Different view of landmark
Darcell Apelu and Nastashia Simeona Apelu plan to reveal more than most Aucklanders know about an ornate brick landmark on one of the city’s busiest streets.
Along with other Pacific artists the pair will present their own take on the history of the Gus Fisher Gallery’s Shortland St building and its lineage of sound and movement in the More Than We Know exhibition opening today.
Many people will have noticed the art deco building as it stands in obvious contrast to the nearby office blocks but few will know that dance and music students regularly stomp the ground below street level in the gallery’s basement.
The exhibition features a smorgasbord of streetside dance, performance and spoken word offerings designed to enliven the everyday movements of office workers and other city dwellers.
Unsuspecting passersby have already been given a taste of Herne Bay artist Nastashia Simeona Apelu’s performance with a stockwhip.
During a photoshoot in Shortland St workers who encountered the artist clad in black and bearing the whip were delighted to interact with the performance, she says.
The performance is designed to explore the sonic boom created when the velocity of the cracker breaks the sound barrier.
Mt Albert artist Darcell Apelu will be turning the volume up on the body’s overlooked sounds, such as breathing and heartbeats, in her performance.
The series runs until March 22 as part of the Auckland Arts Festival.
All performances take place outside the Gus Fisher Gallery, located at 74 Shortland St, from 5pm till 5.30pm weekdays.