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“Khal” Exhibition Opening Peformances

- By Paula Booker (Programme Developer, Auckland)

Khal, an ongoing project begun by Helga Fassonaki in Tabriz, Iran, is currently being exhibited at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Auckland.

Fassonaki sent sixteen sculptural scores abroad, for sixteen female artists to interpret and perform publicly in response to a ban on female solo performances in Iran. Three Auckland artists then re-interpreted the scores in performances at the Khal exhibition opening on November 18.

The evening’s performances were:

  • 8 Pillars, originally received by Rachel Shearer and Ducklingmonster, performed live at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision by Piece War / Live Visuals by Cutss 
  • Hypocrisy, originally received by Angeline Chirnside, performed live at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision by Hermione Johnson and Zahra Killeen Chance 
  • Hum Hum Hum Hum Hum, originally received by Purple Pilgrims, performed live at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision by  Liz Maw
“Hypocrisy,” performed by Hermione Johnson and Zahra Killeen Chance.


“Hypocrisy,” performed by Hermione Johnson and Zahra Killeen Chance.


Guitar set up ready for Piece War, in front of “8 Pillars” video projection.


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Cold Ears, Warm Hearts: Presenting a Gardening Screening in the Auckland Silos on a Windy Pre-winters Night

- By Paula Booker (Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Programme Developer, Auckland)





Fascinated by the industrious green worlds that exist all over Auckland, painter Jean Stewart started visiting market, community and private gardens to capture people at work growing food. One garden network connected her to another until she had developed a series of en plein air paintings of working gardens, all over Auckland. These lush colourful oil impastos, created fully in situ, really capture some of the organic qualities of each garden environment, and certainly the bright Auckland light.

Paintings by Jean Stewart.


Growing the Future was a fun, artistic exploration and celebration of our Auckland food growing communities, organised by Jean with help from Urban Pantry and Art at Work. Some of our Auckland Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision staff are keen gardeners too (ok, just me!) and thus the archive was delighted to be brought on board to facilitate and present a screening of Jess Feast’s 2013 documentary Gardening With Soul, following Sister of Compassion Sister Loyola through a year’s changing seasons in her large Island Bay garden. A capacity crowd of about 30 braved the less than inviting dark and windy night and headed down to the waterfront silos. Continue reading

“Thirty” Opens in Auckland

 - By Paula Booker (Programme Developer, Auckland)

This Monday night saw a well attended launch for our new Auckland exhibition, Thirty, based on the exhibition curated by Gareth Watkins for Wellington. Our small Auckland team was happily joined by a great turn out from organisations with an interest in raising awareness of HIV AIDS, a number of HIV positive individuals, plus educators and advocates, friends, and many who shared sad personal stories of love and loss through HIV AIDS were in attendance.

Paula introduces the Thirty exhibition.
Introducing the Thirty exhibition.

The Auckland manifestation of Thirty includes an expanded segment on women and HIV, which complements and contrasts with the original exhibition materials. Over recent months I have been working with organisations that have produced material directly addressing women’s experiences of HIV AIDS to acquisition this content into the collection, where I am glad it will be preserved for future researchers. This interesting experience of working with content producers and advocates highlighted to me that many producers of moving images are still unaware of the archive’s role in preserving their work for future research and viewing opportunities!

Paula thanks Michael Bancroft, New Zealand AIDS Quilt kaitiaki, for the loan of the quilts.
In this image I am thanking Michael Bancroft, New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt kaitiaki, for the loan of the quilts.

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Summer Season at the Silo Cinema

- By Paula Booker (NZFA Programmes Developer, Auckland)

The final outdoor Summer screening for the season at Silo Cinema, in Wynyard Quarter on Auckland’s waterfront, was projected the last Friday of March. The Film Archive joined forces with The New Zealand Historic Places Trust to provide a unique opportunity for Aucklanders to step back in time with a special viewing of an archival mid-century documentary Pacific Magazine 23: Report on Auckland (1956) as part of the free event focusing on urban design.

The report-style short made in 1956 provides an intriguing snapshot of how Aucklanders lived at the time. Highlights include development of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, mid-century architecture, slum clearances in Freeman’s Bay, urban drift, motorway design and the specific development pressures of the 1950s. The content was reflected in many of the talks given afterwards.

The silo’s waterfront location had a lot of relevance to the flickering images too, with the Harbour Bridge visible directly behind the silo and Freeman’s Bay adjacent. There were about 2,000 people in attendance on one of the last fine nights before the end of daylight savings and the screening was enjoyed by cuddling couples and sprawling teens – and I think I was sitting near a gaggle of Green Party Members who had an opinion on most of the outdated civic planning ideas depicted in Report on Auckland. The boos, cheers and applause were the kind of audience participation that brings this archival material to life, and makes it a useful discussion and educational entry point.

The Saving Frames digital print of Pacific Magazine 23: Report on Auckland looked really great and it was projected about 7 metres across. The Silo Cinema use the company Spyglass to do their massive outdoor projection onto the 35 metre tall former Golden Bay Cement Silo.

Image: Bas van Est, van Est Photography.
Image: Bas van Est, van Est Photography.

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