Exhibition: Wheriko – Brilliant! | After Dark Event
Date: 24 May 2019, 7:30pm – 11:30pm
Digital Animation | 0:07:12:19, 25.00 fps, 1920 x 1080
Site: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Christchurch, New Zealand
Visionscape ©Daniel K Brown
Original Soundscape ©Mark K. Johnson

In Māori mythology, there are twelve heavens, each with its own series of heavenly bodies. Te Toi-o-ngā-rangi (also known as Tikitiki-o-nga-rangi or Rangi-tikitiki) is the uppermost of the twelve heavens and the most sacred of them all.*

As an immersive sound and light experience closely related to the theme of Christchurch Art Gallery’s exhibition Wheriko – Brilliant!, Te Toi-o-ngā-rangi was selected by Christchurch Art Gallery to activate its auditorium space for the evening of the ‘After Dark’ event held on Friday 24 May 2019. Christchurch Art Gallery Curator Felicity Milburn developed the exhibition Wheriko – Brilliant!, which considers how artists use light as a material or subject in their works. The exhibition and event’s timing coincide with Matariki, the Māori new year; the word ‘Wheriko’ means to sparkle or dazzle and several of the works refer to the stars and sky, or prismatic light effects. Wheriko – Brilliant! was presented at the Gallery from 17 May 2019 – 16 Feb 2020. To accompany the Wheriko – Brilliant! exhibition, Visitor Programmes Coordinator Amy Marr organised the ‘After Dark’ special event on the evening of Friday 24 May, which included Te Toi-o-ngā-rangi, performances, tours and the opportunity to view the exhibition throughout the evening.

Acknowledgements: Te Toi-o-ngā-rangi was created in Adobe After Effects (Trapcode Particular), and it was donated for  viewing over the single evening of the Wheriko – Brilliant! After Dark event. The intention was to bring even more magic and light to the wonderful, illuminated community of Christchurch and its many visitors. It owes everything to the incredible online tutorials and designs provided by Voxyde, SonduckFilm and others, who offer their inspirational designs to be used as teaching tools for others to learn from and build upon. Support these fine digital artists by following their internet tutorial sites!

* Sources: http://www.sacred-texts.com/pac/lww/lww3.html and http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-CowYest-t1-body-d1-d4-d3.html


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