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Amy Howden-Chapman

(b. Wellington, New Zealand, 1984; lives and works in Wellington, New Zealand)
COMMISSIONED BY City Gallery Wellington

     


       

Amy Howden-Chapman, The Flood, My Chanting, Wellington, 9 October 2008. Commissioned by City
Gallery Wellington for One Day Sculpture. Photos: Stephen Rowe
(click to enlarge)


The Flood, My Chanting

Thursday 9 October 2008, commencing at 1PM

A Performed sound circuit travelling from the lagoon by Jervois Quay, down lower Willis St, Featherston St, Waring-Taylor St towards the waterfront, Wellington


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   Event 

Amy Howden-Chapman, research/promotional image for The
Flood, My Chanting. Marine Bells, collection Museum of
Wellington. Photo: courtesy the artist


A series of bells were temporarily installed through central Wellington in a circuit curving from the waterfront though the central city and back to the sea. The line which the bells collectively delineate corresponded to the part of the central city most under threat from future flooding. By mapping the space of the city with sound, the project considered the relationship of the built environment to Wellington’s natural topography. 


A chain reaction of sound was activated by the sound of one bell reaching the position of the next. This sound cue was acted on by ringers running between the bell stations. As the circuit was repeated passers-by heard the over-lapping and varying resonances of the bells. The duration of the sound circuit was naturally determined, responding to the ringers moving through the streets, as well as to the necessary duration required for each of the bells to send the signal on. 


The antique marine bells were on loan from the Museum of Wellington City & Sea’s collection. These decommissioned maritime bells are rich and imposing objects, inscribed with the names and dates of their vessel, their surfaces marked with the history of their original use. Customarily bells aboard ships were used for ceremonial purposes, the marking of time, and to communicate a ship’s presence to other vessels and warn of imminent danger.


The project also looks back to the out-dated tradition of ringing church bells in times of danger in order to raise alarm to inhabitants of surrounding parishes. Church bells have traditionally been a way in which sound maps distance, and thereby defines distinct communities. The project seeks to use sound, objects and performative action to ask what emotional reactions we should have to the warnings of today about the natural disasters predicted for the future.  


Amy Howden-Chapman works in a range of media including performative collaborations. Her work considers social and emotional responses to our surroundings, particularly sites where urban settings meet natural and environmental phenomena. A dance is created between fable and fact, science and prophecy. Reaction is summoned, and an event becomes a chant.


Biography


Amy Howden-Chapman, Save the Whale/The Great Pacific Ocean Rubbish Patch Recreation, 2006, (photographic documentation of an event, work presented at a single channel video). Courtesy of the artist.


Amy Howden-Chapman is a Wellington-based artist and writer, born in 1984. She has a Masters degree in Creative Writing, Victoria University, (2005) and an Honours degree in Art History, Victoria University, (2006). Her work has appeared throughout New Zealand, as well as in Australia and America, including being in group exhibitions such as 'E.P.A.(Environmental Performance Actions)' Exit Art, New York (2008); 'Earth Matters' Auckland City Art Gallery (2008); 'The Water Show', The Physics Room Christchurch (2008):  ' 'An Introduction to the Theory of Everything', Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington (2006); ' 'Old Habits Die Hard', Norwich Gallery, UK and Kunstnernes Hus, Olso, Norway (2005), organised by Sparwasser Gallery, Berlin, Germany, and 'ETA', Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington (2004). Solo projects include 'Wall Wall', Kiosk (organised by The Physics Room), Christchurch (2007) and 'The Story of Three Sentences', Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington (2004). She is part of performance group Raised By Wolves with artist Biddy Livesey, and recent projects include 'Popping the Tent ', an episode of New Artland, Television Spaceman (screened May 2008); 'I'm Breathless: Forced Fields' - Conical Gallery, (2007) 'Strange Parade & The Gift of Hills' (with accompanying publication 'After Leaving the Wilderness'), Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2007); 'Mall wall talk task bask bark park', in 'Moment Making: After the Situation', ARTSPACE, Auckland (2007).

 
 
 

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LARA ALMARCEGUI

 

BILLY APPLE

 

NICK AUSTIN

 

DOUGLAS BAGNALL

 

BIK VAN DER POL

 

BEKAH CARRAN

 

KAH BEE CHOW

 

THOMAS HIRSCHHORN

 

AMY HOWDEN-CHAPMAN

 

ADAM HYDE

 

MADDIE LEACH

 

JAMES LUNA

 

HEATHER AND IVAN MORISON

 

KATE NEWBY

 

ROMAN ONDÁK

 

MICHAEL PAREKOWHAI

 

PAOLA PIVI

 

SANTIAGO SIERRA

 

SUPERFLEX

 

JAVIER TELLEZ

 

RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA

 

ZOË WALKER AND NEIL BROMWICH

 

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