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New Artists in Residence near Piha

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Tim Prebble recording bird song

Tim Prebble recording bird song

The two new Artists in Residence for Regional Parks will be close to Piha.

Tim Prebble (sound artist) and Denise Batchelor (filmmaker) have been selected as our Artists in Residence in regional parks for 2013. Tim will be based at Barr Cottage at Little Huia and Denise at Craw Homestead on Anawhata Road.

They will generate new work influenced from their residency surroundings. The selection panel felt that these artists will open people’s ears and eyes to creatures and features within Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.

Tim is an accomplished sound recorder and designer who has worked on many kiwi films and has won several national awards, most recently for sound design on The Orator. He will record bird calls in the Waitakere Ranges and use them as the basis for his compositions. Tim breaks down the bird calls into their sounds and then uses instruments to musical replicate them. The result is quite beautiful and a new way at looking at our forest birds.

Denise Batchelor films nature's dramatic moments

Denise Batchelor films nature’s dramatic moments

Denise will photograph some of the great events nature performs. Many of her previous works capture mesmerising moments which  are often unnoticed or overlooked. As one of the selectors, Sandra Coney, says that the film that accompanied Denise’s proposal was amazing: “What we saw was a blue bottle on the shore at Whatipu attempting to survive the tide’s retreat. The battle it went through was heroic, but one it ultimately lost. You were actually trying to cheer it on: which is pretty amazing if you’ve suffered bluebottle stings in your life!”

“Both the artists chosen take microcosmic moments of nature and transform them into something moving and revealing.”

Information on their progress and residency workshops will be available during October and November 2013.

To find out more about the artists visit: Tim Prebble’s Music of Sound blog

and  Denise Batchelor’s website

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