This exhibition aims to enhance understandings about this little-known contribution of Niue to the New Zealand war effort, by drawing on the talents of three of Aoteroa's finest artists; filmmaker Robert George and artist Toa Taihia and writer, producer and director Vela Manusaute. Robert George's film installation provides glimpses of passed down stories of the era, while Toa Taihia's work's in "Tau Tupua: The Spirits" represents the realities the Niuean soldiers faced with a series of marked spades.
Mata Mata 2.0 is a new interactive project created by the artists Vaimaila Urale and Rangituhia Hollis and programmed by the developer Taura Greig. Their work sees a virtual performer responding to audience members coming into proximity to the digital screen. It could be said that there is a transfer of energy between the viewer and the performer, where the viewers' presence has an instant impact on the dancer as he comes to life.
Grant Stevens is known for his pithy text-based videos exploring vernacular and mass media truisms and recalling advertising, movie trailers and relaxation videos. Stevens trades in clichés, platitudes and stock phrases, but points to their richness, probing the overlap between mass media fictions and everyday reality. While some of his works play on language's slipperiness, others emphasis its hyper-lucidity.
Performance by Torben Tilly and Mia Blake of a responsive live soundtrack to accompany Gavin Hipkins’ experimental short film The Port, 2014. The Port combines images taken from the 18th century architectural astronomy instruments called Jantar Mantars in New Delhi and Jaipur. These structures sit alongside abstracted and naturalistic landscape motifs, and suburban architecture from Auckland's current master-planned community Stonefields - built on the site of a former quarry in Auckland.
The interactive exhibition Cut and Paste by Jenna Gavin is a refreshing exhibition that mixes play, art and literature. Using the metaphor of a scrapbook, this interactive work invites the audience to select words from New Zealand poems. These words become a trigger for a digital poetry lexicon, creating a brand new poem that will appear on the screen. The underlying message of this artist’s work is that new concepts stem from existing ideas and this is the nature of creativity.
Digital Art Live is pleased to present the interactive exhibition Spectrum by Unguarded Intersection in collaboration with Shuaib Memon and Akbar Hossain.
Spectrum utilizes aspects of gaming, popular culture and mobile storytelling to draw the audience into the unseen world of communications. The audience member can watch the stream of stories on the screen, interact with the story by adding their own Emoji lines or press the emergency button to observe how the system manages a global apocalypse!