Light Touch

31 March – 17 June 2018

Brian Knep, Healing Pools, 2008. Photo: Dianna Thomson Photography.
Light in itself offers an immersive, sensory experience, but what happens when the lights sense your presence? Light Touch is the first immersive and multi-sensory experience of international light-based art to be seen in Tauranga. Featuring works from the UK, USA and here in Aotearoa, this exhibition will dazzle, surprise and mesmerise you. 
 
You can enter Submergence, an atmospheric, suspended garden of light created by the collective Squidsoup. It has been described as “a large, immersive, walkthrough experience. It uses up to 8,064 individual points of suspended light to create feelings of presence and movement within physical space.
 
The installation transforms space into a hybrid environment where virtual and physical worlds coincide. As you enter the piece, you are walking into a space occupied by both real and virtual components, and you can affect both.”
 
Or make your way across the Healing Pools of Brian Knep. This installation consists of “an interactive floor projection with patterns that change in response to visitors. When viewers move through the work by walking, rolling or dancing across it, the organic patterns on the floor pull away from them. After the viewers move on, the patterns grow back, but in a slightly transformed way each time.
 
Project Partner
Squidsoup, Sumbergence. Photo: Anthony Rowe.
The change is similar to a scar left behind when a wound heals. When visitors walk across the floor, they are creating wounds. When left alone, the patterns grow to cover these wounds. In each of the pieces, however the patterns grow back in different ways. Thus, the pool holds a history, or memory, of all the interactions that have occurred since the piece began.”  
 
Then delve into the unrelenting, condensed movie experience of Chin-En Soo. By selecting from a series of popular movie titles you will be literally bombarded with all of the scenes and soundtrack from that movie, compressed into colours and sound. Based on an algorithm that pulls out the most significant information from each scene, this work called Hueue will take you on a sensory roller coaster ride. 

This exhibition has been supported by our project partners: the Embassy of the United States of America, Nomad Food + Wine and the Tauranga Art Gallery Contemporary Corporates

Holland Beckett Law 
Little Big Events 
Quest on Durham
Peet Jewellers.

Principal Exhibition Partner