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17 May 2018 - 0 Comments

McCahon House and Webbs Presents


Created by Taro Shinoda

Live Musical Accompaniment by Uriel Barthelemei

Fly to the moon and play among the stars this May when the ground-breaking video installation LUNAR REFLECTION TRANSMISSION TECHNIQUE kicks off a strictly limited two-day season from May 23 at the Corbans Estate, Henderson. This ALL ages, giant cinematic experience allows Aucklanders to appreciate the grand beacon of light and mystery that is the moon, up close and personal for FREE*!

Filmed over a 10-year period, Shinoda has captured the cityscapes and the full moons of 12 cities around the world, journeying from Istanbul to Limerick, Tokyo to Boston. His final destination saw him capture the super-moon that lit up the skies of Auckland last December. Shot in rich black and white, Shinoda constructed an astronomical telescope out of scrap corrugated cardboard and attached a video camera to it.

Projected on a giant screen Shinoda’s film captures the sublime contrast between the colossal form of the moon and us, the small indicators of life on earth. But Shinoda’s installation isn’t a passive experience; he draws you into something more real than the reality you know. Audiences see the lunar surface as though landing on it and the work is underpinned by drummer and electro-acoustic musician Uriel Barthélémi of France. Barthélémi’s pounding drums and syncopated rhythms truly optimise the experience, making it reverberate for family audiences, budding astronomers and lovers of visual art.

The project is rooted in Shinoda’s early childhood memories of trying to communicate with his mum over great distances, entrusting messages to the moon, which he hoped she would receive on the other side of the planet when the moon rose for her.

Like both the moon and the artist himself, LUNAR REFLECTION TRANSMISSION TECHNIQUE has circled the globe, shining a light at the Busan Biennale (Korea), the Istanbul Biennale, the EV+A Festival (Ireland), the Baltic Triennale (Lithuania), the International Triennale of Contempoary Art (Japan) and most startlingly at the Sharjah Biennale (Dubai), where the installation was exhibited in middle of the Mleiha Desert.

Artists the world over have used the sheer magnitude of this orb of the night as rich fodder for storytelling and exploration: Michelangelo, Stanley Kubrick, Ella Fitzgerald, William Blake, Pink Floyd, Ansel Adams. And now, an exciting next generation Japanese artist Taro Shinoda has crafted a beautiful cinematic journey which has taken the art world by storm, questioning our relationship with nature and reminding us of our interconnectedness with the cosmos. Not only for the art world, this unique experience has also ignited the imaginations of family audiences and young adults alike.

Shinoda was the McCahon House Trust’s International Artist in Residence in 2017 and this exclusive showing of his work is presented as part of Auckland Art Fair.

McCahon House are committed to igniting the imaginations of the young people of Auckland and as such, LUNAR REFLECTION TRANSMISSION TECHNIQUE will be exhibited free throughout the daytime on May 23 and 24. Ticketed showings in the evenings are accompanied by a live musician and availability of food and beverages.


Shed 1, Corbans Estate, Henderson, Auckland


Wednesday 23 May – Thursday 24 May 2018
11am and 1pm
Duration: 65 minutes


Wednesday 23 May – Thursday 24 May 2018
Tickets $40
Food and beverages are available

Ticketed entry to all performances. Bookings essential, online only. 

TICKETS GO ON SALE Monday 30 April

Book at Q Theatre


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