Auckland Live Digital Stage

14 Jan - 31 Dec

Auckland Live Digital Stage

Free

Aotea Square

Visual Arts

The Auckland Live Digital Stage ushers in spring with a fresh new line-up of stories, ideas and inspiration from the worlds of arts and entertainment. 

From October you can tickle your taste buds with a smorgasbord of lunchtime offerings every weekday from 12 – 12.30 pm including documentaries, inspiring stories, and ideas from around the world. 

Or why not widen your horizons from dusk to dark every Thursday through Sunday when the Digital Stage is transformed into a gallery showcasing creative video works from established New Zealand and international dancers, digital artists and more.

In between, kick back and enjoy the Radio NZ Live Sessions, a selection of handpicked music videos recorded live in the Radio NZ studios and featuring Avantdale Bowling Club, SWIDT, High Beams, Melodownz ft. Troy Kingi, Unchained XL, and Geoff Ong.

Scroll down for the full Digital Stage Spring Programme details.

Happy viewing!

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK?

Monday 21 October: 10am - 4pm

  • 1000-1100: Visual Art 11
  • 1100-1130: Music 8
  • 1130-1200: Auckland Stories 4 | 3
  • 1200-1230: New Zealand Stories 7
  • 1230-1330: Visual Art 9 | 10
  • 1330-1445: New Generation 3 | 4 | 5
  • 1445-1500: Auckland Stories 3
  • 1500-1530: Visual Art 8
  • 1530-1600: Music 8

Tuesday 22 October: 10am - 4pm

  • 1000-1100: Visual Art 11
  • 1100-1130: Music 8
  • 1130-1200: Auckland Stories 4 | 3
  • 1200-1230: New Zealand Stories 8
  • 1230-1330: Visual Art 9 | 10
  • 1330-1445: New Generation 3 | 4 | 5
  • 1445-1500: Auckland Stories 3
  • 1500-1530: Visual Art 8
  • 1530-1600: Music 8

Wednesday 23 October: DARK

We are dark today, due to gusting winds. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Thursday 24 - Tuesday 29 October: Tuia 250 ki Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

The Auckland Live Digital Stage is ON THE ROAD for Tuia 250!

Tuia – Encounters 250, or Tuia 250, commemorates 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori – the tangata whenua of Aotearoa New Zealand – and Pākehā in 1769–70. Tuia 250 also celebrates the voyaging heritage of Pacific people that led to the settlement of Aotearoa New Zealand many generations before.

Come see us at Auckland waterfront's Eastern Viaduct for the long weekend.

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO.

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PROGRAMME DETAILS

Auckland Stories

PART 3

Auckland is a fast-changing city. Nga Taonga Sound and Vision is sharing some archive footage of the historical Auckland.

Content provided by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

  • Open Day and opening of Auckland Harbour Bridge (1959) | Then & Now, 100 years of Auckland on film | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Trip over the Harbour Bridge (1960) | Then & Now, 100 years of Auckland on film | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • The Arrival of the American fleet at Auckland (1925) | Then & Now, 100 years of Auckland on film | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Auckland from the skies | Then & Now, 100 years of Auckland on film | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Waterfront lockout (1951) | Then & Now, 100 years of Auckland on film | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Onehunga Scenes (1920) | Then & Now, 100 years of Auckland on film | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Football: England vs Auckland | Then & Now, 100 years of Auckland on film | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Pacific Magazine 03 (1954) | Then & Now, 100 years of Auckland on film | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • The last tram in Auckland (1956) | Then & Now, 100 years of Auckland on film | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Auckland’s last tram (1956) | Then & Now, 100 years of Auckland on film | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Personal record. Eady Royal Family and parade (1965) | Then & Now, 100 years of Auckland on film | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Dance | Kanikani

PART 8

Celebrate the Tempo Dance Festival with a curated series of cutting-edge dance films by a range of choreographers and filmmakers from around Aotearoa.

Content provided by Tempo Dance Festival

  • Fa'atino | Seidah Tuaoi, Mele Taeiloa, Kat Walker, Cassidy Makiha, Emma Aleni, Nastassia Wolfgramm, Diana Hu, Hayley Walters-Tekahika, Mele Tapueluelu, Sanita Betham, Nita Falesiu, Shanice Talo, Seidah Tuaoi, Noah Slee, Samson Rambo | Tempo Dance Festival
  • While I'm Still Here | Kerryn McMurdo, Kailum Graves, Robyn Jordaan, Matthías Jochumsson,  Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Leonardo Di Caprio | Tempo Dance Festival
  • Ghost Girl | Loughlan Prior, Michael Farr, Laura Saxon Jones, William Fitzgerald | Tempo Dance Festival
  • Outlier | Loughlan Prior, Andrew Treloar, James Wright, Gareth Wiecko, Samuel Harnett-Welk, Luke Fryer, Johnny Havakis, Harrison Ritchie-Jones, Tim Kirsopp, Nasim Patel, Patrick Walker, Tim Collins, Thomas Woodman, Tom Gittings, Damian Meredith, Belle Fran-Starkie, Hilary Goldsmith, Jaqueline Trapp, Emma Riches, Sheridan Gerrard, Siobhan McKenna, Jacqui Aylward, Katie Cook, Emmi Coup | Tempo Dance Festival
  • Shadow Solo | Grace Woollett, Caleb Wright | Tempo Dance Festival
  • Window Dance | Grace Woollett, Caleb Wright | Tempo Dance Festival
  • Orange and Blue | Grace Woollett, Caleb Wright | Tempo Dance Festival

Dusk to Dark

Widen your horizons as the Digital Stage transforms into a gallery showcasing creative video works from established New Zealand and international dancers, digital artists and more.

OCTOBER

Zodiac is a short dance film grounded in Māori astronomy and inspired by two stars within the Matariki constellation that have been hidden from common knowledge.

Performers from COVEN Collective masterfully utilise the hieroglyphics of vogue dance to weave a world of celestial magic within the phenomenal landscapes of local whenua.

Washing over you like a dreamy lullaby, each frame within Zodiac is a carefully curated world of beauty, mystery and wonder.

  • Direction: Cat Ruka
  • Cinematography: Ralph Brown
  • Performers: Moe ‘Mistress’ Laga, Logan ‘Honey’ Collis, Cypris ‘Fang’ Afakasi, Gabriel ‘Princess’ Halatoa, Jacob ‘Duchess’ Tamata, Kiara Ruka

Family | Whānau

PART 4

Get in the Halloween mood and enjoy this selection of creepy and fun tunes especially for young ears.

Content provided by fleaBITE and Fatcat & Fishface

  • The Skellingtons of Wellington | Ruth Templer, Robin Nathan | fleaBITE
  • The Wreck of the Diddley | Stephen Templer, Ruth Templer, Robin Nathan | Fatcat & Fishface
  • Cat Scratch Fever | Phillipa McDermott, Robin Nathan | fleaBITE
  • Bat Fly | Carlos Wedde, Sam Lahood, Emma Nichols, Pip Longson, Janet Dunn, 3D Bat Animation, Frank Cowlrick, Puck Murphy, Robin Nathan | Fatcat & Fishface

Music | Takitaki

PART 8

Listen to some of the best New Zealand musicians as they perform in live sessions recorded at Radio New Zealand.

Content provided by RNZ Music

  • Avantdale Bowling Club – F(r)iends’ | Frank Eliesa, Harry Huavi, Tom Scott | RNZ Music
  • Fingerprints | Geoff Ong | RNZ Music
  • SWIDT – ‘No Emotions in the Wild’ | Amon McGoram, Daniel Latu, SmokeyGotBeatz | RNZ Music
  • Rhythm and Truth | Emily Muli | RNZ Music
  • Abundance | Melodownz, Troy Kingi | RNZ Music
  • Unchained XL – ‘Don’t Say Everybody Be King’ | Hugh Ozumba | RNZ Music
  • High Beams – ‘Sky High’ | Che Fu, Illbaz, Melodownz, Raiza Biza | RNZ Music

New Generation | Kōhungahunga

PART 3

Students of Auckland University of Technology tell stories of the here, the now, and the many tomorrows. 

Content provided by AUTV

  • On-Line | Daniel Thomson | AUTV
  • Steam Rival | Lucius Koh | AUTV
  • 2040 | James Letele | AUTV
  • Teardrops | Lucy Wong-Kamm | AUTV
  • Inside World/Outside World | Amy Matthews | AUTV
  • Me.Him.Her | Wei Kit Yoon | AUTV
  • Unmasked | Chloe Biano | AUTV
  • The Sound You All Make | Jasmine Ng | AUTV

 

PART 4

Students of Auckland’s Media Design School show the way forward with fascinating takes on the real and digital worlds we inhabit. 

Content provided by Media Design School

  • Student Showcase | Adam Shrosbree, Aneesha Baidwan' Billy Lewis, Cameron Bates, Chanelle Higgins, Ching Chow, Daniel Lutterman, Dylan Mckissock, Erica Bisset, Guang Yuli, Huey Min Pon, Inez Essex, Jack Whitehead, Jamie Boyo, Joshua Schultz, Judd Surtida, Juvensco, Kaitln Hindson, Maise Macdonald, Matt Uy, Nicholas Bassett, Olivia Lloyd, Paige Hickling, Patrica Marie Calinga, Rodney Goosen, Ryan Ganley, Sherylene Chan, Te wihoko Te Rangihirawea, Tess Saxby, Till Dittmers, Tyson Dvorak, Vania Chandrawidjaja, William Kusuma | Media Design School

 

PART 5

University of Auckland students use dance and movement to share their stories and identities. 

Content provided by the University of Auckland

  • Laal | Allesha Wallabh | Dance Studies, Creative Arts and Industries, the University of Auckland
  • Te Whare Tangata | Chas Samoa and Ankaramy Fepulea'I | Dance Studies, Creative Arts and Industries, the University of Auckland
  • Drupe | Naki Taulaunga and Jireh Lalotoa-Peniata | Dance Studies, Creative Arts and Industries, the University of Auckland
  • Breathe | Kelsie Skelton | Dance Studies, Creative Arts and Industries, the University of Auckland
  • Plain Sight | Daniella Roth and Emily MacKenzie | Dance Studies, Creative Arts and Industries, the University of Auckland
  • Lunchtime | Ashlay Yang | Dance Studies, Creative Arts and Industries, the University of Auckland
  • Are you breathing | Emily MacKenzie | Dance Studies, Creative Arts and Industries, the University of Auckland
  • Infected | Madeline Naydor and Aimee Robinson | Dance Studies, Creative Arts and Industries, the University of Auckland
  • Time to make something | James Lobaton | Dance Studies, Creative Arts and Industries, the University of Auckland
  • District Rangipo | Harry Russon, Frogman, Leaping Tiger, Nayan Patel | Harry Russon

New Zealand Experience

GO SOUTH - New Zealand's first slow TV programme.

The vast overland route from Auckland to the deep south is a part of New Zealand national identity, an iconic piece of Kiwiana. A journey where city and sprawl gently yields to rolling pastures, volcanic extremes, tranquil waterways, the rough Otago high country and the grandeur of the Southern Alps and Milford Sound. 

Around each bend, hidden stories and amazing views are revealed. It’s hypnotic, addictive and meditative. You can experience this country in a way you might never consider in your real life. 

With no score, no narration, an intentionally immersive soundscape, and beauty shots held far longer than expected, enjoy a selection of this unique screen experience.

Content provided by Greenstone TV | Made with the support of NZ On Air and Prime

  • PART 1: Kāpiti Coast
  • PART 2: Interislander 
  • PART 3: Picton to Coast 
  • PART 4: Waimakariri Gorge 
  • PART 5: Arthurs Pass
  • PART 6: Haast Pass
  • PART 7: Milford Sound 

New Zealand Stories

PART 4

Dive into the past to discover how New Zealanders enjoyed their holidays in years gone by. All archive footage provided by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

Content provided by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

  • Across the Mountain Passes of New ZealandNgā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • All in a Day. New Zealand Railways ‘Silver Fern’ Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Summer Holidays ‘The Mount’ | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Tourist Pass | New Zealand Railways | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Don’t Leave Town Until You’ve Seen the Country | New Zealand Tourist and Publicity Department | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Rotoiti Interlude | New Zealand Tourist and Publicity Department | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Wild Country: In the Rugged Skippers GorgeNgā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • South Island | New Zealand Tourist & Publicity Department | Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

 

PART 5

Incorporating the visual beauty and symbolism of poi, a traditional Māori performance, discover the stories of inspiring wahine (women) who share hopes and dreams for their daughters.

Content provided by Through the Fire

  • Kura | Poi 360 | Through the Fire
  • Precious | Poi 360 | Through the Fire
  • Gabrielle | Poi 360 | Through the Fire
  • Tiare | Poi 360 | Through the Fire
  • Piata | Poi 360 | Through the Fire
  • Wikitoria | Poi 360 | Through the Fire
  • Anna | Poi 360 | Through the Fire

 

PART 6

Incorporating the visual beauty and symbolism of poi, a traditional Māori performance, discover the stories of inspiring wahine (women) who share hopes and dreams for their daughters.

Content provided by Through the Fire

  • Peata | Poi 360 | Through the Fire
  • Precious | Poi 360 | Through the Fire
  • Pimia | Poi 360 | Through the Fire

 

PART 7

From tennis champions to dance craze inventors, The Spinoff’s ‘Scratched’ series celebrates Kiwi sporting heroes who never received their dues.

Content provided by The Spinoff | Made with the support of NZ on Air

Scratched: Aotearoa's Lost Sporting Legends

  • The Māori tennis star who made it to Wimbledon | Ruia Morrison, Madeleine Chapman, Ra Pomare, Amber Easby, Duncan Greive, Scotty Stevenson, Alex Twentyman, Madeleine Chapman | The Spinoff
  • The world aerobics champion who created Jump Jam | Brett Fairweather, Lisa Jurakovich, Linda Fairweather, Madeleine Chapman, Ra Pomare, Amber Easby, Duncan Greive, Scotty Stevenson, Alex Twentyman | The Spinoff
  • New Zealand's most successful road runner | Anne Audain, Madeleine Chapman, Ra Pomare, Amber Easby, Duncan Greive, Scotty Stevenson, Alex Twentyman, Madeleine Chapman | The Spinoff

 

PART 8

Discover (or rediscover) key epsiodes of The Spinoff's ‘Kaupapa on the Couch’ series, which looks at issues within te ao Māori that aren’t as well known or understood as they could be.

Content provided by The Spinoff | Made with the support of NZ on Air

Kaupapa on the Couch

  • Māoriland Film Festival: why we need to see ourselves onscreen  | Leonie Hayden (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Ngāti Rango), José Barbosa | Spinoff
  • The incredible legacy of the Māori showbands | Leonie Hayden (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Ngāti Rango), José Barbosa | The Spinoff
  • HĀKARI: celebrate the Māori way! | Leonie Hayden (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Ngāti Rango), José Barbosa | The Spinoff
  • What does your hair say about you? | Leonie Hayden (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Ngāti Rango), José Barbosa | The Spinoff

 

PART 9

Get to know the 2019 Arts Foundation’s Arts Laureates, artists with outstanding potential for future growth and whose practices have a significant impact on Aotearoa.

Content provided by Arts Foundation

  • Ruth Paul | 2019 Arts Foundation Laureate receiving the Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award | Arts Foundation
  • Louise Potiki Bryant | 2019 Arts Foundation Laureate receiving the award for choreography & dance | Arts Foundation
  • Kris Sowersby | 2019 Arts Foundation Laureate receiving the award for design & typography | Arts Foundation
  • Solomon Mortimer | 2019 Arts Foundation Laureate receiving the Marti Friedlander Photographic Award | Arts Foundation
  • val smith | 2019 Arts Foundation Laureate receiving the award for performing arts | Arts Foundation
  • Pietra Brettkelly | 2019 Arts Foundation Laureate receiving the Dame Gaylene Preston Award for Documentary Film Makers | Arts Foundation
  • Laurence Fearnley | 2019 Arts Foundation Laureate receiving the award for literature | Arts Foundation
  • Yvonne Todd | 2019 Arts Foundation Laureate receiving the Theresa Gattung Award for Female Arts Practitioners | Arts Foundation
  • Sima Urale | 2019 Arts Foundation Laureate receiving the Burr/Tatham Trust Award | Arts Foundation
  • Jessica Hansell aka Coco Solid | 2019 Arts Foundation Laureate receiving the award for mixed media | Arts Foundation

Visual Art | Kōpuratanga

PART 2

Guided meditations - self-care and environmental awareness in the 21st century

Content provided by Circuit

  • EVERY DAY FOR 30 YEARS, NANCY WOULD SIT OUT ON THE STREET CORNER AND WATCH THE SUNSET | Sam Hamilton | Circuit
  • A guide to effective implementation of self-service | Elisabeth Pointon | Circuit
  • Waitakere Drag | Mark Harvey | Circuit

 

PART 3

Go where the spirit takes you – from Aotearoa to Pacific Islands to the cover of Vogue Magazine; where do we belong and where could we go?

Content provided by Circuit

  • Lelia | Christopher Ulutupu, Kevin Cartwright, Heather Galbraith | Circuit
  • All the way to Te Rerenga Wairua | Ana Iti | Circuit

 

PART 7

Melbourne exhibition space Blindside shares a collection of visual pieces questioning our identities and human nature. See how experiencing these works can help us develop a deeper empathy for worlds beyond ourselves, within ourselves, and between each other.

Content provided by Urban Screen Productions in collaboration with Blindside

  • Uncommon Nature | Jonathas de Andrade, Marjolijin Dijkman, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Martina Amati, Rä di Martino, Dario Vacirca, Lucie McIntosh | Urban Screen Productions
  • Under (Distance) | Martina Amati, Li Philip, Alice Cattaneo, Daan Verhoeven, Gunnlaug Thorvaldsdottir, Pinky Ghundale, Cowbody Films | Urban Screen Productions
  • Rä di Martino | Copies récentes de paysages anciens | Petite histoire des plateaux abandonnés | Urban Screen Productions
  • O Caseiro (The Housekeeper) | Jonathas de Andrade, Fellipe Fernandes, Thiago Calazans, Carlos César Martins, Dandara Pagu | Urban Screen Productions
  • Taming the Void | Gabriella Bautista Høgh, Viola Dröse, Mathias Jonsson, Stisa Søgaard, Panisk Organisk Kompagni, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Berit Dröse, Susanne Højbjerg Nielsen, Berit Dröse | Urban Screen Productions
  • Prospect of Inception (excerpt) | Marjolijin Dijkman, Raqs Media Collective, Jeroen Koffeman, Ji Youn Kang | Urban Screen Productions

 

PART 8

Dive into the pattern world of New Zealand VJs

Content provided by The Wanderer Productions

  • Urban Screen Remix 3 | Puck.nz, VJ Intelliki, Naomi Lamb, Vision Clips | The Wanderer Productions

PART 9

Pixels, glitches, colours and sound are choregraphed together to reveal different views of our world. Dive into an international selection of video art from French-based festival, Videoformes. 

Content provided by Videoformes

  • Loving | Regina HÜBNER | Videoformes
  • Days after Days | Agnès GAUILLAUME | Videoformes
  • Navier-Stokes or the beauty of the crests | Hugo ARCIER | Videoformes
  • I am walking | Regina HÜBNER | Videoformes
  • Purple Sea | Isabelle ARVERS | Videoformes

PART 10

Pixels, glitches, colours and sound are choregraphed together to reveal different views of our world. Dive into an international selection of video art from French-based festival, Videoformes. 

Content provided by Videoformes

  • Xylo | Malo LACROIX | Videoformes
  • Orogenesis | Boris LABBE | Videoformes
  • Instead, I can even laugh | Regina HÜBNER | Videoformes
  • From the train | Edouard TAUFENBACH | Videoformes
  • Save my heart | Jacques PERCONTE | Videoformes

 

PART 11

Sometimes just touching the earth is enough is a film by Sarah Smuts-Kennedy commissioned for Artweek 2019.

This portrait of a landscape shot over the month of September is of Auckland’s inner-city urban farm OMG-Organic Market Garden located at 257 Symonds Street.

In the first 6 months of 2019 the For the Love of Bees community sequestered over 10 tonnes of carbon via photosynthesis and composting on this 700 square meter site. In less than a year this site is producing enough nutrient dense food to sell to its local community to support the living wage of their farmer.

This is Smuts-Kennedy’s second portrait of a garden, the first being “Beautiful Geometries” shot while artist in residence at McCahon House, Titirangi  2017.

These two films explore the limitations of the camera lens to journey into space between the fragile planes of representation and abstraction and the complicated and mysterious boundary where light shifts from the metaphysical to inhabit the material world we experience as real.

Slowly moving in and out of focus over an hour Sometimes just touching the earth is enough invites the viewer to pause, slow down and allow the colour-fields of light to wash over them. It is Smuts-Kennedy’s hope that watching this film might leave the viewer feeling restored in a way that being close to nature can.

Screened in various locations across the city during Artweek this film begins to bring nature back into the heart of the CBD, our place which we will rewild together in the coming years as we begin our journey towards mitigating climate change and creating biodiversity well being.

Ticket Pricing

This is a free, non-ticketed event.

The Digital Stage is open every day.  Please check What's On Today for programme details and hours of operation*

* Hours of operation vary according to weather conditions and other relevant factors. 

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Aotea Square