The Kermadec: Lines in the Ocean exhibition continues it’s tour of New Zealand.
It is currently on at Ashburton Art Gallery.
327 West street. Ashburton ashburtonartgallery.org.nz
21 MAY – 25 JUNE 2016
Open Daily: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
ARTIST TALKS | BRUCE FOSTER, ELIZABETH THOMSON AND GREGORY O’BRIEN
JUNE 22, 11:00AM
Come along to the Gallery for a talk by artists Bruce Foster, Gregory O’Brien and Elizabeth Thomson they will share with you their experiences on Raoul Island and what they encountered on their week long voyage to one of the last great ocean wilderness areas on the planet. They will give you insight into how this experience is reflected in the art they made in response to this trip. The artists will be joined by Bronwen Golder, Director of the Pew Charitable Trusts Global Ocean Legacy.
This talk is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Following the talk a light lunch will be provided and you will also have the opportunity to talk informally with the artists.
I am super pleased to announce that small selection of my Kermadec Project works and accompanying video by Bruce Foster are on display in the Massey University Wellington Library for the next two weeks.
It is of course super timely with the announcement of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary on Tuesday (Read more on Stuff) which represents years of hard work by many. Absolutely fantastic news and I am super proud to be associated with creating one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the world! A huge up to PEW environment group, the scientists, environmentalists and artists involved in the project. Well done to the NZ government, congratulations New Zealand.
The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary will be one of the world’s largest and most significant fully protected areas. It includes the second deepest ocean trench at over 10 kilometres, deeper than Mt Everest is tall, and an arc of 30 underwater volcanoes, the largest anywhere on earth.
It is also some to six million seabirds of 39 different species, over 150 species of fish, 35 species of whales and dolphins, three species of endangered sea turtles and many other marine species like coals, shellfish and crabs unique to the area.
National Geographic called the region “one of the last pristine sites in our oceans.”
The new sanctuary will be the third largest in the world and cover an area more that twice the size of the total landmass of New Zealand.
It is titled “Surface Tension” and represents the tussle between the ‘opposing currents’ of PEW/artists and the NZ Government as they meet at the line in the ocean that is the Kermadecs. The calls of the various proponents for and against can be heard over the unerring rhythmic beat of the ocean. At one stage the debate escalates and the waters redden but the ocean roars back and returns bluer than ever. It is deliberately left inconclusive.
The soundtrack is actually constructed from recordings I made when we were “hands to bathe” (swimming) on the Tropic of Capricorn – slowed down, layered and played backwards in an attempt to represent an inverted take on the moment (i.e. when viewed from below). The video was shot using my home-made lens.
The latest iteration of the Kermadec exhibition has just opened in the Renzo Piano designed Tjibaou centre in Nouméa, New Caledonia.
It features a selection of works from the exhibition that went to the MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Santiago Chile last year plus a handful of new works including a new large video installation by me (you can just see it at the top of the steps)
Kermadec – Lines in the Ocean has opened in Whanganui’s Sargent Gallery. It was a great opening and floor talk – well attended (yes more people than in the photos) with a nice relaxed conversational feel. As always the staff at the Sargent rocked. On ya Whanganui!
The fantastic news is that it will be carefully packed away and shipped to Santiago Chile where is will open in the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo — Contemporary Art Museum. It will be open there from 15 MARCH until 19 MAY 2013.
The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo is one of the major museums of the city, focusing on modern and contemporary art. It is operated by the University of Chile Art Department.
Each year during the months of October and November thousands of humpback whales depart their breeding grounds in Polynesia for the long migration south. They swim through the Kermadec waters, passing close to Raoul Island, and on to the Antarctic where krill is abundant during the summer months. In SIGHTINGS, marine biologist Rochelle Constantine, attempts to capture a DNA sample from one or the early starters – a sole humpback – the only one seen near Raoul during a week in September 2012. These samples contribute to the growing understanding of the lifecycle of this species.
This video by Bruce Foster documents the opening of the Kemadec exhibition on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in July 2012. The Kermadec islands lie at the south western corner of the Polynesian Triangle, the base of which is completed by Rapa Nui in the southeast. This connection, spanning over 6,500 kilometers, is reflected in a shared language and culture that links the ancient Polynesian voyagers who traversed the Pacific.
A slightly smaller scale version of the Kermadec exhibition has opened at the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku’alofa, Tonga this week.
Happy to report that the exhibition, the opening (attended by HRH Princess Latufuipeka Halaevalu Mata’aho Tuku’aho, the workshops, the school visits, and artist talks are all a huge hit – with fantastic attendance, feedback and coverage. And the exhibition looks fantastic too!
By the end of next week over 1,700 primary school children will have visited the exhibition. In addition some of the artists (Robin White, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule and Elizabeth Thomson and Bronwyn Golder will have visited more than a dozen schools – will send some pics of those visits shortly.
The Princess (daughter of the King), Australian High Commissioner, NZ High Commissioner, Japanese Ambassador, Minister of Tourism, the High Court Judge (a Kiwi in Tonga), school teachers, church leaders, and cultural leaders attended the Exhibition opening.
The exhibition will run from 22 May to 1 June 2012
The Kermadec Islands are a subtropical island arc in the South Pacific Ocean 800–1,000 km northeast of New Zealand’s North Island, and a similar distance southwest of Tonga. The islands are part of New Zealand, 33 km2 in total area and nowadays uninhabited, except for the permanently manned Raoul Island Station, the northernmost outpost of New Zealand.
Beneath its waters is the longest under water volcanic arc on the planet – more than 50 submarine volcanoes extending along the 2,500km collision zone between the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates. This is a place where striking volcanic landforms and incredible displays of volcanism, submarine hydorthermal venting and geomorphc features are still being discovered.
To the east of the islands, the Kermadec Trench plunges more than 10 kilometres beneath the ocean’s surface – about five times deeper than the Grand Canyon. It is the deepest ocean trench in the southern hemisphere and the second deepest on the planet.
www.thekermadecs.org is a fantastic website about the area (I would say that – I designed the website!)