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Phantom City Floor Talk with Karl Chitham


Thu 7 Aug 2014, 10:00am–11:00am

Where: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Rotorua Museum

Phantom City curator Karl Chitham has brought together a selection of contemporary artworks that offer their own unique urban visions of the past and future. Come and hear Chitham talk about this unique exhibition on Thursday 7 August 2014 at 10am.

Imagine an abandoned, sprawling cityscape filled with the stuff humans have created, used and discarded over the centuries. What would you find while sifting through the overwhelming weight of human history? What curious, haunting or unexpected remnants of the city’s population would you discover? This is the Phantom City.

Each artwork in the exhibition reflects an alternate path humanity may have taken or is still to take. Explore fantastic cities that merge nature and construction in surprisingly beautiful ways or encounter half buried artefacts suggesting mind-blowing changes to the history books. Other works suggest technological advances with digital environments, augmented reality and a fleet of starships seeking refuge from a ruined planet.

Phantom City features works by Gregory Bennett, Deborah Crowe, Judy Darragh, Anthony Goicolea, Gregor Kregar, Shannon Novak, Peter Gibson Smith, Richard Stratton and Yang Yongliang.

Phantom City is on at Rotorua Museum until 7 September 2014.

Entry to the talk and the exhibition is included with Museum admission. Entry for Rotorua residents is free with appropriate ID.

For further information contact Naiomi Murgatroyd, phone 07 351 8055 or email

Image credit: Gregor Kregar, Reflective Synthesis, 2012 and Stratus 2, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Gow Langsford Gallery. Rotorua Museum
Image credit: Karl Chitham. Courtesy of the subject

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