilds Certificate in furniture production.

Working with The Armchair Destructivists, a little known, maverick, offshoot of Gustav Metzger’s Auto Destructive Movement, she exhibited at the Aquarium Gallery, London 19 October – 5th November 2006.

“NOTHING IS SAFE – EVEN OBJECTS TRADITIONALLY ASSOCIATED WITH COMFORT AND SECURITY CAN BECOME LETHAL DOMESTIC BOMBS WHEN THAT IS THE INTENTION. WE THREW AN ARMCHAIR FROM THE TOP OF A HUNDRED FOOT CLIFF ON THE AFTERNOON OF 9/11 IN ORDER TO OBSERVE ON FILM THE MOMENTS IN TIME WHEN THE CHAIR BECAME THAT LETHAL WEAPON.” MISS POKENO (DESTRUCTIVIST) 2006 (extract from the armchair destructivist show catalogue, the aquarium London 2006)

Currie lives and works in London. Her current work can be seen on her website


4 Responses to “Miss Pokeno and her Roadkill Art”

  1. “Seven German artists with lice in their hair moved into an Israeli museum. ‘The idea is that we live in the museum as their guests, and at the same time we are hosting lice on our heads,’ explained artist [! sic] Vincent Grunwald. The museum insists the exhibit is not a joke. ‘Art is no longer a painting on the wall,’ said the curator.” [Quote from: The Week, May 9, 2008; page 4]

    Question: Is this avant-garde? People with lice in their hair hung about the castles of Europe centuries ago.

    Question: Is this performance art? Is scratching required for it to be thus?

  2. Cool! I love the foxes and to make it difficult to sit on our arses in complacent miasma, fantastic. If she did the work herself, all the better. If not it is a missed opportunity to learn and did she eat the meat? Personally I will be looking for the bullet holes because I think 007 is at it again. With a licence to kill I’m reminded of the bespoke killing of the Victorian era which is a shame because I think the more we confront our limitations the better.

  3. My dog has fleas and he lives with me; is this art? Would I have to sell tickets for it to be so? Who is the creator of this art? If I moved to the museum as its guest, my dog came as my guest, and his fleas came as his guest, would this be a much more deeply conceived art form? (Don’t forget the microbes that live on the fleas!)

  4. Chiqy Joseph Cassidy Says:

    Bernard passed away of cancer 2 months ago. Cassidy whanau ex freeland ave. Mt roskill. 098375825

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