Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


New Gallery Window Work Until 3 October

Auckland New Gallery

Atea Dion Hitchens

Light reflects off steel flax-like fronds which beckon at passersby, while mist unfurls from woven supplejack below, softening the sharp forms it enfolds.

Reminscent of wetlands and plains seen steaming on early morning journeys, Atea,
Dion Hitchen’s just-installed window work at the New Gallery, uses the traditions and technologies of two different cultures to create a work which is evocative of both.

Woven supplejack, used by Maori in hinaki (eel traps) symbolises indigenous
technology, while the steel blades, activitated by those curious enough to approach this work, is a quirky use of Western electronics.

“I am particularly interested in exploring the spaces between traditions.

“I see this space as a place where talk and education can help relationships, as a non-definitive space where change is constantly occurring and entities have the capacity to alter and grow,” says Hitchens.

The mechanics of Atea are deliberately revealed to anyone who takes a close look, as Hitchens wants its different elements to function as a collection of symbols which, in meeting together, are stronger than their separate parts.

A collaborative effort between himself and computer engineer Lloyd Shelby-Brown,Atea was designed to catch the attention of people walking past.

Unpredictability, in the triggering of the work’s different elements - mist, steel fronds,light effects - makes it a living, breathing work.

“It’s been an enjoyable challenge to create a work that people can connect to without necessarily understanding contemporary art,” says Hitchens.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Epic Fails Of Kris Faafoi

Ever since Winston Peters first breathed life into this government in 2018, its own branding has been all about social justice and how we all need to be “kind” to each other. Somehow, Kris Faafoi must have missed the memo. His performance in the immigration portfolio (in particular) has neither been kind nor just, especially to the migrants whose skills New Zealand will need to get us through Covid, and grow the economy into the future... More>>

Covid-19 & Government: Government Green Lights Rapid Antigen Testing

Some of the country’s largest businesses have put in an order for 300,000 approved rapid antigen tests for their workforce, after working at pace with the Government on a new scheme unveiled by Associate Minister of Health and Research, Science and Innovation Ayesha Verrall... More>>



Government: Opportunity To Shape NZ’s First Emissions Reduction Plan
The Government is inviting New Zealanders to inform the country’s first Emissions Reduction Plan with the release of a consultation document containing a range of policy ideas to decrease the country’s emissions, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>


Government: Books Show Resilient And Strong Economy
The end of year audited Crown accounts released today show the Government’s health led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has protected New Zealand’s economy. “On almost every indicator the accounts show that the New Zealand economy has performed better than forecast... More>>

Healthcare: Health System Is Ready For Assisted-dying Law
The health system is ready for the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act when it takes effect next month, making assisted dying legal in New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little said today... More>>


Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>

Children's Commissioner: Call For Mandatory Vaccination Of Children’s Workforce
The Children’s Commissioner and Assistant Māori Commissioner are calling for a plan for the mandatory vaccination of teachers and the entire children’s workforce in New Zealand... More>>




InfoPages News Channels