Digital Art Live
After nearly a decade of showcasing cutting edge, interactive digital artworks by local and international artists, Auckland Live’s Digital Art Live programme has been decommissioned.
Unique in New Zealand, the programme was initially developed in partnership with Auckland University of Technology and launched in 2011 in the Owens Foyer at the Aotea Centre. Presented on a large screen, audiences were invited to explore interactive artworks through movement, sound or special interfaces. Audience’s engagement completed or disrupted the ever changing art work. Immersive, stimulating and innovative, Digital Art Live offered a real-time experience for young and old alike.
In 2017, in anticipation of the Aotea Centre foyer’s redevelopment, the Digital Art Live screen was moved to the Bruce Mason Centre, where it continued to showcase New Zealand artists, including two commissions.
Over the years the programme presented more than 30 interactive artworks, including early work Growth, by Jeff Nusz, whose I Extend My Arms is screening on the Auckland Live Digital Stage as part of the 2020 Auckland Arts Festival; the commissioned work Still by Johann Nortje and Tane Upjohn-Beatson in collaboration with Joe Dixon, which was screened simultaneously in Auckland, Christchurch, and France; and Auckland Live creative technologist Aaron Cleland’s Environmental Manipulation, created four years ago when Aaron was studying at AUT.
With the technology of the interactive screen now outdated, the decommissioning of this screen comes as new advances in the digital world have led to the launch of the Auckland Live Digital Stage in Aotea Square, where a daily curated programme of digital art, interactive works and short films screen on the larger-than-life outdoor stage.
Soon, you'll be able to check out the full archive of stunning interactive digital artworks on the Auckland Live YouTube page.