Dif­fer­ent view of land­mark

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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