Exhibition Opening 12-13 May 2018.

Photos Sam Hartnett

We opened:

Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish (12 May – 22 Jul)
The ways language and sound write bodies and place is explored through film, sound and image in this exhibition, using the twelfth century mystic Hildegard von Bingen’s Lingua Ignota as a wellspring. From Govett-Brewster’s 2018 Aotearoa New Zealand Artist in Residence Sriwhana Spong.

Open Collection: Tātai Arorangi/Looking Through the Telescope (12 May – Sun 22 Jul)
Tātai Arorangi (Māori astronomy) is seen in these artworks depicting women and the connectivity between light and life, darkness and death.

Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks (12 May – 22 Jun)
Len Lye’s 1963 challenge ‘Is Film Art?’ leads a survey of experimental filmmakers including Oscar Fischinger, Steve Cossman and Jodie Mack demonstrating work beyond the limits of conventional filmmaking.

Projection Series #10 Glitch Envy: Experimental Films by Jodie Mack (12 May – 21 Jul)
Jodie Mack (UK/US) has been at the top of our wish list since the Len Lye Centre opened. This short survey of Mack’s films showcase a gleaming body of experimental cinema built around hand-made and stop motion animation with a thrilling prismatic finale.

Also showing
Len Lye: Pretty Good for the 21st Century (until 15 Jul) brings together a suite of sculpture, drawings, maquette and historic documentary footage, giving an insight into Lye’s underlying vision, grandness of scale and sense of empathy.