“Occupying a territory somewhere between faux essay film and reverie, Gabriel White’s Oracle Drive roves the well-mown desolation of the light-industrial urban fringe. Although the voice we hear on the soundtrack is distinctly Kiwi, it speaks with the casual expertise of an inter-planetary visitor, one seriously misled by his own rich stock of earthly classical studies. He marvels at the literal and metaphorical significance of signage and street names, Atlantis, Romulus and Remus, Isis, The Nile, The Tiber, Oracle Drive, Sexyland; you’ll find them all on the North Shore. Only cars inhabit this road-ribboned environment – and strange dancers who pass across the landscape with mysterious purpose, oblivious to its mundane uses. Meanwhile, elegant camerawork, an ominous music track and surprising visual effects collude to shift the flaneur’s provocation into something else again; there’s beauty and eerie immanence lurking in the guarded blandness of Albany.”
Director and narrator: Gabriel White
Producer: Amelia Harris
Digital effects and editorial assistance: Markus Hofko
Cameos and appearances: Tessa Mitchell, Alexa Wilson, Karin Hofko, John Radford, Richard von Sturmer, Nicholas Butler, and Markus Hofko
Speaking to a handheld camera, the artist weaves monologues into intricate, whimsical mappings of his surroundings.
Speaking to a handheld camera as he wanders far (and not-so far) flung regions, the artist weaves monologues into intricate, whimsical mappings of his surroundings.
One of a series of clips shot in 2021 around Auckland on a cell phone which offer a subjective, playful map of the city in all its sprawling glory.