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Living Room 2011: Tramp State


Sun 10 Apr 2011, 2:00pm
Tue 12 Apr 2011, 12:30pm
Thu 14 Apr 2011, 12:30pm
Sat 16 Apr 2011, 2:00pm

Where: Freyberg Square, Freyberg Place, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Rebecca Lawson

Sound artist Sam Hamilton will collaborate with painter John Reynolds to deliver a series of guided sound walks that take people through a unique itinerary of Auckland CBD’s nooks and crannies, selected more for their listening potential than any visual characteristics – a city tour for the ears rather than the eyes. Participants will be encouraged to re-evaluate the diverse dynamics of the different sound environments they occupy every day, discovering new layers of detail. Both artists are interested in relationships between sound, music, painting and performance. For Reynolds, walking has been a recurring motif in his practice, analogous to the process of drawing, which exercises both mental and physical activity. In public space this means working with larger trajectories, often improvised, that engage with what he calls “pedestrian metaphysics”. Look out for signage in Freyberg Place on the day of each sound walk, which will activate the surrounding soundscape and set the scene for each journey.

About Living Room 2011:
Living Room, Auckland Council’s annual 10-day public art event, kicks off again in April and will feature artists from all over the world, as well as some well known local faces branching out.

Living Room 2011: Metropolis Dreaming runs from 8-17 April in various public places in Auckland’s CBD. There will be a mix of installations, performances, sound art, video projections and a poster project. Acknowledging that the city is both a cultural and technological hub, the programme will include social projects that highlight the human dynamics of urban life.

This year’s theme, Metropolis Dreaming, encourages people to expand their reality through a celebration of post-industrial urban life. The Italian Futurist movement and their excitement about the clamour and bustle of the machine age inspired the theme chosen by guest curator Andrew Clifford. Metropolis Dreaming projects will spotlight the actual mechanics of the city’s systems, transforming its functional, everyday structures from a routine backdrop into imaginative possibilities.

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