The Rising Gale - Murray Hewitt

23 min 35 sec

The Rising Gale explores our relationship with water, the Hutt River.

Te Awakairangi, it's streams, springs and aquifer - and its importance to our sense of place, health and wellbeing. This film was originally presented as a live screening/performance for the Hutt Valley Public Arts Festival Common Ground (2017), curated by Letting Space.

The video maps the aquifer and Te Awakairangi, Hutt River. Shot from a drone, the video surveys the water in real time, flying from Taita to Matiu Somes Island.

The Rising Gale was created in collaboration with three writers, Gem Wilder, Damien Wilkins and Helen Heath. The writers all hail from the Hutt Valley. Both Gem Wilder and Helen Heath wrote new texts to accompany The Rising Gale, while Damien Wilkins read from his 2016 novel 'Dad Art.'

Murray Hewitt is known principally for his video work and has exhibitied extensively throughout New Zealand and as part of group exhibitions internationally. Hewitt works have contemplated consumer behaviour, remembered historic events, or mulled over current political one through the considered actions of a lone costumed figure, or repetitive stationary camera shots that encourage sustained deliberation from the viewer.

Please note this film contains some course language.

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The Artists: Gem Wilder,  Helen Heath,  Damien Wilkins & Murray Hewitt

Photo: Dionne Ward

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