Matariki light showtells story

An artist will ex­press her iwi’s her­itage in a vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ence.

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

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