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Temporary Sound and Tape Art Labyrinth Wellington Railway Atrium, September 2013

Gyre and Gimble

"Gyre & Gimble in the Wabe" was an interdisciplinary public art collaboration between tape artists Erica Duthie & Struan Ashby and sound artist/composer Christine White. Housed in the classical architecture of the Wellington Railway Station's atrium and fed by a regular pulse of commuters, this work explored a re-imagined labyrinth walk as a form for contemplation and play in tension with the serious task of 'getting to work'.

Our intention was for the piece to build over three days, climaxing on September 20th to coincide with International PARK(ing) Day. As artists who explore the psychogeography of cities and delight being seriously playful in our re-imagining and shifting of public spaces, we felt our
work would be complimentary to the generous and absurdist philosophy of the Rebar initiative.

Erica and Struan constructed an intricate pseudo-mythological maze of tape drawn on the granite floor plane. Christine added aural layers using quadrophonic directional speakers with more intimate speakers that located and shifted the perceived spatiality of the installation depending on where the journeyer was within the labyrinth. We explored an absurdist ambience tangentially referencing the nonsense poems of Lewis Carol, mythic and sonic creatures and ‘Wellingtoniana’.

The final stage of the work was a series of 'guided walking performances' where Christine will embodied the journeyer and performed live as she walked the labyrinth alongside passersby. She had speakers and a looper attached to her body so she could mix and layer her own aural work with a rich repository of collected sounds.

A uniting focus of all these artists processes is a delight in live performance and incorporating and shifting their work as they respond to architectural quirks, found sounds, and audience responses. To this end, the interesting phrases and delicious sounds gathered in the first two days was synthesized though the shifting tape drawing and musical work. We also shot a time-lapse of the work and interviews and images were fed though our online social media site to connect and build momentum for the project.

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Erica & Struan

TAPE ART New Zealand

Contact: Erica Duthrie

Phone: +64 4-565-3230



Contact: Christine White


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Watch the video of the construction of the basic labyrinth on day 1

More images from all four days

Final "Gyre & Gimble in the Wabe" video

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