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Final Act

In November 2013, Ian Strange (previously) in collaboration with cinematographer Alun ‚Albol‘ Bollinger (Lord of the Rings, Heavenly Creatures, The Frighteners) created three new film and photography based artworks incorporating four suburban homes in Christchurch, New Zealand. These homes were located in Christchurch’s residential »Red Zone«, an area containing over 16,000 houses slated for demolition after the devastating 2011 earthquake. Final Act is in part an emotive archive of these Christchurch homes and a continuation of the artist’s ongoing exploration of the social and emotional icon of the home. Watch the video.

Ian Strange - Final Act

Ian Strange - Final Act

Ian Strange - Final Act

All images © Ian Strange.

Homage To The Lost Spaces

Mike Hewson’s public installation series Homage To The Lost Spaces on buildings that are listed for imminent demolition is a wonderful example for re-urbanizing cultural spaces. The rest of the world should be imitating this!

»Tony De In The Door« (Government Life Building Studio Series), 2012, Varied (up to 5.0 x 2.4m), Mixed media on plywood (on earthquake damaged building)

»Tony De In The Door« (Government Life Building Studio Series), 2012, Varied (up to 5.0 x 2.4m), Mixed media on plywood (on earthquake damaged building)

»Homage To The Lost Spaces« (Government Life Building Studio Series), 2012, 10.4 x 15.5 m, Mixed media on plywood (on building listed for imminent demolition)

»Homage To The Lost Spaces« (Government Life Building Studio Series), 2012, 10.4 x 15.5 m, Mixed media on plywood (on building listed for imminent demolition)

»Homage To The Lost Spaces« (Government Life Building Studio Series), 2012, Varied (up to 5.0 x 2.4m) - prior to install of work on upper section of building, Mixed media on plywood (on building listed for imminent demolition)

»Homage To The Lost Spaces« (Government Life Building Studio Series), 2012, Varied (up to 5.0 x 2.4m) – prior to install of work on upper section of building, Mixed media on plywood (on building listed for imminent demolition)

»Homage To The Lost Spaces« (Government Life Building Studio Series), 2012, Varied (up to 5.0 x 2.4m), Mixed media on plywood (on building listed for imminent demolition)

»Homage To The Lost Spaces« (Government Life Building Studio Series), 2012, Varied (up to 5.0 x 2.4m), Mixed media on plywood (on building listed for imminent demolition)

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Journée des barricade

Car wrecks, discarded furniture and bulky items of any kind barricaded a central city street in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday 14th December 2008, from midnight to midnight. This rather gorgeous intervention was created by British artists Heather and Ivan Morison as part of the One Day Sculpture series.


»Journée des Barricades«, 2008, New Zealand. Photos: Stephen Rowe.


»Journée des Barricades«, 2008, New Zealand. Photos: Stephen Rowe.


»Journée des Barricades«, 2008, New Zealand. Photos: Stephen Rowe.

Dr Boondigga & The Big BW

»Based on a True Story« gehört vielleicht zu den wichtigsten Alben dieses Jahrzehnts. Eine Offenbarung, die lange bei mir nachgewirkt hat und bis heute locker jede andere Platte vom Teller schupst. Kurzum: ein Klassiker. 2005 war das. Im Juli 09 erscheint nun endlich das zweite Studioalbum des neuseeländischen Septetts Fat Freddy’s Drop. »Dr. Boondigga & The Big BW« heißt der Longplayer. Die ersten Songs davon gibt es auf FatSpace zu hören. Freuen darf man sich auch auf Fatfreddysdrop.tv, dem eigenen Videoportal der Band. Ist zwar noch eine Baustelle, bin aber mal gespannt, ob das Schule macht. Und für Leute mit Rillenfieber: Das Artwork des Vinyls ist spektakulär. Pflichtkauf sowieso.

From the underground to the higher-ground, Fat Freddy’s Drop is the South Pacific soul monster doing it for the love of music, and food!