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Kaikōura Kutz

Community Haircuts by Jason Muir

For SL:K 2019 Jason Muir brought his playful and disarming work, Kaikōura Kutz, south. Punters caped up for a free haircut and chatted about their relationship to their communities, culture and politics in the public sphere. The performances took place in multiple locations – from a sheltered doorway on the main street, alongside sheep shearing competitions at the A&P show to discussing ideologies from atop the picturesque peninsula. Muir curated 17 haircuts over the course of the week including the scissors being turned on him by local hairdresser Joanna York. Several Kutz were recorded by filmographer John Lake, which will be released online in due course. Due to the street theatre nature of some of the pop ups, they were able to attract a diverse audience with around 150 passers-by interacting along the way.

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