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plot_point_position launches tomorrow at the MIC on K'Rd. Here are some profiles of exhibiting artists - which includes tutors, advanced students and some fantastic pieces by Swiss institute Hyperwerk.

plot_point_position is set to open tomorrow, April 8 and there is already a great buzz coming from New Zealand’s artistic community about it.

One really interesting side of the survey show is an international collaboration between the school and post-industrial design institute Hyperwerk, based in Switzerland.

Hyperwerk student and digital artist Andrea Ebener says that her inspiration is “life”.



“I want to show things how I see them, and I want to show others my point of view. I decided to get involved with plot_point_position because it’s always good to exhibit work in different spaces and different countries. I like to try out new things. I think Media Design School is producing some impressive work, especially from the Graphic Design and 3D animation departments. The school seems to be very open to young, fresh projects and that is inspiring.”

Curator Logan Bradley has been busy setting up the pieces at MIC and says that he hopes the exhibition will be a chance for citizens of the concrete jungle to explore their environment from different viewpoints.

“This show is a chance for people to explore themes around the urban environment - looking at things that are obvious but then also taking that, manipulating and perhaps even dismantling it to create something new and unexpected. All the pieces featured push people to think in a non-linear way about creativity and how it relates to urbanisation.”

Media Design School CEO Frances Valintine says the show is an opportunity for tutors and students at the school to show off their talents to the larger artistic community.


“We are challenging views about the traditional role of educational institutes such as Media Design School, and showing them that we are the incubator for the next generation of digital artists who will truly bring New Zealand to the world stage,” she says. “It’s not just about equipping students with the necessary skills to get a foot in the industry, but also making sure that there is constant open dialogue between the school’s tutors and students with other artists within the creative space.”

Below are some artist profiles of work that can be seen during the show, which opens to the public from April 9 – 29.

Tamara Nyholt: ‘Untitled’
Using light boxes to echo the monumental qualities of urban buildings, type is presented here as a façade in which the descriptor becomes the object itself. Type becomes concrete and the citizens occupy the narrator’s rendition of the ‘every-city’. The quotation in the piece is taken from a fantastical 1922 children’s parable, “Where the Blue Begins” by Christopher Morley.
3x Light box transparencies 2m x .5m

James Cunningham: ‘Transmission’
Looking at the city from a new viewpoint, James is transforming urban scenes using tilt shift and depth pass to create a look similar to a miniature or stop-motion model. A small and low projected piece with intense colour, the work heightens the role of the viewer as the observer looking at the city from a new perspective.
Digital projection 30cm x 30cm.

Mark Li: ‘Untitled’
Utilizing live online data and relating this to emotion, Li’s display shows us what our city’s current emotions are. The ever-changing traffic levels, weather conditions, financial reports and news updates are assigned a range of emotions, which are continually affected as the data changes. By watching the display, you have the ability to put yourself in the shoes of our city, experiencing in real-time its emotions and feelings. Full screen digital projection 2m x 2m.

Damon Kahi: ‘Work in Progress’
‘Work in Progress’ investigates loss and change within the urban landscape through video and audio documentation. Kahi’s work presents 3 videos and a layered soundtrack that acts as a time capsule, allowing space for discussion and investigation. This work, which spans over a time period of six years, looks at environmental and urban concerns in the city centre – reflecting his continuing interest in the evolution of Auckland city.
Digital projection 3m x 1m with audio.

Penny Dombroski: ‘Lost’
‘Lost’ extrudes type that typically sits in a 2D space, and presents it in a 3D scenario. This poses the question, is the type lost or are you? Kindly the type doubles as something to sit on so you can ponder such mysterious thoughts. A park bench that questions or accuses you as you rest.
Illuminated steel floor pieces, varying dimensions approx 3m x 1m.

Logan Bradley: ‘Pathways’
‘Pathways’ creates new abstractions and patterns using information from the path and journey times of urban inhabitants. For this work, data from ten of the contributing artists for plot_point_position is utilized. ‘Pathways’ investigates ideas surrounding routine and the ‘programmed’ individual.
Digital animated projection 1.5m x 1.5m

Thomas Martin: ‘Emergence’
A 3D animation piece based on the concept of swarm theory as an analogy of how we operate as an urban society. Individuals become a wild organic mass.
3D animation on LCD screen.

Jay McDaniels: ‘Missed Call’
Using common cell phone ring tones, this audio work evokes ideas of absence through the common situation of a missed call. As a part of the soundscape of any modern city, recognisable ringtones are now built into our audible memory. McDaniels work looks at our feelings, reactions and behaviours when the phone is heard but is not our own, or is absent altogether.
Audio 15mins

Brigitte Fässler & Gaspard Weissheimer: ‘Purprojekte’
‘Purprojekte’ looks at identity and the perception of identity when the person exposed is fragile and unadorned. The project questions what remains when a person stands in front of the camera without any of the usual props and surroundings and also how these surroundings dictate who we are.
Digital slideshow.

Andrea Ebener: ‘Untitled’
Using alternative photo transfers techniques, the work creates a clash between urban spaces, manmade skyscrapers and the naturally formed environment. The work talks about time and change but also questions comparisons between the two. Digital slideshow and audio.

Michel Winterberg: ‘Surroundings’
Transforming architecture through light, colour and animation. The work firstly interacts with the visible part of the facade in a straightforward geometrical way, then segues with a more organic approach referencing the river Rhine running behind the building. The sound track, created for plot_point_position, uses distorted and reworked audio recordings from the original film.
Digital film and audio.