Auckland Arts Festival and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery present 546 Moons, an interactive survey exhibition on the sonic innovations and invented instruments of renowned art/music ensemble From Scratch, including six performances by the latest incarnation of the group.
Formed in 1974, From Scratch have performed to wide acclaim around the world with their distinctive invented instruments – 546 moon cycles and still spinning! Their timeless works span art, music, performance and film, inspired by an egalitarian approach to working, and with strong connections to the sounds, cycles and geological rhythms of their home in Aotearoa and the Pacific.
The HEART'HEART performances are fuelled with fresh directions and surprises. From Scratch present early and new works, spiced with collaborations featuring Nell Thomas / Daniel Beban (Orchestra of Spheres), and Pitch Black (series one), New Pacific Music Ensemble, and Chris O'Connor (series two). Rhythmic and instrument invention lie at the heart of From Scratch and have earned the group an international reputation. Their most memorable performances have been described as "among the greatest in any art form to come out of this country". Come witness these mesmerising performances that are part sculpture, part music, part ritual.
Curated by Andrew Clifford with generous support from the Fine Arts Library, The University of Auckland.
Artists: Rebecca Celebuski, Adrian Croucher, Shane Currey, Philip Dadson, Darryn Harkness, Chris O'Connor, Rachel Thomas
Commission Collaborators: Michael Hodgson, Paddy Free (Pitch Black), Nell Thomas and Dan Beban (Orchestra of Spheres) (9, 10 and 11 March). Tua Meti / Drew McMillan collaboration (New Pacific Ensemble) and Chris O'Connor collaboration (23, 24 and 25 March).
Tickets are available via the Auckland Arts Festival website here
Image: From Scratch, Global Hockets. Photo: Max Osborne
Performances take place on 9, 10, 11, 23, 24 and 25 March at 8pm