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Ignite Your Inner Werewolf & Lose Yourself in the Moon

Ignite Your Inner Werewolf & Lose Yourself in the Moon!

McCahon House Presents
Created by Taro Shinoda
Live Musical Accompaniment by Uriel Barthélémi

Fly to the moon and play among the stars this May when the ground-breaking video installation LUNAR REFLECTION TRANSMISSION TECHNIQUE kicks off a strictly limited two-day season from May 23 at the Corbans Estate, Henderson. This ALL ages, giant cinematic experience allows Aucklanders to appreciate the grand beacon of light and mystery that is the moon, up close and personal for FREE*!

Filmed over a 10-year period, Shinoda has captured the cityscapes and the full moons of 12 cities around the world, journeying from Istanbul to Limerick, Tokyo to Boston. His final destination saw him capture the super-moon that lit up the skies of Auckland last December. Shot in rich black and white, Shinoda constructed an astronomical telescope out of scrap corrugated cardboard and attached a video camera to it.

Projected on a giant screen Shinoda’s film captures the sublime contrast between the colossal form of the moon and us, the small indicators of life on earth. But Shinoda’s installation isn’t a passive experience; he draws you into something more real than the reality you know. Audiences see the lunar surface as though landing on it and the work is underpinned by drummer and electro-acoustic musician Uriel Barthélémi of France. Barthélémi’s pounding drums and syncopated rhythms truly optimise the experience, making it reverberate for family audiences, budding astronomers and lovers of visual art.

The project is rooted in Shinoda’s early childhood memories of trying to communicate with his mother over great distances, entrusting messages to the moon, which he hoped she would receive on the other side of the planet when the moon rose for her.

Like both the moon and the artist himself, LUNAR REFLECTION TRANSMISSION TECHNIQUE has circled the globe, shining a light at the Busan Biennale (Korea), the Istanbul Biennale, the EV+A Festival (Ireland), the Baltic Triennale (Lithuania), the International Triennale of Contempoary Art (Japan) and most startlingly at the Sharjah Biennale (Dubai), where the installation was exhibited in middle of the Mleiha Desert.

Artists the world over have used the sheer magnitude of this orb of the night as rich fodder for storytelling and exploration: Michelangelo, Stanley Kubrick, Ella Fitzgerald, William Blake, Pink Floyd, Ansel Adams. And now, an exciting next generation Japanese artist Taro Shinoda has crafted a beautiful cinematic journey which has taken the art world by storm, questioning our relationship with nature and reminding us of our interconnectedness with the cosmos. Not only for the art world, this unique experience has also ignited the imaginations of family audiences and young adults alike.

Shinoda was the McCahon House Trust’s International Artist in Residence in 2017 and this exclusive showing of his work is presented as part of Auckland Art Fair.

McCahon House are committed to igniting the imaginations of the young people of Auckland and as such, LUNAR REFLECTION TRANSMISSION TECHNIQUE will be exhibited free throughout the daytime on May 23 and 24. Evening screenings are accompanied by a live musical performance by Uriel Barthélémi, and availability of food and beverages. Entry by ticket only to all screenings. Bookings essential.

Shed 1, Corbans Estate, Henderson, Auckland

Wednesday 23 May – Thursday 24 May 2018
2pm and 4pm

Running time: 65 minutes

Wednesday 23 May – Thursday 24 May 2018
Tickets $40
Food and beverages are available for purchase

Running time: 65 minutes

Live musical performance by Uriel Barthelemi evening only. Daytime screenings do not include live musical accompaniment.

Admission to all performances by ticket only. Bookings essential, online only.
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Getting there:

By car:
Entry to the Corban Estate is via Mt Lebanon Drive (crossing the railway line)
Note that access to Mt Lebanon Drive is on the junction of Lincoln Rd, Great North Rd and Sturges Rd. (There is no right turn from Sturges Rd)
Follow Mt Lebanon Drive down to the carpark. Follow the signs on foot from the carpark to Shed 1.

By Bus:
From the city BUS 136m approx 1 hour trip. For more information go to and type in your location and Corbans Estate Arts Centre.

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