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Mirror Me and A Geekosystem


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MIC Toi Rerehiko presents Mirror Me and A Geekosystem

As autumn falls on Auckland City MIC Toi Rerehiko invites three extraordinary artists to recycle, reuse and re - connect with modern technology.
MIC Toi Rerehiko will be displaying breathtaking new work from renowned performance artist Shona McCullagh along with a series of thought provoking workshops from Adam Hyde and Julian Priest.

Mirror Me is an interactive work by New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate filmmaker and award winning choreographer Shona McCullagh. The work has been created in collaboration with multimedia artist Michael Hodgson (from electronic dub band Pitch Black) and composer John Gibson. McCullagh's CNZ Choreographic Fellowship allowed her to join forces with Hodgson to explore interactive software and its relationship with the moving body. A collection of scenes were created which culminated in a series of installations that the artists now improvise with. Passionate about the body's ability to communicate in ways words cannot, McCullagh's shift towards moving installations provides an opportunity for the audience to become the work itself. Michael Hodgson and John Gibson provide the intriguing soundscape to the work, which audiences will move to and be moved by.
This installation will be housed in Gallery One at MIC Toi Rerehiko, it will be a site-specific space for the audience to play in. McCullagh and Hodgson have developed four installations on the theme of the self being welcomed and translated into an ever-changing new art work. The screens are only activated by human presence. Without the audience, this art barely exists - they act as a vital trigger for the screen based works which offer a relationship with the viewer: a mirror, of sorts. Mirror Me also premieres the launch of the first of McCullagh's limited edition interactive art works and screenings of her latest short film, Mondo Nuovo.
Adam Hyde and Julian Priest attempt to dispel the myth that older computers are obsolete, as the open source maestros attempt to build A Geekosystem in Gallery 2. By taking 'redundant' systems such as old computer screens and cables they not only display an exponent of DIY art but also create fully functioning communication networks.

In a similar vein to Shona McCullagh's Mirror Me; Hyde and Priest challenge the perception of audiences, asking them trade in their freedom of choice for the freedom to create. Rather than focus on independence, autonomy or living under the radar their art explores interdependence, interconnection and collaborative action.

Mirror Me and A Geekosystem
MIC Toi Rerehiko, 321 Karangahape Rd, City
March 28 - 3 May
Gallery Opening Hours:
Tue - Fri, 10am - 6pm
Sat, 11am - 4pm

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