TAHU-NUI-A-RANGI | Aurora Australis (right)
TE TAHA O TE RANGI | The Edge of Heaven (left)

Exhibition:  Light Boxes Wellington
Date: 2019-2020
Media: Digital Images, 1095mm x 2698mm each
Site: Cobblestone Park, Vivian Street and Dunlop Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand
Visionscape ©2018 Daniel K Brown

These four panels represent MachineTime and NatureTime, as imagined by two academic design researchers at the Victoria University Faculty of Architecture and Design. Two panels (#2 and 4) by Dr Mizuho Nishioka offer a fresh approach to photographic image-making – disrupting expectations of the nature of a photograph. Fragments of botanical specimens float suspended in the picture plane inviting us to become immersed in a wind-blown field of petals, leaves, pollen and twigs. Yet all is not quite as it seems. In allowing wind to move her specimens, the photographer has allowed, what she calls, ‘Nature Time’ to outpace ‘Machine Time’. As she says: “The technology was pushed beyond the limits of its ability to form a complete photographic image and produced instead a more complex map of the relationship between these two worlds”.

Two panels (#1 and 3) by Professor Daniel K Brown disrupt expectations of nature and time by representing them through the eyes of oral history and indigenous storytelling. In Māori mythology, there are twelve heavens, each with its own series of heavenly bodies; Tahu-nui-a-rangi (represented in panel #1) is the uppermost of the twelve heavens and the most sacred of them all. Panel #3, Taha-o-te-rangi, represents a Maori tale which proclaims: “Ko Kahukura rāua ko Tūāwhiorangi, he atua ēnā, tō rāua matua ko te imurangi e mau mai nā i te taha o te rangi”, which translates as “Kahukura and Tūāwhiorangi, those are atua and their father is the fragmentary rainbow that is held on the edge of the heavens”. These are design solutions being researched and imagined today by academics and artists at Victoria University Faculty of Architecture and Design. We propose to share these visions of MachineTime and NatureTime with Wellington’s residents and visitors as new approaches to the perception of our world around us.

Acknowledgements: Tahu-Nui-A-Rangi was created in Adobe After Effects (Trapcode Particular), and it was donated for  viewing in the Wellington Light Boxes, Cobblestone Park. The intention was to bring even more magic and light to the wonderful, illuminated community of Wellington 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!

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