The Performance Arcade brings together visual arts and performance in a specially curated ‘exhibition-event’ of live art practices on Wellington Waterfront. An arrangement of shipping containers and scaffold structures provides a temporary architecture for this unique project, housing a bar space, a programme of live music and events, and new performance installations by NZ and International artists. Open 13 hours a day, this event is free to the Wellington public.

APHELION

DERMOTT FERRIS, ABBY FARROW, MAYKE BLOM, LACHIE PHILIPSON, AND SOPHIA MARTIN

The aphelion is the point in which an astronomical body is furthest from its star. This project is an exploration of space and movement illuminated through projection. The holographic orbs in this interactive installation are activated by viewers entering the space and pressing their associated button. The orbs are rotated through a series of concealed power drills. This moment of interaction references the curiosity of people throughout history peering into a telescope and witnessing the grandeur of the cosmos. The projected imagery, created through a combination of animation and algorithmic simulations are also tied to the interaction system. The spherical motif is repeated at a multitude of scales; from the methodical discs to the frenetic particle system in the form ground. These movements parallel cosmic events on a similarly diverse scale. Particles implode and orbit around the orbs in a motion inspired by the solar system or the movement of an electron around its nucleus. The project was only possible with the coming together of Students from a diverse range of disciplines. We would like to thank Karl Partsch, Jane Wilcox, Brent Devonport, Uli Thie, Antony Nevin and Jenny Gillam for their support.

Dermott Ferris, Abby Farrow, Mayke Blom, Lachie Philipson , and Sophia Martin (NZ)

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