Art show opens the doors to an­other world

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Auck­lan­ders are be­ing in­vited to think out­side the square, or rather the con­tainer, dur­ing the Liv­ing Room 09 con­tem­po­rary art fes­ti­val this week.

A ship­ping con­tainer, raised from the depths of the har­bour, has been the un­usual stor­age space for an art col­lec­tion by Seoul artist Cho Duck Hyun.

The col­lec­tion of wed­ding por­traits are part of his on­go­ing project called Dark Wa­ters.

Four­teen years ago he cre­ated a sim­i­lar con­tainer-full of art in Seoul which “popped up” out of the wa­ter in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Now he says it is like the con­tainer has “trav­elled through the earth” and popped up in Auck­land.

And he’s not giv­ing too much away about the con­tainer’s mode of travel.

“I don’t want to in­ter­rupt the au­di­ence’s imagination.”

The hand-drawn por­traits that cover the con­tainer’s four walls are the prod­uct of a trip to Auck­land last De­cem­ber when Mr Hyun, a fine arts pro­fes­sor in Seoul, was in­spired by pho­tos in the Auck­land city li­brary archives.

Liv­ing Room 09 started on Mon­day and fea­tures eight days of con­tem­po­rary creative events, in­stal­la­tions and per­for­mances through­out the cen­tral city.

Auck­land City Coun­cil pub­lic arts man­ager Pon­tus Kyan­der says this year’s event ex­plores the theme My Home Is Where My Heart Is and re­lates to peo­ple’s iden­ti­ties and be­liefs in an age of global mi­gra­tion.

Other in­ter­na­tional artists fea­tur­ing dur­ing the week in­clude Ja­panese New Yorker Aki Sasamoto, Korean artist Emil Goh, Gaia Alessi and Richard Brad­bury from Lon­don and Auck­lan­der Shigeyuki Ki­hara.

For in­for­ma­tion on Liv­ing Room 09 visit www.auck land­c­


Un­der­wa­ter trea­sures: Cho Duck Hyun’s art col­lec­tion has been housed in an un­der­wa­ter ship­ping con­tainer.

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