Neil Aldridge is a sonic artist working with music and environmental recordings. He spent fifteen years in the music industry in London followed by ten years in the film industry in Wellington before moving into academia. He has created work for the London Aquarium and more recently exhibited a long-form process-music composition. In 2018, he completed a month-long artist’s residency to compose, record, and craft the audio component of ‘The Nature of Things’.
Charlotte Crichton is a mixed-media artist working in painting and installation. Her work has been exhibited in public and dealer galleries in New Zealand. She has a BFA (film) from Ilam, Canterbury University, and is currently undertaking a Masters in Climate Change Science and Policy at Victoria University of Wellington. Her background in museums and oral history informs her experiential art practice. Concerned with narrative in a conceptual and abstract form, observations from the real transform into interpretations of the essence.
21st February - 3rd March
'The Nature of Things' is a fifteen-minute sensory experience on a continuous loop. Enveloping the audience in an aural and visual meditation, the work explores continuities and discontinuities between environments in India and Aotearoa NZ — seemingly a world apart, yet both an integral part of the same biosphere. It signals notions of our changed and changing relationship with the natural world and our collective global responsibilities towards the environment and each other.
This sound and light installation incorporates environmental field recordings from India and NZ. Spectrograms derived from these recordings and moving image are installed in the walls of the space. These large-scale, dream-like images radiate from the darkness immersing the audience in imaginary landscapes of light and sound. In this context, time and space combine to invite the audience to contemplate the precarious tensions and paradoxes, expressed through our current symbiotic relationship with the natural world.