Matariki light showtells story
An artist will express her iwi’s heritage in a visual experience.
The Turama Matariki Light show features a 3D projection designed by contemporary urban artist of Ngati Paoa descent Janine Williams.
With the Ngati Paoa iwi hosting the 2016 Matariki festival, Williams’ work will be projected onto the back of the St James Theatre in Lorne Street on Thursday and Friday.
‘‘From an iwi perspective, and also just an artist perspective it’s quite a huge honour to be doing something on this scale for the first time,’’ Williams says.
The mother-of-four says she’s taken components of her brand of urban contemporary art and has them turned into digital images with projection artist Daniel Davis.
‘‘We’re painting the wall but with digital technology,’’ she says.
Davis has worked with Williams by applying digital animation around her style to tell a visual story.
He says it’s about bringing movement and animation to Williams’ typically static style of painted art.
‘‘There’s some audio visual components that bring in the whole multi-generational part of the piece which is an important part of the Matariki festival.’’
The free Turama Matariki Light Show runs on Thursday and Friday from 5pm to 8pm outside the Central City Library on Lorne Street.