Liv­ing art thinks out­side the box

Central Leader - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

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 bbrether@aut.ac.nz or phone 021-137-8066.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Un­der wa­ter trea­sures: Cho Duck Hyun’s art col­lec­tion has been housed in an un­der­wa­ter ship­ping con­tainer.

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