U.S. artists turned Wellingtonians, William Franco and Dr Miki Seifert are co-founders and artistic directors of With Lime, an interdisciplinary arts company that explores the interface between cultures. They conduct research to develop performative methodologies and practices, and offer training in the use of creative practices for personal and societal transformation.
They have created installations at the James Smith Corner, Adams Gallery, Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Te Papa and Embassy of Mexico. In Los Angeles, they created installations in galleries and non-traditional settings—a former county jail, motel room, and defunct nursery.
Since coming to Wellington, they have developed Critical Butoh and push the boundaries of Butoh and multimedia performance with Nō Naianei/From This Moment, Museum Piece, He rawe tona kakahu/She wore a becoming dress, 7 Generations, and Deconstructing Oklahoma!—or how I stopped worrying about the Natives and learned to love settler narratives.
Their work has been honoured with two Southwestern Regional Emmys, CINE-Eagle, Duisberg Medaille, and Gold Seal Award; shown in museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington Projects for the Arts, Phoenix Museum of Art, London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, Tijuana Cultural Center, and Istanbul Biennial; and at film and video festivals in the U.S., England, Ireland, Austria, Spain, and Germany.
Franco, 2007 Fulbright Fellow, has a Masters from Massey University, and BA, Film & Video, from the California Institute for the Arts. He is doing his PhD in Māori Studies at Victoria University, applying performative research to interactive experiential installations.
Seifert, recipient of the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship, completed her PhD in Māori Studies at Victoria University in 2011. For her doctorate, Seifert developed a performative research methodology and received the Victoria Postgraduate Research Excellence Award for Māori Knowledge & Development.