Living art thinks outside the box
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 is 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,” he says.
“They can use their own imagination to decide who the people are and what the container is.”
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’s public arts manager Pontus Kyander says this years 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.
Their installations and performances will be inviting the public to experience something new, whether it be an orchestral performance and fireworks inside a container or an Umbrella Taxi service, protecting pedestrians from the elements.
For more information on Living Room 09 visit www. aucklandcity.govt.nz/events. New Zealand women are waiting longer to have children, according to statistics.
Numbers show that during the last 20 years the average age for women giving birth has risen, as has the age of having a first child.
Because of this, an increased understanding of the experience of older mothers is of growing importance, says AUT psychology masters student Bridgit Bretherton-Jones.
Ms Bretherton-Jones wants to talk to women who were at least 40 when they gave birth to their first child, if the youngest is four years old or under, as part of her narrative research exploring their experiences.
“Developing a greater understanding of these mothers’ experiences could help to identify aspects or experiences which may be relevant or unique to them,” she says.
“This increased knowledge could help to inform and improve the practices of a variety of health practitioners such as midwifes, nurses and psychologists who work with mothers and children.”
People interested in participating or those wanting more information can email email@example.com or phone 021-137-8066.
Under water treasures: Cho Duck Hyun’s art collection has been housed in an underwater shipping container.