It has been 90 years since Fritz Lang released his epic science-fiction masterpiece Metropolis. It’s futuristic, New York inspired skyscrapers were contrasted with depictions of the working classes who feed the machines that powered the city above.
In the time since Lang’s celluloid vision was proposed, the world has become something quite different – yet some of the basic urban contrasts still hold true.
For the 2017 Tauranga Arts Festival, Tauranga Art Gallery has conceived its own Future Machine to explore ideas of city and place.
A group exhibition with works as diverse as the theme suggests, The Future Machine will infiltrate the central city environs, highlighting some of the more surprising imaginary, historical and physical spaces we have in our own backyard.
The exhibition features work by 7 artists (Richard Maloy, Steve Carr, Chris Corson-Scott, Douglas Stitchbury, Matt Ellwood, Gregor Kregar and Stufken & Chambers) and is in Tauranga Art Gallery, Baycourt Theatre, Masonic Park and The Elms.