Bena Jackson

Town Kids (2021)

4 min 57 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

"There are 275 texts remaining on your 500 text plan and 6 minutes left to wait for the bus. Rainbow seats, glowing walls, hot gossip. The click of phone buttons and a waft of Lynx and BO fills the air around you. When I imagine platform D, it smells like a vape cloud—even though vapes didn’t exist then.

Attending an inner-city school with a futuristic, alternative vibe, I had a taste of urban life before the destructive 2011 earthquakes in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Town Kids was first shown on a 3rd Generation iPod Nano in Camera Phone at play_station gallery, Wellington in 2021, a show envisaging an alternate direction for the rebuild and for my teenage years."

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