New Life For Wellington Through Creative Use of Vacant Space
Letting Space's Urban Dream Brokerage works with property managers, the creative industries and the city to lead urban revitalisation in Wellington. Got a property that is temporarily vacant? Be a society changer. Bring life to property. Demonstrate its potential. Find out more here. Got a creative idea for a space? Submit it here.
Project #11: Java Dance
A Java Installation. 88-92 Riddford Street, Newtown. Property Partner - Mark Horsfall Properties. 7-10 November
An interactive installation in a vacant shop that combines dance and visual presentations A Java Installation, celebrates 10 years of dance choreography, photography, innovative design and world class dancers. The use of a vacant space is in keeping with a company known for its innovative use of public space. Opening hours - Thursday and Friday 12-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11-3pm. For more information go here.
Project #10: Digital Biophilia
Bowen House, Cnr Bowen St & Lambton Quay. Property Partner - Bowen House Holdings Ltd. 21st - 28th October
Tane Moleta (Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Digital Design, Victoria University) and his team demonstrated ways to engage with nature through technology. Works discussed the boundary between nature, technology and the systems of representation and simulation. The installation takes its name from Edward O Wilson’s 1884 work Biophilia, which describes the human being as possessing an intrinsic bond with the natural world.
Project #9: Broken River
Trick of the Light Theatre. Eagle Technology House, Victoria Street. October - 7th December 2013. Property Partner - Oyster Group
Broken River marries the visual arts with live performance tackling environmental and political issues. Inspired by conflict over water rights and water usage, the heart of the work is a metal sculpture: a tangled disc of pipes and nozzles; a nightmare vision of irrigation. Visitors interact with the work as installation – turning taps, causing cogs to turn and water to fall. It also forms the heart of nightly performances. Vacant space becomes studio, rehearsal and performance venue combined. For more information go here.
Project #8: Cleave
Gabby O'Connor. 86-96 Victoria Street, Wellington. 28 June - 14 July 2013. Property Partner - PrimeProperty Group.
A room-filling paper ice shelf is presented at the point before it cleaves into an iceberg, devised by the artist and created with help from students of Miramar Central School and the public. It shows nature on a knife-edge - a tilted ice field or ice landscape with crevasses, cracks, movement and bending, the sculpture growing in public as pieces are added. The finished ice shelf is illuminated internally, visible from the street. For more information and to track this community art project go here.
Project #7: Tales of a Dying City
A Slightly Isolated Dog presentation. Level One, Grand Arcade, Willis Street. 3 - 22 June 2013. Property Partner: Grand Complex Properties Ltd / Jones Lang LeSalle. Opening hours: 12-2pm
This interactive installation encourages the public to relate their personal history and stories regarding different locations in the city, slowly building up a history of our community. Using a variety of maps and coding systems, the project is a geographic art piece and part of performance company A Slightly Isolated Dog’s process for creating a new performance work over the next couple of years. To keep up with the project go here.
Project #6: Occupation Artists
Level One, Grand Arcade, Willis Street 2013. ONGOING. Property Partner: Grand Complex Properties Ltd / Jones Lang LeSalle
Jewellery and object making becomes part of the city. With Occupation Artists, Sarah Read, Vivien Atkinson, Nadine Smith and Kelly McDonald work and present in the same space - a busy inner city arcade - inviting the local community to meet them and pop into their open studio and public workshop. To keep up with the project go here.
Project #5: Brides
Bowen House, Cnr Lambton Quay and Bowen Street. 17-28 April 2013. Property Partner: Bowen Holdings Ltd.
An alternative bridal salon in the heart of the parliamentary district, Brides presents a 'dress-up conversation' to coincide with the reading of a Marriage Equality Bill in parliament. Featuring 80 wedding dresses, it is a free interactive theatre installation providing a venue for freewheeling discussion on the meaning, relevance and experience of marriage.
Project #4: People's Cinema
57 Manners Street. From 10 April 2013. ONGOING Property Partner: The Wellington Company
A vacant space in Manners Street transformed into a people's cinema, a free cinema screening local films that might not otherwise get a public screening, and films from around the world that provoke thought about the state of the world today. People's Cinema represents an experiment in a new way of sharing people's moving image work together in the city centre. To keep up with the project go here.
Project #1 Status Quo
James R Ford, 120 Courtenay Place, 11 February - 3 March 2013. Property partner: Frank Wong on behalf Wong Wung Partnership
Absurd but poignant, three kinetic artworks by a leading emerging artist play out in a small window in Wellington's entertainment district. All
pair an item of play with a motorised household object as
metaphors for our everyday existence and work-life balance: a pull-along toy on a treadmill, an inscribed cricket bat on a record player and a pair of dice in a foot spa. More information here.
Project #2: Your Message Here
Daniel Webby, 86-96 Victoria Street, 11 - 15 March. Property partner: Prime Property Group
For this project Daniel Webby invited the public to sit down for an "identifying statement" consultation. Ideas put forward were work-shopped and a specific phrase was distilled. This phrase was then hand stamped onto a t-shirt. Your Message Here was originally presented in Auckland and is an ongoing research project investigating proto-political forms. The results from both the Wellington and Auckland projects can be viewed here.
Project #3: Scales of the Serpent
Tessa Laird, 29 March - 29 May. Opposite 19 Tory Street. Property partner: Reading Cinema and Care Park
Offering a brief moment of magic in the everyday drudgery this posterwall project by Auckland artist Tessa Laird presents a series of hand-screenprinted posters in a range of sizes, styles, reflecting a diversity of cultures, ideas, and opinions. They are pasted in layers to the wall and ripped back, like a genuine street poster wall, but bear the handmade mark of the artist and present a diversity not usually apparent in the cityscape.