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From: Daniel Malone
Date: 31 lipca 2009 20:01:09 GMT+02:00
To: Jackson Wood
Subject: Letter to the Editor
 
Dear Sir

Regarding the exclusion of my page work from Salient ("issue 15: Te Aomarama—The Te Reo issue") and your letter of explanation.

I find both the action of the magazine and your response totally unacceptable.

Firstly I am completely baffled that you propose the' theme' of the magazine as the reason that my page work was excluded when it was clearly a response to this theme and your invitation for page works. If this work was found somehow irrelevant, or ill-informed, or even offensive, then I would rightfully expect an editorial comment to this effect, preferably with the standard intention of adjusting and publishing the work, as with any other magazine content.

The fact that such a failing in due process has taken place in a University / Student magazine, in the midst of a run of issues with the patent intention of engaging social and political questions is pathetic. Your abdication of responsibility to Ngai Tauira is cowardly as you facilitated their contribution from the same position of responsibility, as the magazines Editor, that you proposed that artists from the concurrent exhibition, The Future Is Unwritten, at the UVW's Adam Art Gallery, contribute page works. You didn't make a "Tough call", you made the quintessential easy call, and regretfully it seems you have engaged in nothing less than the censorship of an artwork for either the feeblest or the most banal of reasons: so was it avoidance of any genuine engagement, or simply laziness?

Lets give you the benefit of the doubt and look closer at the first of these which begs the question - was it simply a token gesture to hand over "95% of the content" to Ngai Tauira or was it in fact a meaningful act to facilitate a platform for some real issues, concerns and current affairs of Maori living in Aotearoa New Zealand to be engaged in?

What aspect of my page work failed to do this or compromised this process? Perhaps you didn't bother to ask this, any more than you passed such a concern on to me, but for the record while my 'New New Zealand Flag' is not a new proposition I felt it had real relevance to this issue of Salient and the present discussion around a Maori flag. It is not a proposal for a Maori flag but one that reconsiders the existing Aotearoa New Zealand flag in relation to our changing sense of ourselves as a nation and people. The text that I added for the context of this Te Reo issue was to reflect this transformation: whaka-maori / becoming-maori. It is a play on words, one that echos the Te Reo verb 'whakamaori' describing a translation or rendering into Maori, while giving air to the meanings of the single components. Whaka, with it's ubiquitous function as a stative verb prefix, a causing-to-be or change-in-process, is coupled with maori (again in it's stative form, with a small 'm', not as a noun), with its beautiful and remarkable combination of senses of belonging, of the common, and being unrestrained.

I can understand that these meanings might be considered esoteric, or misunderstood or even understood with negativity. However I also understand all of these responses to be legitimate within the realm of Art, of politics, and, call me old fashioned, within student magazines that claim to have produced 'world famous journalism since 1938'.

Mock-ironic parochialism aside, you needn't indulge your patronising concern that you have discouraged me from engaging in print media any longer. Such stupidity is precisely why I continue to do so.

Sincerely,

Daniel Malone
Warsaw, Poland



The Above Is a Response To The Following Email.



On 2009-07-30, at 00:06, Jackson Wood wrote:

> Hi Daniel,
>
> Apologies for not including your page work in this weeks edition of Salient.
>
> There are a few reasons for this.
>
> The first one is that as you know it is Te Wiki Te Reo Maori. For this week the editor of Salient gives editorial control of the magazine to the Maori Students association Ngai Tauira.
>
> If you've seen a copy you'll understand that 95% of the content this week was in Te Reo  and about 98% was provided by NT.
>
> So I was making very few editorial decisions.
>
> The decision to include your page work was not mine, and unfortunately the representatives from NT did not want to include your work in their magazine.
>
> Tough call.
>
> I also apologize for taking so long to get back to you. As you can appreciate this is a busy job and I often forget/misplace/don't think of peoples' feelings when I don't publish their work.
>
> I hope this is ok and I have not discouraged you from engaging in print media again.
>
> Regards,
>
> JJW



Comments:
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Lee-looking-profound-1
Artbasher
137 articles & 705 comments since 12 Feb 2005
Is that pic of the page work in question?
william blake
29 articles & 728 comments since 15 Aug 2006
Flake what are you doing? Are you becoming Hageresque in your ability to procure and publish dubious e-mails? Does Malone know you are doing this or JJWood or Ngai Tauira?
Do you have an opinion on this piece; is it censorship or just the petulence of the unpublished one?
allblackwinz
Flake
46 articles & 641 comments since 26 Jan 2006
The picture is the artwork/page in question. My position on this is clear. Yours is murky.
Lee-looking-profound-1
Artbasher
137 articles & 705 comments since 12 Feb 2005
Piece looks sweet.
william blake
29 articles & 728 comments since 15 Aug 2006
flake are you Daniel Malone?
allblackwinz
Flake
46 articles & 641 comments since 26 Jan 2006
Ha
william blake
29 articles & 728 comments since 15 Aug 2006
I really like the flag Daniel.

alien-pop-band-profile-1
Quinton Baker
34 articles & 464 comments since 4 Feb 2008
u should wipe your ass which is your mouth with that flag wil
william blake
29 articles & 728 comments since 15 Aug 2006
As far as iwi are concerned it often seems like a minority/hapu speaking for all. I have been shot down for not being inclusive in public work and therefore recolonizing. And I have been shot down for being too inclusive and ripping off the iwi.

I guess it is their shit, and they have to work through it. Kia kaha.
allblackwinz
Flake
46 articles & 641 comments since 26 Jan 2006
This as I understandit has little to do with iwi wb, it's about an editor and what they do or don't do.
nosferatu
1 articles & 323 comments since 27 Dec 2007
the editors letter to DM is unprofessional and so is the general conduct of making an invitation and then withdrawing it while blaming a third party. The hand wringing tone of the editors mail implies that someone else forced his editorial choices out of the way at the last minute. He must have known in advance that he wasn't going to be editing that particular issue. The situation is a bit like someone inviting an artist to submit for a show someone else is curating, and then getting surprised that the curator already has their own ideas about how the show will be put together...this was never going to work.

here is an alternate suggestion for how he could have written to DM that is less mealey mouth and patronising:

"When I extended the invitation to you to submit a page work to this issue of Salient I acted hastily. Because of a prior agreement to gives editorial control of the magazine to the Maori Students association Ngai Tauira specifically for this week I actually have no editorial oversight over this issue of the magazine at all and I'm embarrassed to confess that I should never have invited you in the first place. I should have made this situation clear to you at the time, please accept my apologies for wasting your time in this way."
nosferatu
1 articles & 323 comments since 27 Dec 2007
the end of that letter is priceless too...after banging on about how it all wasn't really his fault he then turns around and suggests that DM is probably angry is because his feelings are hurt by how big Editor Man rejected him personally.

of course Daniel Malone is so inexperienced (NOT!!) he just doesn't understand that in the cold hard world of publishing sometimes he just wont make the cut.
run along now little Daniel come back when you are all grown up.

that would have totally infuriated me too. what a wet eared clot that editor is.

"...this is a busy job and I often forget/misplace/don't think of peoples' feelings when I don't publish their work."

worthy of freaking Oprah...all those misplaced feelings lying around
allblackwinz
Flake
46 articles & 641 comments since 26 Jan 2006
what we say to one another, art or not, manners or no manners, a misbehaving institution is exactly what we know but can't, rules of Publicness and artist as mini instituion, factory making this type of banal trip through the bowls a stock take highlights an everyday experience for the majority of us, BUT YOU CAN"T FIRE US which is why I like it. it's not the solving of the problem or who is right or wrong in any situation it is what language do they use to convey the insult/ respect of the the other and thus accuratley discribe their own position or lack for any given situation. I can't believe how much I have left out trying to say just this...
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